Finances and Annual Report


NRDC is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt membership organization incorporated under the laws of the State of New York in 1970.

Download our IRS Form 990 here or through the Guidestar website. Our FY21 audited financial statement is available here. You can also contact us to obtain a copy of NRDC's most recent audited financial statement or IRS form 990.

For nearly 40 years, NRDC has relied on a robust direct-mail program to recruit and maintain the large Membership that gives us standing in court to bring legal action in defense of our environment. We communicate by postal mail—and other channels—not only to generate income but also to mobilize the public in direct-action campaigns that have produced millions of petitions to corporations and government agencies, thereby advancing our environmental mission. As a result, in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) guidelines, NRDC allocates a portion of our direct-mail costs to program services and to fund-raising.

2021 Annual Report

NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of more than three million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of some 750 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals.

The New York Times calls us "One of the nation's most powerful environmental groups." The National Journal says we're "A credible and forceful advocate for stringent environmental protection."

Our dedicated staff work with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups on the biggest issues we face today.

2021: Time to Go Big