Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Inc

Preserving the very nature of Cape Cod for over 55 years

aka APCC   |   DENNIS, MA   |
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Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Inc

EIN: 04-2462788


The mission of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of Cape Cod.

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Executive Director

Andrew Gottlieb

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Formerly known as

Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod Inc.



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Community improvement

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Children and youth



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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Plan captures our key programs, strategies, and growth opportunitiesmany of the latter will be advanced through the planned opening of the Koppel Center to Preserve Cape Cod in 2024, which is addressed in the last section. This plan is intended to guide our judgment as we consider whatever new environmental challenges are around the corner and to help us prepare for, and define our role in, meeting them. The land and waters of Cape Cod will always be the focus of APCCs attention. Challenges to both resources are continually evolving and APCCs approach to environmental protection is opportunistic and fluidthough always informed by knowledge, advocacy, collaboration, and education, which are our four key strategies.

Our programs

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

Environmental advocacy

APCC works for the adoption of laws and regulations and implementation of policies and programs that protect, enhance and restore Cape Cod’s waters, wetlands, habitats and natural landscapes, and community character. We engage government on the federal, state, regional and local levels, as well as our members and the general public, to effect positive change. As part of our advocacy efforts, APCC serves as the regional watchdog against harmful development or policies that could adversely impact Cape Cod’s environment and community character.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

APCC’s core program is education and outreach concerning the environmental challenges facing Cape Cod. Workshops, lectures, natural history walks, outdoor classrooms, newsletters, email, our website and documentary films are the tools most commonly used.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

APCC collaborates with governmental agencies and other nonprofit organizations to restore the natural environment impacted by human activities on Cape Cod.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

APCC monitors the environment to determine changes and trends across a broad range of resources with a primary focus on water and water quality. Through a variety of programs, APCC promotes responsible use, management and appreciation of the Cape’s sensitive natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In addition to carrying out scientifically viable research, APCC acts as a repository of information concerning the environmental quality of the region.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

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

Analyze data, and compile and publish a comprehensive report on the status of Cape Cod's marine waters, freshwater ponds and wetlands, groundwater, iconic natural landscapes and critical habitats.

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Environmental education

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Context Notes

APCC released Hanging in the Balance: An Urgent Call for Protecting Cape Cods Natural Resources. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of key natural resources on Cape Cod.

Support responsible offshore wind power.

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Environmental advocacy

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Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2022, APCC submitted written testimony to state and federal regulators in support of several bills that would improve environmental protections on Cape Cod and across the Commonwealth.

Annually provide a report on water quality in coastal embayments, freshwater ponds, and public water supplies.

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Environmental education

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APCC released the fourth annual State of the Waters: Cape Cod report. The report raises awareness of the Capes overall water quality and advocates for action in adopting water quality improvements.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

APCC is dedicated to the protection, preservation, and restoration of the natural resources of Cape Cod.

Lean, nimble, and rooted in science, APCC understands how local, regional, state, and federal government policies affect the environment. Since our inception in 1968, we have been firmly grounded in Cape Cods social, economic and environmental fabric. Our insights into the challenges facing the environment here are formed by paying close attentionin the field as well as in the halls of government at the local, state, and federal levels. We are staffed by an interdisciplinary team of professionals who are engaged in anticipating, diagnosing, and solving Cape Cods evolving environmental problems through knowledge, advocacy, collaboration, and education.

Our strategy captures our key programs, strategies, and growth opportunitiesmany of the latter will be advanced through the planned opening of the Koppel Center to Preserve Cape Cod in 2024.

Our strategy is intended to guide our judgment as we consider whatever new environmental challenges are around the corner and to help us prepare for, and define our role in, meeting them.

APCC's strategic priorities address:
- Water quality and nutrient management
- Land protection
- Climate change

APCCs highest priority is to improve water quality. We will do this by working to:
- Advance municipal wastewater management projects.
- Secure the money to fund municipal-scale water resource restoration projects.
- Advance better land use practices by homeowners.
- Promote necessary local, state, and federal legislation and rulemaking.

