Accountability

We have high rankings with all four charity rating agencies. We value the trust you have placed in our hands and we believe that you should feel confident about your investment. That's why we are committed to transparency and accountability.

Guidestar Gold Transparency  Great Non Profits BBB charity logocharity watch top rated seal    Charity Navigator

 Why Charity Navigator changed
our 13-year four star rating.

Our Corporate Donation Policy

Friends of the Earth has a strict corporate donation policy to ensure that no corporation can bias our campaigns. You can learn more about our corporate donation policy.

Victories for the Planet

We have more than 40 years of victories for our planet.  Learn more about our victories.

Financial Documentation

Our Annual Report, IRS forms and Audited financial statements are available for your inspection:

2012 IRS Form 990 / 2012 Audited Financial Statements

2013 IRS Form 990 / 2013 Audited Financial Statements

2014 IRS Form 990 / 2014 Audited Financial Statements

2015 IRS Form 990 / 2015 Audited Financial Statements

2016 IRS Form 990 / 2016 Audited Financial Statements

2017 IRS Form 990 / 2017 Audited Financial Statements

2018 IRS Form 990 / 2018 Audited Financial Statements

2019 IRS Form 990 / 2019 Audited Financial Statements

2020 IRS Form 990 / 2020 Audited Financial Statements

Annual Reports

Read our annual reports.

Joint Cost Allocation Procedures

Friends of the Earth applies joint cost allocation to communications that contain public education and calls to action.  Learn more about our joint cost allocation procedure.

Our Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously. We updated our privacy policy in October 2020.  Read our updated privacy policy.

Document Retention Policy

Friends of the Earth Document Retention & Destruction Policy

Charity Navigator Rating

In June 2021 Friends of the Earth’s rating on Charity Navigator slipped just below the four star rating for the first time in thirteen years.   

This occurred because our Board of Directors and Senior Management Team made a deliberate decision to reduce our reserves and instead put that money to work on the imminent threats facing our environment, especially the climate crisis. As a result of this strategic decision our “working capital” score in Charity Navigator declined, pushing us below the threshold for four stars.  

Friends of the Earth stands by our decision.  As an environmental advocacy charity, we are confronting the dire and timely threat that is already impacting all life on Earth – i.e. climate change.  The window of opportunity to prevent the most catastrophic impacts of this crisis will permanently close in the next decade.  Moreover, most of our donors are gravely concerned about climate change.  We therefore have a responsibility to our donors and our mission to use our resources to greatest effect in the next 10 years, before the climate crisis spirals completely out of control. 

Sacrificing a four star rating in order to do our utmost to fight the climate crisis is a trade off we are more than willing to make. 

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