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Earthplace

The Nature Discovery and Environmental Learning Center

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three stars

85.32

10 Woodside Lane Westport, CT 06881
tel: (203) 557-4400   Web Site
EIN: 06-0740523

Board Leadership
Helen Garten
Chair

CEO
Tony McDowell
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.32 three stars
  Financial 79.24 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Earthplace works to educate the community about nature and the environment and ways of taking action to preserve, protect and enjoy nature and the environment. Founded in 1958, Earthplace maintains a 62 acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, exhibits an interactive natural history museum with wildlife dioramas, houses live wildlife for public viewing, and hosts many public nature programs and events. Other activities include a state-licensed preschool and summer camp, and the Harbor Watch/River Watch water quality testing program.

Earthplace works to educate the community about nature and the environment and ways of taking action to preserve, protect and enjoy nature and the environment. Founded in 1958, Earthplace maintains a 62 acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, exhibits an interactive natural history museum with wildlife dioramas, houses live wildlife for public viewing, and hosts many public nature programs and events. Other activities include a state-licensed preschool and summer camp, and the Harbor Watch/River Watch water quality testing program.

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Financial

two stars

79.24

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 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)
79.2%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.31
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.11
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Earthplace on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Earthplace on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Earthplace (CT) 85.32 three stars
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NJ) 99.71 four stars
The Park People (CO) 86.10 three stars
Access Fund (CO) 87.80 three stars
Center for Ecoliteracy (CA) 88.26 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $494,092
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $34,187
   Fundraising Events $29,272
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $133,556
Total Contributions $691,107
   Program Service Revenue $1,382,583
Total Primary Revenue $2,073,690
   Other Revenue $156,682
TOTAL REVENUE $2,230,372
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,902,857
   Administrative Expenses $271,996
   Fundraising Expenses $250,985
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,425,838
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-195,466
   
Net Assets $2,640,469

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
Earthplace Early Childhood Education Programs $713,538 37.5%
Harbor Water Watch Quality Monitoring Program $453,799 23.8%
Nature Discovery and Environmental Education $89,522 4.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 09/01/2018 85.32 three stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 91.02 four stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 92.23 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.20 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 92.70 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 86.27 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 79.42 two stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 73.25 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 78.33 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 69.18 one star
2009-06 06/01/2010 86.81 three stars
2008-06 05/01/2009 78.59 two stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 76.43 two stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 65.60 one star
2005-06 04/01/2006 69.57 one star
2004-06 03/01/2005 71.85 two stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 79.03 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 06-0740523
Name in IRS Master File EARTHPLACE THE NATURE DISCOVERY CENTER INC
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
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)
(30) School, college, trade school, etc.
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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, 1959
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
$120,000 4.94% Anthony McDowell Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Earthplace (CT) 85.32 three stars
Great Meadow Foundation (VA) 87.72 three stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.14 three stars
World Forestry Center (OR) 89.70 three stars
Greater Newark Conservancy (NJ) 92.75 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Earthplace
10 Woodside Lane
Westport, CT 06881
tel: (203) 557-4400
EIN: 06-0740523

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Board Leadership

Helen Garten
Chair

CEO

Tony McDowell
Executive Director

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