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Delaware Nature Society

Educating today, preserving for tomorrow

four stars

91.54

3511 Barley Mill Road Hockessin, DE 19707
tel: (302) 239-2334   Web Site
EIN: 51-6018321

Board Leadership
Jeff Pantazes
President

CEO
Anne Harper
Acting Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.54 four stars
  Financial 95.30 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1964, the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) is the pre-eminent non-profit environmental organization in the state. DNS is unique in the way it integrates education as a vital element in its role in preservation, conservation and advocacy. Currently, thousands of members support this important work and/or participate in programs while over 1,000 volunteers assist the 33 member core staff and interns so that annual programs continue to improve and increase. DNS works to foster understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the natural world through education; to preserve ecologically significant areas; and to advocate stewardship and conservation of natural resources.

Founded in 1964, the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) is the pre-eminent non-profit environmental organization in the state. DNS is unique in the way it integrates education as a vital element in its role in preservation, conservation and advocacy. Currently, thousands of members support this important work and/or participate in programs while over 1,000 volunteers assist the 33 member core staff and interns so that annual programs continue to improve and increase. DNS works to foster understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the natural world through education; to preserve ecologically significant areas; and to advocate stewardship and conservation of natural resources.

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Financial

four stars

95.30

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 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)
77.3%
  Administrative Expenses 15.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.77
  Program Expenses Growth 10.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Delaware Nature Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Delaware Nature Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 91.54 four stars
San Diego River Park Foundation (CA) 86.25 three stars
The Park People (CO) 86.10 three stars
Access Fund (CO) 89.74 three stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.14 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $537,412
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $126,764
   Fundraising Events $64,755
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $911,699
Total Contributions $1,640,630
   Program Service Revenue $790,326
Total Primary Revenue $2,430,956
   Other Revenue $637,086
TOTAL REVENUE $3,068,042
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,475,753
   Administrative Expenses $596,287
   Fundraising Expenses $254,245
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,326,285
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,258,243
   
Net Assets $42,309,246

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
Education $2,284,223 65.7%
Land & Biodiversity Management $661,392 19.0%
Preservation and Conservation $530,138 15.3%

Ratings History
Delaware Nature Society has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 05/01/2018 91.54 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 90.97 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.32 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 87.62 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 84.59 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2014 85.56 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 81.40 three stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 86.61 three stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 82.77 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.61 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/24/2010 79.49 two stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 88.04 three stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 92.55 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 90.36 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 71.47 two stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 82.66 three stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 79.79 two stars
2002-12 12/01/2003 81.99 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 88.97 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 51-6018321
Name in IRS Master File DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY INC
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 (119) Other cultural or historical 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 January, 1965
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • 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
$108,320 2.50% Brian Winslow Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 91.54 four stars
Harris Center for Conservation Education (NH) 92.22 four stars
Regional Parks Foundation (CA) 91.45 four stars
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center (MN) 89.57 three stars
The Park People (CO) 86.10 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Delaware Nature Society
3511 Barley Mill Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
tel: (302) 239-2334
fax: (302) 239-2473
EIN: 51-6018321

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707

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Board Leadership

Jeff Pantazes
President

CEO

Anne Harper
Acting Executive Director

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