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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Shelburne Farms

Educating for a Sustainable Future.

four stars

91.17

1611 Harbor Road Shelburne, VT 05482
tel: (802) 985-8686   Web Site
EIN: 03-0229347

Board Leadership
Lisa Steele
Chair

CEO
Alec Webb
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.17 four stars
  Financial 94.09 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

94.09

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 03/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
84.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.39
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Shelburne Farms on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Shelburne Farms on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Shelburne Farms (VT) 91.17 four stars
Greater Newark Conservancy (NJ) 91.46 four stars
Access Fund (CO) 89.91 three stars
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 90.97 four stars
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 91.02 four stars

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Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future.

The Farm advances education for sustainability in Vermont, nationally, and internationally through its professional learning for teachers, farm to school, and farm-based education programs. Shelburne Farms plays a leadership role in such groundbreaking educational initiatives as the Sustainable Schools Project, a Forest for Every Classroom, and a Watershed for Every Classroom. The Farm supports the National and Vermont Farm to School Networks, Vermont Food Education Every Day, and the Farm-Based Education Network.

Shelburne Farms is supported by grants and donations, as well as its program-support enterprises: a grass-based dairy and award-winning farmstead cheese-making operation, an organic market garden, maple sugaring and sustainable lumber production, an internationally-recognized seasonal inn and farm-to-table restaurant, and special events.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,264,812
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $163,288
Total Contributions $3,428,100
   Program Service Revenue $944,648
Total Primary Revenue $4,372,748
   Other Revenue $345,542
TOTAL REVENUE $4,718,290
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,881,726
   Administrative Expenses $341,566
   Fundraising Expenses $272,468
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,495,760
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $222,530
   
Net Assets $31,461,606

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 03/01/2017 91.17 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.19 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 81.10 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 89.09 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 91.21 four stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 86.92 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 89.54 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 90.97 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 83.31 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 98.65 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 96.43 four stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 87.66 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 77.06 two stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 72.25 two stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 86.97 three stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 88.16 three stars
2001-12 04/15/2003 89.24 three stars

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

EIN 03-0229347
Name in IRS Master File SHELBURNE FARMS
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (325) Camp
(230) Farming
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 September, 1973
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$124,645 2.77% Alec Webb President

Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future.

The Farm advances education for sustainability in Vermont, nationally, and internationally through its professional learning for teachers, farm to school, and farm-based education programs. Shelburne Farms plays a leadership role in such groundbreaking educational initiatives as the Sustainable Schools Project, a Forest for Every Classroom, and a Watershed for Every Classroom. The Farm supports the National and Vermont Farm to School Networks, Vermont Food Education Every Day, and the Farm-Based Education Network.

Shelburne Farms is supported by grants and donations, as well as its program-support enterprises: a grass-based dairy and award-winning farmstead cheese-making operation, an organic market garden, maple sugaring and sustainable lumber production, an internationally-recognized seasonal inn and farm-to-table restaurant, and special events.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Shelburne Farms (VT) 91.17 four stars
Access Fund (CO) 89.91 three stars
Irvine Nature Center (MD) 89.93 three stars
Center for Ecoliteracy (CA) 85.55 three stars
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 91.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
tel: (802) 985-8686
fax: (802) 985-8123
EIN: 03-0229347

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Board Leadership

Lisa Steele
Chair

CEO

Alec Webb
President

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