Mission: TO SOLICIT SUPPORT FOR WASHINGTON STATE PARKS.

Washington State Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2001, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.waparks.org

  1752 NW MARKET ST NO 744
Seattle WA 98107-5264


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Washington State Parks Foundation is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

68

out of 100

This charity's score is a failing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 80% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 10% Culture & Community


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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

60

out of 100

The score earned by Washington State Parks Foundation is a failing score

This V6 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 electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

60

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

55.56%

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
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

7/7 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

No review needed due to small charity size

No 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
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

2.01%

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

Missing

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

No Data Available


Key Persons data is currently unavailable for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

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.


Washington State Parks Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Grants Sent


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

Program funds for arts and culture events that would have been done in person and in the parks were not expensed due to closure of parks and the prohibition of handling event.s This meant that funds raised and budgeted for distribution were held back and unspent which lowered our program expenses.


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

In-park Arts and Culture events and other in-park outreach programs were cancelled in order to follow COVID protocols.


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

We adapted during COVID to the cancellation of in-park events by using our virtual programming that was originally produced for school districts to making them available for families at home. During lockdown, we supported and collaborated with state park rangers that had no experience in this virtual realm to become familiar with this technology and thus export their breadth of knowledge to families everywhere.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will continue to offer a mix of in-park and virtual programming for the Arts in the Parks and other cultural programs. This mix especially for BIPOC communities will allow us to reach more families that may not have transportation to travel to parks.


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...   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

Washington State Parks Foundation 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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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Washington State Parks Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$70,656

Spent in most recent FY

29%

Percent of program expenses


IMPROVE: PROVIDE GRANTS AND BUILD CAPACITY TO IMPLEMENT CRITICAL STATE PARKS PROJECTS. THIS PROGRAM FUNDED 24 PARK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT GRANTS THAT WERE COMPLETED IN 2020 BY STATE PARKS AND NONPROFIT F ... (More)


$26,127

Spent in most recent FY

10%

Percent of program expenses


CONNECT: CO-LEAD AND SPONSOR ARTS AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS FOR CONNECTING PEOPLE TO WASHINGTON'S DIVERSE TRADITIONS IN STATE PARKS. THE PROGRAM PURPOSE IS TO HELP STATE PARKS REALIZE ITS MISSION AND VISI ... (More)


$93,069

Spent in most recent FY

38%

Percent of program expenses


CONNECT: BUILD AN ENGAGED AND INFORMED STATE PARKS COMMUNITY. CRITICAL TO OUR MISSION IS BUILDING A PARKS COMMUNITY AND CONNECTING PEOPLE TO SHARED EXPERIENCES IN NATURE. IN 2020 WE CONVERTED OUR EVEN ... (More)


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...   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 Washington State Parks Foundation 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


Our purpose is to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Washington State Parks system for generations to enjoy.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We engage, expand, and sustain a broad base of supporters who give to, advocate for and treasure our state parks.


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: Expand Access to State Parks for Underserved Communities

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


Goal Two: Park Improvement Projects

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


Goal Three: Advocate to Improve Parks and Trails

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

We have provided access for all leadership staff to engage in training and collaborations with external partners working with diverse and underserved communities. The goals are to listen and learn from differing perspectives and use our organization’s role to support sharing these views to make state parks more welcoming for all.

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

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

1) We engage with nonprofit allies across the country to gather and develop research data about state parks usage and infrastructure trends to be more informed advocates. These efforts have been converted for online access, due to COVID travel restrictions. 2) Within our state we collaborate with organizations dedicated to BIPOC community outreach and outdoor engagement to learn about their experiences and change state parks policies to improve infrastructure to be more welcoming for all. 3) We are collaborating with state parks partners within our west coast region to share best practices for DEI programming and with partner across the country via virtual meetings and conferences.

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.


External Changes due to COVID: Our state was one of the first in the nation to be in lockdown and all state parks and public lands were closed. We adapted by using our virtual programming that was originally produced in 2017 for school districts and converting it by early April 2020 for families and the general public who were at home. During this lockdown period, we also supported and collaborated with state park rangers that had no experience in this virtual realm. We exported technology, brought in experts in virtual story-telling and streaming security and helped rangers become familiar with these outreach techniques. The results were to help share the breadth of knowledge and passion for the outdoors to families stuck at home. By being responsive to needs of our clients (park visitors and families at home) and partners (the park rangers) we helped foster connections and share information and hope during extremely stressful times.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

Washington State Parks Foundation has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 13 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


View this organization's DEI Strategies


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.


View this organization's Constituent Feedback Practices




Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

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. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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