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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Earth's best defense

96.11

40 West 20th Street New York, NY 10011
tel: (212) 727-2700   Web Site
EIN: 13-2654926

Board Leadership
Kathleen A. Welch
Board Chair

CEO
Mitch Bernard
President and Chief Counsel

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.11
  Financial 96.24
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life - air, land, and water - and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment.

The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life - air, land, and water - and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment.

Financial

96.24

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 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)
80.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.11
  Program Expenses Growth 11.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Natural Resources Defense Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Natural Resources Defense Council on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Natural Resources Defense Council (NY) 96.11
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TX) 97.17
Alaska Conservation Foundation (AK) 87.32
Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MN) 89.61
California Native Plant Society (CA) 93.47

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $142,270,938
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $44,778,241
   Fundraising Events $12,275
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $137,480
Total Contributions $187,198,934
   Program Service Revenue $4,671,787
Total Primary Revenue $191,870,721
   Other Revenue $5,715,114
TOTAL REVENUE $197,585,835
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $147,169,977
   Administrative Expenses $19,091,033
   Fundraising Expenses $18,746,351
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $185,007,361
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $12,578,474
   
Net Assets $386,520,136

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
Protecting Human Health and the Environment $54,903,171 37.3%
Clean Energy Future $42,272,036 28.7%
Wildlife and Wildlands $28,319,192 19.2%

Ratings History
Natural Resources Defense Council has received 14 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 08/03/2021 96.11
2019-06 12/23/2020 94.87
2018-06 08/01/2019 93.34
2017-06 12/01/2018 93.49
2016-06 12/01/2017 96.56
2015-06 11/01/2016 96.35
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.48
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 95.17
2013-06 02/01/2015 93.07
2012-06 12/01/2013 91.79
2011-06 08/01/2012 90.22
2010-06 09/20/2011 95.59
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 09/01/2010 98.27
2008-06 10/01/2009 95.82
2007-06 10/01/2008 95.34
2006-06 10/01/2007 89.55
2005-06 12/01/2006 95.53
2004-06 02/01/2006 86.48
2003-06 10/01/2004 93.09
2002-06 11/01/2003 92.93

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

EIN 13-2654926
Name in IRS Master File NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL INC
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related 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 March, 1970
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
Not compensated -- Gina McCarthy President and CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$648,244 0.35% Rhea Suh Former President
$337,585 0.18% Mitchell Bernard Interim President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Natural Resources Defense Council (NY) 96.11
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Manomet (MA) 85.65
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (NC) 95.02
Land Trust Alliance (DC) 86.34

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Charity Contact Info

Natural Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
tel: (212) 727-2700
fax: (212) 727-1773
EIN: 13-2654926

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Board Leadership

Kathleen A. Welch
Board Chair

CEO

Mitch Bernard
President and Chief Counsel

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