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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Charles River Watershed Association

Saving the Charles River since 1965

two stars

76.79

190 Park Road Weston, MA 02493
tel: (781) 788-0007   Web Site
EIN: 04-6136989

Board Leadership
Linda McLane
President

CEO
Emily Norton
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 76.79 two stars
  Financial 67.18 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles. CRWA's mission is to use science, advocacy and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed. At CRWA, we strive to: develop a sound, science-based understanding of interactions in the watershed; define long-term, cutting-edge solutions to watershed problems; promote sustainable watershed management practices with government agencies and private entities; and advocate for the protection, revitalization, and expansion of public parklands along the Charles.

Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles. CRWA's mission is to use science, advocacy and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed. At CRWA, we strive to: develop a sound, science-based understanding of interactions in the watershed; define long-term, cutting-edge solutions to watershed problems; promote sustainable watershed management practices with government agencies and private entities; and advocate for the protection, revitalization, and expansion of public parklands along the Charles.

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Financial

one star

67.18

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
59.9%
  Administrative Expenses 18.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 21.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.35
  Program Expenses Growth 1.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charles River Watershed Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charles River Watershed Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charles River Watershed Association (MA) 76.79 two stars
Loyalhanna Watershed Association (PA) 89.33 three stars
American Whitewater (NC) 97.05 four stars
Blue Water Baltimore (MD) 91.16 four stars
Friends of the Mississippi River (MN) 86.93 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,958,162
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $32,430
   Fundraising Events $248,125
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $227,931
Total Contributions $2,466,648
   Program Service Revenue $94,010
Total Primary Revenue $2,560,658
   Other Revenue $-13,684
TOTAL REVENUE $2,546,974
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $846,112
   Administrative Expenses $197,698
   Fundraising Expenses $329,876
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,373,686
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,173,288
   
Net Assets $3,694,995

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
Blue Cities Initiative $215,414 25.5%
Advocacy, Policy and Law $170,367 20.1%
Education and Outreach $148,180 17.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 06/01/2020 76.79 two stars
2018-09 02/01/2020 75.52 two stars
2017-09 03/01/2019 76.43 two stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 77.17 two stars
2015-09 08/01/2017 75.53 two stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 74.49 two stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 82.88 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 74.59 two stars
2013-09 07/01/2015 76.29 two stars
2012-09 07/01/2014 85.14 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 04-6136989
Name in IRS Master File CHARLES RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION INC
NTEE Code C01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 March, 1992
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Emily Norton Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$145,800 10.61% Robert Zimmerman Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charles River Watershed Association (MA) 76.79 two stars
Delaware Riverkeeper Network (PA) 86.94 three stars
Friends of the Mississippi River (MN) 86.93 three stars
American Rivers (DC) 91.28 four stars
Stroud Water Research Center (PA) 91.86 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Charles River Watershed Association
190 Park Road
Weston, MA 02493
tel: (781) 788-0007
fax: (781) 788-0057
EIN: 04-6136989

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Board Leadership

Linda McLane
President

CEO

Emily Norton
Executive Director

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