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Greenpeace Fund

CharityWatch report issued
November 2019

 
NOT
RATABLE
CharityWatch Grade
 

Contact Information

Greenpeace Fund
702 H Street NW
Suite 300
Washington , DC 20001

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

To protect and preserve the environment through the funding of grants to other organizations.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

*Why Not Ratable?

CharityWatch is unable to rate this organization due to how it is structured. This does not imply a negative or positive evaluation.

Some charities engage in significant financial transactions with a related organization outside of the U.S. for which sufficient audited financial information is either not available, is not presented in combined form, and/or is not based on U.S. reporting standards. CharityWatch's methodology is not designed to measure how efficiently one entity of a charity grants funds to its affiliates, partners, or related organization(s) outside of the U.S. In many of these cases, the charity is essentially functioning as a U.S. based fundraising arm. Therefore, when applicable, CharityWatch has calculated a Cost to Raise $100 fundraising ratio for such charities.

Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation and for this organization's Cost to Raise $100, if applicable.


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.
Greenpeace Fund
does not meet governance benchmarks.
 
Greenpeace Fund
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 Marcy Bourne Director of Special Contributor Relations $162,189
2 William E. Richardson Deputy Director $128,544
3 Caitlin Cosgrove Foundations Relations Manager $118,472
1
Name: Marcy Bourne
Title: Director of Special Contributor Relations
Compensation: $162,189
2
Name: William E. Richardson
Title: Deputy Director
Compensation: $128,544
3
Name: Caitlin Cosgrove
Title: Foundations Relations Manager
Compensation: $118,472

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 is unable to provide a complete rating of Greenpeace Fund for its fiscal year ended 12/31/2018 due to how the organization is structured.

According to the Greenpeace Fund audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 8, Related-Party Transactions, Stichting Greenpeace Council):

"Greenpeace is a global environmental organization, consisting of Greenpeace International (Stichting Greenpeace Council [or] the 'Council') in Amsterdam and 27 independent national and regional offices across the world covering operations in more than 55 countries. These national/regional offices are independent in carrying out global campaign strategies within the local context they operate within, and in seeking the necessary financial support from donors to fund this work. Greenpeace International's main legal entity is 'Stichting Greenpeace Council' (SGC). It is a Dutch Stichting -a foundation-type nonprofit entity- based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Although the Organization [Greenpeace Fund] is a nonvoting member of the Council, all Greenpeace entities are influenced by decisions of the Council. However, the Organization has ultimate responsibility for and control over its own activities and decisions."


The U.S.-based Greenpeace Fund (tax ID #95-3313195) is one of the 27 independent offices referenced above that contributes financially to Greenpeace International (Stichting Greenpeace Council). According to the Greenpeace Fund audit of December 31, 2018 (Note 8, Related-Party Transactions), Greenpeace Fund granted $8,848,152 to Stichting Greenpeace Council and $6,892,536 to Greenpeace, Inc. (Greenpeace, Inc. is a related U.S.-based 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization.) The grants from Greenpeace Fund to Stichting Greenpeace Council and Greenpeace, Inc. totaled $15,740,688, or 100% of Greenpeace Fund's program spending in 2018.

As described above, Greenpeace Fund essentially functions as a fundraising arm for its affiliated organizations, reporting no financially significant programs of its own. CharityWatch's methodology is not designed to measure how efficiently one entity of a charity grants funds to its related organizations. For this reason, CharityWatch does not believe it is fair to publish a Program % for Greenpeace Fund alongside those of other charities that conduct their own programs and/or primarily make grants to unaffiliated charities. Therefore, CharityWatch is unable to provide a Program % for Greenpeace Fund, but we are able to provide its Cost to Raise $100 fundraising ratio:

In fiscal year 2018, Greenpeace Fund spent a reasonable $14 to raise each $100 in public support.


CharityWatch's inability to provide a complete rating of Greenpeace Fund is strictly due to how the organization is structured, and not due to an unwillingness on the part of the organization to provide information to CharityWatch or answer our questions. Greenpeace Fund posts its audited financial statements and annual tax filing for public view on its website (www.greenpeacefund.org).

In order for CharityWatch to be able to provide a complete rating for Greenpeace Fund in the future, we would require consolidated / combined financial statements, expressed in U.S. dollars and based on U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) reporting standards, that include all of Greenpeace International's related entities. Such statements would eliminate transactions among related entities, as well as provide a comprehensive view of how the organization both raises and spends public dollars on the whole. This information may not currently be practicable for Greenpeace International to provide given that it is headquartered in Europe, and because its national and regional offices may not be subject to comparable financial reporting requirements in their home countries.


[NOTE: CharityWatch does provide a separate letter grade rating for Greenpeace Fund's related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, Greenpeace, Inc. (tax ID #52-1541501). For information about things to consider when donating to organizations that have related public charity and social welfare entities, read CharityWatch's article, "Sorting Out Nonprofit Pairs," in the "Articles & Alerts" section, below.]


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