Evaluating NGOs

Environmental Protection and Conservation

Sector Average
(265 Charities)

Efficiency Score


Capacity Score


Overall Score


Total Revenue


Total Expenses




Net Assets


CEO Salary


Fundraising Efficiency


Fundraising Expenses


Program Expenses


Administrative Expenses


Primary Revenue Growth


Program Expense Growth


Working Capital (years)


If you work for or give money to an NGO, you should take a good look at its financials. In the U.S. Charity Navigator does an excellent job. The numbers above are taken from Charity Navigator and give the average performance of 265 charities working in environmental protection and conservation. The financial ratios and performance categories are explained here.

So, if an NGO or charity you work with is not in Charity Navigator’s database, get its annual reports for the past few years, and do the math.

Charity Navigator states that “We believe that those spending less than a third of their budget on program expenses are simply not living up to their missions. Charities demonstrating such gross inefficiency receive zero points for their overall organizational efficiency score.”

In my opinion, that should be changed to 50%. Any charity that spends less than 50% on program expenses is just not doing what it is supposed to do with its money.


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