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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

North Cascades Institute

Connecting people, nature and community since 1986

four stars

93.88

810 State Route 20 Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
tel: (360) 854-2599   Web Site
EIN: 91-1327775

Board Leadership
Sterling Clarren
Chair

CEO
Saul Weisberg
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.88 four stars
  Financial 91.35 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

North Cascades Institute's mission is to inspire and empower environmental stewardship for all through transformative educational experiences in nature. Since 1986, we have helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help people of all ages experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest - so all will care for and protect this special place.

North Cascades Institute's mission is to inspire and empower environmental stewardship for all through transformative educational experiences in nature. Since 1986, we have helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help people of all ages experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest - so all will care for and protect this special place.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance
75
Number of students enrolled
4,228
This impact information is current as of March 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

91.35

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
86.5%
  Administrative Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.44
  Program Expenses Growth 6.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Cascades Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Cascades Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Cascades Institute (WA) 93.88 four stars
Teton Science Schools (WY) 89.57 three stars
Captain Planet Foundation (GA) 92.27 four stars
National Environmental Education Foundation (DC) 89.30 three stars
Center for Ecoliteracy (CA) 88.29 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,190,463
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $366,709
Total Contributions $1,557,172
   Program Service Revenue $2,408,759
Total Primary Revenue $3,965,931
   Other Revenue $540,874
TOTAL REVENUE $4,506,805
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,844,006
   Administrative Expenses $313,842
   Fundraising Expenses $270,010
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,427,858
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $78,947
   
Net Assets $6,410,879

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
North Cascades Environmental Learning Center $1,306,744 34.0%
School Programs $892,198 23.2%
Youth Leadership Adventures $617,162 16.1%

Ratings History
North Cascades Institute has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 93.88 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 95.46 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 96.19 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 95.16 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.54 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 90.29 four stars
2014-12 12/01/2015 89.10 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 86.86 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 99.25 four stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 99.20 four stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 99.24 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 97.62 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/01/2010 96.64 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 91.04 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 98.60 four stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 98.62 four stars
2005-12 09/01/2006 98.99 four stars
2004-12 08/01/2005 98.62 four stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 92.00 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 91-1327775
Name in IRS Master File NORTH CASCADES INSTITUTE
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (30) School, college, trade school, etc.
Foundation Status School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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 December, 1986
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
$117,453 2.65% Saul Weisberg Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Cascades Institute (WA) 93.88 four stars
Environmental Research and Education Foundation (NC) 91.33 four stars
Second Nature (MA) 90.88 four stars
Teton Science Schools (WY) 89.57 three stars
National Environmental Education Foundation (DC) 89.30 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

North Cascades Institute
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
tel: (360) 854-2599
EIN: 91-1327775

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Board Leadership

Sterling Clarren
Chair

CEO

Saul Weisberg
Executive Director

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