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National Wildlife Federation

CharityWatch report issued
August 2017

Top-Rated Charity
A
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
87%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$7
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Dr.
Reston, VA 20190-5362

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.nwf.org

Stated Mission

To unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrives in a rapidly changing world.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 08/31/2016

Program Percentage: 87%

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

$56,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $7

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

$53,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Joint Costs

National Wildlife Federation'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
89% $5
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
National Wildlife Federation Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
National Wildlife Federation IRS Form 990 53-0204616
National Wildlife Federation Endowment IRS Form 990 52-0806695
Entity: National Wildlife Federation
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: National Wildlife Federation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 53-0204616
Entity: National Wildlife Federation Endowment
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-0806695

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?
 
National Wildlife Federation
meets governance benchmarks.
 
National Wildlife Federation
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
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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 Collin O'Mara President $363,836
2 Kevin J. Coyle VP Education & Training $201,601
3 James S. Lyon VP of Conservation Policy $201,245
1
Name: Collin O'Mara
Title: President
Compensation: $363,836
2
Name: Kevin J. Coyle
Title: VP Education & Training
Compensation: $201,601
3
Name: James S. Lyon
Title: VP of Conservation Policy
Compensation: $201,245

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 for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) also includes the financial activities of the National Wildlife Federation Endowment, which are included in the Federation's audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016.


According to the Federation's consolidated audit of August 31, 2016 (Note 1, Organization):

"...The Endowment provides long-term stability by investing and preserving NWF assets. By investing in a manner consistent with NWF's mission and values, the Endowment returns a stream of income to NWF to support conservation education programs."


The financial activities of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund are not included in CharityWatch's rating for National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

According to the Federation's consolidated audit of August 31, 2016 (Note 13, National Wildlife Federation Action Fund):

"National Wildlife Federation Action Fund (NWF Action Fund) is a [501(c)(4)] not-for-profit organization that was formed...for the purpose of conducting conservation advocacy programs..."

"Although certain NWF employees serve on NWF Acton Fund's Board of Directors, NWF officers and employees represent less than 50% of the total officers and Directors for NWF Action Fund and NWF does not control a majority of the appointments to NWF Action Fund's Board of Directors. As such, NWF does not consolidate the activities of NWF Action Fund."

"NWF provided $200 [thousand] and $258 [thousand] in grants to NWF Action Fund in the years ended August 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. In addition, NWF Action Fund reimburses NWF for certain costs such as leased staff, benefits, miscellaneous expenses and overhead costs..."

[Note: CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating for NWF Action Fund at this time given its relatively small size. Its total contributions were approximately $528,000 for the fiscal year ended 8/31/15.]
According to the National Wildlife Federation tax filing for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

"Larry J. Schweiger, former President - NWF, received severance payments from NWF totalling [sic] $108,975."

The $108,975 is the total compensation reported for Larry J. Schweiger in the 2015 calendar year (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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