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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Center for Biological Diversity

Because life is good.

four stars

94.33

P.O. Box 710 Tucson, AZ 85702
tel: (866) 357-3349   Web Site
EIN: 27-3943866

Board Leadership
Marcey Olajos
Board Chair

CEO
Kierán Suckling
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.33 four stars
  Financial 99.71 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Center for Biological Diversity believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive. The Center has six program areas: Biodiversity, Climate, International, Oceans, Wildlands, and Urban Wildlands. The Center looks forward to a future of continued expansion, creativity, and no-holds-barred action on behalf of the world's most critically endangered animals and plants.

The Center for Biological Diversity believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive. The Center has six program areas: Biodiversity, Climate, International, Oceans, Wildlands, and Urban Wildlands. The Center looks forward to a future of continued expansion, creativity, and no-holds-barred action on behalf of the world's most critically endangered animals and plants.

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Financial

four stars

99.71

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 06/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
84.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.86
  Program Expenses Growth 15.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Biological Diversity on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Biological Diversity on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for Biological Diversity (AZ) 94.33 four stars
Environmental Advocates of New York (NY) 95.10 four stars
Environmental Integrity Project (DC) 90.71 four stars
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (OR) 92.51 four stars
League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (DC) 92.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,775,253
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,775,253
   Program Service Revenue $513,370
Total Primary Revenue $12,288,623
   Other Revenue $137,260
TOTAL REVENUE $12,425,883
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,457,006
   Administrative Expenses $968,089
   Fundraising Expenses $860,577
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,285,672
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,140,211
   
Net Assets $18,274,191

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
Endangered Species Program $2,760,959 29.2%
Public Lands Program $1,794,460 19.0%
Climate Program $1,854,361 19.6%

Ratings History
Center for Biological Diversity has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 06/01/2017 94.33 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 97.16 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 06/01/2015 86.94 three stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 84.17 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 85.94 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 86.42 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.74 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 93.35 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 95.94 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 90.86 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 90.86 four stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 95.54 four stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 87.74 three stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 90.20 four 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 27-3943866
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC
NTEE Code D20
NTEE Classification Animal Protection and Welfare
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Animals
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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, 2011
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$145,574 1.28% Kieran F. Suckling Executive Director

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Charity Contact Info

Center for Biological Diversity
P.O. Box 710
Tucson, AZ 85702
tel: (866) 357-3349
fax: (520) 623-9797
EIN: 27-3943866

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Board Leadership

Marcey Olajos
Board Chair

CEO

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director

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