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Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc.

Save the Bay

aka CBF   |   Annapolis, MD   |  www.cbf.org

Mission

CBF's mission is: Save the Bay®, and keep it saved, as defined by reaching a 70 on CBF's Health Index. The Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers, broadly recognized as a national treasure, will be highly productive and in good health as measured by established water quality standards. The result will be clear water, free of impacts from toxic contaminants, and with healthy oxygen levels. Natural filters on both the land and in the water will provide resilience to the entire Chesapeake Bay system and serve as valuable habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic life.

Ruling year info

1966

President & CEO

Hilary Harp Falk

Main address

Philip Merrill Environmental Center 6 Herndon Avenue

Annapolis, MD 21403 USA

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EIN

52-6065757

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Restoration

CBF performs hands-on restoration work with community partners across the watershed to reduce pollution at its source and rebuild the Bay’s natural filters—oyster reefs, forests, and wetlands. These efforts not only improve water quality in the Bay and its rivers and streams, they also protect shorelines, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, cool cities, and increase our resilience to climate change.
Working with Farmers - Our staff work one-on-one with farmers to implement conservation practices that keep valuable nutrients and soil on the land—rather than in the water.
Restoring Oysters - CBF restoration teams raise juvenile oysters and work from the bottom up to rebuild reef habitat in targeted restoration areas.
Planting Trees - CBF works directly with landowners and community groups to plant forested buffers along rivers, streams, and shorelines, where they improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, help reduce dangerous heat, and combat climate change.

Population(s) Served

CBF believes an informed, passionate constituency is the key to restoring and maintaining the Bay’s health for generations to come. Knowing that the best place to learn about the Bay is on it, we educate tens of thousands of students, teachers, and school administrators each year through immersive field experiences and professional development courses that foster a lifelong connection to the watershed and its stewardship. We reach rural, urban, and suburban communities across the watershed, and 25 percent of the schools we work with are under-resourced. CBF’s award-winning program has been at the vanguard of environmental education for 50 years. Integrating state learning standards with explorations of local waterways, our field experiences enable students and teachers to apply their learning to real-world challenges in the watershed.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Together with more than 300,000 members, CBF is the strongest and most effective voice for protecting and restoring the Bay. We work at the local, state, and federal level for science-driven laws and regulations that reduce pollution; restore vital natural systems like oyster reefs, forests, and wetlands; and encourage smart growth in our communities.
CBF is internationally recognized as the expert on environmental issues that impact the Bay and its rivers and stream. Our staff of scientists and policy experts offer guidance to lawmakers and government agencies on issues such as agricultural conservation practices and fishery management to ensure the laws, policies, and programs necessary for Bay restoration are in place.

Population(s) Served

CBF defends the laws and regulations that protect our waterways and serves as a watchdog to hold governments and polluters accountable to their Bay restoration commitments through carefully chosen legal action. With a record of precedent-setting cases, we work to bring about lasting change within our legal system that ensures the equitable and long-term health of the Bay and its communities.
The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—the landmark federal-state plan to clean up the Bay—was formally established as part of the settlement of a 2009 lawsuit CBF led against the Environmental Protection Agency. CBF’s litigation team successfully defended the Blueprint to the Supreme Court, representing a national coalition of environmental groups. For the first time, the Blueprint provides a legal framework to hold states and the federal government accountable for pollution reductions they’ve committed to make in order to restore the Bay’s water quality.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

The Avarna Group completed an evaluation of CBF recruiting/hiring practices and DEIJ website review. 2019

The Avarna Group completed an evaluation of CBF staff and board. 2020

J.Sickler Consulting, LLC conducted a student field programs evaluation. 2018

J.Sickler Consulting is currently evaluating the effectiveness of CBF's Professional Learning work. 2021

Green 2.0 Transparency Card 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership grew from 197 to 230 members and has planted over 4.25 million trees.

Number of advocacy contacts with government leaders

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rallied 126,735 voices to take action in support of clean water and a healthy environment.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Educated 17,000 students and teachers, back in-person and on the water. In 2021, we were educating students and teachers online.

Estimated number of funding dollars secured for the sector

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Secured an unprecedented $220 million in the Pennsylvania State Budget for a Clean Streams Fund.

We define a Saved Bay as having a score of 70 (out of 100) on CBF's State of the Bay health index.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

At 70, the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers will be highly productive and in good health. The results will be clear water and healthy oxygen levels, supporting living resources. cbf.org/stateofthebay

Number of oysters added

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance expanded from 73 to 87 partners and has added over 3.5 billion oysters.

Converted farmland to rotationally grazed pastures

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Converted almost 800 acres of farmland to rotationally grazed pastures (nearly 1,600 acres in two years).

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Otis Jones

ServiceNow

Term: 2023 - 2026


Board co-chair

Ann Pelham

R. Bradley

Retired, Landmark Publishing

George Bunting

President & CEO, Bunting Management Group

Harry Gruner

Founder & Managing General Partner, JMI Equity

Hilary Falk

President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Otis Jones

Sales Executive, ServiceNow

Robert Kinsley

CEO, Kinsley Enterprises, Inc.

Katie Leavy

Owner, Founder, & Principal, Capital Design, LLC

Pamela Murphy

Chairman, Island Press

Wick Sollers

Managing Partner, King and Spalding LLP

Sandra Taylor

President & CEO, Sustainable Business International, LLC

Stephen Wolf

Managing Partner, Alpilles, LLC

Ann Pelham

Retired Media Professional, Legal Times

Ann Horner

Retired Business Executive, Bourne Leisure

Preston White

CEO, Century Concrete, Inc.

Marnie Abramson

Principal and Founder of Lightility

Brian Cobb

Chief Technology Officer, partner, and member of the Executive Team at Brown Advisory

Alexandra Grayson

Graduate Student, University of California, Berkeley

Nathaniel Rose

Executive vice president and chief investment officer, HASI

Robert Whitescarver

President and owner of a private consulting business, Whitescarver Natural Resources Management, LLC

Dara Bachman

President, Fulton Private Bank

Joan Brock

Community Leader & Philanthropist

Margaret Freeman

Owner, Heywood Financial, LLC

Jennifer Green

Co-Founder & Former CEO, Urban Teachers

Jonathan Manekin

Director, Greenspring Realty Partners, Inc.

Anne Mehringer

Retired Manager of Litigation Support Jones Day Bethesda, MD

Mamie Parker

Fish & Wildlife Biologist, Principal Consultant M.A. Parker & Assoc., Ecologix Group

Crystal Patterson

Sr. Vice President & Managing Director, FSB Public Affairs

Samara Pyfrom

Student, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Christa Riepe

Founder & Farmer, Brumby Fields

Kathryn Simpson

Vice President, Assoc. General Counsel & Sector Counsel, Northrop Grumman

Carol Sisco

Managing Partner, Sisco Associates

Janine Smith

VP, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, The J.M. Smucker Co.

Todd Stravitz

Medical Director & Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    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
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/2/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.