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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Great River Greening

Leading and supporting community-based restoration of natural areas

four stars

92.24

35 West Water Street Suite 201
St. Paul, MN 55107
tel: (651) 665-9500   Web Site
EIN: 41-1940024

Board Leadership
Roger Green
Chair

CEO
Deborah Karasov
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.24 four stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
86.9%
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.44
  Program Expenses Growth 7.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Great River Greening on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Great River Greening on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Great River Greening (MN) 92.24 four stars
American Whitewater (NC) 91.13 four stars
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (GA) 95.03 four stars
International Rivers (CA) 85.58 three stars
San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust (CA) 92.84 four stars

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Great River Greening leads and inspires community-based restoration of natural areas and open spaces. Our restoration efforts help preserve natural areas, protect clean air and water, and increase urban residents' access to natural areas and sustainable open space. Since 1995, we have engaged nearly 20,000 volunteers in projects on both public and private land that conserve critical land habitat and affect water quality. By mobilizing and educating citizens to restore woods, prairies, and other natural resources in their communities, we are building a community of individuals who will be good stewards of these natural areas in the future. Overall, we have established partnerships with more than 400 landowners, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $673,780
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $41,915
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $764,549
Total Contributions $1,480,244
   Program Service Revenue $339,157
Total Primary Revenue $1,819,401
   Other Revenue $22,347
TOTAL REVENUE $1,841,748
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,435,932
   Administrative Expenses $139,560
   Fundraising Expenses $91,986
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,667,478
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $174,270
   
Net Assets $679,995

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Great River Greening has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.24 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 92.64 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 94.71 four stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 91.64 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 91.99 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 76.58 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 84.60 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 79.39 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 87.72 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 73.72 two stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 78.63 two stars
2005-12 03/01/2008 66.96 one star
2004-12 02/01/2006 77.37 two stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 90.72 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 41-1940024
Name in IRS Master File GREAT RIVER GREENING
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
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, 1999
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
$86,659 5.19% Deborah Karasov Executive Director

Great River Greening leads and inspires community-based restoration of natural areas and open spaces. Our restoration efforts help preserve natural areas, protect clean air and water, and increase urban residents' access to natural areas and sustainable open space. Since 1995, we have engaged nearly 20,000 volunteers in projects on both public and private land that conserve critical land habitat and affect water quality. By mobilizing and educating citizens to restore woods, prairies, and other natural resources in their communities, we are building a community of individuals who will be good stewards of these natural areas in the future. Overall, we have established partnerships with more than 400 landowners, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Great River Greening (MN) 92.24 four stars
American Rivers (DC) 88.18 three stars
American Whitewater (NC) 91.13 four stars
San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust (CA) 92.84 four stars
Stroud Water Research Center (PA) 87.21 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Great River Greening
35 West Water Street
Suite 201
St. Paul, MN 55107
tel: (651) 665-9500
fax: (651) 665-9409
EIN: 41-1940024

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Board Leadership

Roger Green
Chair

CEO

Deborah Karasov
Executive Director

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