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Environmental Law Institute

Making law work for people, places, and the planet

four stars

94.14

1730 M Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 939-3850   Web Site
EIN: 52-0901863

Board Leadership
Benjamin F. Wilson
Chair

CEO
Scott Fulton
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.14 four stars
  Financial 91.72 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1969, Environmental Law Institute (ELI) works to advance environmental protection by improving law, policy and management. The Institute has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, domestically and abroad. Today, we are an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection worldwide. ELI delivers insightful and impartial analysis to opinion makers, including government officials, environmental and business leaders, academics, members of the environmental bar, and journalists. Our work is primarily focused on protecting water resources, land, and biodiversity and improving environmental law and its implementation in the U.S. and internationally.

Founded in 1969, Environmental Law Institute (ELI) works to advance environmental protection by improving law, policy and management. The Institute has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, domestically and abroad. Today, we are an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection worldwide. ELI delivers insightful and impartial analysis to opinion makers, including government officials, environmental and business leaders, academics, members of the environmental bar, and journalists. Our work is primarily focused on protecting water resources, land, and biodiversity and improving environmental law and its implementation in the U.S. and internationally.

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Financial

four stars

91.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
80.3%
  Administrative Expenses 13.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.23
  Program Expenses Growth 5.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Law Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Law Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Law Institute (DC) 94.14 four stars
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (DC) 92.27 four stars
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (MD) 94.27 four stars
Environmental Law and Policy Center (IL) 92.34 four stars
Environmental Working Group (DC) 91.51 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,420,279
   Federated Campaigns $6,515
   Membership Dues $165,000
   Fundraising Events $361,159
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,177,817
Total Contributions $5,130,770
   Program Service Revenue $919,877
Total Primary Revenue $6,050,647
   Other Revenue $270,932
TOTAL REVENUE $6,321,579
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,563,559
   Administrative Expenses $1,191,647
   Fundraising Expenses $181,455
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,936,661
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $384,918
   
Net Assets $6,660,876

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
Research and Policy $3,116,214 68.3%
Education $1,008,145 22.1%
Publications $439,200 9.6%

Ratings History
Environmental Law Institute has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 11/01/2019 94.14 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 92.44 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 86.19 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 84.23 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.54 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 81.06 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 88.60 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 91.62 four stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 87.16 three stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 86.66 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.05 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 83.34 three stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 93.70 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 78.55 two stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 74.94 two stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 74.96 two stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 70.29 two stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 82.06 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 52-0901863
Name in IRS Master File ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE INC
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 (120) Publishing activities
(59) Other school related activities
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 May, 1970
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$271,700 4.57% C. Scott Fulton President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Law Institute (DC) 94.14 four stars
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (DC) 88.22 three stars
Trustees for Alaska (AK) 87.25 three stars
Vermont Natural Resources Council (VT) 95.30 four stars
Ohio Environmental Council (OH) 92.52 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 939-3850
fax: (202) 939-3868
EIN: 52-0901863

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Board Leadership

Benjamin F. Wilson
Chair

CEO

Scott Fulton
President

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