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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

World Resources Institute

Working at the intersection of environment & human needs

98.23

10 G Street, NE Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 729-7600   Web Site
EIN: 52-1257057

Board Leadership
James A. Harmon & David Blood
Co-Chairs

CEO
Andrew Steer
President and CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.23
  Financial 97.50
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. WRI's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI's more than 450 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources-the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. WRI's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. WRI's more than 450 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources-the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.

Financial

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
90.5%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.28
  Program Expenses Growth 10.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by World Resources Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by World Resources Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
World Resources Institute (DC) 98.23
The Climate Reality Project (DC) 92.23
Environmental Integrity Project (DC) 94.30
EARTHWORKS (DC) 96.66
Earthjustice (CA) 96.14

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $153,716,864
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,501,614
Total Contributions $158,218,478
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $158,218,478
   Other Revenue $1,099,590
TOTAL REVENUE $159,318,068
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $109,710,301
   Administrative Expenses $9,098,201
   Fundraising Expenses $1,985,339
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $120,793,841
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $38,524,227
   
Net Assets $162,393,826

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Food, Forest, Water and Ocean Program $42,150,380 38.4%
Ross Center for Sustainable Cities $22,466,741 20.5%
Climate Program $20,778,957 18.9%

Ratings History
World Resources Institute has received 13 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/23/2020 98.23
2018-09 11/01/2019 98.23
2017-09 09/01/2018 95.47
2016-09 12/01/2017 96.46
2015-09 11/01/2016 96.46
2014-09 06/01/2016 100.00
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 97.46
2013-09 11/01/2014 97.23
2012-09 08/01/2013 97.26
2011-09 07/01/2012 97.23
2010-09 09/20/2011 97.15
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 95.84
2008-09 09/01/2009 98.15
2007-09 10/01/2008 91.26
2006-09 05/01/2007 88.91
2005-09 09/01/2006 86.72
2004-09 07/01/2005 85.24
2003-09 08/01/2004 82.33
2002-09 08/01/2003 98.51
2001-09 10/15/2002 95.94

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1257057
Name in IRS Master File WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE
NTEE Code Q05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 1982
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$458,315 0.37% Andrew Steer President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
World Resources Institute (DC) 98.23
Western Environmental Law Center (OR) 99.49
Pinelands Preservation Alliance (NJ) 96.15
PennFuture (PA) 92.67
Save the Sound (CT) 92.15

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Charity Contact Info

World Resources Institute
10 G Street, NE
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 729-7600
fax: (202) 729-7610
EIN: 52-1257057

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Board Leadership

James A. Harmon & David Blood
Co-Chairs

CEO

Andrew Steer
President and CEO

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