Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc.

  • ANNAPOLIS, MD
  • cbf.org

Mission Statement

Our Mission
Save the Bay™, and keep it saved, as defined by reaching a 70 on CBF's Health Index.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) mission, simply stated, is to Save the Bay and keep it saved. We define a Saved Bay as having a score of 70 (out of 100) on CBF's State of the Bay health index. Thanks largely to a dramatic reduction in the amount of pollution entering the system, at 70, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers will be highly productive and in good health as measured by established water-quality standards. The result will be clear water, free of impacts from toxic contaminants, and healthy oxygen levels, able to support living resources in all parts of the Bay.

Main Programs

  1. Restoration
  2. Environmental Education
  3. Litigation
  4. Advocacy and Educating the Public
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We serve the Chesapeake Bay watershed which covers 64,000 square miles across six states (Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, West Virginia) and the District of Columbia. However, our efforts and accomplishments impact the nation.

ruling year

1966

President since 1982

Self-reported

Mr. William C. Baker

Keywords

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Save the Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CBF, Estuary, Watershed, Protection, Restoration, Environmental, Education, Pollution

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Also Known As

CBF

EIN

52-6065757

 Number

0857827474

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has taken a comprehensive approach to our mission of “Saving the Bay." Our strategic public communications, including print and digital media, have significantly expanded public awareness of the issues facing the Bay. We have worked to restore balance to the Bay ecosystem by advancing strong fisheries conservation and a hands-on environmental restoration program that works to restore the Bay's natural filters, including wetlands, grasses, and trees. Our innovative oyster restoration program engages the public in growing and planting oysters; to date, thousands of volunteers have helped CBF plant 265 million oysters on protected sanctuary reefs in Maryland and Virginia. Our award-winning environmental education program is one of the largest of its kind and has reached 1.5 million people. Through this work, we help individuals to develop a personal connection to local waterways, and motivate them to take action to restore clean water. Finally, CBF protects the Bay by using strategic litigation, ensuring that environmental laws are followed and that restoration progress is safeguarded.

Programs

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

Program 1

Restoration

Through CBF's restoration work, we aim to improve the capacity of rivers, streams and the Bay to treat pollution by protecting and restoring the Bay's natural filters through hands-on projects: building shoreline buffers, planting trees and shrubs, and raising oysters.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 2

Environmental Education

CBF's award-winning environmental educators lead more than 35,000 students, teachers, and principals on hands-on field experiences and work with partners to develop systemic environmental literacy programs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

None

Budget

Program 3

Litigation

CBF's Litigation Department uses carefully chosen legal action as another tool for advancing the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers, lakes, and streams. Litigation is used to not only protect and enforce the current environmental laws but to bring about environmentally friendly change within our legal system. CBF attorneys argue cases in the federal and state courts within the watershed and file amicus curiae — also called Friend of the Court — briefs in related environmental lawsuits.

Carefully executed litigation serves three primary purposes:
•It spurs enforcement efforts against those who violate laws that were created to protect the watershed.

•It helps define and drive the agenda for public debate over restoration and protection of the Bay.

•It delivers concrete and enforceable progress in resource restoration.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 4

Advocacy and Educating the Public

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its members, more than 200,000 strong, are the strongest and most effective voice that exists for protecting and restoring the Bay and its rivers and streams. We work at local, state, and federal levels for effective laws and regulations that will reduce pollution, restore vital natural systems like oyster reefs, forests, and wetlands, and encourage smart growth in our communities.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. We define a Saved Bay as having a score of 70 (out of 100) on CBF's State of the Bay health index.

Target Population
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TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
At 70, the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers will be highly productive and in good health. The results will be clear water and healthy oxygen levels, supporting living resources. cbf.org/stateofthebay

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    CBF's top priority is supporting the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the federal / state cleanup plan that promises to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries to a healthy and vibrant state. Once fully implemented, the Blueprint promises to remove the Bay and its rivers and streams from the federal impaired waters list and restore clean water to the 17 million people who live in its watershed.

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is leading the way in supporting, defending, and implementing the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the collaborative federal/state plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Through environmental education, high-impact environmental restoration, outreach to local communities and decision makers, and strategic litigation, we are working to ensure that the ambitious plan succeeds.

    A special emphasis will be focused on Pennsylvania. Pollution flowing down the Susquehanna is overwhelming progress made thus far by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Unless Pennsylvania dramatically increases its pollution reduction efforts, the Bay will continue to be polluted.

