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Native Seeds/SEARCH

Regional Seed Solution Model

two stars

77.61

3584 East River Road Tucson, AZ 85718
tel: (520) 622-0830   Web Site
EIN: 94-2899356

Board Leadership
Marie Swanson
Chair

CEO
Joy Hought
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.61 two stars
  Financial 74.67 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For 25 years, Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) has endeavored to conserve the rich legacy of agro-biodiversity in the arid Southwest because of its genetic potential and cultural importance. NS/S conserves, distributes, and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and Northwest Mexico. We envision the Greater Southwest as a place where farms and gardens, kitchens and tables, stores and restaurants are brimming with the full diversity of arid lands-adapted heirloom crops; people are keeping the unique seeds and agricultural heritage alive; and the crops, in turn, are nourishing humankind.

For 25 years, Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) has endeavored to conserve the rich legacy of agro-biodiversity in the arid Southwest because of its genetic potential and cultural importance. NS/S conserves, distributes, and documents the adapted and diverse varieties of agricultural seeds, their wild relatives and the role these seeds play in cultures of the American Southwest and Northwest Mexico. We envision the Greater Southwest as a place where farms and gardens, kitchens and tables, stores and restaurants are brimming with the full diversity of arid lands-adapted heirloom crops; people are keeping the unique seeds and agricultural heritage alive; and the crops, in turn, are nourishing humankind.

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Financial

two stars

74.67

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

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)
75.1%
  Administrative Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.25
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.00
  Program Expenses Growth -7.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Native Seeds/SEARCH on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Native Seeds/SEARCH on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Native Seeds/SEARCH (AZ) 77.61 two stars
National Environmental Education Foundation (DC) 89.30 three stars
Pacific Environment (CA) 87.50 three stars
As You Sow (CA) 93.98 four stars
The Garden Conservancy (NY) 91.90 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $342,298
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $129,044
   Fundraising Events $12,678
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $484,020
   Program Service Revenue $3,330
Total Primary Revenue $487,350
   Other Revenue $422,788
TOTAL REVENUE $910,138
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $626,216
   Administrative Expenses $141,037
   Fundraising Expenses $137,508
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $904,761
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,377
   
Net Assets $988,969

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
Distribution $457,059 73.0%
Conservation $132,175 21.1%
Education $36,982 5.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 08/01/2019 77.61 two stars
2017-09 02/01/2019 78.07 two stars
2016-09 12/01/2017 84.17 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 85.73 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 83.64 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 76.80 two stars
2013-09 05/01/2015 81.05 three stars
2012-09 02/01/2014 81.20 three stars
2011-09 12/01/2012 88.65 three stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 85.77 three stars
2010-09 11/01/2011 83.12 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 84.15 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 03/01/2011 81.23 three stars
2008-09 12/15/2009 86.03 three stars
2007-09 05/01/2009 90.67 four stars
2006-09 05/01/2007 87.90 three stars
2005-09 06/01/2006 93.15 four stars
2004-09 06/01/2005 90.72 four stars
2003-09 07/01/2004 78.23 two stars
2002-09 12/01/2003 76.91 two 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 94-2899356
Name in IRS Master File NATIVE SEEDS SOUTHWESTRN ENDANGERED ARIDLAND RESOURCES CLEARING HOUSE
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 (29) Other religious activities
(199) Other scientific research 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 October, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$70,675 7.81% Joy Hought Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Native Seeds/SEARCH (AZ) 77.61 two stars
Environmental Research and Education Foundation (NC) 95.61 four stars
Earth Force (CO) 87.63 three stars
Green Mountain Club (VT) 87.16 three stars
The Garden Conservancy (NY) 91.90 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Native Seeds/SEARCH
3584 East River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718
tel: (520) 622-0830
fax: (520) 622-0829
EIN: 94-2899356

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Board Leadership

Marie Swanson
Chair

CEO

Joy Hought
Executive Director

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