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Education : Adult Education Programs and Services

Organization for Tropical Studies

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

78.99

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

Board Leadership
George Middendorf III
Chairperson

CEO
Elizabeth Braker
Treasurer And CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.99
  Financial 72.41
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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

72.41

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
67.2%
  Administrative Expenses 25.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.25
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.08
  Program Expenses Growth -17.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.5%
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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Organization for Tropical Studies (NC) 78.99
Jobs For America's Graduates (VA) 91.90
Cleveland Leadership Center (OH) 89.42
The Chicago Public Education Fund (IL) 95.96
Public Education Foundation (TN) 87.28

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $662,856
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $335,041
   Government Grants $959,774
Total Contributions $1,957,671
   Program Service Revenue $1,933,130
Total Primary Revenue $3,890,801
   Other Revenue $330,079
TOTAL REVENUE $4,220,880
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,263,549
   Administrative Expenses $946,874
   Fundraising Expenses $386,830
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,597,253
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-376,373
   
Net Assets $13,884,096

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
Field Stations $1,448,578 44.4%
Educational Programs $1,094,797 33.5%
Facilitated Research and Conservation $720,174 22.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 11/01/2021 78.99
2019-06 11/01/2020 78.35
2018-06 08/01/2019 80.73
2017-06 04/01/2018 83.68
2016-06 10/01/2017 83.29
2015-06 06/01/2016 85.78
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 79.55
2014-06 11/01/2015 79.50
2013-06 04/01/2015 79.20
2012-06 12/01/2013 81.95
2011-06 11/06/2012 88.96
2010-06 09/20/2011 88.55
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 88.23
2008-06 09/01/2009 91.65
2007-06 09/01/2008 86.64
2006-06 04/01/2007 78.14
2005-06 06/01/2006 79.67
2004-06 11/01/2005 85.52

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- Elizabeth Braker CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$125,470 2.72% James Boyle VP Of Development
$79,258 1.72% Miguel Mendez CFO
Not compensated -- James Prager Former CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Organization for Tropical Studies (NC) 78.99
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Teaching Matters (NY) 94.57
Public Education Foundation (TN) 87.28
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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 Middendorf III
Chairperson

CEO

Elizabeth Braker
Treasurer And CEO

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