Wild Salmon Center

Protecting the healthiest wild salmon and steelhead rivers across the North Pacific.

aka WSC   |   Portland, OR   |
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Wild Salmon Center

EIN: 94-3166095


The mission of Wild Salmon Center is to conserve the healthiest wild salmon, steelhead, and trout ecosystems across the North Pacific. We identify the strongest habitat and populations -- what we call "strongholds" for wild fish -- and preemptively protect them for the benefit of the people, wildlife, and jobs that rely on wild salmon to thrive.

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President & CEO

Mr. Guido R. Rahr

Main address

721 NW Ninth Ave Ste 300

Portland, OR 97209 USA

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Subject area info

Water resources

Wildlife biodiversity

Population served info


Indigenous peoples

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Fisheries (D33)

What we aim to solve

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Successful wild salmon conservation benefits the entire North Pacific. Healthy salmon watersheds around the Pacific Rim are composed of free-flowing rivers and dense forests, which provide clean drinking water and absorb carbon to slow climate change. Salmon fuel a $3 billion fishing industry, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and local communities. Native people have seen the salmon as the life-sustaining centerpiece of their culture for millennia. From grizzly bears to orcas, at least 137 other wildlife species depend on the marine-rich nutrients that salmon provide. In short, when you protect wild salmon you protect forests, food, water, communities, and economies. However, human impacts from mining to logging to dam-building have decimated wild fish numbers to date, and bringing salmon back from the brink is much more difficult (and costly) than conserving them from the start. WSC is working to "get in early" and protect these ecosystems before the damage has already been done.

Our programs

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

North America Program

WSC's North American Program is an effort to create a network of protected wild salmon rivers along the Pacific Rim, focusing on the most productive and species-rich salmon ecosystems in Northern California, coastal Oregon, the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, coastal British Columbia, and Alaska.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

WSC is building a scientific network and initiating collaborative applied-research projects with academic and agency partners across the North pacific. This network is comprised of 29 research institutions and agencies including three NGOs, 13 state and federal agencies, and 12 universities.

Population(s) Served

With our partners in the Western Pacific, we have conducted assessments of the biological diversity, habitat quality, and conservation potential of numerous salmon, steelhead and taimen river basins. Our success has depended on working with local communities and a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the long-term health of the region's wild salmon rivers. We are working to advance salmon habitat conservation, eco-tourism, education and outreach, sustainable fishing practices, and creating local conservation capacity.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Wild Salmon Center seeks to permanently safeguard healthy and intact wild salmonid populations across the North Pacific -- while they are still healthy -- so they can continue to benefit human communities, sustainable fishing industries, and hundreds of wildlife species that depend on them to thrive.

Wild Salmon Center employs a three-part strategy to conserve wild Pacific salmon by: 1) protecting vital habitat; 2) promoting fish and land management policies that prioritize wild fish and their habitat; and 3) establishing strong partnerships across the Pacific Rim and building capacity for local watershed stewardship groups, who can safeguard these watersheds over the long-term.

Over the last 28 years, WSC has built a strong network of partner NGOs, scientists, and agencies working together across the North Pacific to put wild fish first - and to benefit the millions of people and hundreds of communities that rely on salmon from the Russian Far East to Northern California. We have the significant scientific, legal, communications, and fundraising expertise necessary to 1) identify the healthiest wild salmon watersheds (or "strongholds"), 2) establish close ties with local watershed groups already working to protect them and identify their needs, 3) defend the river from local threats like new dams and mines, and 4) help build capacity at our partner organizations, so they can continue to conserve the watershed far into the future.

Recent achievements in Oregon include reforming forest practices for private land that better protect riparian buffers along streams for wild fish and improve water quality for local communities, securing State Scenic Waterway designation for 17 miles of the Nehalem River, wider riparian buffers on 2,500 miles of salmon streams on private land on the North Coast and the Rogue-Siskiyou region, a permanent ban on suction dredge mining in sensitive fish streams, and the prevention of the sale of the Elliott State Forest to a private logging company.
In Washington, we’ve launched a campaign to stop a 24-story dam from being built on the Chehalis River that threatens critical spawning ground for spring Chinook and steelhead and we're working to remove defunct culverts and other barriers to cold water reaches, and plan to free up 150 miles of spawning and resting habitat for heat-stressed fish.
In British Columbia, we recently helped our partners block a massive LNG terminal planned at the mouth of the Skeena River, atop vital and vulnerable juvenile salmon habitat, and will next work to establish long-term conservation protections for the region. We also helped establish a new Canadian-based NGO called Coastal Rivers Conservancy (CRC) on the BC central coast to conserve vital watersheds like the Dean River and are collaborating with the CRC and the Nuxalk nation to build genetic library of the full range of native salmon and steelhead stock diversity.
In Alaska, we helped block a massive and ill-conceived hydropower dam on the Susitna River, and we're continuing our work to protect Bristol Bay's world-class, $1.5 billion wild salmon fishery and local communities from threats like the Pebble Mine.
Finally in the Russian Far East, we helped secure Protected Area status for over 250,000 acres in the Tugur and Nimelen river basins, and continue our efforts to build their catch-and-release ecotourism economy, educate the public about the social and economic importance of salmon, and combat rampant poaching operations on remote rivers.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 17.24 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 9.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 27% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Wild Salmon Center

