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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Western Environmental Law Center

Defending the West

four stars

97.58

P.O. Box 10947 Eugene, OR 97440
tel: (541) 485-2471   Web Site
EIN: 93-1010269

Board Leadership
Karin Sheldon
President

CEO
Erik Schlenker-Goodrich
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.58 four stars
  Financial 96.58 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1993, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) uses the power of the law to safeguard the treasured landscapes, iconic wildlife, and communities of the American West.

WELC has a highly experienced team of attorneys, conservation biologists, and Western policy experts. We work close to the ground, with offices in Oregon, New Mexico, Montana, and Washington--and we work at the national, regional, state, and local levels; and in all three branches of government.

As a public interest law firm, WELC does not charge clients and partners for services, but relies instead on charitable gifts from individuals, families, and foundations to accomplish our mission.

Founded in 1993, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) uses the power of the law to safeguard the treasured landscapes, iconic wildlife, and communities of the American West.

WELC has a highly experienced team of attorneys, conservation biologists, and Western policy experts. We work close to the ground, with offices in Oregon, New Mexico, Montana, and Washington--and we work at the national, regional, state, and local levels; and in all three branches of government.

As a public interest law firm, WELC does not charge clients and partners for services, but relies instead on charitable gifts from individuals, families, and foundations to accomplish our mission.

Financial

four stars

96.58

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
81.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.22
  Program Expenses Growth 14.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Western Environmental Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Western Environmental Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Environmental Law Center (OR) 97.58 four stars
Ceres (MA) 96.52 four stars
EARTHWORKS (DC) 94.74 four stars
Center for Biological Diversity (AZ) 97.87 four stars
Southern Environmental Law Center (VA) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,166,795
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,166,795
   Program Service Revenue $961,860
Total Primary Revenue $3,128,655
   Other Revenue $4,473
TOTAL REVENUE $3,133,128
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,806,807
   Administrative Expenses $200,956
   Fundraising Expenses $176,146
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,183,909
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $949,219
   
Net Assets $2,310,231

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
Public Interest Law Firm $1,806,807 100.0%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 97.58 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 92.54 four stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 88.64 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.62 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 84.97 three stars
2013-12 03/01/2015 76.94 two stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 81.90 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 85.81 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 89.69 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 91.23 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 90.52 four stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 82.40 three stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 89.50 three stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 92.74 four stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 89.88 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 81.22 three stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 74.49 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 93-1010269
Name in IRS Master File WESTERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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 February, 1994
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$117,909 5.39% Erik Schlenker-Goodrich Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Western Environmental Law Center (OR) 97.58 four stars
Organic Consumers Association (MN) 87.44 three stars
Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance (WY) 86.39 three stars
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MN) 93.82 four stars
Environmental Law and Policy Center (IL) 93.30 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Western Environmental Law Center
P.O. Box 10947
Eugene, OR 97440
tel: (541) 485-2471
fax: (541) 485-2457
EIN: 93-1010269

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Board Leadership

Karin Sheldon
President

CEO

Erik Schlenker-Goodrich
Executive Director

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