Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc.
Capitol Place
1108 East Main Street, Suite 1600
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement

The mission of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is to restore and sustain the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem by substantially improving the water quality and productivity of the watershed, with respect to water clarity, resilience of the system, and diversity and abundance of living resources, and to maintain a high quality of life for the people of the Chesapeake Bay region.

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CEO/Executive Director Mr. William C. Baker
Board Chair Mr. Harry T Lester
Board Chair Company Affiliation Eastern Virginia Medical School (retired)
Contact Information
Address Capitol Place
1108 East Main Street, Suite 1600
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 780-1392
Fax 804 648-4011
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $23,432,929.00
Projected Expenses $25,774,896.00

The mission of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is to restore and sustain the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem by substantially improving the water quality and productivity of the watershed, with respect to water clarity, resilience of the system, and diversity and abundance of living resources, and to maintain a high quality of life for the people of the Chesapeake Bay region.


CBF runs a multitude of programs that work toward our mission of a clean and healthy Bay. Examples include the following:

Education Programs: Our award winning environmental education programs have supported our organizational mission by providing meaningful field experiences and action-oriented restoration projects for students, extensive year-long high quality professional development for teachers, and classroom curriculum in Virginia for over 30 years. The environmental education programs take more than 14,000 Virginia students and teachers on outdoor field trips each year. In order to make our education programs successful and relevant, our programs are designed specifically to reinforce the Virginia State Standards of Learning and are included in countless teachers’ annual curriculum plans. Our classroom curriculum was also created in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Education. 
Oyster Restoration: CBF staff members oversee oyster restoration activities that include our oyster gardening program, where volunteers are trained to nurture baby oysters for one year and return them to CBF for stocking on reefs in the Hampton Roads area and our oyster farm. CBF’s oyster farm began as a small-scale operation to grow oysters via aquaculture for restoration. After several years of success, CBF switched to a spat-on-shell method of growing oysters which has significantly and more efficiently increased the number of oysters grown annually. 
Legislative Issues: In Virginia, CBF’s overall goal has been to work with legislators and partner groups to reduce pollution into Virginia’s rivers, streams, and the Bay. In past years, CBF has worked to limit pollution coming from sewage treatment plants. With successes in this area, CBF has recently changed tactics to focus on curbing pollution emanating from agricultural sources, working with a partnership of agriculture and environmental groups to request state funding for farmers to reduce runoff from their lands. 

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. 

Background Since 1967, CBF has been the voice of those who care about restoring North America's largest estuary. Our motto "Save the Bay" has defined that mission to the millions of people who live in the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed. CBF is the largest and only independent, Bay-wide organization that exists solely to restore and protect the vitality of the Bay.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
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. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Harry T Lester
Company Affiliation Eastern Virginia Medical School (retired)
Term Feb 2016 to Jan 2018
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mrs. Jane P Batten
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Term Feb 2014 to Jan 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Susan Aplin Co-Founder and CEO, bambeco
Mr. William C. Baker Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Ms. Jane P. Batten Community Volunteer
Mr. W. Russell G. Byers Jr.Private Investor
Mr. D. Keith Campbell Campbell and Co.
Mr. Michael J Chiaramonte President, MedStar Southern MD Hospital Center
Ms. Catherine Cullen U.S. Education Delivery Institute
Mr. Thomas M. Davis IIIDeloitte LLP
Ms. Lauri Fitz-Pegado Partner, The Livingston Group, LLC
Ms. Carolyn Groobey Consumer Strategy
Mr. Harry S. Gruner JMI Equity
Ms. Ann Fritz Hackett Horizon COnsulting Group, LLC
Mr. Michael J. Hanley The Hanley Foundation
Mr. Christian Hodges Stanley Trustee
Mrs. Jeanne Trimble Hoffman Independent Farmer
Mr. Robert A. Kinsley Kinsley Construction, Inc.
Ms. Burks B. Lapham Concern, Inc.
Ms. Katie Z. Leavy Owner, Founder, & Principal, Capital Design, LLC
Mr. Harry T. Lester Eastern Virginia Medical School
Mr. Byron F. Marchant U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
Ms. Pamela Murphy Community Volunteer/Advocate
Mr. Mark S. Ordan WP Glimcher
Mr. Arnold I. Richman The Shelter Group
Ms. Anne B. Shumadine Signature Financial Management
Mr. J. Sedgwick Sollers IIIManaging Partner, King and Spaulding, LLP
The Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
Ms. Sandra Taylor President and CEO, Sustainable Business International, LLC
Ms. Susan P. Wilmerding Garden Club of America
Mr. Peter L. Woicke Retired
Mr. Alan L. Wurtzel Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 13
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. William C. Baker

William C. Baker is President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF),the largest and only independent organization that exists solely to protect and restore the vitality of theChesapeake Bay.CBF--known by its motto, “Save the Bay”--has anannual operating budget of $20 million, is supported by over 177,000 members,representing every state in theUnionand 14 foreign countries. It is staffed by 160 full-time employees operating out of offices in the states ofMaryland,PennsylvaniaandVirginia, but works throughout the six stateChesapeake Baywatershed, as well as 16 separate environmental education centers.


