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SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/08/2014: SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 12/08/2014: SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY

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AKA  SSCS
Friday Harbor, WA

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SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/08/2014: SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 12/08/2014: SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY

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Also Known As: SSCS
Physical Address: Friday Harbor, WA 98250 
EIN: 93-0792021
Web URL: www.seashepherd.org 
NTEE Category: D Animal related
D30 Wildlife Preservation/Protection
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C30 Natural Resource Conservation and Protection
D Animal related
D20 Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs)
Ruling Year: 1982 


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Mission Statement

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $13,657,688
Total Expenses $13,413,448

Revenue & Expenses

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Leadership

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Mr. Roger Payne

Board Chair

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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?
Yes
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 ?
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Yes

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Programs

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Sea Shepherd ships are crewed by volunteers, and engage in expeditions armed with cameras and video tape to document any illegal exploitation of marine wildlife or habitat. ng the commercial seal hunt in both Canada and in the Scottish Orkney Islands, halting the dolphin slaughter in Iki, Japan, and stopping illegal driftnetters in the Pacific Ocean. Sea Shepherd is the only organization in the world that actively enforces the International Whaling Commission ban on whaling.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

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Expert Assessment

Sea Shepherd has been effecitve at focusing worldwide attention and significant action on the plight of whales in particular, even while under pressure from foreign governments. Decades ago Greenpeace was the leader in this field, and they have been surpassed, at least in terms of impact, by Sea Shepherd, according to experts. Read More »

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Evidence of Impact

Sea Shepherd has been effecitve at focusing worldwide attention and significant action on the plight of whales in particular, even while under pressure from foreign governments. Decades ago Greenpeace was the leader in this field, and they have been surpassed, at least in terms of impact, by Sea Shepherd, according to experts.

Focus
Sea Shepherd focuses on the protection of marine mammals. Researcher and Faculty
Policy
The organization has gained much prominence in recent years due to the show "Whale Wars" on Animal Planet. This year the Japanese whaling fleet basically gave up and went home from hunting in the Southern Ocean, due entirely to the work of Sea Shepherd exposing the cruelty of their activities. Bottom line: they had a goal and they've succeeded. Other
This organization works through direct intervention in Japanese whaling in the Southern ocean. They track the Japanese whalers and then put their boats between the whaling ships and the whales. They have successfully disrupted the Japanese whaling to the point that their catches are way down. And they have managed to get the support of the Australian government to take a position against whaling in this area. Foundation Professional
Raising Awareness
They have been effective at focusing worldwide attention and significant action on the plight of whales in particular, even while under pressure from foreign governments, in particular Japan. Decades ago Greenpeace was the leader in this field, and they have been not only replaced, but significantly surpassed in terms of impact, by the Sea Shepherd. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Saving Lives
Sea Shepherd has significantly reduced and may have even ended Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean by physically going there and preventing the Japanese fleet from whaling. They risk their lives to save whales, as well as other ocean dwellers such as tuna, sharks, dolphins, etc. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Protection of Whales and Other Sea Animals
The very special focus on the protection of whales and other sea animals is vital. Paul and other members of the leadership are well-known and have been successful with the media. Other

Organizational Strengths

Sea Shepherd is good at marketing and promoting their cause. They have managed to get the Animal Planet channel to have a program called The Whale Wars which shows the whaling activities in the Anarctic in the real world. According to expert opinion, they are one of the few organizations that takes direct action but stays within the law.

Effective Communications
Sea Shepherd's leadership and communications strategy are both effective. Researcher and Faculty
Solid Expansion
Their work continues: now moving into the Mediterranean to protect bluefin tuna from overfishing. They are also highly conscious of the overall damage being wrought on the oceans. Other
Great Work with Little Resources
They are a good example of doing a lot with very few staff! Nonprofit Senior Staff
Excellent Marketing
They are good at marketing and promoting their cause. They have managed to get the Animal Planet channel to have a program called The Whale Wars which shows the whaling activities in the Antarctic in the real world. They are one of the few organizations that takes direct action but stays within the law. Foundation Professional
Sea Shepherd's marketing is great. The show "Whale Wars" has really brought the issues of continued whaling to the forefront, and Sea Shepherd is constantly promoting its work through a large network of volunteers. Their leadership is also impressive. Paul Watson is a controversial figure, to be sure, but he is extremely effective at sharing his message and garnering support for this cause. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

According to experts, Sea Shepherd could benefit from further expansion, an improved website, and more collaboration with other nonprofits.

Better Website
They could use less advertising on the webpage. Researcher and Faculty
Expansion
It's time for them to take on a bigger role in protecting the oceans overall. They operate somewhat as a "fringe" organization -- outside of the mainstream, and too radical for the likes of Greenpeace -- which has served them well. But they have the ability now to be a major voice for the oceans. And they should take on that role without compromising their basic standards. Other
Improved Internal Management
They would benefit greatly from improved internal management. Nonprofit Senior Staff
I have questions about the legalities of some of the actions of the organization as well as financial management and management in general. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Prepare for Leadership Change
Like many founder-led organizations, this organization needs to have a transition plan for what will happen when Captain Paul Watson leaves. Foundation Professional
Working with other Organizations
Collaboration, rather than just overt criticism, with other organizations. Although I personally applaud such criticism when it is warranted. But some of the recent badmouthing of a former Sea Shepherd crew member has been in poor taste, and I think that increased collaboration with other groups with similar passion can only increase Sea Shepherd's effectiveness. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Decrease Ego and Publicity
Their ego and publicity are too strong a driver. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Not Effective Strategy
They somehow got a TV show. I am not sure how an organization that fundamentally flouts international law can be considered to have effective animal welfare practices. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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