Assateague Coastal Trust, Inc. (Berlin, MD)


  • Name:Mr. Steve Farr
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Assateague Coastal Trust, Inc.
  • Address:P.O. Box 731
    Berlin, MD 21811
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:410-62901538
  • Main fax:410-629-1059

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  • Mission:
  • The Assateague Coastal Trust's mission is to promote and encourage the protection of the health, productivity and sustainability of the coastal bays watershed of Delmarva through advocacy, conservation and education.

  • Overview:
  • The Delmarva Coastal Bays stretch along the Maryland Atlantic seacoast from southern Delaware to the northern part of Virginia’s eastern shore, lying between the mainland and the barrier islands of Ocean City and Assateague. These five shallow inland bays are ecologically productive and have traditionally supported vibrant recreational and commercial fishing industries. Long treasured for their aesthetic and economic value, the bays are threatened by ever-worsening pollution from land use in the coastal bays watershed. Intense development pressure in the past decade has rapidly converted forest and farmland to commercial and residential uses, and runoff to the bays carry heavy nutrient loads and chemical contaminants from municipalities and residential developments, industrial and commercial facilities, construction sites, agricultural byproducts, and fertilizer application on the land.

    For more than 40 years, Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) has worked to protect and enhance the natural resources of the Coastal Bays watershed. ACT has done this through our three major programs: Assateague Coastkeeper, Coast Kids and Grow Berlin Green.

    Coastkeeper Program
    A member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, the Coastkeeper is an on-the-water monitor, on-the-ground educator, and in-the trenches advocate for the health of the Atlantic Coastal Bays. Like Waterkeepers worldwide, the Assateague Coastkeeper is dedicated to fighting for clean and healthy waterways. In its 10 years of existence, the Coastkeeper program
    has seen significant victories for open space and water quality protection, benefiting the coastal bays ecosystem and, in turn, all who live, work and play in the watershed.

    Coast Kids Program
    Coast Kids is the family-focused environmental education program of ACT. Its purpose is to create fun opportunities for kids and their parents to learn about and experience the natural resources of the coastal bays area, and to encourage them to be the next generation of environmental stewards. The program revolves around monthly excursions and activities for families to engage directly with the landscape and waterways, and often to undertake projects that will benefit the ecosystems that sustain both the human and wildlife populations of the coastal region.

    As a member of the No Child Left Inside Coalition, Coast Kids is part of a national effort to get kids (back) outside to benefit from what nature has to offer. Enjoying the outdoors not only leads to greater stewardship of the environment, but also improved mental and physical health for children, for example resulting in a lower incidence of depression, obesity, diabetes, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and a higher tendency for children to be curious, able to think critically, and generally successful in school.

    Grow Berlin Green
    Grow Berlin Green (GBG) is a campaign to establish Berlin, MD as a model community for participatory environmental protection, conservation and smart growth policy and practice.

    Objectives of the GBG campaign are to:
    >Educate and engage citizens and public officials in Berlin and the surrounding area on environmental protection. conservation, and smart growth issues, activities and policies.
    >Promote and facilitate community action to achieve measurable impact on a range of environmental and conservation priorities, including water resources management and conservation (e.g., stormwater management), energy conservation, waste reduction/recycling, and smart growth development; and
    >Build broad-based community capacity for a sustainable movement to protect, promote and enhance the environmental quality of the Berlin area.

    Major elements of the campaign include:
    >Outreach events and activities to solicit community input on priority needs and interests, and to build foundation for citizen and policymaker participation in campaign activities;
    >Educational events and materials to inform community about environmental challenges and empower citizens and policymakers to engage in practical and policy solutions;
    >Conservation projects (e.g., rain barrels, rain gardens, buffers) with Berlin schools, businesses and faith-based organizations; and
    >Land conservation and smart growth initiatives, including possible development of an open space “greenbelt” around Berlin and a walking/biking trail network.

  • History:
  • Founded in 1970 as the Committee to Preserve Assateague Island, Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) is the oldest environmental education and advocacy organization on the Delmarva Peninsula. Concerned about a provision in federal legislation which would have created acres of development on the pristine barrier island, the all-volunteer Committee convinced Congress to eliminate that provision, preserving the island’s natural character to this day.

    Over the past 40 years, ACT has stayed true to its education and advocacy mission, though its membership has grown and its vision has expanded. Now it works to protect not only Assateague Island but the entire Delmarva Coastal Bays watershed, which includes portions of southern Delaware, all of Maryland’s coastal region and the northern section of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Our mission: To promote and encourage the protection of the health, productivity and sustainability of the coastal bays watershed of Delmarva through advocacy, conservation and education.

    ACT has also grown programmatically. In 2002, ACT created its popular environmental education program, Coast Kids, which now includes over 125 members aged 4-14. ACTs most significant programmatic change was the launch of the Assateague Coastkeeper program in 2002, which dramatically expanded ACTs advocacy agenda. Finally, in 2009 ACT launched Grow Berlin Green, a multi-year campaign to educate, engage and activate citizens, businesses and policymakers in our home community around environmental protection and conservation efforts.

  • Year established:1970
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:4

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • K. King Burnett
    Keith Campbell
    Joe Fehrer
    Sandra Frazier
    Tom Jones
    Bill Killinger
    Ken MacMullin
    Bob McIntosh
    Madhumi Mitra
    Abhijit Nagchauduri
    Richard Nieman
    Mary Ochse
    George T. Parker
    Tom Patton
    Ron Pilling
    Kim Quillin
    Jim Rapp
    Courtney Schupp
    Harry Womack

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Ms. Kathy Phillips
    Executive Director and Assateague Coastkeeper

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Steve Farr
    Development Director

    Kim Fehrer
    Administrative Director

    Verena Chase
    Coast Kids Program Director

    Pat Pilling
    Foster Horse Program Director


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:52-1250849

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:521250849
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 731
  • Organization City:BERLIN
  • Organization State:MD
  • Organization Zip:21811-0731
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1982
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):354, 350, 123
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Preservation of scenic beauty, Preservation of natural resources (conservation), Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C30Z
  • Asset Amount:$293,324
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$233,254
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$233,254
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:47:34 am

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