Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Friends of the River

California's statewide river conservation organization

two stars

78.48

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 78.48 two stars
  Financial 69.57 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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

one star

69.57

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
66.0%
  Administrative Expenses 16.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.53
  Program Expenses Growth -4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.6%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $307,353
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $307,353
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $307,353
   Other Revenue $169,868
TOTAL REVENUE $477,221
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $334,424
   Administrative Expenses $55,894
   Fundraising Expenses $103,630
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $493,948
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-16,727
   
Net Assets $335,257

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$87,500 17.71% Eric Wesselman Executive Director

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the River (CA) 78.48 two stars
American Whitewater (NC) 97.05 four stars
Huron River Watershed Council (MI) 93.45 four stars
Columbia Riverkeeper (OR) 86.28 three stars
James River Association (VA) 94.20 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