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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Earthplace

The Nature Discovery and Environmental Learning Center

three stars

82.32

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 82.32 three stars
  Financial 76.01 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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

76.01

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
78.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.34
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.07
  Program Expenses Growth 2.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.1%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Earthplace (CT) 82.32 three stars
Shelburne Farms (VT) 91.56 four stars
Riveredge Nature Center (WI) 91.18 four stars
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 92.08 four stars
Audubon Canyon Ranch (CA) 87.63 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $440,075
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $29,895
   Fundraising Events $24,163
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $260,448
Total Contributions $754,581
   Program Service Revenue $1,442,629
Total Primary Revenue $2,197,210
   Other Revenue $248,924
TOTAL REVENUE $2,446,134
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,946,483
   Administrative Expenses $245,702
   Fundraising Expenses $275,980
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,468,165
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-22,031
   
Net Assets $2,640,130

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 $827,921 42.5%
Harbor Water Watch Quality Monitoring Program $488,634 25.1%
Nature Discovery and Environmental Education $90,877 4.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 10/01/2019 82.32 three stars
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,451 4.06% Anthony McDowell Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Earthplace (CT) 82.32 three stars
World Forestry Center (OR) 89.70 three stars
Access Fund (CO) 87.80 three stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.81 three stars
Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway (MI) 88.77 three 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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