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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.

four stars

90.69

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

Board Leadership
Aaron Behle
Chair

CEO
Chad Nelsen
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.69 four stars
  Financial 87.46 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

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Financial

three stars

87.46

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
80.4%
  Administrative Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.69
  Program Expenses Growth 8.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.2%
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) 90.69 four stars
Coastal Conservation League (SC) 94.30 four stars
Coral Restoration Foundation (FL) 92.39 four stars
The Ocean Foundation (DC) 95.00 four stars
Los Angeles Waterkeeper (CA) 88.11 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,894,310
   Federated Campaigns $183,300
   Membership Dues $1,566,897
   Fundraising Events $72,325
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $149,998
Total Contributions $6,866,830
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,866,830
   Other Revenue $1,752,145
TOTAL REVENUE $8,618,975
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $6,342,208
   Administrative Expenses $483,244
   Fundraising Expenses $875,558
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,701,010
   
Payments to Affiliates $16,447
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $917,965
   
Net Assets $5,123,117

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 $1,021,000 15.6%
Chapter Assistance $4,361,934 66.8%
Clean Water Initiative $419,635 6.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 90.69 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2020 87.18 three stars
2017-12 08/01/2019 85.27 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 85.31 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 84.75 three stars
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

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$148,691 1.93% Chad Nelsen CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Surfrider Foundation (CA) 90.69 four stars
North Carolina Coastal Federation (NC) 100.00 four stars
San Diego Coastkeeper (CA) 88.69 three stars
Gulf of Maine Research Institute (ME) 93.60 four stars
Chesapeake Conservancy (MD) 96.22 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 73550
San Clemente, CA 92673

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Board Leadership

Aaron Behle
Chair

CEO

Chad Nelsen
Chief Executive Officer

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