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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation (Grantmaking)

Chesapeake Bay Trust

Restoring and preserving the Chesapeake and coastal Bay, rivers, streams, and other natural resources in mid-Atlantic

four stars

97.23

108 Severn Avenue Annapolis, MD 21403
tel: (410) 974-2941   Web Site
EIN: 52-1454182

Board Leadership
Benjamin Wechsler
Chair

CEO
Jana Davis, PhD
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.23 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Coastal Bays, and Youghiogheny River. Created in 1985 by the Maryland General Assembly, our goal is to increase stewardship through grant programs, special initiatives, and partnerships that support K-12 environmental education, on-the ground watershed restoration, community engagement, and the underlying science of these three realms. Through our grants, the Trust engages hundreds of thousands of students and volunteers in projects that have a measurable impact on the natural resources of our region. Grantees include schools, local governments, community groups, faith-based groups, watershed organizations, and other not-for-profit entities.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust is a nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Coastal Bays, and Youghiogheny River. Created in 1985 by the Maryland General Assembly, our goal is to increase stewardship through grant programs, special initiatives, and partnerships that support K-12 environmental education, on-the ground watershed restoration, community engagement, and the underlying science of these three realms. Through our grants, the Trust engages hundreds of thousands of students and volunteers in projects that have a measurable impact on the natural resources of our region. Grantees include schools, local governments, community groups, faith-based groups, watershed organizations, and other not-for-profit entities.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
92.2%
  Administrative Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.05
  Program Expenses Growth 15.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chesapeake Bay Trust on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chesapeake Bay Trust on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chesapeake Bay Trust (MD) 97.23 four stars
Healthy Gulf (LA) 88.68 three stars
Surfrider Foundation (CA) 85.31 three stars
Gulf of Maine Research Institute (ME) 93.60 four stars
Ocean Conservancy (DC) 91.97 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,370,841
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $89,604
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,597,210
Total Contributions $12,057,655
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $12,057,655
   Other Revenue $109,308
TOTAL REVENUE $12,166,963
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,161,024
   Administrative Expenses $516,446
   Fundraising Expenses $437,465
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,114,935
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $52,028
   
Net Assets $10,856,353

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
Restoration Programs $7,532,069 67.5%
Community Stewardship $2,880,652 25.8%
Environmental Education $748,303 6.7%

Ratings History
Chesapeake Bay Trust has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 07/01/2018 97.23 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 94.74 four stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 95.05 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 97.15 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 92.44 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 88.02 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 95.58 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 99.05 four stars
2010-06 02/01/2012 97.05 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 94.24 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 95.83 four stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 98.02 four stars
2008-06 04/01/2009 98.33 four stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 98.55 four stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 98.28 four stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 98.54 four stars
2004-06 02/01/2005 99.04 four stars
2003-06 03/01/2004 96.69 four stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 91.55 four 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 52-1454182
Name in IRS Master File CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST
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 (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$144,402 1.19% Jana L. Davis Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chesapeake Bay Trust (MD) 97.23 four stars
Orange County Coastkeeper (CA) 94.74 four stars
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast (FL) 95.85 four stars
Center for Coastal Studies (MA) 94.03 four stars
Clean Ocean Action (NJ) 92.82 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chesapeake Bay Trust
108 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
tel: (410) 974-2941
EIN: 52-1454182

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Board Leadership

Benjamin Wechsler
Chair

CEO

Jana Davis, PhD
Executive Director

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