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Wild Equity Institute Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/16/2014: Wild Equity Institute

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: WILD EQUITY INSTITUTE

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San Francisco, CA
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Wild Equity Institute Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/16/2014: Wild Equity Institute

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: WILD EQUITY INSTITUTE

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Physical Address: San Francisco, CA 94103 
EIN: 27-0984775
Web URL: wildequity.org 
Blog URL: wildequity.org/entries 
Video URL(s): What's Wild Equity?
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NTEE Category: C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R22 Minority Rights
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C30 Natural Resource Conservation and Protection
Year Founded: 2009 
Ruling Year: 2010 


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Mission Statement

The Wild Equity Institute builds a healthy and sustainable global community for people and the plants and animals that accompany us on Earth. With a team of experts in law, management, design, and education, Wild Equity accelerates the transition to a more equitable world through innovative education programs, nature-inspired design, science-based petitions, and vigorous enforcement of environmental laws.

Legitimacy Information

This organization is registered with the IRS.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (GuideStar Exchange,
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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $103,371
Total Expenses $76,660

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

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Financial Statements

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Annual Reports

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Mr. Brent Plater

Term:

Since Sept 2009

Profile:

Brent Plater is the Executive Director of the Wild Equity Institute, a non-profit organization uniting social justice and grassroots conservation movements in campaigns that build a healthy and sustainable community for people and the plants and animals that accompany us on Earth. Mr. Plater also serves as a Lecturer within San Francisco State University's Environmental Studies Program and as an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. Previously he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law and the Bay Area Director of the Center for Biological Diversity. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his work protecting endangered species and wild places throughout the world, including the Environmental Education Conservation Award from the John Muir Association; the Unsung Hero Award from San Francisco Tomorrow; and in 2009 he was recognized by the editors of the SF Weekly as a "Best of San Francisco" award winner. In 2010, Mr. Plater served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago; in 2011 he was one of five Californians awarded a TogetherGreen conservation fellowship from National Audubon Society and Toyota; and in 2012 he received the Environmental Studies Faculty Award from San Francisco State University for outstanding teaching and support of student engagement in the community. Mr. Plater is a graduate of the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.

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Board Orientation & Education ?
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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?
Yes
CEO Oversight ?
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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
No
Ethics & Transparency ?
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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements within the past year?
Yes
Board Composition ?
Why does this matter? The best boards are composed of individuals who bring a variety of skills, perspectives, backgrounds, and resources to tackle the complex and strategic challenges confronting their organizations. BoardSource recommends that boards commit to diversity and inclusion by establishing written policies and practices, which include strategic and intentional recruitment of diverse board members, continual commitment to inclusivity, and equal access to board leadership opportunities.

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Yes
Board Performance ?
Why does this matter? Boards need to regularly assess their own performance. Doing so ensures that they are being intentional about how they govern their organization, which is a critical component of effective board leadership. BoardSource recommends that a board conduct a self-assessment of its performance a minimum of once every three years to ensure that it is staying on track with its roles and responsibilities.

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?
No

Officers for Fiscal Year (IRS Form 990)

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Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation (IRS Form 990)

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People information was last updated by the nonprofit in May 2014

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Programs

Program: Wild Quest Bay Area (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$10,000
Category:
None
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
None

Program Description:

A race against time to see--and save--endangered species in local parks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Program Short-Term Success:

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Program: Restore Sharp Park (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$85,000
Category:
Wild Animals Preservation & Protection
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

Saving Sharp Park's wetlands from a money-losing, endangered species killing golf course and transforming the land into a new public park everyone can enjoy.

Program Long-Term Success:

Transforming Sharp Park into a new public park with management practices that are consistent with the adjacent national parks. The land would become a public park everyone can enjoy, while saving San Francisco taxpayer money.

Program Short-Term Success:

Prevent illegal activities that harm the environment and destabilize the Recreation and Park Department budget.

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Program Success Examples:

Passed legislation to initiate restoration planning at Sharp Park. Filed a lawsuit against the golf course for killing endangered species illegally, and declared a prevailing party by the Court. Dozens of favorable media articles about the program.

Program: Antioch Dunes (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$85,000
Category:
Environmental Health
Population Served:
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
None

Program Description:

The California Energy commission has approved several power plants in a small area adjacent to the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. The emissions from these power plants will be collectively significant, and will harm endangered species at the Refuge and local community health. Wild Equity is bringing conservation and justice groups together to fight these power plant proposals and make sure people and wildlife are safe from their pollution.

Program Long-Term Success:

Prevent power plants from polluting local communities and the wildlife refuge, or force them to mitigate the pollution entirely.

Program Short-Term Success:

Raise awareness of the issues.

Program Success Monitored by:

Program Success Examples:

Won a $2,000,000 legal settlement with one power plant company that will fund community health and environmental restoration programs.
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The Wild Equity Institute was founded to address a humbling truth: the scale of the problems we face dwarf the resources we bring to bear against them. From climate change to the extinction crisis to the growing gap between the rich and poor, these large-scale problems have not been adequately addressed, largely because our collective efforts are not commensurate with the threats we face. The Wild Equity Institute was founded to try and bring existing social movements together so that our collective forces will match the scale of the problems we address. We bring these occasionally disparate movements together to form a powerful force that creates a healthy and sustainable global community for all. We accomplish this by working on projects that highlight and redress the inequitable relationships across our human communities while improving our relationship to the lands in which we live. These carefully selected projects highlight our shared moral foundation--equity, the desire for a more just and fair world--which in turn allows us to recognize our movements are more alike than different. As we win these smaller projects, we build a movement on a strong foundation that can scale to address our largest challenges in ways that have not been possible to date.
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Evidence of Impact

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This organization builds bridges between environmental justice groups and grassroots conservation to save species and ourselves. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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The Wild Equity Institute is fast, efficient, and cutting edge. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

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The organization is too small to make significant changes on multiple campaigns simultaneously. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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