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Wildlife Conservation Society

CharityWatch report issued
October 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

Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Saves wildlife & wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 84%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $14

How many dollars Wildlife Conservation Society spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Wildlife Conservation Society IRS Form 990 13-1740011
Wildlife Conservation Society & Subsidiaries Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Wildlife Conservation Society
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1740011
Entity: Wildlife Conservation Society & Subsidiaries
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

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?
Wildlife Conservation Society
meets governance benchmarks.
Wildlife Conservation Society
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 Cristian Samper President/CEO $1,320,978
2 Robert Menzi Executive VP/COO $663,228
3 John G. Robinson Executive VP, Conservation $628,454
Name: Cristian Samper
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $1,320,978
Name: Robert Menzi
Title: Executive VP/COO
Compensation: $663,228
Name: John G. Robinson
Title: Executive VP, Conservation
Compensation: $628,454

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 Wildlife Conservation Society is based on the financial activities of its U.S. entity (tax ID #13-1740011) and does not include the financial activities of its foreign subsidiaries. The U.S. entity rated by CharityWatch accounts for more than 98% of the total revenue and expenses of the consolidated Wildlife Conservation Society organization for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2017.
According to the Wildlife Conservation Society tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2017, the Society reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

"One executive and a vice president received non-fixed payments in 2016, Cristian Samper, President and Chief Executive Officer, received $6,200, and Carolyn Gray, Vice President Institutional Advancement, received $30,000. These were one-time discretionary bonuses in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments during the prior year..."

The Society reports that Cristian Samper and Carolyn Gray received total compensation of $1,320,978 and $308,745, respectively, in calendar year 2016 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

In addition, the Society reports that Sergio Furman, VP Individual Giving, received a severance payment in the amount of $107,410 in calendar year 2016 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III).

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