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Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

EDF is a energy conservation organization based in New York, NY that was founded in 1967. As of 2018 they had $210 million in revenue and $245 million in assets.

Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. To preserve the natural systems on ...

Previous legal names or variations of their name include: Environmental Defense Fund Incorporated.

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Program areas at EDF

Climate and Energy - To avert disastrous climate change, EDF focuses on the largest and best opportunities to reduce emissions of climate pollutants such as carbon dioxide and methane. In 2018, with climate progress still blocked in Washington, DC, EDF pursued other ways to advance these goals. At the state level, for example, EDF helped stop massive coal bailouts in Ohio, worked closely with the Illinois Power Agency on implementing renewable energy regulations, and helped develop New Jersey policy to meet 50% of electricity needs with renewable sources by 2030. EDF also advised China on what will become the worlds largest carbon market, initially covering 1,700 companies in the power sector. And to reduce human-caused emissions of methane - which are responsible for more than 25% of today's global warming - EDF entered into a partnership with Harvard and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to develop a new satellite to monitor ...

Oceans - To improve the health of the oceans and increase future supplies of seafood, EDF aims to sharply reduce overfishing and achieve a dramatic recovery in fish populations. EDF advocates secure fishing rights to give fishermen a financial stake in conserving fish for the future. To accelerate the adoption of sustainable fishing management, EDF and its partners have developed software, training manuals and case studies and have trained more than 700 fishery leaders from Chile to Spain to the Philippines. In 2018, EDF worked with Chile and Peru to help the countries share information on fish stocks and consider new management arrangements that could make their fisheries more resilient in the face of climate change. In Sweden, EDF worked with fishermen and government officials to design a sustainable fishing system that could be replicated across Europe. And along the West Coast of the United States, EDF and its allies ...

Ecosystems - EDF develops ways to meet peoples needs for food, water and other natural resources while improving ecosystems, rather than harming them. EDF worked with agribusiness and food interests including Campbell Soup Company, Land OLakes and Smithfield Foods on fertilizer efficiency plans that will help reduce serious fertilizer pollution of air and water. Together, these and other companies have committed to adopt best practices on more than 20 million acres. In 2018, to further accelerate progress, EDF partnered with the National Corn Growers Association, which represents about 80 percent of Americas corn farmers. EDF also worked with farmers, ranchers and others to improve habitat for endangered wildlife, including through the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Exchange, where farmers and ranchers can earn credits for growing milkweed, which is essential to the monarchs survival. And in Louisiana, EDF is helping coastal areas vulnerable to storms, sea level rise and flooding.

Form 990s for EDF

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-09Sep 14, 2019990View PDF
2017-09Nov 15, 2018990View PDF
2017-09Nov 15, 2018990View PDF
2016-09Sep 13, 2017990View PDF
2015-09Aug 1, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for EDF

Total grants, contributions, etc.$207,828,937
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$1,334,695
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$-2,215
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$417,814
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$1,017,009
Total revenues$210,596,240

Vendors for EDF

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
BlackbaudFundraising software; CRM software; Marketing software2019-09-22
██████Content management system software2019-09-22
█████████Content management system software2019-09-22
███ ███ ███Audit accounting; Tax accounting2019-08-19
█████ ███████Financial Planning$801,1092018-09-01
█████ ████████ █████ ███Direct Fundraising$223,5252018-09-01
████████ ████████Marketing$1,602,8002018-09-01
██████ ███ ████████████ ███Direct Fundraising$759,6092018-09-01
...and 20 more vendors

Personnel at EDF

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
William ObrienChief Financial Officer-Aug. 19, 2019
Brian AttasChief Information Officer-Oct. 25, 2017
███████ ██████Chief Administrative Officer$399,671July 17, 2019
████ ████████Chief of Staff-July 17, 2019
█████████ ███████Chief Development Officer$401,741July 17, 2019
██████ ███████Chief Scientist-July 17, 2019
████ ████Chief Economist-July 17, 2019
████ ██████Senior Vice President Strategy and Communications$371,512July 17, 2019
█████████ ████Senior Vice President Political Affairs-July 17, 2019
███ █████████Vice President, Political Affairs-July 17, 2019
...and 16 more key personnel

Peer energy conservation and development organizations

1Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC)501(c)(3)$60 millionCharlottesville, VA
2Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)501(c)(3)$92 millionOak Ridge, TN
3Wildlife Conservation Society501(c)(3)$278 millionBronx, NY
4National Audubon Society501(c)(3)$133 millionNew York, NY
5Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)501(c)(3)$95 millionBurlington, VT
6Trout Unlimited501(c)(3)$53 millionArlington, VA
7National Wildlife Federation501(c)(3)$83 millionReston, VA
8The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals501(c)(3)$267 millionNew York, NY
9Central Park Conservancy501(c)(3)$68 millionNew York, NY
10The Animal Medical Center (AMC)501(c)(3)$73 millionNew York, NY
11Natural Resources Defense Council501(c)(3)$182 millionNew York, NY
12The Morton Arboretum501(c)(3)$55 millionLisle, IL
13National Trust for Scotland (NTS)501(c)(3)$66 millionUnited Kingdom,
14Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy501(c)(3)$72 millionSan Francisco, CA
15Pheasants Forever Incorporated501(c)(3)$76 millionSt Paul, MN
16Atlantic Coast Conservancy501(c)(3)$328 millionJasper, GA
17The Trust for Public Land501(c)(3)$137 millionSan Francisco, CA
18Houston Zoo501(c)(3)$103 millionHouston, TX
19American National Standards Institute (ANSI)501(c)(3)$56 millionNew York, NY
20Jewish National Fund501(c)(3)$87 millionNew York, NY
21Resources Legacy Fund501(c)(3)$53 millionSacramento, CA
22Ducks Unlimited501(c)(3)$192 millionMemphis, TN
23Monterey Bay Aquarium501(c)(3)$124 millionMonterey, CA
24Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA-Angell)501(c)(3)$74 millionBoston, MA
25Kamehameha Schools (KS)501(c)(3)$408 millionHonolulu, HI

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