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Center for Biological Diversity

CharityWatch report issued
January 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

Center for Biological Diversity
PO Box 710
Tucson, AZ 85702

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Works to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction, through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 84%

The percentage of Center for Biological Diversity's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $9

How many dollars Center for Biological Diversity spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Center for Biological Diversity's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
85% $9
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Center for Biological Diversity IRS Form 990 27-3943866
Center for Biological Diversity Audited Financial Statements 27-3943866
Entity: Center for Biological Diversity
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 27-3943866
Entity: Center for Biological Diversity
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 27-3943866

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Center for Biological Diversity
meets governance benchmarks.
Center for Biological Diversity
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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Robin Silver Director/Senior Staff $296,054
2 Kieran Suckling Executive Director/CEO $295,823
3 Peter Galvin Director/Senior Staff $272,485
Name: Robin Silver
Title: Director/Senior Staff
Compensation: $296,054
Name: Kieran Suckling
Title: Executive Director/CEO
Compensation: $295,823
Name: Peter Galvin
Title: Director/Senior Staff
Compensation: $272,485

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 Center for Biological Diversity audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 6, Property and Equipment):

"The construction in process amount [$1,669,075] includes a building that was purchased in Portland, Oregon during October 2016 for a purchase price [that] was $1,045,000. The building is undergoing renovations and is expected to be completed during August 2018. The estimated total cost of the building purchase and renovations is $2,487,000."
According to the Center for Biological Diversity audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 8, Compensation Commitment):

"During the year ended December 31, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a proposal for payment of up to $1,796,000 in deferred compensation payable to the founders of the Organization and a select number of long-term employees.

"During the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, funds were paid out to select individuals upon their request in an annual amount not to exceed the Board's directive. Compensation can be paid out as a bonus or as contributions to a 457(b) annuity account. Management intends to disperse all funds within five to seven years. At December 31, 2017 and 2016, the balance of the compensation commitment totaled $391,452 and $702,452, respectively."
According to the Center for Biological Diversity audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 11, Subsequent Events):

"On February 15, 2018, members of the Organization's board and staff established a new 501(c)(4) organization. The Center Action Fund (CAF) was formed to promote social welfare within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code... The CAF will primarily focus on issues relating to protections for endangered species, protections for climate and clean air, protections for human health against toxics [sic], and protecting the integrity of public lands. The CAF board consists of one of board member, officer and staff person from the Organization. Their CAF roles are independent of their roles at the Organization."