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Organization for Tropical Studies

Contributing to the appreciation, understanding, and protection of nature and the human environment

two stars

78.35

408 Swift Avenue Durham, NC 27705
tel: (919) 684-5774   Web Site
EIN: 56-2125831

Board Leadership
George Middendorff
Chair

CEO
Elizabeth Braker
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.35 two stars
  Financial 70.20 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a consortium that has grown to include 63 universities and research institutions from the United States, Latin America and Australia. OTS was founded in 1963 to provide leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. To address this mission, OTS conducts graduate and undergraduate education, facilitates research, participates in tropical forest conservation, maintains three biological stations in Costa Rica and conducts environmental education programs. Since its founding, OTS has offered over 200 graduate-level courses in the natural sciences and can count more than 3,600 graduate students and professionals as alumni.

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a consortium that has grown to include 63 universities and research institutions from the United States, Latin America and Australia. OTS was founded in 1963 to provide leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. To address this mission, OTS conducts graduate and undergraduate education, facilitates research, participates in tropical forest conservation, maintains three biological stations in Costa Rica and conducts environmental education programs. Since its founding, OTS has offered over 200 graduate-level courses in the natural sciences and can count more than 3,600 graduate students and professionals as alumni.

Financial

two stars

70.20

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
68.2%
  Administrative Expenses 25.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.25
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.95
  Program Expenses Growth -15.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Organization for Tropical Studies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Organization for Tropical Studies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Organization for Tropical Studies (NC) 78.35 two stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,025,458
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $730,819
Total Contributions $1,756,277
   Program Service Revenue $2,490,442
Total Primary Revenue $4,246,719
   Other Revenue $-21,525
TOTAL REVENUE $4,225,194
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,804,164
   Administrative Expenses $1,556,515
   Fundraising Expenses $429,239
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,789,918
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,564,724
   
Net Assets $14,297,260

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
Educational Programs $1,606,895 42.2%
Field Stations $1,251,824 32.9%
Facilitated Research and Conservation $945,445 24.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 78.35 two stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 80.73 three stars
2017-06 04/01/2018 83.68 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 83.29 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 85.78 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 79.55 two stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 79.50 two stars
2013-06 04/01/2015 79.20 two stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 81.95 three stars
2011-06 11/06/2012 88.96 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 88.55 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 88.23 three stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 91.65 four stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 86.64 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 78.14 two stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 79.67 two stars
2004-06 11/01/2005 85.52 three 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 56-2125831
Name in IRS Master File ORGANIZATION FOR TROPICAL STUDIES INC
NTEE Code Q05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
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 June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- James Prager Treasurer, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$160,000 2.76% Bonnie Cockman CFO
$148,773 2.56% Sandy Andelman Former President, CEO

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Charity Contact Info

Organization for Tropical Studies
408 Swift Avenue
Durham, NC 27705
tel: (919) 684-5774
EIN: 56-2125831

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Board Leadership

George Middendorff
Chair

CEO

Elizabeth Braker
President, CEO

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