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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Save the Sound

Action for our region's environment

four stars

92.15

900 Chapel Street Suite 2202
New Haven, CT 06510
tel: (203) 787-0646   Web Site
EIN: 06-0990195

Board Leadership
Leslie Lee
Chair

CEO
Curt Johson
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.15 four stars
  Financial 88.91 three 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.

Save the Sound (formerly Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound) has been making transformative environmental change in Connecticut and around Long Island Sound for more than 40 years, using science, the law, and people power to protect and restore the region's land, air, and water. Our mission is to protect and improve the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. Our team of experts monitors and analyzes coastal water quality, reopens rivers to migratory fish, enforces laws to protect drinking water, and more. Our programs include Green Projects (Habitat Restoration, Green Infrastructure, Living Shorelines and Coastal Cleanup), Western Long Island Sound Program, Climate and Energy, and Forest, Island and Coastal Protection programs. Our programs primarily benefit the public in Connecticut and coastal New York.

Save the Sound (formerly Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound) has been making transformative environmental change in Connecticut and around Long Island Sound for more than 40 years, using science, the law, and people power to protect and restore the region's land, air, and water. Our mission is to protect and improve the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound. Our team of experts monitors and analyzes coastal water quality, reopens rivers to migratory fish, enforces laws to protect drinking water, and more. Our programs include Green Projects (Habitat Restoration, Green Infrastructure, Living Shorelines and Coastal Cleanup), Western Long Island Sound Program, Climate and Energy, and Forest, Island and Coastal Protection programs. Our programs primarily benefit the public in Connecticut and coastal New York.

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Financial

three stars

88.91

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)
73.0%
  Administrative Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.40
  Program Expenses Growth 7.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Save the Sound on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Save the Sound on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Save the Sound (CT) 92.15 four stars
Conservation Law Foundation (MA) 96.63 four stars
Idaho Conservation League (ID) 92.24 four stars
Oregon Environmental Council (OR) 96.66 four stars
Oregon Wild (OR) 88.00 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,713,549
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,219,847
Total Contributions $5,933,396
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,933,396
   Other Revenue $165,782
TOTAL REVENUE $6,099,178
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,453,407
   Administrative Expenses $598,463
   Fundraising Expenses $678,279
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,730,149
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,369,029
   
Net Assets $10,547,747

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
Green Infrastructure $1,411,522 40.9%
Long Island Sound Program $777,101 22.5%
Endangered Lands $465,914 13.5%

Ratings History
Save the Sound has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 02/01/2020 92.15 four stars
2017-09 12/21/2018 92.37 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 92.57 four stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 94.20 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 88.29 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 78.77 two stars
2013-09 02/01/2015 80.50 three stars
2012-09 10/01/2013 89.32 three stars
2011-09 10/01/2012 83.77 three stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 82.37 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 82.14 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 89.58 three stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 82.37 three stars
2007-09 10/01/2008 92.64 four stars
2006-09 09/01/2007 95.27 four stars
2005-09 11/01/2006 90.35 four stars
2004-09 10/01/2005 78.84 two stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 83.55 three stars
2002-09 03/01/2004 84.76 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 06-0990195
Name in IRS Master File CONNECTICUT FUND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT INC
NTEE Code C12
NTEE Classification Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (460) Public interest litigation activities
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 September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$122,640 2.59% Curtis Johnson President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Save the Sound (CT) 92.15 four stars
Oregon Wild (OR) 88.00 three stars
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) (DC) 91.16 four stars
Environmental Defense Center (CA) 94.13 four stars
Michigan Environmental Council (MI) 90.78 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Save the Sound
900 Chapel Street
Suite 2202
New Haven, CT 06510
tel: (203) 787-0646
fax: (203) 787-0246
EIN: 06-0990195

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Board Leadership

Leslie Lee
Chair

CEO

Curt Johson
President

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