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Rainforest Alliance

CharityWatch report issued
August 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

Rainforest Alliance
233 Broadway
28th Floor
New York, NY 10279

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 79%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $25

How many dollars Rainforest Alliance 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
Rainforest Alliance IRS Form 990 13-3377893
Rainforest Alliance & Subsidiaries Audited Consolidated Financial Statements 13-3377893
Entity: Rainforest Alliance
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3377893
Entity: Rainforest Alliance & Subsidiaries
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-3377893

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?
Rainforest Alliance
meets governance benchmarks.
Rainforest Alliance
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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Nigel Sizer President $360,512
2 Ana Paula Tavares Executive VP $310,175
3 Leslie Park General Counsel $258,968
Name: Nigel Sizer
Title: President
Compensation: $360,512
Name: Ana Paula Tavares
Title: Executive VP
Compensation: $310,175
Name: Leslie Park
Title: General Counsel
Compensation: $258,968

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 of Rainforest Alliance (RA) includes the financial activities of the RA "branches and affiliates in various countries" included in the RA consolidated audit for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2017.

According to the RA fiscal 2017 consolidated audit (Note 1, Organization and Nature of Activities):

"Rainforest Alliance...is an international non-profit organization, organized in 1987 in the State of New York with branches and affiliates in various countries. ... All the activities of its branches and affiliates are included in these [audited] consolidated financial statements. RA conducts the majority of its activities throughout North America, Central America, South America, Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia."
According to the Rainforest Alliance (RA) consolidated audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 12, Subsequent Events):

"In July 2017 RA and the Sustainable Agriculture Network ('SAN') entered into an agreement whereby SAN would transfer the operations of the RA-SAN certification scheme to RA, along with related intellectual property licenses, in exchange for a payment of $2,000,000 over two years."

"RA and UTZ [a leading certification program for coffee, cocoa, tea, and hazelnuts] entered into a letter of intent on June 1, 2017 whereby the parties set forth terms for the exploration of a potential business combination. RA and UTZ are currently completing due diligence and in negotiations on the final combination agreement and related closing documents..."

According to "Q&A On The Rainforest Alliance-UTZ Merger" from the Rainforest Alliance website:

"The Rainforest Alliance and UTZ (a leading certification program for coffee, cocoa, tea, and hazelnuts) formally merged on January 9, 2018! The new organization carries forward the Rainforest Alliance name."


"All the board members from both organizations have joined the new board, and there are two main offices, in Amsterdam and New York. The name of the organization is the Rainforest Alliance and the CEO is Han de Groot from UTZ."


"Han de Groot, the Executive Director of UTZ, has taken on the role of CEO of the Rainforest Alliance. Nigel Sizer, the President of the Rainforest Alliance, is now the Chief Program Officer, directing the new organization's advocacy, landscapes, and livelihood programs. The new Rainforest Alliance continues to operate as a nongovernmental organization and a not-for-profit."

[For links to the full Q&A article and additional news re: the Rainforest Alliance - UTZ merger, click on the "Articles & Alerts" tab (above).]
According to the Rainforest Alliance (RA) consolidated audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 5, In-Kind Contributions), RA received in-kind contributions during fiscal 2017 on which it placed a total value of $1,197,827. These in-kind contributions are described as consisting primarily of legal services, advertising, and annual gala services.

[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.]

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