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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Union of Concerned Scientists

Citizens and scientists for environmental solutions

93.69

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 93.69
  Financial 91.61
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

91.61

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
81.9%
  Administrative Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.29
  Program Expenses Growth 11.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.4%
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.

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Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Donors were concerned about the amount of direct mail solicitations we sent over the course of the year They shared a feeling that they were not beneficial from an environmental standpoint, as well as wanting to decrease the amount of mail they received on an individual basis Listening to that concern, UCS adopted a policy that we will not mail more than four solicitations to our donors over the course of a year
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Union of Concerned Scientists (MA) 93.69
Environmental Law Institute (DC) 93.43
Alaska Wilderness League (DC) 90.40
Conservation Law Foundation (MA) 93.92
Western Environmental Law Center (OR) 99.49

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $38,054,270
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $38,054,270
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $38,054,270
   Other Revenue $1,680,237
TOTAL REVENUE $39,734,507
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $34,719,641
   Administrative Expenses $2,017,664
   Fundraising Expenses $3,991,573
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $40,728,878
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-994,371
   
Net Assets $47,607,890

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 and Clean Energy Program $14,838,817 41.6%
Center for Science and Democracy $5,636,149 15.8%
Clean Transportation Program $5,291,719 14.8%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/01/2020 93.69
2018-09 08/01/2019 91.85
2018-09 07/01/2019 90.46
2017-09 09/01/2018 90.64
2016-09 12/01/2017 91.14
2015-09 10/01/2016 88.49
2014-09 06/01/2016 89.18
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 84.11
2013-09 11/01/2014 91.19
2012-09 10/01/2013 91.74
2011-09 12/01/2012 92.35
2010-09 02/01/2012 93.94
2010-09 12/01/2011 92.18
2009-09 09/20/2011 96.01
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 96.02
2008-09 10/01/2009 96.07
2007-09 10/01/2008 93.26
2006-09 05/01/2007 92.99
2005-09 07/01/2006 87.96
2004-09 07/01/2005 92.83

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
$313,458 0.76% Kenneth Kimmell President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Union of Concerned Scientists (MA) 93.69
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (DC) 92.02
350.org (MA) 85.55
Environmental Integrity Project (DC) 94.30
Dogwood Alliance (NC) 89.18

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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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