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

80.73

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

Board Leadership
Elizabeth Braker
Chair of the Board of Directors

CEO
Sandy Andelman
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.73 three stars
  Financial 73.67 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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

73.67

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
71.6%
  Administrative Expenses 23.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.92
  Program Expenses Growth -8.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.5%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $910,748
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $626,931
Total Contributions $1,537,679
   Program Service Revenue $3,944,940
Total Primary Revenue $5,482,619
   Other Revenue $760,163
TOTAL REVENUE $6,242,782
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,943,070
   Administrative Expenses $2,010,236
   Fundraising Expenses $528,092
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,481,398
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,238,616
   
Net Assets $15,535,053

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$186,181 2.48% Sandy Andelman President and 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

Elizabeth Braker
Chair of the Board of Directors

CEO

Sandy Andelman
President, CEO