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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

The Wetlands Initiative

Dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest

four stars

94.80

53 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 1015
Chicago, IL 60604
tel: (312) 922-0777   Web Site
EIN: 36-3942451

Board Leadership
Carl R. Yudell
Chair

CEO
Paul Botts
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.80 four stars
  Financial 92.65 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Wetlands Initiative is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damages. TWI was founded in 1994 to reverse the environmental damage created by the drainage of valuable wetlands in the upper Midwest. Today TWI works as "conservation entrepreneurs" to develop new methods and strategies for restoring our lost wetland ecosystems.

TWI projects focus on the Illinois River Basin. The organization seeks to conduct and support high-quality restoration projects through direct, on-the-ground work and by forming larger partnerships to demonstrate innovative ways to finance large-scale wetland restoration, such as ecosystem service markets. With a focus on science-based, economically sustainable projects and collaborative work with public agencies, TWI's goal is to develop restoration methods and models that others may copy.

The Wetlands Initiative is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damages. TWI was founded in 1994 to reverse the environmental damage created by the drainage of valuable wetlands in the upper Midwest. Today TWI works as "conservation entrepreneurs" to develop new methods and strategies for restoring our lost wetland ecosystems.

TWI projects focus on the Illinois River Basin. The organization seeks to conduct and support high-quality restoration projects through direct, on-the-ground work and by forming larger partnerships to demonstrate innovative ways to finance large-scale wetland restoration, such as ecosystem service markets. With a focus on science-based, economically sustainable projects and collaborative work with public agencies, TWI's goal is to develop restoration methods and models that others may copy.

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Financial

four stars

92.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
81.7%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.63
  Program Expenses Growth 5.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Wetlands Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Wetlands Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Wetlands Initiative (IL) 94.80 four stars
California Trout (CA) 92.38 four stars
League to Save Lake Tahoe (CA) 85.53 three stars
Mono Lake Committee (CA) 86.95 three stars
SoundWaters (CT) 94.48 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,697,733
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,819
Total Contributions $2,700,552
   Program Service Revenue $27,149
Total Primary Revenue $2,727,701
   Other Revenue $55,523
TOTAL REVENUE $2,783,224
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,322,795
   Administrative Expenses $154,687
   Fundraising Expenses $137,848
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,615,330
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,167,894
   
Net Assets $7,165,968

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
On the Ground Restoration $1,023,038 77.3%
Innovation of New Strategies $299,757 22.7%

Ratings History
The Wetlands Initiative has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 02/01/2018 94.80 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 90.82 four stars
2014-12 07/01/2016 93.91 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.29 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 94.04 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 83.97 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 90.10 four stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 81.21 three stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 84.75 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.95 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 76.97 two stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 88.61 three stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 91.44 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 86.09 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 82.94 three stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 82.93 three stars
2003-12 08/01/2004 91.34 four stars
2002-12 12/01/2003 93.93 four stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 94.86 four 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 36-3942451
Name in IRS Master File THE WETLANDS INITIATIVE
NTEE Code C32
NTEE Classification Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(199) Other scientific research 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 November, 1999
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$121,585 7.52% Paul R. Botts Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Wetlands Initiative (IL) 94.80 four stars
Waterkeeper Alliance (NY) 90.91 four stars
Living Lands and Waters (IL) 90.80 four stars
Great Swamp Watershed Association (NJ) 97.13 four stars
SoundWaters (CT) 94.48 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Wetlands Initiative
53 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 1015
Chicago, IL 60604
tel: (312) 922-0777
fax: (312) 922-1823
EIN: 36-3942451

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Board Leadership

Carl R. Yudell
Chair

CEO

Paul Botts
Executive Director

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