    Throughout the entire watershed, CBF will:
    • Educate strategic and diverse stakeholders, opinion leaders, elected and appointed officials, school administrators, teachers, and students about the imperative of clean water. Education will serve as a means to student and citizen engagement and behavior change.
    • Advocate for the defense and implementation of the Blueprint. Drawing on the beneficial results of CBF educational efforts, we will engage adults and young people in efforts to ensure that good laws and regulations are developed, introduced, passed, retained,and enforced.
    • Litigate to ensure Blueprint implementation, and to expose and rectify the most egregious cases of non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. CBF will intervene in litigation brought by Blueprint opponents to derail it.
    • Restore natural filters in order to demonstrate the feasibility of Blueprint implementation to achieve demonstrable, specific, on-the-ground water-quality improvements. Restoration work on private land will strive to have every landowner actively advocate for Blueprint implementation.
    • Diversify our staff, and board, as a means to connect with and engage the diverse coalition of stakeholders necessary to save the Bay. Consistent with our mission, CBF will seek to work on issues which reflect the interests of diverse constituencies.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    CBF is a noted expert in public education and engagement; we pride ourselves on providing opportunities for citizens to experience local waterways, develop the knowledge and motivation to engage in stewardship behaviors, and gain the confidence to make their voices heard. To this end, our programs utilize thousands of volunteers in activities ranging from shoreline restoration, to public speaking, to oyster gardening, and our award-winning environmental education program touches the lives of more than 35,000 students, teachers, and adults each year. In addition, our strategic communications reach a broad audience. CBF appears in the media an average of 4.6 times each day; our magazine, Save the Bay, has a circulation of 105,000; and our website, cbf.org, experiences more than 2 million unique visitors each year. Through this work, CBF increases awareness about the issues facing the Bay, shapes public debate, and advances a science-based approach to reducing the pollution that impairs the Chesapeake Bay system. CBF also works to establish balance in the Bay's waters by promoting strong fisheries conservation. Our oyster restoration program plants more than 20 million oysters in the Bay's waters each year, which helps to revitalize the population of a species that is critical to the overall health of the Bay and its tributaries. In 2015, CBF and partner groups celebrated a major milestone, putting the finishing touches on Harris Creek, a sanctuary reef in Maryland's waters containing 2 billion juvenile oysters. This reef has been called one of the largest man-made reefs in the world. Most recently, CBF celebrated another type of success when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal that threatened to overturn the Blueprint. This decision concluded five years of active litigation for CBF and our partners, and cleared the way for the multi-state cleanup plan to move confidently ahead. With just eight years remaining until the Blueprint's 2025 deadline, CBF is conducting an intensive, “all in" effort to accelerate and increase pollution reduction throughout the watershed. We will work with farmers and landowners to reduce the environmental impact of their operations; we will advise local communities on cost-effective measures to reduce urban/suburban runoff; and we will engage residents and decision-makers with a strategic emphasis on Pennsylvania, the state that has made the least progress in reducing pollution under the Blueprint. We will conduct high-impact environmental restoration geared towards bolstering the Bay's natural filters, and push for robust public investment in restoration, all with the end goal of Saving the Bay once and for all.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Bay Health:
    The health of the Chesapeake relies on intricate natural systems that filter water and provide habitat for diverse and abundant life. The State of the Bay report is a comprehensive measure of the Bay's health. CBF scientists measure the Bay's health by examining the best available historical and current information for 13 indicators in three categories: pollution, habitat, and fisheries. CBF scientists then assign each indicator an index score between 1 and 100. Taken together, these indicators offer an assessment of the Chesapeake's health.

    We define a Saved Bay as having a score of 70 (out of 100) on CBF's State of the Bay health index. At 70, the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers will be highly productive and in good health. The results will be clear water and healthy oxygen levels, supporting living resources.

    The 2014 State of the Bay report is available on our website at: cbf.org/stateofthebay. Progress is compared against the last State of the Bay report, published by CBF in 2012. The 2016 report will be available in January 2017.


    Indicators specific to our Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint work:
    CBF closely monitors the two-year milestones committed to by states as part of the Blueprint. CBF releases a milestone report every two years and makes it available on our website at cbf.org/milestones.

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    2016 Accomplishments -

    Scientists have documented remarkable improvements to the Chesapeake Bay's health over the past year: Bay-wide, the abundance of underwater grasses increased by 21 percent, to the highest levels ever recorded in the annual survey. The blue crab population increased by 35 percent. The Bay's native oyster population is also beginning to rebound. Last year, harvests reached a thirty-year high.

    Although we still have a long way to go, we've made incredible progress this year. A selection of our most notable achievements during 2016 include:

    • Educated 41,032 students, teachers, and adults through our award-winning environmental education program—an increase of 17 percent over last year!
    • Established the legality of the Bay clean-up plan, the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, in federal court, concluding five years of litigation.
    • Planted more than 46 million juvenile oysters on protected sanctuary reefs—the most we have ever planted in a single year!
    • Reduced agricultural pollution by working with 386 farmers and landowners to install conservation practices.
    • Raised public awareness through our print and online communications, and by appearing in the media an average of 4.5 times per day. We also grew our Facebook presence to an average daily following of 69,798 people, an increase of 62 percent over last year.
    • Provided 29,759 pounds of organic produce to 200 low-income families in the Washington, D.C., region through a partnership between the Capital Area Food Bank and CBF's Clagett Farm.
    • Engaged decision-makers and community leaders in our work, including Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who visited the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, and Pennsylvania's State Senator Richard Alloway II, who planted trees with CBF.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We serve the Chesapeake Bay watershed which covers 64,000 square miles across six states (Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, West Virginia) and the District of Columbia. However, our efforts and accomplishments impact the nation.

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Funding Needs

As a member-supported not-for-profit organization, CBF relies on the financial support of individuals, corporations, foundations, and grant-making agencies to fund our activities.

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Financials

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CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Mr. William C. Baker

BIO

William C. Baker, Baltimore, MD – has been the President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation since 1982. Mr. Baker serves on the boards of Brown Advisory & Trust Company, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, Clayton Fund, Garden Club of America, Institute for the Venice Lagoon, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Open Society Institute – Baltimore, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Harry T. Lester

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
Yes
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity