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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Amazon Conservation Team

Conserving biodiversity, health, and culture in greater Amazonia

four stars

97.66

4211 North Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22203
tel: (703) 522-4684   Web Site
EIN: 54-1915987

Board Leadership
William M. Cameron William M. Cameron
Chair

CEO
Mark J. Plotkin
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.66 four stars
  Financial 98.62 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) was founded in 1996 by the world-renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Mark J. Plotkin and noted Costa Rican conservationist Liliana Madrigal. Observing the lack of attention paid to indigenous rainforests, comprising over 25% of the Amazon basin, Dr. Plotkin and Ms. Madrigal created an organization based on a unique strategy: biocultural conservation, which rests on the conviction that the people who best know, use, and protect biodiversity are the indigenous people who live in tropical forests. By partnering with indigenous tribes to map, manage, and protect the most isolated rainforest regions, ACT protects the biodiversity, culture, and health of the Amazon's ecosystem-the flora, the fauna, and the people.

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) was founded in 1996 by the world-renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Mark J. Plotkin and noted Costa Rican conservationist Liliana Madrigal. Observing the lack of attention paid to indigenous rainforests, comprising over 25% of the Amazon basin, Dr. Plotkin and Ms. Madrigal created an organization based on a unique strategy: biocultural conservation, which rests on the conviction that the people who best know, use, and protect biodiversity are the indigenous people who live in tropical forests. By partnering with indigenous tribes to map, manage, and protect the most isolated rainforest regions, ACT protects the biodiversity, culture, and health of the Amazon's ecosystem-the flora, the fauna, and the people.

Financial

four stars

98.62

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
80.2%
  Administrative Expenses 14.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.65
  Program Expenses Growth 17.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Amazon Conservation Team on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Amazon Conservation Team on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Amazon Conservation Team (VA) 97.66 four stars
Captain Planet Foundation (GA) 91.37 four stars
Cultural Landscape Foundation (DC) 86.63 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,981,122
   Federated Campaigns $2,054
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,983,176
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $8,983,176
   Other Revenue $39,139
TOTAL REVENUE $9,022,315
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,715,460
   Administrative Expenses $698,069
   Fundraising Expenses $277,439
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,690,968
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,331,347
   
Net Assets $6,707,894

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
Biodiversity $2,081,238 56.0%
Culture $1,234,186 33.2%
Health $400,036 10.8%

Ratings History
Amazon Conservation Team has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2018 97.66 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 90.59 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.78 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 89.30 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 84.00 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 85.90 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 87.78 three stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 80.80 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 80.71 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 72.89 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 95.67 four stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 93.08 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 95.75 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 93.26 four stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 93.37 four 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 54-1915987
Name in IRS Master File AMAZON CONSERVATION TEAM
NTEE Code U36
NTEE Classification Geology
NTEE Type Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services
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 December, 1998
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$161,900 3.45% Mark J. Plotkin Phd President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Amazon Conservation Team (VA) 97.66 four stars
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Environmental Grantmakers Association (NY) 91.44 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Amazon Conservation Team
4211 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
tel: (703) 522-4684
fax: (703) 522-4464
EIN: 54-1915987

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Board Leadership

William M. Cameron William M. Cameron
Chair

CEO

Mark J. Plotkin
President

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