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IDA is committed to financial transparency. We know our members and supporters want to make the biggest difference possible, so we diligently work to ensure your hard-earned money is put to work addressing the big issues. Your dollars translate into increased protections of the night sky, ecosystems, wildlife, and the planet.

IDA’s Financial Summary January through December 2014

2014 Income

Membership and Donations $356,204
FSA $14,775
Program Income $81,630
Corporate Sponsorships $8,915
Grants $40,000
Miscellaneous $3,374
Total $504,898

Explanation of IDA’s 2014 Income

A quick look at our income chart reveals how incredibly important our members and donors are in sustaining the organization. Fully 70 percent of our income came from supporters like you. We’re so thankful that our members and donors are such a large part of our mission to bring better nights to the world.

IDA has been building on the contributions of our supporters by diversifying our income. Our “Program Income” category represents consulting work IDA is doing for various organizations. This includes a cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Park Service to develop outdoor lighting survey techniques. Our ongoing sea turtle lighting survey project for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission provides valuable income to IDA while helping to protect endangered species. We’re also working with the City of Malibu, California to help them develop an outdoor lighting ordinance to better protect the night skies. These partnerships are valuable to our mission and will continue into 2015.

IDA is thankful for the generous grant support we received in 2014 from the Craigslist Charitable Foundation and the Maytag Family Foundation. Not reflected in the 2014 pie chart – but reflected in our gratitude – is a grant from Metabolic Studio that provided funding to IDA in 2013, but for programs that extended into 2014.

IDA’s Fixture Seal of Approval was a small, but important, part of our income as we continue to work with lighting manufacturers in recognizing dark sky friendly products.

IDA 2014 Expenses

Membership & Development $99,401
Administration $119,285
National Park Service $17,449
Corporate Sponsorships $8,915
Dark Sky Places $64,538
FSA $16,381
Sea Turtle Lighting $47,628
Education & Outreach $165,074
Parks & Protected Areas $25,917
Malibu Ordinance $20,797
Total $576,469

Explanation of IDA’s 2014 Expenses

Nightscape #94: 2014 Annual Report

Nightscape #94: 2014 Annual Report
Man and nature collide in this beautiful night sky image by Mike Taylor of Taylor Photography.

Sixty-two percent of IDA’s 2014 expenses were spent on our programs to preserve the night skies – International Dark Sky Places, Education and Public Outreach, our sea turtle project and many others. Our 21 percent administrative costs were higher than normal, due largely to costs associated with our transition in executive leadership.

Our Development & Communications expenses are also higher than average because we upgraded our member management system. Our previous system was antiquated and limiting, making it very difficult to effectively communicate with our members and donors. Our new system saves money, staff time, and most importantly, opens up numerous possibilities to better empower and engage our supporters, like you, to protect the night skies.

The Development & Communications numbers also include costs associated with rebuilding the IDA website. Look for the roll out our new, streamlined, user-friendly website in 2015.

For more financial information, read our Annual Reports.

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