To promote land protection, APCC will focus on:
- Preserving critical habitats.
- Expanding the number of acres that are permanently protected.
- Directing future development to areas already disturbed or underdeveloped, and which are supported by modern wastewater infrastructure.
- Restoring the ecological functionality of altered or degraded wetland resources.
- Promoting and encouraging better stewardship, especially among property owners, to support a healthier environment.

Cape Cod is already feeling the effects of climate change in the form of warmer water temperatures promoting cyanobacteria blooms and stressing cold water species, increasing sea levels accelerating erosion and degrading salt marshes, and more intense precipitation events degrading water quality. APCCs response will focus on:
- Preserving and restoring salt marsh habitat through our Ecosystem Restoration Program.
- Promoting the development of alternative energy at the industrial scale as well as supporting policies that promote adoption of solar capacity with homeowners.
- Ongoing environmental monitoring to maintain our knowledge and understanding of the
changes in baseline conditions.

Research and knowledge are critical to understanding, and developing solutions to, the Capes environmental threats. APCC invests heavily in increasing its knowledge. For example, we are advancing our organizational understanding of the freshwater environment by monitoring for toxic cyanobacteria, reviewing standard water quality parameters, and continuing to assess the well-being of river herring populations. APCC is also working with a broad spectrum of partners, from citizen scientists to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to understand the current state of environmental quality on Cape Cod. We will continue to work with partners and share information to understand the impact of climate change on resources of concern, and to inform our approach to restoration, climate resilience, and general advocacy.

Because so many of our strategic opportunities have in common the need for appropriate space, 2024 will see transformation of the historic barn at our headquarters in Dennis into a modern facility that also respects its original character. Our new state-of-the- art Koppel Center to Preserve Cape Cod, in addition to providing new workspace for APCCs growing staff, will support a wide variety of activities foundational to our evolving mission, including:
- A fully equipped water quality monitoring facility.
- Convening space to support conferences and collaborations.
- Room to showcase Cape Cods rich environment and the challenges we face inprotecting it.
- Space to exponentially expand our education program, promote eco-friendly landscaping, the use of native plants, and environmental stewardship.
- Space to expand our seasonal intern program, the engine of our pond monitoring and eco-landscaping programs.
- Space to provide for expansion, as needed, of staff.

The Koppel Center to Preserve Cape Cod will be environmentally friendly, fully powered by solar energy with vehicle charging stations powered by the sun. The use of composting toilets will eliminate impacts to groundwater. The historic appearance of the building will be preserved, and original wood will be reused and redeployed wherever possible. In that way, the Center will embody its purpose and encapsulate APCCs mission: respecting, preserving, and adapting the historic Cape for a bright, healthy future.

Cape Cod Water Protection Fund
APCC championed the Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund which was signed into law as part of the short-term rental tax bill by Governor Charlie Baker in December 2018. The enabling legislation for the Cape Cod and Islands was signed into law by Governor Baker in March 2019. It is expected that the fund will provide $1 billion toward the $4 billion cost of wastewater treatment.

Future Cape Cod
As a follow up to the passing of the legislation establishing the Cape Cod Water Protection Fund, APCC, the Chamber of Commerce, Cape & Islands Association of Realtors, and the Housing Assistance Corporation came together to ask communities to adopt a model bylaw that would create a town-managed fund, controlled by each town for projects it chooses.

Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative
APCC is a founding member of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative established in 2016. The Collaboratives mission is to bring the region to net zero carbon emissions by uniting available knowledge, resources, talents and tools and working with various networks representing sectors such as the faith community, transportation, education, the built environment and others.
The first Cape & Islands Roundtable was held in 2018, bringing together over 125 invited leaders from around the region to provide input on an action plan for reducing regional carbon emissions. A second roundtable event was held in 2019. APCC serves on the Collaboratives board of directors and steering committee.
Going Solar
In early 2020, through a solar challenge grant from Tern Foundation, APCCs office went solar. Our solar installation includes a battery backup which also helps the grid in peak demand, while providing power to the office during outages.

