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Funding & Financials

We're funded by members and partner foundations, enabling our independent voice.

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We're funded by members and partner foundations, enabling our independent voice.

The generosity of our members and foundation partners enabled UCS to maintain financial stability in the last fiscal year, with an annual budget of $43 million.

This generous support is critical to our ability to maintain an independent voice. That is why we are proud of the fact that 88 percent of your donations go directly to funding Union of Concerned Scientists program work. Your support enables us to continue developing science-based solutions to help solve our planet's most pressing problems.

Revenue (2021)

Infographic of UCS 2021 revenue

Nearly 120,000 UCS members contributed 60 percent of our total operating income. We are grateful for this funding as it is a strong vote of confidence in UCS, and a sign of the trust our members have placed in our unique ability to bring the power of independent science to bear on some of the most pressing issues of the day. Support from foundations represented 34 percent of our FY2021 operating budget and provided crucial support throughout our program areas.

Expenses (2021)

Infographic of UCS 2021 expenses

We are proud that 88 percent of our FY2021 expenses supported our direct program work, including our scientific and technical analysis. Careful management helped us limit administrative costs and fundraising expenses to 12 percent of our total expenditures. We take pride in the fact that UCS continues to allocate as many resources as possible to our critical program work. With an annual budget of $43 million, UCS continues to strengthen our unique ability to help solve our planet’s most pressing problems with the power of independent science.

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Learn more about our work in our five-year strategic plan.