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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Friends of the River

California's statewide river conservation organization

three stars

80.53

1418 20th Street Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95811
tel: (916) 442-3155   Web Site
EIN: 94-2400210

Board Leadership
Bob Cushman
Chair

CEO
Eric Wesselman
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.53 three stars
  Financial 72.47 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1973, Friends of the River is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring California's rivers, streams, and their watersheds as well as advocating for sustainable water management. This is accomplished by providing public education, citizen activist training and organizing, and expert advocacy to influence public policy decisions on land, water, and energy management issues. Friends of the River is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems, and as the most effective grassroots organization working on behalf of rivers. One of the organization's greatest strengths is its ability to coordinate national, regional, and local groups, combining their strengths and focusing efforts into coordinated campaigns.

Founded in 1973, Friends of the River is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring California's rivers, streams, and their watersheds as well as advocating for sustainable water management. This is accomplished by providing public education, citizen activist training and organizing, and expert advocacy to influence public policy decisions on land, water, and energy management issues. Friends of the River is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems, and as the most effective grassroots organization working on behalf of rivers. One of the organization's greatest strengths is its ability to coordinate national, regional, and local groups, combining their strengths and focusing efforts into coordinated campaigns.

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Financial

two stars

72.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 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)
67.4%
  Administrative Expenses 16.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.58
  Program Expenses Growth -9.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the River on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the River on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the River (CA) 80.53 three stars
Riverkeeper (NY) 93.25 four stars
Stroud Water Research Center (PA) 91.98 four stars
James River Association (VA) 88.07 three stars
Blue Water Baltimore (MD) 89.35 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $440,505
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $11,620
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $452,125
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $452,125
   Other Revenue $157,023
TOTAL REVENUE $609,148
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $310,887
   Administrative Expenses $67,497
   Fundraising Expenses $79,321
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $457,705
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $151,443
   
Net Assets $351,984

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 05/01/2019 80.53 three stars
2016-12 12/21/2018 77.43 two stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 76.89 two stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 77.00 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 80.98 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 71.74 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 74.05 two stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 73.22 two stars
2011-12 09/01/2013 67.47 one star
2011-12 02/01/2013 65.15 one star
2010-12 08/01/2012 73.21 two stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 62.72 one star
2009-12 09/20/2011 67.08 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 73.11 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 76.27 two stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 91.53 four stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 94.39 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 75.97 two stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 93.72 four stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 92.99 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 94-2400210
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF THE RIVER FOUNDATION
NTEE Code N32
NTEE Classification Parks and Playgrounds
NTEE Type Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 May, 1977
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$79,333 17.33% Eric Wesselman Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the River (CA) 80.53 three stars
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (GA) 95.05 four stars
River Network (CO) 88.96 three stars
Delaware Riverkeeper Network (PA) 88.44 three stars
San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust (CA) 90.56 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of the River
1418 20th Street
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95811
tel: (916) 442-3155
fax: (916) 442-3396
EIN: 94-2400210

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Board Leadership

Bob Cushman
Chair

CEO

Eric Wesselman
Executive Director

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