Non-profit

PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center

Website:

pennenvironmentcenter.org

Location:

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Tax ID:

05-0530668

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2018):

Revenue: $904,527
Expenses: $877,668
Assets: $1,589,940

Type:

Environmental Research Group

Latest Tax Filing:

2019 Form 990

Executive Director:

David Masur

The PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center is the research arm of PennEnvironment, a left-of-center environmentalist organization. PennEnvironment is the Pennsylvania state affiliate of the Environment America Research and Policy Center, an environmentalist network that is also a part of the left-of-center Public Interest Network. [1]

History

PennEnvironment and the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center were created in 2002 as state affiliates of Environment America and the Environment America Research and Policy Center. The organizations have developed state-specific environmentalist affiliates in 29 states. [2]

Funding

In 2019, PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center received $901,330 in grants and contributions, as well as $28,507 in investment income. [3]  The organization reported $929,837 in total revenue,[4] $940,224 in expenses,[5] and $1,029,355 in net assets. [6]

In 2019, PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center received funding from multiple left-of-center, environmentalist grantmaking organizations. PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center received $62,500 from the Energy Foundation,[7] $27,500 from the New Jersey Research and Policy Center,[8] and  $10,867 from the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. [9]

Research on Microplastics

In 2021, PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center tested 53 waterways across Pennsylvania for microplastics. The study found that all 53 sampled waterways have some amount of microplastics present in the water. [10]  PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center has used this information to advocate for a federal ban on plastic products, supporting left-of-center legislation like the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act. [11] The bill would halt the production of new plastic facilities in the United States and place a blanket ban on the sale of many single-use plastic products, such as bottled water. [12]

Leadership

David Masur is the executive director of PennEnvironment. Masur also oversees the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group (PennPIRG) and other organizations within the Public Interest Network that are active in Pennsylvania. Masur worked as an environmental advisor on Gov. Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney (D)’s transition teams. [13]

References

  1. “About us” Environment America. https://environmentamerica.org/feature/ame/about-us ^
  2. “About us” Environment America. https://environmentamerica.org/feature/ame/about-us ^
  3. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. Part I, lines 8-9. 2019. ^
  4. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. Part I, line 12. 2019. ^
  5. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. Part I, line 18. 2019. ^
  6. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. Part I, line 22. 2019. ^
  7. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Energy Foundation. Schedule I, Part II, line 242. 2019. ^
  8. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). New Jersey Research and Policy Center. Schedule I, Part II, line 7. 2019. ^
  9. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. Schedule I, Part II, line 18. 2019. ^
  10. Grant, Julie. “Group Finds Microplastics In Every PA Waterway Tested” 90.5 WESA. March 4, 2021. Accessed May 1, 2021. https://www.wesa.fm/environment-energy/2021-03-04/group-finds-microplastics-in-every-pa-waterway-tested  ^
  11. “Microplastics in Pennsylvania A SURVEY OF WATERWAYS” PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. https://pennenvironmentcenter.org/reports/pac/microplastics-pennsylvania ^
  12. “the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act” break free from plastic. https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/pollution-act/. ^
  13. “David Masur” PennEnvironment Research Center. https://pennenvironmentcenter.org/staff/pae/david-masur ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 2003

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2018 Jun Form 990 $904,527 $877,668 $1,589,940 $562,797 N $895,184 $0 $9,343 $46,621 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $1,302,518 $981,831 $1,690,707 $690,423 N $1,290,611 $0 $9,291 $40,193
    2016 Jun Form 990 $974,973 $853,348 $1,420,976 $741,379 N $965,587 $0 $8,836 $45,329
    2015 Jun Form 990 $477,666 $468,970 $869,031 $311,059 N $476,043 $0 $1,623 $40,689 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $479,946 $473,917 $873,009 $323,733 N $477,024 $0 $2,922 $60,918 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $299,211 $434,064 $802,839 $259,592 N $293,235 $0 $5,976 $32,351 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $346,728 $750,698 $981,865 $303,764 N $339,290 $0 $7,438 $37,754 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $594,092 $595,150 $1,460,929 $378,858 N $582,292 $0 $11,800 $35,025 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center

    1429 WALNUT STREET
    PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102-3218