Education : Adult Education Programs and Services

Organization for Tropical Studies

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

three stars

83.68

410 Swift Avenue Box 90630
Durham, NC 27705
tel: (919) 684-5774   Web Site
EIN: 56-2125831

Board Leadership
John Kress
Chairperson

CEO
Sandy Andelman
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.68 three stars
  Financial 77.28 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

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Financial

two stars

77.28

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2018 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)
75.5%
  Administrative Expenses 20.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.92
  Program Expenses Growth -3.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.7%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,548,687
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $551,462
Total Contributions $2,100,149
   Program Service Revenue $4,735,185
Total Primary Revenue $6,835,334
   Other Revenue $673,216
TOTAL REVENUE $7,508,550
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,898,553
   Administrative Expenses $1,869,899
   Fundraising Expenses $412,164
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,180,616
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-672,066
   
Net Assets $16,068,837

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Sandy Andelman President And CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$140,000 1.71% Elizabeth Losos Former President, CEO

Mission

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.

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Charity Contact Info

Organization for Tropical Studies
410 Swift Avenue
Box 90630
Durham, NC 27705
tel: (919) 684-5774
EIN: 56-2125831

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Board Leadership

John Kress
Chairperson

CEO

Sandy Andelman
President, CEO