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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

World Wildlife Fund

Protecting the future of nature

84.23

1250 24th Street, NW P.O. Box 97180
Washington, DC 20090
tel: (800) 960-0993   Web Site
EIN: 52-1693387

Board Leadership
Neville Isdell & Pamela Matson
Co-Chairs

CEO
Carter S. Roberts
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.23
  Financial 77.91
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1961, World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by: protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species; promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution. We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet's natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals.

Founded in 1961, World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by: protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species; promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution. We are committed to reversing the degradation of our planet's natural environment and to building a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance of human numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meeting these goals.

Financial

77.91

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 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)
77.7%
  Administrative Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.31
  Program Expenses Growth -1.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by World Wildlife Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by World Wildlife Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
World Wildlife Fund (DC) 84.23
Wild Salmon Center (OR) 91.00
International Crane Foundation (WI) 92.02
Wolf Conservation Center (NY) 93.45
Wildlife Alliance (NY) 89.03

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $195,347,461
   Federated Campaigns $295,610
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $196,898
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $34,458,758
Total Contributions $230,298,727
   Program Service Revenue $794,053
Total Primary Revenue $231,092,780
   Other Revenue $18,840,727
TOTAL REVENUE $249,933,507
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $176,832,616
   Administrative Expenses $19,905,319
   Fundraising Expenses $39,510,744
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $236,248,679
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $13,684,828
   
Net Assets $375,036,675

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
International Country Programs $55,100,050 31.2%
Global Conservation $38,749,644 21.9%
Public Education $32,322,742 18.3%

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 09/01/2021 84.23
2019-06 09/01/2021 84.23
2018-06 12/20/2019 80.32
2017-06 04/01/2018 82.32
2016-06 05/01/2017 83.01
2015-06 07/01/2016 86.04
2014-06 06/01/2016 86.71
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 05/01/2015 89.43
2013-06 06/01/2014 87.93
2012-06 03/01/2013 85.63
2011-06 09/01/2012 83.63
2010-06 09/20/2011 91.48
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 86.97
2008-06 07/01/2009 92.94
2007-06 08/01/2008 95.64
2006-06 11/01/2007 93.11
2005-06 07/01/2006 81.35
2004-06 04/01/2005 78.22
2003-06 05/01/2004 76.63
2002-06 06/09/2003 76.45

Historical CN Advisories

08/20/2019-12/01/2020: Moderate Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Moderate Concern CN Advisory for the World Wildlife Fund on December 1, 2020, because the CN Advisory has been in place for more than a year (since August 20, 2019), and because the issues that prompted the CN Advisory have been resolved. Specifically:

  • The World Wildlife Fund provided public domain documentation that shows that the issues identified in the CN Advisory have been resolved and that WWF has taken action steps to prevent the issue from happening again. You can learn more about the organizations efforts and the results of an internal review undertaken in response to the issues that prompted our CN Advisory by visiting their website here.

Charity Navigator had published a Moderate Concern CN Advisory on World Wildlife Fund because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On June 6, 2019, it came to the attention of Charity Navigator that World Wildlife Fund is the subject of an investigation by The House Natural Resources Committee according to an article titled, "House Panel Investigates Whether U.S. Funds Anti-Poaching Efforts Linked To Rights Abuses." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see The Huffington Post article.

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

EIN 52-1693387
Name in IRS Master File WORLD WILDLIFE FUND INC
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 August, 1991
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$858,276 0.36% Carter Roberts President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$902,603 0.38% Marcia Marsh Chief Operating Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
World Wildlife Fund (DC) 84.23
International Wolf Center (MN) 92.38
American Bird Conservancy (VA) 94.26
Defenders of Wildlife (DC) 87.53
WildAid (CA) 96.48

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Charity Contact Info

World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th Street, NW
P.O. Box 97180
Washington, DC 20090
tel: (800) 960-0993
EIN: 52-1693387

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Board Leadership

Neville Isdell & Pamela Matson
Co-Chairs

CEO

Carter S. Roberts
President, CEO

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