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Save The Bay

Building a Climate-Resilient Bay Area for All

Oakland, CA   |  www.saveSFbay.org

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Save The Bay

EIN: 94-6078420


Mission

Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay since 1961. Save The Bay engages more than 50,000 supporters, advocates, and volunteers to protect the Bay from pollution and reckless shoreline development and make it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. Save The Bay is leading a region-wide effort to re-establish 100,000 acres of tidal marsh that are essential for a healthy Bay. Volunteers from the community, local businesses, and schools work with our science team to perform hands-on restoration of the Bay shoreline. Save The Bay inspires the next generation of Bay activists through our award-winning restoration education programs.

Ruling year info

1964

Executive Director

Mr. David Lewis

Main address

560 14th Street Suite 400

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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Formerly known as

Save San Francisco Bay Association

EIN

94-6078420

Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Environment

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Students

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Climate change poses enormous threats to the health of the Bay and the Bay Area. We are restoring wetlands, building Bay Smart Communities, and reducing pollution to make the Bay Area resilient and sustainable.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Community-based Restoration Program

Save The Bay’s restoration program builds on more than 14 years of knowledge, our methods are science-based and adaptive. We specialize in transition zone habitat, the productive strip between tidal marsh and upland, a priority habitat that improves water quality by filtering toxic substances and capturing sediment. It provides refuge for endangered and threatened species during high tides and storms, provides food and nesting habitat for shorebirds and fish, and reduces levee erosion to enhance flood protection in the face of rising sea levels. Our restoration model has proven success in establishing greater native vegetation diversity, cover, and creek bank stabilization in the riparian and transition zones of tidal marshes and creek mouths. Our program provides quality civic engagement opportunities to local businesses and groups to give back to their community.

Over 5,000 Save The Bay volunteers participate in all aspects of restoration, including: collecting native plant seeds, propagating plants in Save The Bay’s native plant nurseries, sowing plants along the shoreline, and removing invasive weeds and trash that degrade the Bay. We continue to invest in our volunteer base and improve the quality of volunteer experiences, which are consistently described as fun and meaningful. Many volunteers get involved through a community group, school, their place of work, or are seeking a rewarding opportunity for their friends and family. For many, the experience in the salt marshes opens their awareness to related critical environmental issues like storm drain pollution, fragile wildlife habitat, and climate change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This free program uniquely combines a rigorous curriculum and application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills with engaging restoration fieldwork that has a significant environmental impact. We offer four program options, customizing the curricula for students in grades 5 to 12:

BAY DISCOVERY; 5th-12th; restoration education field trips that connect middle and high school students to the Bay and engage them in critical tidal marsh restoration.
SEED (Students Engaging in Ecological Design); 6th-12th; students examine the full tidal marsh restoration cycle in the Bay and design a school habitat restoration project.
DIRT (Digging into Restoration Technology); 10th-12th; students experience habitat restoration through science technology assessments of soil and location. Youth collect and analyze soil moisture, water potential, salinity and pH, and report results
BEST (Bay Environmental Stewardship Training); 6th-12th; a peer-mentorship learning model that pairs middle and high school youth in the design and implementation of Bay habitat restoration projects, building leadership, critical thinking and communication skills.

Depending on the program option, our educators work with students during one or two classroom visits, and students participate in two or three working field trips. We offer programs to more than 100 Bay Area schools, and reach 2,000 (800 low-income) youth each year. We collaborate with local teachers to enhance their educational goals and strongly align our curriculum with California State Content Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Our program prioritizes participation of low-income youth through targeted school recruitment and by fully subsidizing our programs. Most importantly, we strive to earn the full engagement of every student, opening opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students to join STEM fields.

Population(s) Served
Adults

To protect the Bay and our region’s most vulnerable residents in these uncertain times, we need a broad coalition of interests advocating for smart, sustainable, and equitable development practices; we need Bay Smart Communities. We are promoting ecologically sound and equitable policies to ensure that the Bay Area’s growth benefits the Bay and builds broad and deep support for it among the region’s many diverse communities, with special care to engage those who have suffered environmental injustice.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Trash is the number one source of Bay pollution—it harms wildlife and damages water quality for all. Save The Bay works with local cities to clean up roads and limit or ban the use of harmful products. Stormwater runoff is the single largest source of Bay pollution. Save The Bay is advocating for local and regional policies to keep trash and other pollution out of storm drains to protect the Bay.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Restoration Education Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Post-pandemic numbers are lower than previous years. We define success as this metric increases until we find a balance between number of students served and the quality of the program.

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community-based Restoration Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of species introduced to the area(s) managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community-based Restoration Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Frankenia, Blue Rye, Purple needle grass, Common Yarrow, CA Sage, Mugwort, Coyote Brush, Creeping Rye, Buckwheat, CA Poppy, Monkey Flower, Bee Plant, Marsh Aster, Verbena, Baccharis, Salt grass etc.

Number of invasive species removed from managed area(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community-based Restoration Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric is in pounds of invasive species removed from our sites.

