Our finances

Your donations support our program work

Environmental Defense Fund’s lasting commitment to preserve natural systems requires financial strength and the stewardship to stay the course.

EDF continued to grow during fiscal year 2016, as total operating expenses reached a record $164 million, a 13% increase over fiscal 2015.

Total support and revenue.

Record support and revenue of $172 million in fiscal 2016 represents an 18% increase over the prior year, showing sound fundraising strength. A significant portion of support is received in the form of multiyear grants. Nonprofit accounting principles require us to record income in the year that funds are raised, not in the year designated for use.

Total support and revenue.

Program spending was 85% of total expenses. Development represented 7% of expenses, while management and administration was 6%. Membership and new member acquisition totaled 2%.

Total support and revenue

At the end of fiscal 2016, EDF’s net assets stood at $217 million, providing a strong financial foundation as we pursue our ambitious environmental goals.

We are thankful for your support and realize that as more donors recognize EDF’s innovative work, we have a responsibility to steward your investment well and deliver strong results for the environment and human health.