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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Ceres

Sustainability is the bottom line.

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four stars

93.57

99 Chauncy Street 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
tel: (617) 247-0700   Web Site
EIN: 22-3053747

Board Leadership
Anne Stausboll
Chair

CEO
Mindy Lubber
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.57 four stars
  Financial 94.20 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Formed in 1989, Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through our powerful networks and advocacy, we tackle the world's biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses. Ceres' mission is to transform the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet. Ceres' vision is of a world in which business and capital markets promote the well being of human society and the protection of the earth's biological systems and resources. Ceres advances its vision by bringing investors, environmental groups and other stakeholders together to encourage companies and capital markets to incorporate environmental and social challenges into their day-to-day decision-making.

Formed in 1989, Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through our powerful networks and advocacy, we tackle the world's biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses. Ceres' mission is to transform the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet. Ceres' vision is of a world in which business and capital markets promote the well being of human society and the protection of the earth's biological systems and resources. Ceres advances its vision by bringing investors, environmental groups and other stakeholders together to encourage companies and capital markets to incorporate environmental and social challenges into their day-to-day decision-making.

Impact Information

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Program Name: Connect the Drops
Problem

The current drought has created an historic opportunity to advance water policy in California. However, competing economic interests continue to undermine progress and to threaten the state’s ability to sustainably manage its water resources. In order to take bold water policy action, California politicians need sustained support from the business sector, and a key missing voice in the polarized water policy debate is that of businesses advocating for sustainable water stewardship.

Strategy

(1) Recruit companies to act as messengers, building the bench of companies that weigh in on critical statewide water issues. (2) Showcase innovative company water stewardship efforts to provide proof-points in the debate on water policy. (3) Educate lawmakers through policymaker education visits with corporate partners. (4) Deploy business messengers to deliver strong economic messages – through sign-on letters, op-eds and other media – to embolden policy makers to advance policy actions.

IF:THEN

IF major companies develop and implement internal goals on water stewardship and engage California policymakers to address the state's water supply challenges (through efforts such as ensuring the implementation of the new groundwater management law, providing adequate funding to innovative water projects, and removing barriers to conservation, recycling, and storm water capture)...

THEN they will lead by example and inspire their peers to practice water stewardship and innovate, motivate California decision-makers to prioritize water management issues, and help to advance policy that transforms the way water is managed in California to achieve the long-term availability of water in this state.
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This impact information is current as of October 2018, when it was provided to us by Classy. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

94.20

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 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)
82.2%
  Administrative Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.03
  Program Expenses Growth 13.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ceres on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ceres on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ceres (MA) 93.57 four stars
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Trustees for Alaska (AK) 92.70 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,563,875
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $180,392
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,744,267
   Program Service Revenue $3,642,789
Total Primary Revenue $15,387,056
   Other Revenue $7,581
TOTAL REVENUE $15,394,637
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,040,646
   Administrative Expenses $1,092,007
   Fundraising Expenses $932,148
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,064,801
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,329,836
   
Net Assets $11,004,436

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
Sustainable Capital Markets $2,342,417 23.3%
Climate and Clean Energy $2,182,736 21.7%
Water $2,145,069 21.4%

Ratings History
Ceres has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-10 03/01/2018 93.57 four stars
2015-10 05/01/2017 94.02 four stars
2014-10 06/01/2016 91.76 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-10 02/01/2016 92.97 four stars
2014-10 12/22/2015 92.42 four stars
2013-10 12/22/2014 91.90 four stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 87.69 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 94.46 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 94.91 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 98.36 four stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 90.44 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 87.65 three stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 90.36 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 65.61 one star
2004-12 02/01/2006 82.79 three stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 64.69 one star
2002-12 01/01/2004 83.61 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 22-3053747
Name in IRS Master File CERES INC
NTEE Code C01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (559) Other matters
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, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End October
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • October, 2016
  • October, 2015
  • October, 2014
  • October, 2013
  • October, 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
$212,304 1.75% Mindy Lubber President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ceres (MA) 93.57 four stars
Trustees for Alaska (AK) 92.70 four stars
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (UT) 93.68 four stars
Clean Wisconsin (WI) 89.72 three stars
World Resources Institute (DC) 95.47 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Ceres
99 Chauncy Street
6th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
tel: (617) 247-0700
fax: (617) 267-5400
EIN: 22-3053747

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Board Leadership

Anne Stausboll
Chair

CEO

Mindy Lubber
President

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