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community-based Restoration Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of debris collected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Pollution Prevention

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric is pounds of trash removed. Post pandemic numbers are increasing.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

1) Restore tidal marsh habitat by increasing dedicated funding from regional, state and federal sources, 2) Re-establish 100,000 acres of tidal marsh to provide natural habitat for Bay wildlife and to create a buffer against sea level rise, 3) Prevent development and fill that threatens the Bay, 4) Improve bay water quality by reducing harmful pollution that threatens wildlife and people.

Save The Bay inspires community action by providing all residents with the chance to make a difference in their own backyards through both advocacy and volunteer opportunities along the shoreline. Our policy and restoration teams join forces with scientists and policymakers to ensure the long-term health of the Bay, our region's most important natural resource and the cornerstone of our environment, economy, and quality of life.

Over the past half-century, Save The Bay protected thousands of acres from Bay fill and development, and secured hundreds of miles of trails and parks on a shoreline that had almost no public access in 1961. In recent years, we've won bans on most single-use plastic shopping bags, secured tough restrictions on trash pollution entering the Bay, and engaged thousands of local residents in hands on habitat restoration. Many partners shared this work.

Moving forward, we are widening our sights to address upstream geographies and upland issues, working to shape decisions there that affect the Bay. To be even more effective at achieving our mission in times of rapid change, we are building strong new partnerships with community leaders and organizations, embracing new tools for mobilizing residents and influencing public policy, and focusing our scientific expertise on the most innovative and promising
restoration projects.

Save The Bay's habitat restoration and pollution reduction work already has the momentum it needs to succeed, but our region will face new challenges that we must address. We expect the impacts of climate change to intensify with greater extremes and variability, making sudden and severe shocks to the Bay's ecology and wildlife more likely. Business-as-usual is not an option.

The new threats ahead are no less challenging than those that our founders faced in 1961, when cities planned massive bay fill projects and the Bay's shorelines were lined with toxic dumps. However, we know we can achieve
transformational change within a generation— because we have done it before.

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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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

2.53

Average of 2.92 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.8

Average of 2.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

15%

Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Save The Bay

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Save The Bay’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 -$13,680 -$502,134 $1,315,848 $1,557,496 $90,028
As % of expenses -0.4% -15.0% 42.5% 51.4% 2.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$20,612 -$516,137 $1,265,196 $1,557,496 $77,139
As % of expenses -0.6% -15.4% 40.2% 51.4% 2.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,326,358 $2,891,716 $4,290,513 $4,547,516 $4,053,464
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.5% -13.1% 48.4% 6.0% -10.9%
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 0.4% 0.7% 0.3% 0.2% 1.0%
Government grants 5.7% 13.6% 17.8% 16.6% 8.8%
All other grants and contributions 93.8% 85.7% 81.9% 83.0% 90.0%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,494,326 $3,337,364 $3,095,287 $3,032,458 $3,328,308
Total expenses, % change over prior year 10.8% -4.5% -7.3% -2.0% 9.8%
Personnel 58.9% 63.8% 67.7% 66.3% 71.7%
Professional fees 11.3% 10.9% 9.1% 15.9% 11.8%
Occupancy 6.8% 9.5% 8.9% 2.5% 2.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 7.6% 0.5% 0.2% 0.2% 0.6%
All other expenses 15.3% 15.3% 14.2% 15.2% 13.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,501,258 $3,351,367 $3,145,939 $3,032,458 $3,341,197
One month of savings $291,194 $278,114 $257,941 $252,705 $277,359
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $39,535 $73,297 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,792,452 $3,669,016 $3,477,177 $3,285,163 $3,618,556

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.0 1.1 4.0 2.7 1.8
Months of cash and investments 4.4 4.0 9.6 16.6 15.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.6 3.9 9.0 15.5 14.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $573,058 $314,295 $1,027,076 $673,505 $508,209
Investments $695,624 $797,692 $1,449,716 $3,526,451 $3,650,677
Receivables $878,261 $661,022 $466,036 $213,865 $485,978
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $184,737 $224,271 $297,568 $180,524 $178,768
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 61.5% 56.9% 59.9% 62.0% 68.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 8.8% 49.8% 11.4% 7.9% 5.2%
Unrestricted net assets $1,688,512 $1,172,375 $2,437,571 $3,995,067 $4,072,206
Temporarily restricted net assets $411,472 $470,441 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $411,472 $470,441 $353,000 $265,115 $425,948
Total net assets $2,099,984 $1,642,816 $2,790,571 $4,260,182 $4,498,154

Key data checks

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

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. David Lewis

David is a Bay Area native who has lead Save The Bay since 1998. He previously served as Chief Operations Officer for the League of Conservation Voters, Senior Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Director of Policy and Legislation for Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Arms Control Specialist for Friends of the Earth. He has a B.A. in Politics and American Studies from Princeton University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Save The Bay

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 04/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Christopher Hockett

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Donnie Fowler

Tech 4 America

Sam Luoma

University of California, Davis

Lynda Sullivan

Dean Meniktas

The Meniktas Group - UBS Financial Services

Rhiannon Bailard

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Nancy Fee

Juliana Park

UBS Financial Services

Jay Pierrepont

Equilibrium

Suresh Raman

eBay

Lauren Swezey

Facebook

Andrew Williams

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 2/7/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/04/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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