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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

SoundWaters

Protecting Long Island Sound through education

four stars

94.48

1281 Cove Road Stamford, CT 06902
tel: (203) 323-1978   Web Site
EIN: 06-1263947

Board Leadership
Scott Mitchell
Chair

CEO
Leigh W. Shemitz
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.48 four stars
  Financial 93.31 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1989, SoundWaters works to educate children and adults about the wonders and beauty of Long Island Sound and its watershed. Through education, SoundWaters provides people with an understanding and awareness of the changes they can make in their lives and communities to restore, protect, and preserve Long Island Sound and the environment. SoundWaters offers a wide array of educational opportunities for students from kindergarten to college. Programs are offered aboard the schooner SoundWaters, at the SoundWaters Costal Education Center, and at classrooms and field sites throughout the area.

Founded in 1989, SoundWaters works to educate children and adults about the wonders and beauty of Long Island Sound and its watershed. Through education, SoundWaters provides people with an understanding and awareness of the changes they can make in their lives and communities to restore, protect, and preserve Long Island Sound and the environment. SoundWaters offers a wide array of educational opportunities for students from kindergarten to college. Programs are offered aboard the schooner SoundWaters, at the SoundWaters Costal Education Center, and at classrooms and field sites throughout the area.

Financial

four stars

93.31

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 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)
79.1%
  Administrative Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.27
  Program Expenses Growth 11.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SoundWaters on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SoundWaters on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SoundWaters (CT) 94.48 four stars
Great Swamp Watershed Association (NJ) 97.13 four stars
California Trout (CA) 90.63 four stars
Clean Water Fund (DC) 90.03 four stars
Living Lands and Waters (IL) 92.43 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $690,008
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $328,949
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $197,376
Total Contributions $1,216,333
   Program Service Revenue $818,779
Total Primary Revenue $2,035,112
   Other Revenue $-11,911
TOTAL REVENUE $2,023,201
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,601,501
   Administrative Expenses $214,600
   Fundraising Expenses $191,364
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,007,465
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $15,736
   
Net Assets $3,089,366

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
Education $1,601,501 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 08/01/2018 94.48 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 89.90 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 90.83 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.58 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 90.35 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 89.79 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 83.96 three stars
2011-06 03/01/2012 78.40 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 78.48 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 70.39 two stars
2009-06 11/01/2010 78.21 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 70.80 two stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 74.86 two stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 75.06 two stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 68.42 one star
2004-06 03/01/2005 65.04 one star
2003-06 09/01/2004 83.37 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 06-1263947
Name in IRS Master File SOUND WATERS INC
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 (350) Preservation of natural resources (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 November, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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
$169,947 8.46% Leigh Shemitz President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SoundWaters (CT) 94.48 four stars
Mono Lake Committee (CA) 86.95 three stars
Living Lands and Waters (IL) 92.43 four stars
The Wetlands Initiative (IL) 99.46 four stars
California Trout (CA) 90.63 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

SoundWaters
1281 Cove Road
Stamford, CT 06902
tel: (203) 323-1978
fax: (203) 967-8306
EIN: 06-1263947

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Board Leadership

Scott Mitchell
Chair

CEO

Leigh W. Shemitz
Executive Director

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