Mr. Baker, a 1976 graduate ofTrinityCollegeinHartford,Connecticut, has been on the staff of CBF since 1976 and Chief Executive Officer of the organization since 1982. He serves on a number of Chesapeake Bay-related committees, commissions, and advisory boards. He is a founding member of the Living Classrooms Foundation, the Metropolitan Washington Smart Growth Alliance,and the Institute for the Venice Lagoon, an international body concerned with the environmental problems and possible solutions for the City of Venice, Italy. He is an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America. He is Vice Chairman of Johns Hopkins Medicine (the governing board for the hospital and medical school), and a director of the Baltimore Community Foundation. A past trustee of Washington College, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service in 1991. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Baltimorein 1992. He serves on UMBC’s President’s Board of Visitors, as well as, one corporate board, the Brown Advisory and Trust Co. In 1988, he receivedWashingtonian magazine's "Washingtonian of the Year" Award.

Senior Staff
Tom Ackerman Vice President, Education
Elizabeth Buckman Vice President, Communications
Kim Coble Vice President, Environmental Protection & Restoration
Charles D. Foster Chief of Staff
Jon A. Mueller Vice President, Litigation
Fay R. Nance Chief Financial Officer
Katharene Snaveley Vice President, Development
Mary Tod Winchester Vice President, Administration
Full Time Staff 175
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 51494
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2010
Management Succession Plan? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
In the four centuries since the exploration of Captain John Smith, the Chesapeake Bay has lost half of its forested shoreline, more than half of its wetlands, nearly 80 percent of its underwater grasses, and more than 98 percent of its oysters.  Across the watershed, approximately 1.7 million acres of once-untouched land were developed by 1950.  Development has accelerated dramatically since then, with an additional 2.7 million acres built on or paved over between 1950 and 1980.
The human pressure of these changes have imposed negative impacts on the health and resilience of the Bay.   Although we will never return to the pristine territory explored by Captain John Smith during those early voyages, CBF is fighting to return this fragile ecosystem to balance.  In programs across the watershed, CBF is restoring native oysters, planting underwater grasses, and planting tree and stream buffers to restore the Bay's natural filters.
Budget $11,600,000.00
Environmental education is the most powerful tool we have to inspire stewardship and effect improvements in the Bay.  Since 1970, CBF has provided outdoor learning experiences for more than 1.5 million students, teachers, and adults.  Through a comprehensive suite of educational programs, CBF offers hands-on learning opportunities designed to support state standards of education. Each year, CBF's education programs: educate more than 35,000 students, teachers, and adults through hands-on field experiences that get participants on the Bay and its rivers; engage hundreds of middle and high school students through our Student Leadership Program; expand support for environmental education by offering on-the-water learning experiences and professional development courses to 80 school principals and 400 teachers; and, work with school districts throughout the watershed to integrate environmental education with core curriculum classroom learning.  
Budget $6,400,000.00
Description 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.
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 not only to protect and enforce the current environmental laws but to bring about environmentally friendly change within our legal system.  CBF attorneys argue cases in federal and state courts within the watershed and file amicus curiae - also called Friend of the Court - briefs in related environmental lawsuits. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $23,432,929.00
Projected Expenses $25,774,896.00
Endowment Value $55,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,271,515$1,550,210$0
Individual Contributions$18,359,960$17,669,690$20,235,205
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,768,395$1,794,383$2,283,173
Membership Dues----$4,673,323
Special Events($215,890)----
Revenue In-Kind$1,191,947$1,070,141$1,807,514
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$21,059,285$19,994,383$21,505,117
Administration Expense$2,172,742$2,280,081$2,138,630
Fundraising Expense$3,357,652$3,404,722$3,394,420
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.970.971.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%78%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%17%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$106,570,069$110,271,017$108,776,156
Current Assets$18,224,835$24,472,573$25,804,939
Long-Term Liabilities$7,303,862$10,428,798$6,610,818
Current Liabilities$4,165,622$3,843,586$5,434,919
Total Net Assets$95,100,585$95,998,633$96,730,419
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.386.374.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets7%9%6%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 6/2016View
Organization Comments                                                                                                                                                                         
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990s.
  • IRS 990s and audited financial statements prepared by Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, CPA.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" also includes support from individuals.