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    Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park


    ...Is this your nonprofit?

    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...PO BOX 1660
    Kodak TN 37764-7660

    ...Mail donations to:
    PO Box 1660
    Kodak TN 37764


    Kodak TN | IRS ruling year: 1996 | EIN: 62-1564782  


    Organized in 1993, Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects. Friends has 4,500+ members and 170+ volunteers who provide assistance with projects that benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Friends of the Smokies provides over $1 million annually for environmental education, natural resource and wildlife conservation, historic preservation, and trail improvements in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    One of Friends' most proud accomplishments is establishing the $4 million Trails Forever endowment in 2012 to help implement major, sustainable improvements on the Smokies' 848 miles of hiking trails.

    Friends supporters' conserve black bears, elk + brook trout, heal hemlock trees, restore historic log cabins + churches, educate park visitors, Junior Rangers + more


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 87%, earning it a Three-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Accountability & Finance. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

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    The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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    Accountability & Finance


    Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park has earned a 87% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.

    This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

    This Accountability & Finance score represents IRS Form 990 data up until FY 2020, which is the most recent Form 990 currently available to us. 

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    Accountability and Transparency
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable

    Financial Metrics
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable
    ...Liabilities to Assets Ratio - 1.30% - 10/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 3.94 years - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.16 - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 13.00% - 5/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 16.30% - 5/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 70.50% - 5.85/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - 7.99% - 7.99/10 pts

    Unscored Information

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    Salary of Key Persons - Data Available
    IRS Published Data (Business Master File) - Data Available
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