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Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

three stars

86.45

942 Calle Negocio Suite 350
San Clemente, CA 92673
tel: (949) 492-8170   Web Site
EIN: 95-3941826

Board Leadership
Lisa Pierce Fiedelholtz
Chairman

CEO
Chad Nelsen
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.45 three stars
  Financial 81.26 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

81.26

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2017 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)
82.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.47
  Program Expenses Growth 1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Surfrider Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Surfrider Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Surfrider Foundation (CA) 86.45 three stars
Coral Reef Alliance (CA) 94.05 four stars
Marine Conservation Institute (WA) 86.18 three stars
Chesapeake Bay Trust (MD) 95.05 four stars
The Ocean Foundation (DC) 94.69 four stars

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The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 60,000 members and 100 chapters worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,742,574
   Federated Campaigns $134,458
   Membership Dues $1,322,536
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $116,353
Total Contributions $5,315,921
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,315,921
   Other Revenue $954,678
TOTAL REVENUE $6,270,599
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $4,926,625
   Administrative Expenses $500,072
   Fundraising Expenses $711,619
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,138,316
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $132,283
   
Net Assets $3,204,708

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
Environmental Activities $3,632,777 71.3%
Chapter Assistance $649,443 12.8%
WA Regional Support $520,768 10.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 06/01/2017 86.45 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.92 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 85.72 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 85.65 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 87.45 three stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 73.19 two stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 85.28 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.51 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 85.34 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 90.97 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 90.92 four stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 93.73 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 88.70 three stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 75.10 two stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 83.73 three stars
2002-12 01/01/2004 88.54 three stars
2001-12 06/09/2003 93.87 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 95-3941826
Name in IRS Master File SURFRIDER FOUNDATION
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 April, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • 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
$155,000 2.52% Chad Nelsen CEO

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 60,000 members and 100 chapters worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Surfrider Foundation (CA) 86.45 three stars
Ocean Conservancy (DC) 90.87 four stars
Coral Reef Alliance (CA) 94.05 four stars
Gulf of Maine Research Institute (ME) 86.98 three stars
The Ocean Foundation (DC) 94.69 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Surfrider Foundation
942 Calle Negocio
Suite 350
San Clemente, CA 92673
tel: (949) 492-8170
fax: (949) 492-8142
EIN: 95-3941826

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 6010
San Clemente, CA 92674

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Board Leadership

Lisa Pierce Fiedelholtz
Chairman

CEO

Chad Nelsen
Chief Executive Officer

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