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Amazon Conservation Team

CharityWatch report issued
August 2019

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Amazon Conservation Team
4211 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Partners with indigenous and other local communities to protect tropical forests and strengthen traditional culture.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

Program Percentage: 77%

The percentage of Amazon Conservation Team's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $4

How many dollars Amazon Conservation Team spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Amazon Conservation Team IRS Form 990 54-1915987
Amazon Conservation Team Audited Consolidated Financial Statements 54-1915987
Entity: Amazon Conservation Team
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 54-1915987
Entity: Amazon Conservation Team
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: 54-1915987

Governance & Transparency

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Amazon Conservation Team
meets governance benchmarks.
Amazon Conservation Team
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Mark J. Plotkin President $181,544
2 Liliana Madrigal Executive VP $142,227
3 Karla Lara-Otero Senior Director, Finance & Operations $115,391
Name: Mark J. Plotkin
Title: President
Compensation: $181,544
Name: Liliana Madrigal
Title: Executive VP
Compensation: $142,227
Name: Karla Lara-Otero
Title: Senior Director, Finance & Operations
Compensation: $115,391

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) audited Consolidated Statement of Activities for the year ended December 31, 2018, ACT received in-kind contributions on which it placed a value of $302,132.

According to the ACT 2018 consolidated audit (Note 1, Donated Services):

"ACT received donated services primarily consisting of commercial satellite imagery to strengthen ACT's community-based conservation efforts in the diverse ecosystems of the Amazon rainforest..."

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) consolidated audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 6, Commitments and Risks, Concentration of Revenue Risk):

"For the year ended December 31, 2018, ACT recognized revenue of $4,352,500 from four donors, which represents approximately 72% of ACT's total consolidated revenue and support, excluding the foreign currency valuation loss."
According to the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) consolidated audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 8, Related-Party Transactions):

"During the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, ACT worked through partnerships with the following organizations: Stichting Amazon Conservation Team Suriname (ACT-Suriname), which is located in Suriname, and Synbio Consultoria Em Medio Ambiente (Synbio), which is located in Brazil. These foreign entities are separately incorporated nonprofit organizations. ACT provided significant financial support to these organizations. However, ACT did not have control of ACT-Suriname and Synbio, which would require [audit] consolidation under GAAP [Generally Accepted Accounting Principles]...

"ACT had entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with each of these organizations, which share a similar mission and philosophy. ... Under the MOAs, ACT provided a majority of the foreign nonprofit organizations' financial resources and technical assistance. Each MOA also indicated that ACT, in collaboration with its partner, would execute a majority of the fundraising activities and that those fundraising activities were subject to modification at any time by both parties' mutual consent.

"For the year ended December 31, 2018, ACT provided $1,052,043 to ACT-Suriname, and $140,000 to Synbio for program and operational expenses. These expenses were covered with a combination of funds with and without donor restrictions...

"On February 1, 2019, in response to requests for partnership from indigenous communities in Brazil, and in consultation with local governmental agencies, ACT reestablished operations in Brazil by incorporating the Amazon Conservation Team Brasil (ACT-Brasil) as a local nonprofit charitable organization registered under Brazil's law. As a result, effective January 31, 2019, ACT-U.S. ended its partnership with and financial support to Synbio.

"Additionally, on April 3, 2019, in order to operate in Europe, the bylaws of Amazon Conservation Team Europe (ACT-Europe) were amended to allow for the appointment of its board of directors, establishing a control relationship that will require ACT-Europe to be consolidated with ACT during the year ending December 31, 2019."
According to the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) 2018 tax filing, ACT reports re: the existence of a family or business relationship among any officers, directors, trustees, or key employees (IRS Form 990, Part VI, line 2):

"Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D., President, has a family relationship with Liliana Madrigal, Sr. Director of Program Operations & Board Director" (IRS Form 990, Schedule O).

ACT reports having 13 voting members on its governing body at the end of 2018, with 11 of the members being independent (IRS Form 990, Part VI, lines 1a & 1b).