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Environmental Working Group

CharityWatch report issued
October 2020

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

Environmental Working Group
1436 U Street NW
Suite 100
Washington , DC 20009

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, drives consumer choice and civic action.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

Program Percentage: 87%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $5

How many dollars Environmental Working Group 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
Environmental Working Group IRS Form 990 52-2148600
Environmental Working Group Audited Financial Statements 52-2148600
Entity: Environmental Working Group
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-2148600
Entity: Environmental Working Group
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-2148600

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?
Environmental Working Group
meets governance benchmarks.
Environmental Working Group
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 Ken Cook President $405,199
2 Scott Faber Senior VP of Government Affairs $270,792
3 Craig Cox Senior VP of Agriculture $241,187
Name: Ken Cook
Title: President
Compensation: $405,199
Name: Scott Faber
Title: Senior VP of Government Affairs
Compensation: $270,792
Name: Craig Cox
Title: Senior VP of Agriculture
Compensation: $241,187

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 Environmental Working Group (EWG) audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 10, Related-Party Transactions):

"EWG is affiliated through common management with the EWG Action Fund (EWGAF). EWG is affiliated with Food Policy Action (FPA) and Organic Voices (OV) through board of directors membership of the President of EWG. EWGAF, FPA and OV are nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under IRC Section 501(c)(4)...

"In order for the organizations to minimize duplicative expenses and carry out their purposes in the most economical fashion, EWG provides certain management, accounting and administrative services to EWGAF, FPA and OV for a monthly fee based upon direct costs incurred and allocable staff and related costs..."

The amounts billed by EWG to EWGAF, FPA, and OV in 2018 were: $171,882 to EWGAF; $105,550 to FPA; and $711 to OV.

Additionally, during the year ended December 31, 2018, Organic Voices (OV) provided a grant of $42,500 to EWG to fund its food policy work.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) 2018 tax filing, EWG reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

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

"The bonuses for the employees listed on Part VII, Section A [Compensation of Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees] were determined based on subjective discretion of the President."

EWG reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to 11 individuals in 2018. Eight of the reported "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments ranged from $12,300 to $8,300, with associated total compensation ranging from $270,792 to $175,100. The other three individuals each received $300 in "Bonus & incentive compensation," with associated total compensation ranging from $405,199 to $160,234  (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).