The Foundation For Sustainability in Sunnyvale, California (CA)

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The Foundation For Sustainability
Employer Identification Number (EIN)300454571
Name of OrganizationThe Foundation For Sustainability
In Care of NameTerry Merschat
Address1111 W El Camino Real Ste 109-220, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
SubsectionCharitable Organization
Ruling Date08/2008
DeductibilityContributions are deductible
FoundationPrivate non-operating foundation
OrganizationCorporation
Exempt Organization StatusUnconditional Exemption
Tax Period09/2013
Assets$500,000 to $999,999
Income$1,000,000 to $4,999,999
Filing Requirement990 - Not required to file (all other)
Asset Amount$786,370
Amount of Income$1,396,000
Form 990 Revenue Amount$232,941
National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE)Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification: Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis


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Amount of income in 2013: $1,396,000 (it was $156,712 in 2012)
This organization: 

 $1,396,000
Other organizations performing similar types of work: 

 $123,067

Assets in 2013: $786,370 (it was $1,123,518 in 2012)
The Foundation For Sustainability: 

 $786,370
Other organizations performing similar types of work: 

 $60,115

Expenses in 2013: $42,186
The Foundation For Sustainability: 

 $42,186
Other organizations performing similar types of work: 

 $145,306

Income to expenses ratio in 2013: 33.1
This organization: 

 33.1
Other organizations performing similar types of work: 

 1.1

Grants share in income in 2013: 0.0%
The Foundation For Sustainability: 

 0.0%
Other organizations performing similar types of work: 

 83.4%

Financial snapshot ($)

