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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Environmental Working Group

The power of information

98.06

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

Board Leadership
Ken Cook
President

CEO
Ken Cook
President

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.06
  Financial 97.27
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

97.27

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
84.2%
  Administrative Expenses 7.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.93
  Program Expenses Growth 15.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.3%
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) 98.06
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (CA) 90.84
Pesticide Action Network North America (CA) 89.44
Environmental Health Coalition (CA) 89.04
Toxic-Free Future (WA) 89.76

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,636,985
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $408,320
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,045,305
   Program Service Revenue $1,261,464
Total Primary Revenue $11,306,769
   Other Revenue $-128,881
TOTAL REVENUE $11,177,888
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,313,555
   Administrative Expenses $748,771
   Fundraising Expenses $1,157,388
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,219,714
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,041,826
   
Net Assets $10,003,520

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 $5,383,942 52.2%
Food and Agriculture $2,824,451 27.4%
Licensing $1,547,928 15.0%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 98.06
2018-12 08/01/2020 99.67
2018-12 02/01/2020 92.21
2017-12 12/21/2018 91.51
2016-12 04/01/2018 92.58
2015-12 06/01/2017 88.06
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.38
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 88.93
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.54
2011-12 03/01/2013 93.44
2010-12 03/01/2012 96.98
2009-12 09/20/2011 93.21
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 89.12
2008-12 02/01/2010 98.44
2007-12 11/01/2008 95.66
2006-12 12/01/2007 95.95
2005-12 12/01/2006 94.07
2004-12 12/01/2005 91.73
2003-12 04/01/2005 90.40

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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$295,000 2.41% Ken Cook President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Working Group (DC) 98.06
Toxic-Free Future (WA) 89.76
Pesticide Action Network North America (CA) 89.44
Beyond Pesticides (DC) 98.23
Pure Earth (NY) 90.59

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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
President

CEO

Ken Cook
President

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