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Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Protecting Vermont's natural heritage through education and research

three stars

85.91

PO Box 1281 149 Natures Way
Quechee, VT 05059
tel: (802) 359-5000   Web Site
EIN: 03-0231665

Board Leadership
Jack Lee
Chair

CEO
Charlie F. Rattigan
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.91 three stars
  Financial 81.35 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1972, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit environmental education organization based in Quechee, Vermont. VINS' mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation. VINS delivers locally relevant environmental education programs, combining environmental science concepts with hands-on exploration to empower individuals to care for local natural ecosystems. Thousands of school children, teachers, conservation volunteers, and other adult learners from throughout New England participate in VINS' environmental education, research, and rehabilitation programs each year at the VINS Nature Center (VNC) and in area schools, camps, and community organizations. VINS empowers traditionally underserved citizens as active, productive, and informed decision-makers, capable of engaging with confidence in the complex environmental issues that directly impact them and their communities.

Founded in 1972, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit environmental education organization based in Quechee, Vermont. VINS' mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation. VINS delivers locally relevant environmental education programs, combining environmental science concepts with hands-on exploration to empower individuals to care for local natural ecosystems. Thousands of school children, teachers, conservation volunteers, and other adult learners from throughout New England participate in VINS' environmental education, research, and rehabilitation programs each year at the VINS Nature Center (VNC) and in area schools, camps, and community organizations. VINS empowers traditionally underserved citizens as active, productive, and informed decision-makers, capable of engaging with confidence in the complex environmental issues that directly impact them and their communities.

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Financial

three stars

81.35

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
63.5%
  Administrative Expenses 27.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.14
  Program Expenses Growth 14.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Vermont Institute of Natural Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Vermont Institute of Natural Science on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VT) 85.91 three stars
Great Meadow Foundation (VA) 87.72 three stars
World Forestry Center (OR) 89.70 three stars
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 92.18 four stars
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NJ) 99.71 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,812,841
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,812,841
   Program Service Revenue $648,428
Total Primary Revenue $2,461,269
   Other Revenue $188,742
TOTAL REVENUE $2,650,011
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,100,601
   Administrative Expenses $255,142
   Fundraising Expenses $153,104
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,508,847
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,141,164
   
Net Assets $5,210,017

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
Wildlife Rehabilitation, Education, and Research $655,384 59.5%
Nature Center $445,217 40.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-03 10/01/2019 85.91 three stars
2017-03 12/01/2018 74.45 two stars
2017-03 09/01/2018 70.50 two stars
2016-03 07/01/2017 70.85 two stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 73.35 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 10/01/2015 69.50 one star
2013-03 08/01/2014 79.25 two stars
2012-03 08/01/2013 70.24 two stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 73.92 two stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 73.71 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 03/01/2011 64.49 one star
2009-03 06/01/2010 64.54 one star
2007-06 10/01/2009 65.68 one star
2006-06 06/01/2008 76.01 two stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 84.75 three stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 78.85 two stars
2003-06 07/01/2004 83.06 three stars
2002-06 09/01/2003 87.57 three stars
2001-06 04/15/2003 84.21 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 03-0231665
Name in IRS Master File VERMONT INSTITUTE OF NATURAL SCIENCE INC
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
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 August, 1973
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$77,401 5.12% Charles Rattigan Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VT) 85.91 three stars
Irvine Nature Center (MD) 92.06 four stars
Riveredge Nature Center (WI) 91.18 four stars
Greater Newark Conservancy (NJ) 90.07 four stars
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center (MN) 90.11 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
PO Box 1281
149 Natures Way
Quechee, VT 05059
tel: (802) 359-5000
fax: (802) 359-5001
EIN: 03-0231665

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Board Leadership

Jack Lee
Chair

CEO

Charlie F. Rattigan
Executive Director

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