Disable all preview features

Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

SoundWaters

Protecting Long Island Sound through education

four stars

92.06

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

Board Leadership
Doug Bora
Chair

CEO
Leigh W. Shemitz
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.06 four stars
  Financial 89.52 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Impact Information

data icon Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information on our rated profile pages. Each partner collects this data directly from nonprofits and provides updates to Charity Navigator when available.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. This will indicate your interest and encourage the nonprofit to share data with partners that are currently collecting information.

Financial

three stars

89.52

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
80.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.25
  Program Expenses Growth 8.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.4%
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) 92.06 four stars
League to Save Lake Tahoe (CA) 85.65 three stars
Alliance For The Great Lakes (IL) 92.29 four stars
Living Lands and Waters (IL) 92.43 four stars
Water Education Foundation (CA) 86.08 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $836,774
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $383,645
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $48,449
Total Contributions $1,268,868
   Program Service Revenue $823,835
Total Primary Revenue $2,092,703
   Other Revenue $12,994
TOTAL REVENUE $2,105,697
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,634,705
   Administrative Expenses $156,109
   Fundraising Expenses $213,264
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,004,078
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $101,619
   
Net Assets $3,202,216

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 $1,634,705 100.0%

Ratings History
SoundWaters has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 92.06 four stars
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
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$175,081 8.73% Leigh Shemitz President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SoundWaters (CT) 92.06 four stars
California Trout (CA) 86.84 three stars
The Wetlands Initiative (IL) 99.91 four stars
Alliance For The Great Lakes (IL) 92.29 four stars
League to Save Lake Tahoe (CA) 85.65 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

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

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Doug Bora
Chair

CEO

Leigh W. Shemitz
Executive Director

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.