Nature Conservancy

Nature Conservancy Overview

Nature Conservancy is located in Arlington, VA. The organization was established in 1954. According to its NTEE Classification (Q38) the organization is classified as: International Environment, Population & Sustainability <i>(Draft Code - not for internal IRS use)</i>, under the broad grouping of International, Foreign Affairs & National Security and related organizations. As of 06/2020, Nature Conservancy employed 4,091 individuals. This organization is a parent organization of an affiliated group for tax-exemption purposes.

For the year ending 06/2020, Nature Conservancy generated $1.1b in total revenue. This represents relatively stable growth, over the past 5 years the organization has increased revenue by an average of 4.5% each year. All expenses for the organization totaled $907.0m during the year ending 06/2020. While expenses have increased by 2.3% per year over the past 5 years. They've been increasing with an increasing level of total revenue. You can explore the organizations financials more deeply in the financial statements section below.

Since 2015, Nature Conservancy has awarded 2,293 individual grants totaling $204,272,126. If you would like to learn more about the grant giving history of this organization, scroll down to the grant profile section of this page.

Mission & Program ActivityExcerpts From the 990 Filing

TAX YEAR

2020

Describe the Organization's Mission:

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TNC'S MISSION IS TO CONSERVE THE LANDS AND WATERS ON WHICH ALL LIFE DEPENDS.

Describe the Organization's Program Activity:

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PROTECT LAND AND WATER - THE NATURE CONSERVANCY (TNC) HAS HELPED PROTECT MORE THAN 120 MILLION ACRES OF BOTH LAND AND OCEANS, AS WELL AS 4,000 MILES OF RIVERS AND STREAMS. TNC AND THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND PURCHASED A 19,200-ACRE, $25.4 MILLION PROPERTY WITH SUPPORT FROM GREAT OUTDOORS COLORADO TO HELP THE COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE TRANSFORM IT INTO FISHERS PEAK STATE PARK. THE PARK IS HOME TO MORE THAN 900 SPECIESINCLUDING ELK, BOBCAT, AND PEREGRINE FALCONAND HELPS SECURE A WILDLIFE CORRIDOR FROM THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS TO THE GRASSLANDS OF THE HIGH PLAINS. TNC CREATED A NEW DURABLE RIVER PROTECTION FRAMEWORK, WHICH WAS ADOPTED IN THE BALKANS AND KEEPS CLEAN AND HEALTHY WATERS FLOWING. THIS IS CRITICAL BECAUSE RIVERS HOLD MUCH OF THE WORLD'S BIODIVERSITY AND ARE THE LEAST PROTECTED OF THE EARTH'S NATURAL SYSTEMS. TNC, WITH THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS, CREATED A NEW MARKET FOR MORE THAN 100 STRUGGLING OYSTER FARMERS IN ME, NH, MA, NY, NJ, MD AND WA STATE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THESE SHELLFISH GROWERS SOLD THEIR HEALTHY SURPLUS OYSTERS TO THIS PROJECT, CALLED SUPPORTING OYSTER AQUACULTURE AND RESTORATION ("SOAR"), WHICH THEN TRANSPLANTS THEM TO NEARBY REEF-RESTORATION SITES. A SINGLE OYSTER CAN FILTER 50 GALLONS OF WATER IN ONE DAY, AND AN ENTIRE OYSTER REEF CAN BE CRITICAL TO THE HEALTH OF BAYS AND ESTUARIES. ENTERPRISING OYSTER FARMS PROVIDED THESE ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS AND THIS ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO RURAL ECONOMIES. FULFILLING SOAR'S MISSION OF BUYING 5 MILLION OYSTERS OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD MEANS PRODUCERS WILL BE ABLE TO STAY AFLOAT WHILE LONG-TERM EFFORTS TO RESTORE LOCAL REEFS GET A HELPFUL BOOST.


PROVIDE FOOD AND WATER SUSTAINABLY -TNC HAS HELPED MOVE MORE THAN 15 MILLION ACRES OF AGRICULTURAL LAND TO USING SOIL HEALTH PRACTICES. TNC ESTABLISHED OVER 30 WATER FUNDS IMPROVING WATER QUALITY FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, AND ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH 15 COUNTRIES ON SUSTAINABLE FISHING EFFORTS. RECENTLY, TNC PROVIDED SMARTER CROP CHOICES IN THE ARID WEST TO PROVIDE MORE WATER FOR BOTH PEOPLE AND NATURE IN ARIZONA'S VERDE RIVER VALLEY. THE 190-MILE-LONG RIVER IRRIGATES DRYLAND FARMS AND SUPPLIES COMMUNITIES WITH DRINKING WATER. RECENTLY, THE RIVER HAS BEEN SO OVER-TAPPED THAT SECTIONS HAVE RUN DRY DURING SUMMER, THREATENING THE VIABILITY OF SOME FARMLANDS AND THE SURVIVAL OF A RICH DIVERSITY OF WILDLIFE, INCLUDING TWO ENDANGERED FISH SPECIES. TNC WORKED WITH THE LARGEST FARM IN THE REGION TO SWITCH TO BARLEY, WHICH CONSUMES HALF THE WATER OF CROPS LIKE ALFALFA AND CORN. THE SHIFT TO HIGH-QUALITY HAS SAVED A MILLION GALLONS OF WATER AND KEPT THE VERDE RIVER FLOWING. TNC HELPED TO TEMPORARILY STOP A PROPOSED PEBBLE MINE THAT THREATENED THE SUSTAINABLE HARVEST OF WILD SALMON IN ALASKA'S BRISTOL BAY.


TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE -TNC WORKS ON ACHIEVING CLIMATE GOALS IN 50 STATES AND 30 COUNTRIES AND RECENTLY MADE PROGRESS IN ITS FIGHTS AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE WITH A FOCUS IN INDIA AND ON THE EMERALD EDGE OF COASTAL WASHINGTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA. TNC HAS INTRODUCED NEW REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE APPROACHES, INCLUDING NO-TILL PLANTING, WHICH ENDS THE NEED FOR BURNING, SAVES WATER, INCREASES FARMER INCOMES, BOOSTS SOIL HEALTH AND STORES CARBON. WHEN FARMERS BURN, CROP RESIDUE TO PREPARE THEIR FIELDS FOR NEW PLANTINGS, GENERATING CLIMATE EMISSIONS AND DEADLY AIR POLLUTION IN NEIGHBORING CITIES. TNC CONTINUES TO WORK TO PRESERVE COASTAL RAINFORESTS ON THE EMERALD EDGE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES HONORS A VISION OF INDIGENOUS-LED STEWARDSHIP WHILE SECURING FORESTS AS STOREHOUSES OF CARBON. THE TEMPERATE RAINFORESTS OF THE EMERALD EDGE HOLD ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST STORES OF CARBON AND THESE FORESTS ARE AT RISK.


BUILD HEALTHY CITIES -WE HAVE HELPED INTEGRATE URBAN FORESTS, RAIN GARDENS, PARKS AND WETLANDS INTO SUSTAINABLE CITY PLANNING TO BRING NATURE'S BENEFITS TO URBAN RESIDENTS. WE HAVE HELPED PROMOTE GREEN CITY DESIGNS LIKE PERMEABLE SURFACES AND RAIN GARDENS THAT CAN MANAGE STORMWATER WHILE PROVIDING HEALTH BENEFITS AND REDUCING POLLUTION IN OUR RIVERS. WE HAVE WORKED WITH CITIES FROM NEW ORLEANS TO BEIJING TO USE NATURE AS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, AND BECAUSE PEOPLE IN CITIES ARE INCREASINGLY DISCONNECTED FROM GREEN SPACES, WE HAVE HELPED FACILITATE ACCESS TO AND ENGAGEMENT NATURE.


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Nature Conservancy Vendors

Vendor Name (Service)Compensation
Dm Group Inc
Direct Mail Services
$6,370,231
Rr Donnelley And Sons Company
Printing Services
$4,994,602
Luhr Brothers Inc
Heavy Construction & Marine Services
$4,459,140
Tallwave Llc
Professional Fundraising Services
$3,935,972
Personal Fundraising Services Llc
Professional Fundraising Services
$3,695,065
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Financial Statements

Statement of Revenue
Federated campaigns$3,247,428
Membership dues$0
Fundraising events$347,775
Related organizations$0
Government grants $123,521,397
All other contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts not included above$818,673,883
Noncash contributions included in lines 1a–1f $168,431,676
Total Revenue from Contributions, Gifts, Grants & Similar$945,790,483
Total Program Service Revenue$161,714,698
Investment income $10,680,823
Tax Exempt Bond Proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Net Rental Income $2,838,523
Net Gain/Loss on Asset Sales $2,253,170
Net Income from Fundraising Events -$314,383
Net Income from Gaming Activities $0
Net Income from Sales of Inventory $0
Miscellaneous Revenue$0
Total Revenue $1,137,390,674

Nature Conservancy Grants Awarded

Over the last fiscal year, Nature Conservancy has awarded $41,516,608 in support to 462 organizations.

Grant RecipientAmount

OPEN SPACE INSTITUTE LAND TRUST INC

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New York, NY

PURPOSE: CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES

$5,681,501

TRUCKEE DONNER LAND TRUST

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Truckee, CA

PURPOSE: CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES

$3,063,178

DUCKS UNLIMITED INC

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Memphis, TN

PURPOSE: CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES

$1,130,457

STATE OF ARKANSAS

PURPOSE: CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES

$1,000,000

NORTHERN NECK LAND CONSERVANCY

PURPOSE: CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES

$769,711

REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA

Org PageRecipient Profile

Oakland, CA

PURPOSE: CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES

$763,949
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Nature Conservancy Grants Recieved

Over the last fiscal year, we have identified 315 grants that Nature Conservancy has recieved totaling $10,321,299.

Awarding OrganizationAmount
American Online Giving Foundation Inc

Newark, DE

PURPOSE: GENERAL SUPPORT

$1,648,543
$750,000
$750,000
Vf Foundation

Wilmington, DE

PURPOSE: PEOPLE FOR NATURE & NATURE FOR PEOPLE PROGRAM

$500,000
Tortuga Foundation

New York, NY

PURPOSE: GENERAL CHARITABLE PURPOSES

$500,000
Wilemal Fund

Chicago, IL

PURPOSE: FOR THE GENERAL, SCIENTIFIC OR EDUCATION PURPOSE

$490,000
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Endowment Analysis

Beg. Balance$1,322,550,078
Earnings$61,939,967
Net Contributions$14,146,775
Other Expense$51,237,717
Ending Balance$1,347,399,103

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