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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:
1983, 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 the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


1. Hudson River Program - Storm and green infrastructure: Riverkeeper pursues the goal of reducing storm water and combined sewer overflow(CSO) related sewage pollution into the Hudson River. 2. Patrol Boat Program: The Patrol Boat "R. Ian Fletcher," has been modified to enable it to best serve its mission as a pollution watchdog vessel, a platform for scientific research and an ambassador for the river. 3. Water Quality Program: it conducts a comprehensive study and monitoring program of water quality using the Riverkeeper Patrol Boat in order to address the fundamental question: "How is water quality in the Hudson River estuary?" 4. Watershed Program: it focuses on protecting the Croton, Catskill and Delaware watersheds that supply 9 million New Yorkers with 1.2 billion gallons of unfiltered drinking water each day. Riverkeeper achieves their goals of watershed protection through enforcing environmental laws, investigating pollution complaints, and reviewing proposed development projects.


Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Paul Gallay, President
Chair of the Board:
Dr. Howard Rubin
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Rubin Worldwide
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*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, grant proposals, internet
Fundraising costs were 8.6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $4,193,970, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
This Organization incurred joint costs of $87,228. Of those costs $43,614 was allocated to program expenses, $43,614 was allocated to fund raising expenses, $0 was allocated to fund administrative expenses.

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.


The following information is based on Riverkeeper, Inc.'s Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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Program Expenses  

Hudson River Program


Watershed Program


Boat Program

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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative 2% 
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Beginning net assets $1,278,084
Ending net assets 1,237,795
Total liabilities 137,954

Total assets



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