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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

NatureServe

A network connecting science with conservation

three stars

83.24

2550 South Clark Street STE 930
Arlington, VA 22202
tel: (703) 908-1800   Web Site
EIN: 52-1884438

Board Leadership
James Brumm
Chair

CEO
Sean T. O'Brien, Ph.D.
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.24 three stars
  Financial 76.30 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1994, NatureServe is a conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. We not only collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, but develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. The objective scientific information about species and ecosystems developed by NatureServe is used by all sectors of society to make informed decisions about managing our natural resources.

Established in 1994, NatureServe is a conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. We not only collect and manage detailed local information on plants, animals, and ecosystems, but develop information products, data management tools, and conservation services to help meet local, national, and global conservation needs. The objective scientific information about species and ecosystems developed by NatureServe is used by all sectors of society to make informed decisions about managing our natural resources.

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Financial

two stars

76.30

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
78.2%
  Administrative Expenses 18.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.12
  Program Expenses Growth 0.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by NatureServe on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by NatureServe on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
NatureServe (VA) 83.24 three stars
Izaak Walton League of America (MD) 88.24 three stars
Conservation Lands Foundation (CO) 97.15 four stars
Conservation Strategy Fund (CA) 93.27 four stars
Alaska Conservation Foundation (AK) 87.04 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,765,408
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $60,850
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,461,789
Total Contributions $6,288,047
   Program Service Revenue $1,456,420
Total Primary Revenue $7,744,467
   Other Revenue $437,871
TOTAL REVENUE $8,182,338
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,806,921
   Administrative Expenses $1,452,084
   Fundraising Expenses $239,358
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,498,363
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-316,025
   
Net Assets $7,026,155

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
Conservation Products and Services $2,181,697 32.1%
Technology Research and Development $1,801,324 26.5%
Scientific Data and Methods $1,763,272 25.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 83.24 three stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 84.93 three stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 86.21 three stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 85.34 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 85.57 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 84.70 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 02/01/2016 79.66 two stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 79.08 two stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 80.14 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2014 77.33 two stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 76.35 two stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 77.00 two stars
2010-06 12/23/2011 75.07 two stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 74.17 two stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 83.63 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 80.30 three stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 83.36 three stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 81.69 three stars
2006-06 08/01/2007 86.64 three stars
2005-06 07/01/2006 83.83 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 52-1884438
Name in IRS Master File NATURESERVE
NTEE Code C03
NTEE Classification Professional Societies, Associations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(205) Professional association
(379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
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 July, 1995
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
$141,239 1.66% Lori Scott Interim CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$203,703 2.39% Gregory Miller Former President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
NatureServe (VA) 83.24 three stars
Conservation Strategy Fund (CA) 93.27 four stars
Resource Central (CO) 93.57 four stars
The Watershed Institute (NJ) 93.45 four stars
Conservation Lands Foundation (CO) 97.15 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

NatureServe
2550 South Clark Street
STE 930
Arlington, VA 22202
tel: (703) 908-1800
fax: (703) 229-1670
EIN: 52-1884438

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Board Leadership

James Brumm
Chair

CEO

Sean T. O'Brien, Ph.D.
President and CEO

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