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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Water Education Foundation

Creating a better understanding of water issues

four stars

90.10

1401 21st Street Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95811
tel: (916) 444-6240   Web Site
EIN: 94-2419885

Board Leadership
Mike Chrisman
President

CEO
Jennifer Bowles
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.10 four stars
  Financial 86.01 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Water Education Foundation, an impartial nonprofit, is to inspire understanding of water and catalyze critical conversations to build bridges and inform collaborative decision-making.

The Foundation reaches a broad audience, including policy makers and leading stakeholders in the agricultural, environmental, and urban water groups; journalists, who assist our efforts to educate the general public; and school children - and their families - in grades K-12. The Foundation's goal is to explain the complexities of various opinions and ideas so that people can make better-informed decisions about one of our most critical resources - water.

The mission of the Water Education Foundation, an impartial nonprofit, is to inspire understanding of water and catalyze critical conversations to build bridges and inform collaborative decision-making.

The Foundation reaches a broad audience, including policy makers and leading stakeholders in the agricultural, environmental, and urban water groups; journalists, who assist our efforts to educate the general public; and school children - and their families - in grades K-12. The Foundation's goal is to explain the complexities of various opinions and ideas so that people can make better-informed decisions about one of our most critical resources - water.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of participants attending course/session/workshop
147
Number of students per teacher during the reporting period
173,652
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

three stars

86.01

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
79.8%
  Administrative Expenses 12.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.00
  Program Expenses Growth -5.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Water Education Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Water Education Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Water Education Foundation (CA) 90.10 four stars
Alliance For The Great Lakes (IL) 92.29 four stars
California Trout (CA) 86.84 three stars
Mono Lake Committee (CA) 89.18 three stars
League to Save Lake Tahoe (CA) 90.74 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $693,093
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $314,749
Total Contributions $1,007,842
   Program Service Revenue $450,449
Total Primary Revenue $1,458,291
   Other Revenue $125,287
TOTAL REVENUE $1,583,578
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,199,237
   Administrative Expenses $193,782
   Fundraising Expenses $126,137
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,519,156
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $64,422
   
Net Assets $1,597,848

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
Communications $649,777 54.2%
Tours and Briefings $418,907 34.9%
School Programs $130,553 10.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 90.10 four stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 87.41 three stars
2017-12 11/01/2018 86.08 three stars
2016-12 12/22/2017 84.50 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 86.27 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.64 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 79.46 two stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 82.34 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 86.84 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 86.10 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 82.13 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.43 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 72.61 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 88.19 three stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 90.99 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 81.34 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 71.63 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 81.37 three stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 78.57 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 94-2419885
Name in IRS Master File WATER EDUCATION FOUNDATION
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 (353) Soil or water conservation
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 July, 1977
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
$125,000 8.22% J. Bowles Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Water Education Foundation (CA) 90.10 four stars
Alliance For The Great Lakes (IL) 92.29 four stars
Living Lands and Waters (IL) 88.95 three stars
Clean Water Fund (DC) 89.35 three stars
The Wetlands Initiative (IL) 99.91 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Water Education Foundation
1401 21st Street
Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95811
tel: (916) 444-6240
fax: (916) 448-7699
EIN: 94-2419885

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Board Leadership

Mike Chrisman
President

CEO

Jennifer Bowles
Executive Director

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