SAVE THE FROGS! Financial Report (2016)

Osteocephalus planiceps

SAVE THE FROGS! strives to use donations as effectively as possible. This report summarizes our 2016 financial expenditures and revenues, with commentary on the most important data. You can download our 2016 IRS Form 990 as well as view past years’ financial data here.

Osteocephalus planiceps
Osteocephalus planiceps from Colombia courtesy Juan Camilo Diaz

2016 TOTAL REVENUES: $215,878

  • Donations (i.e. contributions and grants): $103,216
  • Program Services (i.e. services for which we are paid, such as ecotours and workshops): $105,702
  • The remaining revenues were primarily from Gift Center sales

save the frogs finances
Rough skinned newts (Taricha granulosa) in amplexus courtesy Diane Higgins.

2016 TOTAL EXPENSES: $214,570

  • Program Expenses: 90.3%
  • Administrative Expenses: 6.7%
  • Fundraising Expenses: 3.0%

Expenses Assessment:
As is the case every year, SAVE THE FROGS! uses a significantly higher proportion of our revenues on programs than does the average charity (see Dollar For Dollar, SAVE THE FROGS! Blows The Big Guys Away for more details). That means that we spend relatively little on administration and fundraising. We are lean and effective on administration, and we do not hire outside fundraisers (though we would if we could afford to, as the result would be higher revenues and more frogs saved).

Expenses Summary:
We are always looking for ways to reduce STF! expenses, though we are happy to invest in people, programs and technologies that will increase our conservation output.

What do you think?
Please email me at and let me know. And remember: SAVE THE FROGS! relies on the financial support of educated frog enthusiasts like YOU to make our successes possible. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

protect the frogs

In December 2014 we closed the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center (Berkeley, CA) and have not rented physical office space since, saving the organization well over $50,000.