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Conservation International Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
February 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

Conservation International Foundation
2011 Crystal Drive
Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22202

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Works to ensure a healthy & productive planet for everyone on earth. Works at every level, from remote villages to the offices of presidents & CEOs, to help move whole societies to value & account for nature's role in human well-being and to chart a healthier, more sustainable development path.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 84%

The percentage of Conservation International Foundation'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 Conservation International Foundation 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
Conservation International Foundation and Affiliates Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Conservation International Foundation IRS Form 990 52-1497470
Entity: Conservation International Foundation and Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Conservation International Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1497470

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?
Conservation International Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Conservation International Foundation
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 Peter Seligmann CEO $643,734
2 Russell Mittermeier Executive Vice Chair $443,137
3 Jennifer Morris COO $429,130
Name: Peter Seligmann
Title: CEO
Compensation: $643,734
Name: Russell Mittermeier
Title: Executive Vice Chair
Compensation: $443,137
Name: Jennifer Morris
Title: COO
Compensation: $429,130

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.
CharityWatch's rating of Conservation International Foundation (CI) also includes the operations of 11 CI affiliates: CI-Brazil, CI-Europe in Belgium, CI-Guyana, CI-Hong Kong, CI-Japan, CI-Mexico, CI-New Zealand, CI-Philippines, CI-Singapore, CI-Suriname, and Conservation South Africa. These affiliates are consolidated in CI's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

According to Note 1 of the CI fiscal 2017 consolidated audit: "All of the aforementioned [affiliated] organizations are separately incorporated in their respective countries. Due to the significant amount of oversight and support (financial and programmatic) provided by CI, their financial activities have been consolidated with CI's financial activities." All transactions between CI and its affiliates have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.
According to the Conservation International Foundation (CI) consolidated audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 4, Grants and Promises to Give Receivable):

"... CI's ten largest contributors during the year ended June 30, 2017, comprised approximately 45% or $71,096,000 of total revenue and support..."
According to the Conservation International Foundation (CI) tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, CI reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons, a transaction in the amount of $156,112 paid to "His Excellency Anote Tong," with a reported relationship of "Board Member - Emeritus," and a description of the transaction being "distinguished fellow stipend" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V).
According to the Conservation International Foundation (CI) tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, CI reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4A):

"Severance payments were made to employees during the calendar year ending 12/31/2016. These amounts have been properly reported in Part VII of the Form 990 [Compensation of Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, Highest Compensated Employees, and Independent Contractors]. Details of the transactions and the confidential severance agreements are available to the IRS upon request."

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"CI's variable pay plan seeks to drive executive excellence by linking a portion of their compensation to meeting established achievement measures. CI determines executive compensation based on annual market analysis performed by a firm specializing in non-profit compensation. Base salaries are set net of anticipated variable pay. Executives receive the balance of their compensation, in the form of variable pay, based upon the organization's documented performance against its approved annual goals, as well as their individual performance against their approved deliverables. A sub-committee of CI's board of directors reviews and approves executive compensation levels including annual variable pay."

CI reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments for 15 individuals in calendar year 2016 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II). The individuals with the five highest reported "Bonus & incentive compensation" amounts are:

(1) Peter Seligmann, Chair of Board & CEO: $175,175, with reported total compensation of $643,734;
(2) Russell Mittermeier, Executive Vice Chair: $96,985, with reported total compensation of $443,137;
(3) Jennifer Morris, Chief Operating Officer: $90,563, with reported total compensation of $429,130;
(4) Sanjayan Muttulingam, Exec. VP - Campaign & Strategy: $60,536, with reported total compensation of $380,365; and
(5) Gregory Stone, Exec. VP - MCSO: $46,068, with reported total compensation of $313,059.

For the remaining 10 individuals reported by CI on IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II, nine have reported "Bonus & incentive compensation" amounts that range from $40,875 to $31,892, associated with reported total compensation that ranges from $376,004 to $271,768; and one has $9,085 in reported "Bonus & incentive compensation," with reported total compensation of $189,836.

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