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Environmental Working Group

The power of information

four stars

91.51

1436 U Street, NW Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009
tel: (202) 667-6982   Web Site
EIN: 52-2148600

Board Leadership
Ken Cook
Chair

CEO
Ken Cook
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.51 four stars
  Financial 88.68 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1993, the mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. Our team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know. It shames and shakes up polluters and their lobbyists. It rattles politicians and shapes policy. It persuades bureaucracies to rethink science and strengthen regulation. It provides practical information you can use to protect your family and community.

Founded in 1993, the mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. Our team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know. It shames and shakes up polluters and their lobbyists. It rattles politicians and shapes policy. It persuades bureaucracies to rethink science and strengthen regulation. It provides practical information you can use to protect your family and community.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of media citations of advocate research or products
15,000
Number of people who sign our petitions, send letters, call their legislators and respond to our mobile advocacy campaigns.
860,000
All significant policy or industry actions that follow release of our study findings, education outreach or public hearings.
0
The size of the audience that sees our research reports and publications in traditional and online media, or via our websites, social media channels and email campaigns
26,000,000
Number of companies, brands and products that sign on to the EWG VERIFIED(tm) and EWG Reviewed for Science programs, manufacturing products to our strict health criteria.
1,300
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

88.68

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 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)
80.4%
  Administrative Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.65
  Program Expenses Growth 9.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Working Group on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Working Group on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Working Group (DC) 91.51 four stars
Conservation Minnesota (MN) 88.06 three stars
Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PA) 91.45 four stars
Greenbelt Alliance (CA) 89.69 three stars
Wyoming Outdoor Council (WY) 90.39 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,671,434
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $238,832
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,910,266
   Program Service Revenue $653,760
Total Primary Revenue $10,564,026
   Other Revenue $-151,982
TOTAL REVENUE $10,412,044
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,677,290
   Administrative Expenses $799,728
   Fundraising Expenses $841,322
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,318,340
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,093,704
   
Net Assets $6,859,370

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
Toxics and Human Health $3,904,035 50.8%
Water and Agriculture $2,519,038 32.8%
Licensing and Marketing $791,086 10.3%

Ratings History
Environmental Working Group has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 91.51 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 92.58 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 88.06 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.38 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 88.93 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.54 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 93.44 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 96.98 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 93.21 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 89.12 three stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 98.44 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 95.66 four stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 95.95 four stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 94.07 four stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 91.73 four stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 90.40 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 52-2148600
Name in IRS Master File ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP
NTEE Code C35
NTEE Classification Energy Resources Conservation and Development
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
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 June, 1999
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$295,000 3.16% Ken Cook President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Working Group (DC) 91.51 four stars
Western Resource Advocates (CO) 94.54 four stars
Environmental Health Coalition (CA) 86.60 three stars
The Climate Reality Project (DC) 87.61 three stars
Oregon Environmental Council (OR) 96.66 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Environmental Working Group
1436 U Street, NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009
tel: (202) 667-6982
fax: (202) 232-2592
EIN: 52-2148600

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Board Leadership

Ken Cook
Chair

CEO

Ken Cook
President

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