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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

LightHawk

Conservation Flying

four stars

92.09

P.O. Box 2710 Telluride, CO 81435
tel: (970) 797-9355   Web Site
EIN: 84-0852104

Board Leadership
Josh Marvil
Chairman

CEO
Terri Watson
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.09 four stars
  Financial 88.82 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

three stars

88.82

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
76.5%
  Administrative Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.05
  Program Expenses Growth 3.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by LightHawk on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by LightHawk on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
LightHawk (CO) 92.09 four stars
Galapagos Conservancy (VA) 91.93 four stars
Teton Science Schools (WY) 96.66 four stars
Beyond Pesticides (DC) 90.68 four stars
Washington Trails Association (WA) 96.05 four stars

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LightHawk exists to bring the unique contributions of aviation to leading conservation priorities in U.S., Canada, and Mesoamerica. Our staff seek out, educate and plan strategic aerial conservation projects with capable conservation partners. When meaningful flight campaigns are devised, we then leverage our national network of volunteer pilots to make aviation affordable.

Flight campaigns inform decision makers, increase efficiency of data gathering, and educate participants in ways that foster dialogue towards consensus on difficult issues. Types of flying include imagery, data collection, monitoring. wildlife transport, legislator / stakeholder / donor education, and media support.

Founded in 1979, LightHawk is the largest and oldest volunteer-based environmental aviation organization in North America. Funding supports creation of impactful and relevant flight campaigns by conservation staff, as well as recruitment & education of volunteer pilots who support our work.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,160,498
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,160,498
   Program Service Revenue $5,840
Total Primary Revenue $1,166,338
   Other Revenue $17,839
TOTAL REVENUE $1,184,177
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,206,812
   Administrative Expenses $139,386
   Fundraising Expenses $184,257
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,530,455
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-346,278
   
Net Assets $2,134,290

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
Strategic Initiatives $603,406 50.0%
Strategic Projects $301,703 25.0%
Flights of Opportunity $301,703 25.0%

Ratings History
LightHawk has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 04/01/2017 92.09 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.64 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 81.40 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 89.94 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 87.93 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 89.09 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 92.85 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 92.50 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/01/2010 90.17 four stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 92.58 four stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 79.57 two stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 79.03 two stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 69.59 one star
2004-12 10/01/2005 72.27 two stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 72.03 two stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 69.42 one star
2001-12 06/09/2003 63.38 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 84-0852104
Name in IRS Master File LIGHTHAWK
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(351) Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
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]
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2016
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$43,319 2.83% Terri Watson Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$30,033 1.96% John Pryor Former Executive Director

LightHawk exists to bring the unique contributions of aviation to leading conservation priorities in U.S., Canada, and Mesoamerica. Our staff seek out, educate and plan strategic aerial conservation projects with capable conservation partners. When meaningful flight campaigns are devised, we then leverage our national network of volunteer pilots to make aviation affordable.

Flight campaigns inform decision makers, increase efficiency of data gathering, and educate participants in ways that foster dialogue towards consensus on difficult issues. Types of flying include imagery, data collection, monitoring. wildlife transport, legislator / stakeholder / donor education, and media support.

Founded in 1979, LightHawk is the largest and oldest volunteer-based environmental aviation organization in North America. Funding supports creation of impactful and relevant flight campaigns by conservation staff, as well as recruitment & education of volunteer pilots who support our work.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
LightHawk (CO) 92.09 four stars
Environmental Initiative (MN) 90.63 four stars
As You Sow (CA) 93.98 four stars
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (WA) 88.98 three stars
Conservation Lands Foundation (CO) 97.34 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

LightHawk
P.O. Box 2710
Telluride, CO 81435
tel: (970) 797-9355
EIN: 84-0852104

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Board Leadership

Josh Marvil
Chairman

CEO

Terri Watson
Chief Executive Officer

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