In Oregon, the beaches belong to the people.

aka Oregon Shores   |   Coos Bay, OR   |
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EIN: 93-0952202


Our vision is a healthy and resilient Oregon coast where all people and nature thrive together. To achieve this, our mission is to engage, educate, and empower people to protect and increase the resilience of the coasts ecosystems, landscapes, and communities.

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Executive Director

Elise Newman

Main address

PO Box 5626

Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA

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Subject area info

Secondary education

STEM education

Climate change

Natural resources

Oceans and coastal waters

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Population served info

Children and youth


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NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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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?


CoastWatch, with more than 1,600 volunteers, monitors the entire shoreline.  Volunteers adopt one-mile segments of the shoreline and complete quarterly reports, which are published on the web and go to agencies and scientists. CoastWatch also organizes citizen science projects (including marine debris, sea star population, and marine mammal surveys, and the King Tides Project, through which volunteer photographers document the highest tides of the year as a preview of sea level rise), and collaborates with other organizations on additional projects, serving as a portal for citizen science on the Oregon coast.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In the coming decades, human-caused climate change will affect the Oregon coast in dramatic ways. Sea level rise, intensified storms, increased erosion, droughts and floods, damaged infrastructure, ocean acidification, and changing populations of fish, animals and plants are all expected consequences. We advocate for policies that help coastal communities plan for and adapt to climate hazards, and strengthen environmental protections to ensure ecosystem integrity in the face of change.

Population(s) Served

Our work in the nearshore ocean began with an effort to establish marine reserves and protected areas off the Oregon coast and has since expanded to include many conservation topics. Weve enhanced public awareness and input on marine spatial planning for Oregons territorial sea to identify and protect ecologically important nearshore and shoreline areas and define suitable parameters for marine renewable energy research and development. We believe that the successful management of marine resources is based on an understanding of how shoreline and marine ecosystems, human residents, and visitors interact.

Population(s) Served

Oregon Shores began with the shoresas a watchdog group for Oregons public beaches, headlands, and rocky intertidal areas. While we do much more now, protecting our shoreline remains a core priority. We address issues including shoreline armoring, beach habitat for wildlife and plants, State Parks regulations for managing the shore, drone and vehicle use, and encouraging responsible visitor behavior.

Population(s) Served

Through our Campaign for Oregons Estuaries, we advocate for policies that guard the future of our estuaries by addressing the need for climate resilience and protection of species and habitats, and by considering their links to watersheds, the nearshore ocean, and surrounding communities. We educate the public about the importance of estuaries in responding to the effects of climate change and foster greater appreciation and stewardship of these critical ecosystems.

Population(s) Served

Oregon Shores tackles various land use and regulatory issues, from planning and zoning to endangered species to water quality. While organizing broad public support is part of our work, the Coastal Law Project enables us to participate effectively in formal hearings and in court.

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Where we work

Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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

Our goal is to achive a healthy and resilient Oregon coast where all people and nature thrive together. We will achieve this by engaging, educating, and empowering people to protect and increase the resilience of the coasts ecosystems, landscapes, and communities.

Education: More people will become inspired by, understand, and value the importance of protecting Oregons coastal ecosystems and natural resources.

Action: More people will be empowered to take meaningful actions to protect Oregons coast.
Public Policy: Public policy decisions by city, county, state, and federal government decision-makers will increasingly protect Oregons coast.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice: Oregon Shores programs will involve, support, and be strengthened by people who increasingly reflect the geographic, racial, cultural, and economic diversity of the Oregon coast.
People: Oregon Shores will develop the volunteer, board, and staff capacity to robustly implement this Strategic Plan.

Sustainable Finances: Oregon Shores will grow its revenue and manage its investments and expenses so that it can successfully implement this Plan and be able to respond to urgent, unmet needs.
Partnerships: Oregon Shores will develop stronger, more collaborative working relationships with partner organizations.

Brand: More people and potential partner organizations will know about and have positive opinions of Oregon Shores.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 25.60 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 9.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 2% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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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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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of OREGON SHORES CONSERVATION COALITION’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 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $590,487 -$53,353
As % of expenses 387.8% -20.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $590,487 -$53,353
As % of expenses 387.8% -20.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $742,742 $332,658
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -55.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 2.5% 5.1%
Investment income 2.1% 14.3%
Government grants 1.9% 0.6%
All other grants and contributions 93.6% 80.1%
Other revenue 0.0% -0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $152,255 $254,895
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 67.4%
Personnel 60.4% 51.1%
Professional fees 27.7% 32.2%
Occupancy 4.1% 2.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.3% 0.0%
All other expenses 7.4% 14.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $152,255 $254,895
One month of savings $12,688 $21,241
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $164,943 $276,136

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Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 59.0 33.5
Months of cash and investments 59.0 33.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 58.7 32.6
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $748,182 $710,808
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.5% 2.7%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $744,771 $691,418

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Elise Newman

Elise graduated from Cornell University summa cum laude with a degree in Biology and Society, focusing on environmental conservation and wildlife management. While researching her thesis in Kenya and Tanzania, she developed a passion for grassroots conservation that has persisted throughout her career. After studying community conservations effects on biodiversity in Kenyan ecosystems, Elise worked with Cornells Bioacoustics Laboratory to study the infrasonic communications of African forest elephants in Gabon. Observing the rampant poaching problems in Africa inspired her to work for Global Conservation Force, a nonprofit that provides anti-poaching support for endangered species. Subsequently, Elise spent ten years working in wildlife management and zoo conservation managing endangered species, hosting conservation event, and fundraising. Elise moved to Oregon in 2021 and is thrilled to have found the home she was seeking in the conservation world with Oregon Shores.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
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Board chair

Allison Asbjornsen


Term: 2019 - 2022

Allison Asbjornsen

Retired businessperson

Allen Solomon

Retired from USFS & EPA

Larry Basch

Independent research scientist

Ed Joyce

Clatsop Community College

Graham Klag

Executive Director, North Coast Watersheds Ann.

Paul Sherman

Retired professor of biology, Cornell

Megan Burros

Umqua Bank, Treasurer

Jill Marks

Cathryn Tortorici

Felicia Olmeta Schult

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2023

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Female, Not transgender

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