Disable all preview features

Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Michigan Environmental Council

A collective voice for our environment

four stars

90.28

602 West Ionia Street Lansing, MI 48933
tel: (517) 487-9539   Web Site
EIN: 38-2517980

Board Leadership
Lisa Brush
Chair

CEO
Conan Smith
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.28 four stars
  Financial 91.76 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) provides a collective voice for the environment at the local, state and federal levels. Working with our 70 member groups and their collective membership of nearly 200,000 residents, MEC is addressing the primary assaults on Michigan's environment; promoting alternatives to urban blight and suburban sprawl; advocating for a sustainable environment and economy; protecting Michigan's water legacy; promoting cleaner energy; and working to diminish environmental impacts on children's health. Since our inception in 1980, MEC has been responsible for countless victories for our environment.

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) provides a collective voice for the environment at the local, state and federal levels. Working with our 70 member groups and their collective membership of nearly 200,000 residents, MEC is addressing the primary assaults on Michigan's environment; promoting alternatives to urban blight and suburban sprawl; advocating for a sustainable environment and economy; protecting Michigan's water legacy; promoting cleaner energy; and working to diminish environmental impacts on children's health. Since our inception in 1980, MEC has been responsible for countless victories for our environment.

Impact Information

data icon Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information on our rated profile pages. Each partner collects this data directly from nonprofits and provides updates to Charity Navigator when available.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. This will indicate your interest and encourage the nonprofit to share data with partners that are currently collecting information.

Financial

four stars

91.76

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
84.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.66
  Program Expenses Growth 1.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Michigan Environmental Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Michigan Environmental Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Michigan Environmental Council (MI) 90.28 four stars
Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PA) 89.37 three stars
Union of Concerned Scientists (MA) 93.69 four stars
Conservation Colorado Education Fund (CO) 92.22 four stars
Property and Environment Research Center (MT) 86.88 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,867,370
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $10,550
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,877,920
   Program Service Revenue $95,224
Total Primary Revenue $1,973,144
   Other Revenue $136,873
TOTAL REVENUE $2,110,017
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,064,100
   Administrative Expenses $252,990
   Fundraising Expenses $186,073
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,503,163
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-393,146
   
Net Assets $4,236,995

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
Cleaner Energy $793,550 38.4%
Building the Movement $480,126 23.3%
Clean Plentiful Water $479,829 23.2%

Ratings History
Michigan Environmental Council has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/01/2020 90.28 four stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 90.78 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 91.73 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.04 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 88.52 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.00 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 80.01 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 86.45 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 90.19 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 90.80 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 91.00 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 91.78 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 96.25 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 89.33 three stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 86.64 three stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 91.78 four stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 85.62 three stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 98.58 four stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 90.77 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 38-2517980
Name in IRS Master File MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
NTEE Code C01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
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)
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 June, 1984
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$75,871 3.03% Conan Smith President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Michigan Environmental Council (MI) 90.28 four stars
Western Resource Advocates (CO) 96.18 four stars
Environmental Advocates NY (NY) 95.99 four stars
Pinelands Preservation Alliance (NJ) 94.29 four stars
Vermont Natural Resources Council (VT) 86.05 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

Michigan Environmental Council
602 West Ionia Street
Lansing, MI 48933
tel: (517) 487-9539
fax: (517) 487-9541
EIN: 38-2517980

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Lisa Brush
Chair

CEO

Conan Smith
President & CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.