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CharityWatch report issued
March 2024

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

1612 K Street, NW
Suite 904
Washington, DC 20006

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2022

Program Percentage: 81%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $6

How many dollars Earthworks 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
Earthworks IRS Form 990 52-1557765
Earthworks Audited Financial Statements 52-1557765
Entity: Earthworks
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1557765
Entity: Earthworks
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-1557765

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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Jennifer Krill Executive Director $197,258
2 Lauren Pagel Policy Director $194,249
3 Lorraine Osinski Finance & Operations Officer $189,302
Name: Jennifer Krill
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $197,258
Name: Lauren Pagel
Title: Policy Director
Compensation: $194,249
Name: Lorraine Osinski
Title: Finance & Operations Officer
Compensation: $189,302

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 Earthworks audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 12, Related Party Transactions):

"Earthworks Action Fund, a Section 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, is a legally-separate, tax-exempt organization established by Earthworks in December 2017. Earthworks Action Fund is an affiliated but separate organization from Earthworks. As a 501(c)(4) organization, Earthworks Action Fund engages in various advocacy and political activities for which Earthworks, a 501(c)(3) organization, faces certain legal limitations or restrictions."

"Earthworks provides various administrative services for Earthworks Action Fund, including office space, personnel, use of equipment, and other overhead costs. Total expenses paid by Earthworks and charged to Earthworks Action Fund were $361,656 and $70,252 for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively..."

[Note: CharityWatch does not rate Earthworks Action Fund at this time due to its small size. Should CharityWatch provide a rating for Earthworks Action Fund in the future, it will be rated separately from Earthworks because CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even when they 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 Nonprofit Pairs" in the Articles & Alerts section, below.]

According to the Earthworks audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 4, Concentrations of Risk, Revenue Risk):

"For the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, a substantial portion of Earthworks' revenue was generated from two donors in each year. The contributions totaled 28% and 34% of Earthworks' total revenue and support for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. A potential reduction or change in funding from these donors in the future could significantly impact Earthworks' ability to carry out its current program activities."