Support of Vineyard Wind
In 2018, APCC was the first environmental organization in the nation to voice support for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project south of Marthas Vineyard. In 2019, APCC convened a gathering of environmental and civic nonprofits and regional leaders in a public show of support for Vineyard Wind when the project was stymied by federal review.

Speaking Out
APCC continues our over five decades of vigilance in speaking out against threats to the environment. Lately, much of our efforts have been focused on assaults on the environment on the federal level. Weve weighed-in proposed leasing of critical habitat area off the Massachusetts coast to offshore oil drilling the same fight APCC undertook in the 1980s.

State of the Waters Cape Cod
A multi-year project was undertaken by APCC in 2018 to assess existing water quality data and to convey the findings to the public. The results can be found on a dedicated website, This project continues with annual updates with funding from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.

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.

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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 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 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


Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Inc. 2015 2013
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 5.32 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 3.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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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

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$71,868 $63,805 $135,952 $327,409 $339,253
As % of expenses -6.2% 4.8% 10.1% 26.6% 23.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$84,434 $50,968 $118,704 $307,835 $321,135
As % of expenses -7.2% 3.8% 8.7% 24.6% 22.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,086,368 $1,355,310 $1,492,718 $1,738,814 $1,867,511
Total revenue, % change over prior year 41.9% 24.8% 10.1% 16.5% 7.4%
Program services revenue 40.6% 55.6% 54.0% 46.3% 53.1%
Membership dues 15.4% 14.7% 15.9% 31.0% 19.6%
Investment income 0.5% 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 0.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 43.1% 28.1% 29.7% 21.7% 27.0%
Other revenue 0.4% 1.2% 0.0% 0.8% -0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,160,055 $1,339,350 $1,350,240 $1,230,896 $1,424,247
Total expenses, % change over prior year 34.5% 15.5% 0.8% -8.8% 15.7%
Personnel 53.7% 46.8% 44.7% 57.5% 53.7%
Professional fees 10.1% 9.2% 8.0% 9.1% 9.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 1.3% 1.1% 1.3% 1.2%
Interest 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 35.3% 42.7% 46.2% 32.1% 35.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,172,621 $1,352,187 $1,367,488 $1,250,470 $1,442,365
One month of savings $96,671 $111,613 $112,520 $102,575 $118,687
Debt principal payment $5,793 $5,954 $6,120 $6,289 $6,467
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $70,769 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,275,085 $1,469,754 $1,556,897 $1,359,334 $1,567,519

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Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.5 2.7 2.7 7.6 8.4
Months of cash and investments 5.0 4.8 5.0 10.6 12.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.6 2.7 3.2 6.6 8.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $239,758 $306,029 $301,600 $783,630 $1,002,491
Investments $242,528 $234,181 $265,332 $308,189 $485,250
Receivables $85,450 $56,830 $122,170 $90,221 $149,413
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $797,549 $805,129 $875,898 $876,898 $880,013
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 10.7% 12.2% 13.2% 15.4% 17.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 34.5% 32.7% 28.8% 19.8% 19.4%
Unrestricted net assets $577,106 $628,074 $746,778 $1,054,613 $1,375,748
Temporarily restricted net assets $267,329 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $267,329 $250,056 $286,134 $493,463 $534,482
Total net assets $844,435 $878,130 $1,032,912 $1,548,076 $1,910,230

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Executive Director

Andrew Gottlieb

Andrew Gottlieb is Executive Director of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC). APCC is a non-[profit environmental organization whose mission is to promote actions, policies and programs that foster the preservation of Cape Cod's natural resources. APCC focuses its efforts on the conservation of the Cape's natural heritage, protection of water resources, promotion of managed growth and achievement of an environmental ethic. In pursuing those goals for the past 49 years, APCC has emerged as the Cape's environmental leader earning a reputation as the stalwart defender of Cape Cod's precious natural resources and beauty. Andrew has spent much of his career advocating in support of protection and restoration of water quality on Cape Cod. He lives with his family in Mashpee, MA.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 12/20/2023
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Board chair

Steve Koppel

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/20/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/20/2023

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  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.


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