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 Wild Salmon Center’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $328,298 $237,778 $1,374 $1,193,844 -$1,185,959
As % of expenses 7.0% 3.9% 0.0% 17.6% -13.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $328,298 $237,778 -$4,981 $1,187,489 -$1,192,314
As % of expenses 7.0% 3.9% -0.1% 17.5% -13.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,599,244 $6,336,257 $6,478,780 $7,988,741 $9,538,255
Total revenue, % change over prior year 26.0% 37.8% 2.2% 23.3% 19.4%
Program services revenue 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.6% 0.8% 0.8% 0.6% 0.7%
Government grants 9.2% 15.1% 16.1% 19.1% 18.4%
All other grants and contributions 89.3% 84.1% 83.1% 79.8% 79.7%
Other revenue 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $4,709,157 $6,040,996 $5,621,283 $6,773,734 $8,615,096
Total expenses, % change over prior year 18.3% 28.3% -6.9% 20.5% 27.2%
Personnel 47.5% 43.8% 52.1% 52.6% 49.7%
Professional fees 5.9% 16.7% 10.9% 12.9% 13.6%
Occupancy 2.9% 2.3% 2.8% 2.3% 1.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 33.1% 28.2% 29.1% 26.3% 26.2%
All other expenses 10.6% 9.0% 5.1% 5.9% 8.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,709,157 $6,040,996 $5,627,638 $6,780,089 $8,621,451
One month of savings $392,430 $503,416 $468,440 $564,478 $717,925
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $461,338 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $30,187 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $5,101,587 $6,574,599 $6,096,078 $7,805,905 $9,339,376

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.4 4.9 7.3 7.1 4.8
Months of cash and investments 11.9 10.2 13.3 12.6 8.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.2 9.2 9.9 10.3 6.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $2,892,438 $2,452,310 $3,415,522 $3,995,757 $3,458,213
Investments $1,761,751 $2,671,173 $2,832,812 $3,134,073 $2,865,321
Receivables $1,140,710 $1,341,313 $1,588,971 $1,655,398 $3,570,250
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $262,933 $294,709 $294,709 $294,709 $294,709
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 89.8% 91.9% 94.1% 96.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.5% 8.5% 13.0% 6.4% 14.5%
Unrestricted net assets $4,410,283 $4,648,061 $4,643,080 $5,830,569 $4,638,255
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,237,144 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 $1,237,144 $1,436,750 $2,377,382 $2,619,325 $4,348,983
Total net assets $5,647,427 $6,084,811 $7,020,462 $8,449,894 $8,987,238

Key data checks

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

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President & CEO

Mr. Guido R. Rahr

Mr. Rahr earned a Masters of Environmental Studies from Yale University. Before coming to the Wild Salmon Center, he developed conservation programs for Oregon Trout, the United Nations Development Programme, the Rainforest Alliance and Conservation International. Under Mr. Rahr’s leadership, Wild Salmon Center has developed scientific research, habitat protection and fisheries improvement projects in dozens of rivers in Japan, the Russian Far East, Alaska, British Columbia and the US Pacific Northwest, raising over $100 million in grants, establishing eight new conservation organizations, and protecting nine million acres of habitat including public lands management designations and eight new large scale habitat reserves on key salmon rivers across the Pacific Rim. Mr. Rahr is a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Salmon Specialist Group, and is a passionate fly fisherman and fly tyer. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Lee, and their three sons.

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Board of directors
as of 08/04/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Mitch Zuklie


Guido Rahr

Wild Salmon Center

Rocky Dixon

David K Welles

John W Childs

Ivan Thompson

Nikita Mishin

Mitch Zuklie


Loretta Keller

Steven Kohl

Ray Lane

Tatiana Degai, Ph.D.

University of Northern Iowa

David E. Kelley

Nate Mantua, Ph.D.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Andrea Reid, Ph.D.

University of British Columbia

Mary Ruckelshaus, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Rick Halford

John Callaghan

True Ventures

Rhea Suh

Marin Community Foundation

Organizational demographics

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