Mission: See Part III, Line 1.

Santa Fe Conservation Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1994, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.sfct.org

 PO BOX 23985
Santa Fe NM 87502-3985



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% 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

100

out of 100

The score earned by Santa Fe Conservation Trust 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

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

71.84%

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

16/16 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

1.08%

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

Listed

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

Listed

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



SARAH NOSS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$82,667


JOANNA PRUKOP, CHAIR

$0


NANCY COOK, VICE CHAIR

$0


GEORGE STRICKLAND, TREASURER

$0


BRANT GOODMAN, SECRETARY

$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:

Preservation of natural resources (conservation) (BMF activity code: 350)


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.


Santa Fe Conservation Trust reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Revenue

  • Office operations, access to organizational data for employees and other technological issues.


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

Cancellation of the Banff Mountain Film Festival that SFCT hosts in Santa Fe led to lost ticket and sponsor revenue; SFCT had to convert it's annual fundraiser to a virtual format, which led to increased operational expenses as well as lower sponsorship revenue. In May of 2020, the City of Santa Fe canceled our professional services agreement for soft-surface trails in Santa Fe.


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

In-person outreach events and programs (Star Parties, Insider Tours, Passport to Trails and Vamonos: Santa Fe Walks) were all put on hold, substantially impacting our community engagement.


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

Converted the office network with our data server to a virtual private network (VPN), allowing all employees to telecommute. Created virtual in-town walks to be shared with the schools and the public. Introduced Online Chats to host open forum discussions about environmental issues.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will maintain the VPN for greater flexibility for staff to work in the office or remotely. We plan on continuing the Online Chats with environmental advocates and experts to engage the public on important topics.


...   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

Santa Fe Conservation Trust 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



Santa Fe Conservation Trust reported its two largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$338,254

Spent in most recent FY

84%

Percent of program expenses


Land Program - Over the past twenty-five years, SFCT has protected over 40,000 acres in Northern New Mexico, in Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos Counties, working with landowners to create v ... (More)


$60,030

Spent in most recent FY

15%

Percent of program expenses


Trails Program - SFCT has been involved in the creation of the Dale Ball Trails, Atalaya Trail, Santa Fe Rail Trail, the Spur Trail, La Tierra Trails, La Piedra Trail and--with the Commonweal conserva ... (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 Santa Fe Conservation Trust 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


Santa Fe Conservation Trust partners with our community to keep northern New Mexico’s living lands and people flourishing together. We protect culturally and environmentally significant landscapes, ignite people’s passion for nature and enable the continual regeneration of our healthy place.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We envision a future where everyone in northern New Mexico cherishes nature and works to preserve it for this and future generations.


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 Organizational Capacity. Hiring additional land and trail program staff to increase our ability to conserve land and expand the scope and reach of the trails program.

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


Goal Two: Complete and Implement Strategic Conservation Plan - to guide and leverage land conservation efforts in order to achieve landscape scale impacts, serve landowner needs and our Community

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Three: Practice Community Conservation — to support and expand programs to broader audiences and underserved communities, with the aim of increasing our impact in our service area of northern New Mexico.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

As a member of the Land Trust Alliance, we send employees and board members to the LTA Rally. Last year, the land program manager and a land review committee member attended the "virtual" Rally. As well, SFCT has paid for access to all ongoing webinars from the LTA this year, allowing for 6 attendees to any and all webinars. Board and staff are always encouraged to expand their horizons through education and training, and offers reimbursement for related activities. As well, they are encouraged to participate in land stewardship and trail work, regardless of their role in the organization.

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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

SFCT collaborates with other local land trusts, nonprofits, foundations and government entities to conserve land and expand access to nature through trails. This collaboration can take many forms: co-holding properties, acquiring dedicated funding for conservation projects, and maintaining and expanding the public resource of the trails. Through the GUSTO (Grand Unified Santa fe Trails Organization) we collaborate with local trail advocacy groups and the public, envisioning a complete and interconnected network of trails in and around Santa Fe for the equitable access of all to nature. Our Online Chats, e-newsletters and social media all focus on environmental and equitable access advocacy, increasing awareness of important issues that deal with SFCT's mission.

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.


In light of the inability to hold in-person events, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust transformed many of its programs into a virtual format, still promoting and advocating for environmental issues and engaging with the community. It was actually an opportunity to refocus on the work we could do outside and remotely, which fortunately are exactly our core programs: land and trails. SFCT closed on six land projects last year, including new conservation easements, easement transfers, and a 300-acre fee owned property, more than we have ever done. We continued to monitor and steward the properties already under our protection, on foot and via advanced satellite imagery (neat, right?). Trail maintenance and construction activities continued in small, distanced groups, as well as trail planning and collaboration. After scrambling to get our workforce online and working remotely, applying for gaps in funding after canceled events and contracts, and not being able to utilize our rather large volunteer base, we have come out the other side stronger and better equipped for the future.

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

100

out of 100

The score earned by Santa Fe Conservation Trust is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings or town halls


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

Our staff, Our board


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

In 2020, we re-prioritized our trail construction and maintenance focus based on community feedback, as well as creating virtual walks and maps so that community members would still be engaged, and compiled pictures and stories from the community on social media.



Methodology


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've partnered with GuideStar by 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.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

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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