Mission: TO RESTORE BALTIMORE'S URBAN FOREST THROUGH INCREASED TREE PLANTING, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AND ADVOCACY.

Baltimore Tree Trust Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2009, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.baltimoretreetrust.org

 2631 SISSON ST
Baltimore MD 21211-3119



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

95

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

94

out of 100

The score earned by Baltimore Tree Trust Inc. is a passing score

This V4 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

94

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

78.43%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

11/11 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

13.55%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



MARK CONWAY, EXECUTIVE DIR.

$104,800


CHRISTOPHER FEISS, CHAIRMAN

$0


THOMASINA POIROT ESQUIRE, CHAIRMAN

$0


ALEX FISHER, TREASURER

$0


MARGARET BALDWIN, DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Baltimore Tree Trust Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We are a community-based organization, so most of our marketing comes from word-of-mouth and public events. We were unable to host at least 20 volunteering opportunities and other types of gatherings/fundraising events that would have otherwise been converted into donations or fee-for-service revenue.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Our flagship program provides job training to city residents in the landscaping/forestry industry. Due to COVID-related safety concerns we were unable to work with our employer-partners to deliver training events, seminars, job fairs, and the like. We were able to continue employing our trainees throughout the pandemic, but there were little to no job opportunities to place them with external partners for more than a year.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Secured "Essential Worker" documentation. Increased health & safety measures (e.g. end workday early to sanitize tools/vehicles). Rented an additional vehicle for our fleet so crew members didn't have to crowd in as much. Relaxed call-out/sick/family leave policies. Provided financial incentives and removed financial barriers for staff to receive COVID-19 tests/vaccine(s). Shifted training resources to online platform.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Staff access to online training platform. Sanitation and more regular deep cleaning of tools and vehicles. Shift in operational model to rely more on staff instead of volunteers to complete projects.


...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Baltimore Tree Trust Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Baltimore Tree Trust Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$651,041

Spent in most recent FY

78%

Percent of program expenses


TREES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH - TREE PLANTINGS, SITE PREPARATION, AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT TO RESTORE THE CITY'S URBAN FOREST AND MAKE BALTIMORE A HEALTHY AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE.


$98,000

Spent in most recent FY

11%

Percent of program expenses


YARD 56 TREE PLANTING PROJECT


$85,000

Spent in most recent FY

10%

Percent of program expenses


URBAN ROOTS - THE URBAN ROOTS APPRENTICESHIP URA HELPS RESIDENTS IN HISTORICALLY HIGH-CRIME AND ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED BALTIMORE CITY NEIGHBORHOODS TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TO SECUR ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Baltimore Tree Trust Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


TO RESTORE BALTIMORE'S URBAN FOREST THROUGH INCREASED TREE PLANTING, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AND ADVOCACY.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


By seeking out uncommon partnerships, spearheading neighborhood-scale greening efforts, and providing valuable job skills to a marginalized workforce, we are committed to a vision of a strong “green jobs'' sector and universal access to nature in Baltimore City.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Increase operational capacity to take on contractual/fee-for-service work.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Increase administrative capacity by hiring upper-level development and program staff.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Three: Diversify sources of funding.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

In the past year, we have promoted 7 employees to new leadership positions and provided weekly 1-on-1s to keep their professional development on track. Upper-level employees have also received valuable professional certifications that the company paid for.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We share office space with a sister nonprofit to reduce both organization's overhead costs. We recently presented at a regional industry conference and participate on citywide working groups with other organizations and city agencies to coordinate efforts and develop local ordinances.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


As a nonprofit environmental organization, we typically work with hundreds of volunteers each year to educate them on the benefits of trees and to engage them in planting/maintaining trees throughout the city. Augmenting this work, we established a workforce development program in 2018 to (a) provide meaningful job opportunities to marginalized communities, (b) increase the scale our tree planting efforts, and (c) develop a replicable model for municipal tree care. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to work with volunteers or engage with employer-partners to deliver training opportunities for our crew members. However, with "essential worker" status, we were able to keep everyone employed and that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. After taking numerous steps to ensure that we could provide a safe and healthy workplace, we were able to develop a deeper level of trust and understanding with many of our crew members who wound up working for us months longer than originally planned. We were able to work with individuals to develop stronger professional skills (e.g. attendance, interpersonal communication, leadership) find stable housing, reliable day care, drivers licenses, and other means of support that we likely would not have had to, or had the opportunity to, if external circumstances did not create a moral imperative to retain their positions with us. Moreover, we actually planted a higher number of trees during the pandemic than pre-pandemic, adding validation to our argument that tree planting/maintenance can be scaled up if it is professionalized.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Baltimore Tree Trust Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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