Freeland Foundation

A World Free of Wildlife Trafficking and Human Slavery.

Bangkok, --   |
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Freeland Foundation

EIN: 98-0581318


Freeland's mission is critical: to protect vulnerable people and wildlife from organized crime and corruption, while revitalizing ecosystems and communities for a more secure world. Our vision is a world free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery. Our global team of law enforcement and development experts work alongside government officers, local communities, students, and other NGOs in Asia, Africa and the America to educate, empower, and catalyze action. We are known as innovative risk takers. We feel there is no time left to waste in protecting our world from the multi-billion dollar illicit trades targeting people and nature.

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Steve Galster

Main address

92/1 Soi Phahonyothin 5, Phahonyothin Road Phaya Thai

Bangkok, -- 10400 Thailand

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Subject area info

Wildlife biodiversity

Abuse prevention

Human rights

Population served info


NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Surviving Together

The Surviving Together program works closely with protected area managers, rangers, and surrounding communities to address the root causes of environmental degradation, and strengthen conservation protection. Surviving Together is designed to meet local needs, and invests in existing and emerging leaders in protected areas and communities to ensure better support of sustainable protection systems that can be refined, tailored and replicated.

Population(s) Served

A comprehensive training package which can be tailored to the specific needs of rangers and protected areas managers. PROTECT is designed to dramatically improve the security of remaining forest reserves through enhanced patrolling and law enforcement training courses.

Population(s) Served

For wildlife crime investigators, DETECT is a comprehensive guide to securing crime scenes before collecting and analyzing evidence. The program mixes the theoretical and the practical with on-the-job training, forensics, and intelligence sharing.

Population(s) Served

Counter Transnational Organized Crime training includes a suite of targeted training materials designed to help governments and organizations around the world identify and dismantle cross border criminal supply chains.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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

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  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Freeland Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.03 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Freeland Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Freeland Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$18,484 -$65,259 -$25,986 $317,074 $135,805
As % of expenses -0.7% -3.1% -1.9% 28.3% 9.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$92,423 -$108,114 -$46,544 $228,868 $125,189
As % of expenses -3.3% -5.0% -3.3% 19.0% 8.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,706,591 $2,054,413 $1,343,886 $1,435,789 $1,607,248
Total revenue, % change over prior year -10.8% -24.1% -34.6% 6.8% 11.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 93.6% 87.5% 98.0% 75.9% 74.3%
All other grants and contributions 6.4% 12.4% 2.0% 24.0% 25.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,725,075 $2,119,672 $1,369,872 $1,118,715 $1,493,873
Total expenses, % change over prior year -3440.5% -22.2% -35.4% -18.3% 33.5%
Personnel 53.6% 55.1% 52.7% 53.2% 30.8%
Professional fees 2.2% 2.6% 6.1% 18.5% 17.1%
Occupancy 0.9% 1.4% 2.6% 1.7% 0.5%
Interest 0.1% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Pass-through 25.8% 20.7% 8.3% 16.0% 37.9%
All other expenses 17.3% 20.0% 30.2% 10.5% 13.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,799,014 $2,162,527 $1,390,430 $1,206,921 $1,504,489
One month of savings $227,090 $176,639 $114,156 $93,226 $124,489
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $102,339 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,026,104 $2,339,166 $1,504,586 $1,402,486 $1,628,978

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 0.9 0.7 1.7 2.6 2.2
Months of cash and investments 0.9 0.7 1.7 2.6 2.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.1 -0.7 -1.1 1.0 1.8
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $202,233 $118,262 $197,039 $244,426 $271,320
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $4,831 $110,589
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $564,136 $506,532 $425,167 $527,506 $396,965
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 88.2% 91.5% 99.6% 97.0% 96.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 87.8% 139.2% 154.8% 61.3% 43.9%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $35,682 -$72,432 -$118,976 $109,892 $235,081

Key data checks

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

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Steve Galster

Steve has helped develop five organizations, including Global Survival Network (USA), Phoenix (Russia), WildAid, ASEAN-WEN, and Freeland. Steve has served as a Chief of several USAID-sponsored programs between 2005-2012 and now works closely with the ASEAN Secretariat, NGOs, Police, Customs, and environmental agencies of 14 Asian countries to develop multi-agency task forces and public awareness initiatives that address transnational organized crime. His background covers investigative research, media campaigning, and program development relating to counter-human and wildlife trafficking programs in the former Soviet Union, USA, China, Afghanistan, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 09/14/2023
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Board chair

Steve Galster

Freeland Foundation

Term: 2002 -

Board leadership practices

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  • 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? Yes