Revenue for 2013

Assets at the end of 2013

Expenses for 2013

Analysis of Revenue and Expenses (for 2013)
Revenue and expenses per booksNet investment incomeAdjusted net incomeDisbursements for charitable purposes (cash basis only)
Total revenue$391,807$391,807$0
Contributions, gifts, grants, etc., received$0
Interest on savings and temporary cash investments$0
Dividends and interest from securities$0
Gross rents$0
Gross sales price for all assets$1,353,000
Gross profit from sales of goods$0
Other income$43,000
Other$348,807
Total expenses and disbursements$42,186$42,186$0$0
Compensation of officers, directors, trustees, etc.$0
Pension plans, employee benefits$0
Legal fees$0
Accounting fees$0
Interest$0
Depreciation$0
Occupancy$40,815
Travel, conferences, and meetings$362
Printing and publications$0
Total operating and administrative expenses$42,186$42,186$0
Contributions, gifts, grants paid$0
Excess of revenue over expenses and disbursements$349,621
Net investment income$349,621
Adjusted net income$0
Balance Sheets
201120122013
Book ValueFair Market ValueBook ValueFair Market ValueBook ValueFair Market Value
Total assets$1,056,235$1,123,518$786,370$786,370
Cash - non-interest-bearing$85,969
Investments-U.S. and state government obligations$0
Investments-corporate stock$0
Investments-corporate bonds$0
Investments-mortgage loans$0
Investments-other$0
Other assets$700,401
Total liabilities$645,552$611,844$20,714
Mortgages and other notes payable$0
Other liabilities$0
Total liabilities and net assets/fund balances$765,656
Capital Gains and Losses for Tax on Investment Income
201120122013
Capital gain net income$348,807
Net capital loss$0
Excise Tax Based on Investment Income
201120122013
Domestic foundations that meet the section 4940(e) requirements (for Reduced Tax on Net Investment Income)No
Tax based on investment income$6,992
Total credits and payments$0
Any penalty for underpayment of estimated tax$158
Tax due$7,150
Overpayment$0
Amount to be credited to next year's estimated tax$0
Statements Regarding Activities
201120122013
During the tax year, did the foundation attempt to influence any national, state, or local legislation or did it participate or intervene in any political campaign?No
Has the foundation engaged in any activities that have not previously been reported to the IRS?No
Has the foundation made any changes, not previously reported to the IRS, in its governing instrument, articles of incorporation, or bylaws, or other similar instruments?No
Has the foundation filed a tax return on Form 990-T for this year?NoNo
Was there a liquidation, termination, dissolution, or substantial contraction during the year?No
Has the foundation furnished a copy of Form 990-PF to the Attorney General (or designate) of each state?Yes
Is the foundation claiming status as a private operating foundation within the meaning of section 4942(j)(3) or 4942(j)(5) for current calendar year or the taxable year beginning in this year?No
Did any persons become substantial contributors during the tax year?No
Did the foundation make a distribution to a donor advised fund over which the foundation or a disqualified person had advisory privileges?No
Did the foundation comply with the public inspection requirements for its annual returns and exemption application?Yes
Section 4947(a)(1) nonexempt charitable trusts filing Form 990-PF in lieu of Form 1041No
Statements Regarding Activities for Which Form 4720 May Be Required
201120122013
During the year did the foundation (either directly or indirectly):
Engage in the sale or exchange, or leasing of property with a disqualified person?No
Borrow money from, lend money to, or otherwise extend credit to (or accept it from) a disqualified person?No
Furnish goods, services, or facilities to (or accept them from) a disqualified person?No
Pay compensation to, or pay or reimburse the expenses of, a disqualified person?No
Transfer any income or assets to a disqualified person (or make any of either available for the benefit or use of a disqualified person)?No
Agree to pay money or property to a government official?No
Did any of the acts fail to qualify under the exceptions described in Regulations section 53.4941(d)-3 or in a current notice regarding disaster assistance?No
Did the foundation engage in a prior year in any of the acts, other than excepted acts, that were not corrected before the first day of the tax year beginning in this year?No
At the end of this tax year, did the foundation have any undistributed income for tax year(s) beginning before this year?No
Are there any years listed above for which the foundation is not applying the provisions of section 4942(a)(2) (relating to incorrect valuation of assets) to the year's undistributed income?No
Did the foundation hold more than a 2% direct or indirect interest in any business enterprise at any time during the year?No
Did the foundation have excess business holdings in this year as a result of (1) any purchase by the foundation or disqualified persons after May 26, 1969; (2) the lapse of the 5-year period (or longer period approved by the Commissioner under section 4943(c)(7)) to dispose of holdings acquired by gift or bequest; or (3) the lapse of the 10-, 15-, or 20-year first phase holding period?No
Did the foundation invest during the year any amount in a manner that would jeopardize its charitable purposes?No
Did the foundation make any investment in a prior year (but after December 31, 1969) that could jeopardize its charitable purpose that had not been removed from jeopardy before the first day of the tax year beginning in this year?No
During the year did the foundation pay or incur any amount to:
Carry on propaganda, or otherwise attempt to influence legislation (section 4945(e))?No
Influence the outcome of any specific public election (see section 4955); or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive?No
Provide a grant to an individual for travel, study, or other similar purposes?No
Provide a grant to an organization other than a charitable, etc., organization described in section 509(a)(1), (2), or (3), or section 4940(d)(2)?No
Provide for any purpose other than religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals?No
Did any of the transactions fail to qualify under the exceptions described in Regulations section 53.4945 or in a current notice regarding disaster assistance?No
Did the foundation, during the year, receive any funds, directly or indirectly, to pay premiums on a personal benefit contract?No
Did the foundation, during the year, pay premiums, directly or indirectly, on a personal benefit contract?No
Minimum Investment Return
201120122013
Fair market value of assets not used (or held for use) directly in carrying out charitable, etc., purposes$105,110
Net value of noncharitable-use assets$103,534
Minimum investment return$5,177
Distributable Amount
201120122013
Distributable amount$0
Undistributed Income
201120122013
Distributable amount for this year$0
Undistributed income for this year. This amount must be distributed in the next year$0
Private Operating Foundations (for 2010 - 2013)
2013201220112010Total
The lesser of the adjusted net income or the minimum investment return$0$0$0$0$0
Qualifying distributions made directly for active conduct of exempt activities$0$0$0$0$0
Value of all assets$0$0$0$0$0
Value of assets qualifying under section 4942(j)(3)(B)(i)$0$0$0$0$0
2/3 of minimum investment return$0$0$0$0$0
Total support other than gross investment income (interest, dividends, rents, payments on securities loans (section 512(a)(5)), or royalties)$0$0$0$0$0
Support from general public and 5 or more exempt organizations as provided in section 4942(j)(3)(B)(iii)$0$0$0$0$0
Gross investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Supplementary Information (for 2013)
Grants approved for future payment$0
Analysis of Income-Producing Activities (for 2013)
AmountRelated or exempt function income
Program service revenue
Fees and contracts from government agencies$0$0
Membership dues and assessments$0$0
Interest on savings and temporary cash investments$0$0
Dividends and interest from securities$0$0
Information Regarding Transfers To and Transactions and Relationships With Noncharitable Exempt Organizations (for 2013)
Did the organization directly or indirectly engage in any of the following with any other organization described in section 501(c) of the Code (other than section 501(c)(3) organizations) or in section 527, relating to political organizations?
Transfers from the reporting foundation to a noncharitable exempt organization of:
CashNo
Other assetsNo
Other transactions:
Sales of assets to a noncharitable exempt organizationNo
Purchases of assets from a noncharitable exempt organizationNo
Rental of facilities, equipment, or other assetsNo
Reimbursement arrangementsNo
Loans or loan guaranteesNo
Performance of services or membership or fundraising solicitationsNo
Sharing of facilities, equipment, mailing lists, other assets, or paid employeesNo
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Alabama1
Arkansas2
Arizona5
California40
Colorado14
Connecticut5
District of Columbia14
Delaware1
Florida10
Georgia5
Hawaii3
Iowa1
Idaho1
Illinois6
Indiana2
Louisiana2
Massachusetts13
Maryland7
Maine2
Michigan5
Minnesota6
Missouri2
Montana2
North Carolina5
North Dakota2
Nebraska2
New Hampshire3
New Jersey7
New Mexico6
Nevada2
New York18
Ohio1
Oklahoma2
Oregon11
Pennsylvania6
Rhode Island1
South Carolina5
South Dakota1
Texas14
Utah3
Virginia12
Vermont3
Washington11
Wisconsin6
West Virginia1
International3
Total278

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