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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Helping people. Saving gorillas.

four stars

94.67

800 Cherokee Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30315
tel: (800) 851-0203   Web Site
EIN: 52-1118866

Board Leadership
Judith C. Harris
Chair

CEO
Tara Stoinski
President, CEO, Chief Scientific Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.67 four stars
  Financial 93.09 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Founded originally by Dian Fossey as the Digit Fund, the organization has since grown to incorporate a holistic and integrated approach, which includes close collaboration with local communities as well as partners from around the world. In addition, we believe that the value of our work is even more far reaching. When gorillas are protected, so are their important forest habitats, which are important ecosystems that support our planet and all life on earth.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Founded originally by Dian Fossey as the Digit Fund, the organization has since grown to incorporate a holistic and integrated approach, which includes close collaboration with local communities as well as partners from around the world. In addition, we believe that the value of our work is even more far reaching. When gorillas are protected, so are their important forest habitats, which are important ecosystems that support our planet and all life on earth.

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Financial

four stars

93.09

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
85.4%
  Administrative Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.42
  Program Expenses Growth 3.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (GA) 94.67 four stars
EcoHealth Alliance (NY) 92.92 four stars
American Bird Conservancy (VA) 91.41 four stars
Snow Leopard Trust (WA) 93.73 four stars
International Crane Foundation (WI) 91.97 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,148,919
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $186,214
Total Contributions $13,335,133
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $13,335,133
   Other Revenue $35,760
TOTAL REVENUE $13,370,893
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,902,879
   Administrative Expenses $181,933
   Fundraising Expenses $371,673
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,456,485
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,914,408
   
Net Assets $14,299,373

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
Karisoke Research Center $1,353,432 46.6%
Education, Capacity Building, and Awareness $899,100 31.0%
Grauer's Gorilla Conservation and Research Program $650,347 22.4%

Ratings History
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 07/01/2019 94.67 four stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 92.38 four stars
2016-09 07/01/2017 92.38 four stars
2015-09 07/01/2016 89.00 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 88.55 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 81.25 three stars
2013-09 03/01/2015 80.51 three stars
2012-09 11/01/2013 78.84 two stars
2011-09 12/01/2012 87.93 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 92.37 four stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 93.23 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 90.91 four stars
2008-09 02/01/2010 91.32 four stars
2007-09 11/01/2008 86.03 three stars
2006-09 11/01/2007 90.68 four stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 85.78 three stars
2003-03 02/01/2004 87.67 three stars
2002-03 04/15/2003 85.14 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 52-1118866
Name in IRS Master File THE DIAN FOSSEY GORILLA FUND INTERNATIONAL
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (355) Wildlife sanctuary or refuge
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 August, 1978
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, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$193,026 5.58% Tara Stoinski President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (GA) 94.67 four stars
Cheetah Conservation Fund (VA) 91.55 four stars
Snow Leopard Trust (WA) 93.73 four stars
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (DC) 90.94 four stars
The Peregrine Fund (ID) 92.29 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
800 Cherokee Avenue, SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
tel: (800) 851-0203
fax: (404) 624-5999
EIN: 52-1118866

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Board Leadership

Judith C. Harris
Chair

CEO

Tara Stoinski
President, CEO, Chief Scientific Officer

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