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CharityWatch report issued
September 2018

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

50 California Street
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Wields the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people's health, to preserve magnificent places & wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 77%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $8

How many dollars Earthjustice 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
Earthjustice Audited Financial Statements 94-1730465
Earthjustice IRS Form 990 94-1730465
Entity: Earthjustice
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 94-1730465
Entity: Earthjustice
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 94-1730465

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?
meets governance benchmarks.
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 Donnell Van Noppen President $437,363
2 Abigail Dillen VP, Litigation $316,546
3 Kristine Stratton Senior VP of Operations $293,094
Name: Donnell Van Noppen
Title: President
Compensation: $437,363
Name: Abigail Dillen
Title: VP, Litigation
Compensation: $316,546
Name: Kristine Stratton
Title: Senior VP of Operations
Compensation: $293,094

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 Earthjustice audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 2, Donated Services):

Earthjustice received donated services in fiscal 2017 on which it placed a total value of $5,444,410. These services consisted of: (1) donated legal services estimated to be $3,869,850, and (2) donated public service announcements amounting to $1,574,560.

The donated public service announcements consisted of "donated space for public service announcements in various print, television, and web-based media as well as in major U.S. airport locations and various outdoor locations. The fair value of these donations has been estimated using published advertising rates for comparable space in the publications and an estimate for like kind space in airports..."

[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 Earthjustice audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 3, Contributions Receivables):

"Additionally, one donor comprised 16% and 26% of total contributions for the years ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively."
According to the Earthjustice audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 1, History and Organization):

"The board authorized the formation of an affiliated, but independent 501(c)(4) [tax-exempt, social welfare] organization. The new organization, Earthjustice Action, was incorporated on June 23, 2017 and will help advance protection of the environment."

For more information on the differences between 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) nonprofits, 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 501(c)(3) public charity and 501(c)(4) social welfare entities, click on "Articles" from the navigation header and read "Sorting Out Non-Profit Pairs."
According to the Earthjustice tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2017 re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

"One-time performance bonuses and a retirement bonus in the amounts shown in Part II, Column B(ii) [cited below] were paid in calendar year 2016. The amounts paid were approved by the President. No bonuses were made contingent on revenues or net income of the Organization."

Earthjustice reports paying the following in "Bonus & incentive compensation" to these individuals in calendar year 2016 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

(1) Kristine Stratton, Sr. VP of Operations; Assistant Secretary: $15,000, with reported total compensation of $293,094;
(2) William Curtiss, General Counsel; Assistant Secretary (to September 2016): $2,500, with reported total compensation of $184,504;
(3) Abigail Dillen, Vice President Litigation: $37,468, with reported total compensation of $316,546; and
(4) Martin Hayden, Vice President Litigation: $2,000, with reported total compensation of $252,724.