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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Union of Concerned Scientists

Citizens and scientists for environmental solutions

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four stars

91.85

Two Brattle Square Cambridge, MA 02138
tel: (617) 547-5552   Web Site
EIN: 04-2535767

Board Leadership
Anne R. Kapuscinski
Chair

CEO
Kenneth Kimmell
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.85 four stars
  Financial 88.48 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

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Financial

three stars

88.48

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
79.7%
  Administrative Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.43
  Program Expenses Growth 12.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Union of Concerned Scientists on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Union of Concerned Scientists on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Union of Concerned Scientists (MA) 91.85 four stars
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (MD) 94.27 four stars
Environmental Defense Center (CA) 94.13 four stars
Western Conservation Foundation (CO) 87.14 three stars
Conservation Minnesota (MN) 88.06 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $37,258,220
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $37,258,220
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $37,258,220
   Other Revenue $2,610,313
TOTAL REVENUE $39,868,533
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $30,546,644
   Administrative Expenses $1,828,248
   Fundraising Expenses $4,362,644
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $36,737,536
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,130,997
   
Net Assets $48,767,407

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
Climate & Energy Program $12,268,078 38.6%
Center for Science and Democracy $5,477,812 17.2%
Clean Vehicles Program $4,882,955 15.4%

Ratings History
Union of Concerned Scientists has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 08/01/2019 91.85 four stars
2018-09 07/01/2019 90.46 four stars
2017-09 09/01/2018 90.64 four stars
2016-09 12/01/2017 91.14 four stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 88.49 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 89.18 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 84.11 three stars
2013-09 11/01/2014 91.19 four stars
2012-09 10/01/2013 91.74 four stars
2011-09 12/01/2012 92.35 four stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 93.94 four stars
2010-09 12/01/2011 92.18 four stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 96.01 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 96.02 four stars
2008-09 10/01/2009 96.07 four stars
2007-09 10/01/2008 93.26 four stars
2006-09 05/01/2007 92.99 four stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 87.96 three stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 92.83 four stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 88.19 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 04-2535767
Name in IRS Master File UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS INC
NTEE Code Q05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
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
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 June, 1974
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$298,255 0.81% Kenneth Kimmell President
Other Salaries of Note
$260,260 0.70% Kathleen Rest Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Union of Concerned Scientists (MA) 91.85 four stars
Oregon Environmental Council (OR) 96.66 four stars
International Conservation Caucus Foundation (DC) 86.84 three stars
Ceres (MA) 96.52 four stars
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (DC) 88.22 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Union of Concerned Scientists
Two Brattle Square
Cambridge, MA 02138
tel: (617) 547-5552
fax: (617) 864-9405
EIN: 04-2535767

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Board Leadership

Anne R. Kapuscinski
Chair

CEO

Kenneth Kimmell
President

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