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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Riverkeeper, Inc.

A BBB Accredited charity


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Riverkeeper, Inc.
20 Secor Road
Ossining, NY 10562
Year, State Incorporated:
1984, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Riverkeeper's mission is to protect the ecological integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water supply of New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley. Using investigation, strategic partnerships, litigation and direct action from thousands of members, Riverkeeper is restoring the majestic Hudson River to health and keeping contaminants out of the drinking water supply of 9 million New Yorkers. Riverkeeper has established globally recognized standards for waterway and watershed protection, and serves as the model and mentor for the growing Waterkeeper movement that includes nearly 200 "Keeper" programs across the country and around the globe. Riverkeeper, for more than 40 years, is New York's leading clean water advocate. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Riverkeeper, Inc. meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Patrol Boat Program - Riverkeeper maintains an enforcement presence on the Hudson River, patrolling the length and breadth of the estuary from south of the New York Harbor to north of the federal dam at Troy. The patrol boat, the R. Ian Fletcher, is a 36-foot wooden vessel similar in design to a traditional lobster boat. Riverkeeper has modified the boat to enable it to best serve its mission as a watchdog vessel, a platform for scientific research and an ambassador for the river. John Lipscomb has been captain of the R. Ian Fletcher since 2000. From March through December each year, he travels approximately 6,000 nautical miles on the Hudson while conducting regular pollution patrols, providing support for scientific studies that advance understanding of the Hudson ecosystem, running Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Testing Program and bringing state and regional decision-makers, the media, and community stakeholders out on the river. On these trips Captain Lipscomb shares his deep knowledge of the river – its wildlife, critical habitat zones, pollution sources and water quality management issues – with his passengers. The boat program is critical to Riverkeeper’s work and unique in the role it serves on the Hudson River. The Watershed Program - Riverkeeper's Watershed Program protects the Croton, Catskill and Delaware watersheds that supply unfiltered drinking water to New York City. We review proposed development projects that would affect the watershed, investigate pollution complaints, and enforce environmental laws. Hudson River Program - Riverkeeper's Hudson River program seeks to restore the Hudson River estuary to be a waterway with abundant natural resources where the communities can fish, swim and boat. We investigate sources of pollution, enforce environmental laws, lobby for stronger regulations and campaign for improved waste water infrastructure.


Chief Executive Officer:
Paul Gallay, President
Chair of the Board:
Howard Rubin
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*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), internet
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,322,911, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.



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Special events


Legal settlement


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Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 88%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative 4% 
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Beginning net assets $1,316,763
Ending net assets 1,376,170
Total liabilities 218,697

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