SAVE THE FROGS! protects amphibian populations and empowers ordinary citizens to make extraordinary contributions to the betterment of the planet.

aka SAVE THE FROGS!   |   Laguna Beach, CA   |
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EIN: 26-2655709


Our mission is to protect amphibian populations and promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Our vision is a world in which not a single amphibian species is threatened with extinction. With your advice, your involvement and your financial support, we are 100% positive we can SAVE THE FROGS!

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Executive Director

Dr. Kerry Kriger

Main address

1968 S Coast Hwy Suite 622

Laguna Beach, CA 92651 USA

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Subject area info

Natural resources

Endangered species protection


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NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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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Our programs

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Save the Frogs Day

Save The Frogs Day ( is an event we conceived and coordinate, intended to raise awareness of amphibian extinctions in the general public and to get people actively working in their own communities to protect amphibians. Since 2008, over 1,500 Save The Frogs Day educational events have taken place in 57+ countries. The day included presentations on amphibian conservation by teachers; scientists leading frog walks; habitat restoration events and awareness rallies in urban centers.

Population(s) Served

To raise awareness of the plight of amphibians and to motivate people to take action, SAVE THE FROGS! Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger has given over 400 free educational presentations on amphibian conservation in 20+ countries, directly reaching over 12,000 participants. These lectures took place at universities, schools, businesses, community groups, national parks and at other nonprofits including the California Academy of Sciences, Monterey Bay Aquarium, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, San Francisco State University, and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Population(s) Served

Keeping non-native bullfrogs out of California

Of particular concern to environmental conservation efforts in the western USA is the importation of several million American Bullfrogs each year, for use in the food, pet and dissection trades. Bullfrogs are native to eastern North America, but have established populations throughout the western USA, where they cause massive ecological damage due to their voracious appetites for native wildlife; their propensity to spread deadly diseases; and their role as competitors with native amphibians for limited food resources.

In April 2010, the California Department of Fish & Game became the first state in the country to stop issuing permits for the importation of non-native frogs and turtles for use as food. Unfortunately, a vocal minority of restaurant and supermarket owners successfully lobbied the Fish & Game Commission to hold a "re-consideration" of that ruling. On May 19th, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger( testified at the Commission's May 19th "reconsideration" hearing, highlighting the spread of infectious disease( and invasive species( that inevitably accompany the frog legs trade. Not only did the Commission vote 3-2 to maintain their original ruling, they also voted to research methods of enforcing the measure and ensuring invasive species do not slip into the state via potential loopholes. This victory would not have been possible without the 1,196 letters sent to the Department of Fish & Game by SAVE THE FROGS supporters – ours comprised over half of the 2,043 comments received by the Department! We are also working with state and local politicians to get the importation of bullfrogs into California legally banned. You can read our proposal to California State Senator Joe Simitian here( .

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Where we work

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Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.91 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.3 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2019 info

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Average of 4% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of SAVE THE FROGS!’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 2016 2017
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$4,152 $10,853
As % of expenses -1.9% 5.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$4,822 $8,280
As % of expenses -2.2% 3.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $214,885 $228,547
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 6.4%
Program services revenue 49.2% 42.9%
Membership dues 3.6% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.4%
All other grants and contributions 44.4% 52.4%
Other revenue 2.8% 4.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $213,900 $217,694
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 1.8%
Personnel 46.9% 46.5%
Professional fees 0.6% 1.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 7.1% 1.3%
All other expenses 45.3% 51.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017
Total expenses (after depreciation) $214,570 $220,267
One month of savings $17,825 $18,141
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $1,373 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $233,768 $238,408

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Liquidity info 2016 2017
Months of cash 0.7 1.3
Months of cash and investments 0.7 1.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.4 1.0
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017
Cash $11,797 $24,327
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,819 $4,819
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 13.9% 66.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 29.1% 24.5%
Unrestricted net assets $11,304 $19,584
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $11,304 $19,584

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

Executive Director

Dr. Kerry Kriger

Dr. Kriger is the Founder and Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, the world's leading amphibian conservation organization. He conceived Save The Frogs Day, the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, and has given over 450 presentations on amphibian conservation in Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, South Korea, and the USA. Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He is a recognized expert on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, a topic on which he has published 15 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. Dr. Kriger's amphibian conservation efforts have been supported by the National Geographic Society, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Patagonia, and others.

Number of employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/19/2023
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Board chair

Dr. Kerry Kriger


Term: 2008 -

Kerry M. Kriger


Michael Horton

Choti Singh

John Bohrman

Bryan Cockel

Nick Rosati

Chelsea Carson

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 ? No
  • 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 1/19/2023

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