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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Environmental Initiative

Powerful Partnerships, Effective Solutions

four stars

94.79

211 First Street North Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55401
tel: (612) 334-3388   Web Site
EIN: 41-1718834

Board Leadership
Joey Vossen
Chair

CEO
Mike Harley
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.79 four stars
  Financial 93.82 four 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.

Environmental Initiative builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota's environmental problems.

In the last year, your support has allowed us to explore what equity looks like in our organization-and how to intentionally embed it into all our work. We have been able to take on new scopes of work, like expanding our clean diesel work to Washington, that could give us a chance to make lasting change on the national level. We've been able to rethink how we connect with our partners, sponsors, and financial supporters by hosting Champion's Gatherings that helped influence future strategies. We actively participate in a community that presents us with new ways of thinking, allowing your passions help drive our work. With input and financial support from people like you, Environmental Initiative can become the leading environmental organization in Minnesota driving lasting policy change.

Please consider a gift to continue this important work.

Environmental Initiative builds partnerships to develop collaborative solutions to Minnesota's environmental problems.

In the last year, your support has allowed us to explore what equity looks like in our organization-and how to intentionally embed it into all our work. We have been able to take on new scopes of work, like expanding our clean diesel work to Washington, that could give us a chance to make lasting change on the national level. We've been able to rethink how we connect with our partners, sponsors, and financial supporters by hosting Champion's Gatherings that helped influence future strategies. We actively participate in a community that presents us with new ways of thinking, allowing your passions help drive our work. With input and financial support from people like you, Environmental Initiative can become the leading environmental organization in Minnesota driving lasting policy change.

Please consider a gift to continue this important work.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)
11,000
Number of corporate volunteers
65
Number of volunteers
60
Number of overall donors
350
Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission
36
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

93.82

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)
80.9%
  Administrative Expenses 11.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.88
  Program Expenses Growth 19.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Initiative on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Initiative (MN) 94.79 four stars
Western North Carolina Alliance (NC) 87.67 three stars
Island Press (DC) 85.82 three stars
Earth Island Institute (CA) 92.08 four stars
Greenpeace Fund (DC) 89.16 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,181,481
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $264,554
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $418,199
Total Contributions $1,864,234
   Program Service Revenue $39,180
Total Primary Revenue $1,903,414
   Other Revenue $15,299
TOTAL REVENUE $1,918,713
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,755,228
   Administrative Expenses $305,683
   Fundraising Expenses $145,785
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,206,696
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-287,983
   
Net Assets $1,726,162

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
Clean Air $954,213 54.4%
Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition $386,007 22.0%
Environmental Policy $123,180 7.0%

Ratings History
Environmental Initiative has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 94.79 four stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 96.07 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 94.01 four stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 90.63 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.19 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 83.09 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 41-1718834
Name in IRS Master File ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (529) Ecology or conservation
(995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
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 May, 1992
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
$139,142 6.30% Mike Harley Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Initiative (MN) 94.79 four stars
Yosemite Conservancy (CA) 88.46 three stars
WILD Foundation (CO) 95.47 four stars
Ecology Center (MI) 94.39 four stars
The Marion Institute (MA) 85.84 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Environmental Initiative
211 First Street North
Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55401
tel: (612) 334-3388
EIN: 41-1718834

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Board Leadership

Joey Vossen
Chair

CEO

Mike Harley
Chief Executive Officer

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