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Defenders of Wildlife

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

Top-Rated Charity
B+
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
71%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$12
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Defenders of Wildlife
1130 17th Street NW
Washington , DC 20036

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

Dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2018

Program Percentage: 71%

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

$31,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $12

How many dollars Defenders of Wildlife spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$37,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Joint Costs

Defenders of Wildlife'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
82% $2
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
Defenders of Wildlife IRS Form 990 53-0183181
Defenders of Wildlife & Affiliated Action Fund Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Defenders of Wildlife
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 53-0183181
Entity: Defenders of Wildlife & Affiliated Action Fund
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

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?
 
Defenders of Wildlife
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Defenders of Wildlife
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
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  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Jamie Rappaport Clark President/CEO $472,271
2 James Stofan COO $264,491
3 Robert Dreher Senior VP, Conservation Programs $224,070
1
Name: Jamie Rappaport Clark
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $472,271
2
Name: James Stofan
Title: COO
Compensation: $264,491
3
Name: Robert Dreher
Title: Senior VP, Conservation Programs
Compensation: $224,070

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 Defenders of Wildlife is for the 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID #53-0183181).

The rating does not include the financial activities of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, an affiliated 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization (tax ID #38-4043084). According to the Defenders of Wildlife consolidated audit of September 30, 2018 (Note 1, Nature of Operations): "The Action Fund was organized for the purpose of protecting wildlife, natural habitat, and the environment by educating people about wildlife, and advocating for laws, regulations, and policies that will positively affect wildlife, habitats, and the environment."

The Action Fund, which was incorporated on June 22, 2017, is not rated by CharityWatch at this time.

CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even if their financial activities are included together in a consolidated audit, due to their differing treatments under the IRS tax code. For more information on this topic, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits, Tax Status, and Treatment of Related Organizations, which can be found on the Our Process page.

For more information about things to consider when donating to organizations that have related public charity and social welfare entities, read "Sorting Out Non-Profit Pairs" in the Articles & Alerts section, below.

According to the Defenders of Wildlife (DOW) consolidated audit of September 30, 2018 (Note 2, Contributed Goods and Services):

DOW received donated services in fiscal 2018 on which it placed a value of $4,056,231. The donated services "benefit the general programs, and consist primarily of advertising, and legal and professional services." DOW also received donated goods in fiscal 2018 on which it placed a value of $2,495.

[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.]