Mission:

Raise and provide support for Saguaro National Park


 fosnp@friendsofsaguaro.org
 |  2700 N KINNEY RD Tucson AZ 85743-9719

Friends of Saguaro National Park Inc. is headquartered in Tucson, AZ, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 86-0842503.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Natural Resources Conservation and Protection within the Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1997.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Overall Score
BETA

100

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Finance & Accountability Score
BETA

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This Beta V1 of Finance 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 latest filing year 2018.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

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Board Composition

16/16 Independent

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

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Liabilities to Assets Ratio

49.77%

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No Effect on Score

Total Revenue

$552,317

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Finance & Accountability Report

100

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Overview

Overview

The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio

92.94%

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

16/16 Independent

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Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

Has Review/Audit

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This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

49.77%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed

Listed

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


Source: IRS Form 990

Data Sources

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Friends of Saguaro National Park Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$474,340

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


Provided support for Saguaro National Park, most notably its Future Ranger, wildlife and environmental programs


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Gold


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Southern Arizona's Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands comprise one of the most biologically-rich and diverse ecoregions in the world -- described by University of Arizona botanist Peter Warshall as a place "unique on the planet." Archeologists believe that sites found in present-day Tucson, along the banks of the Santa Cruz River, likely represent the oldest continuously-inhabited area in the United States -- and perhaps one of the oldest inhabited places in the world. Nearly 80% of Saguaro National Park is federally-designated wilderness, and the Park contains the largest, roadless "Sky Island" in North America -- yet, it's all just minutes away from an urban area of more than one million people. Friends of Saguaro works with the National Park Service to preserve and protect the ecoregion's many biotic communities, cultural features, and scientific, scenic and wilderness values. Goal I: Exploration and Discovery Our national parks - including Saguaro - represent complex communities of native plants and animals that have developed over thousands of years, and they present unique opportunities to educate the public about biodiversity, climate change, and the need for environmental protection. At the same time, our national parks - including Saguaro - offer unique opportunities to teach contemporary peoples about our rich cultural and ethnographic heritage. Through its educational, interpretive and recreational experiences, Saguaro National Park provides visitors the chance to explore and discover our collective natural and cultural heritage. Goal II: Preservation and Conservation Saguaro National Park is an integral part of a larger network of lands - both public and private - which allows for the sustainability of the ecosystems of the Desert Southwest. National parks and protected public lands preserve many of the nation's areas of greatest biodiversity, and play an important role as natural laboratories -- locations for developing ecological baselines against which data from more disturbed areas can be compared. Additionally, the region's extraordinarily diverse cultural heritage is reflected in the Park's 523 known archeological sites and the conservation of the Park's archeological, historic and ethnographic resources help preserve the heritage of southern Arizona. Goal III: Celebration and Stewardship Saguaro National Park has a strong positive impact on the economic, recreational and educational life of the Tucson community -- and Friends of Saguaro seeks to create a greater public understanding that stewardship for the Park is the responsibility of all of us. Through community outreach, advocacy, and collaborative partnerships, we must attempt to create a better connection between "people and place" at Saguaro National Park. Through our celebration and stewardship of this special place, we can express our collective faith in the future, and fulfill our promise to succeeding generations.


What are your strategies for making this happen?

Goal 1: To encourage the exploration and discovery of the resources, heritage, and recreational opportunities of Saguaro National Park. 1. Enhance the visitor experience by updating interpretive exhibits. 2. Strengthen the community's connection to the Park by sustaining support for special events and activities at the Park. 3. Reconnect children and nature at the Park, by supporting NPS environmental education programs and increasing youth involvement in conservation activities. 4. Promote environmental education within the community, and support lifelong learning opportunities. 5. Support the maintenance and improvement of recreational trails at the Park. Goal 2: To assist the preservation and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of Saguaro National Park. 1. Strengthen collaborative research partnerships in the community, and support scientific research at the Park. 2. Support sustained efforts to monitor ecologically-sensitive areas in the Park. 3. Support ongoing saguaro research and monitoring activities at the Park. 4. Support efforts to remove invasive plants at the Park, and preserve native habitat. 5. Assist in the preservation of the Park's archeological, historic and ethnographic resources. 6. Promote student research at the Park, and foster the next generation of resource professionals. Goal 3: To build environmental stewardship for Saguaro National Park. 1. Increase the operational revenues (from all sources) for Friends of Saguaro by at least 10% per year. 2. Increase the Friends of Saguaro members (individual donors) by at least 10% per year. 3. Increase the number of volunteer hours at Saguaro National Park by at least 10% each year. 4. Increase the Friends of Saguaro Endowment (through planned giving) to a total of $500,000 by the August, 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service.


What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Since our founding in 1996, Friends of Saguaro has sought to establish collaborative partnerships within the Tucson community, develop a broad donor base, and provide both funding and volunteer support for some of the Park's most critical needs. Despite the struggling national economy in recent years, the organization has consistently balanced its annual operating budget, maintained a prudent operating reserve, and devoted at least 85% of total expenditures to programs, rather than fundraising or overhead costs. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Friends of Saguaro provided $101,000 in cash grant support for projects at the Park in 2011; $68,000 in cash grant support for projects at the Park in 2012; $134,000 in cash grant support for projects at the Park in 2013; and $151,000 in cash grant support for projects at the Park in 2014. Each year, nearly 400 volunteers provide Saguaro National Park with more than 35,000 hours of volunteer service -- time valued by the National Park Service at more than $800,000. And, for the past six years, Friends of Saguaro's accountability and transparency have been recognized by GreatNonprofits - a national group that develops tools to help people rate charities - when we have been named a "Top-Rated Environmental Nonprofit" during the GreatNonprofits "Green Choice" campaign. In 2012, Friends of Saguaro was named a new nonprofit partner of "1% for the Planet", an alliance of nearly 1,500 member companies in 43 countries that give one percent of their revenues to environmental causes. With this selection, Friends of Saguaro joined a diverse, global network of over 2,800 nonprofits worldwide that are eligible to receive donations from 1% member companies. In 2013, Friends of Saguaro was invited by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation to participate in "The Giving Library" -- an online tool for foundation grantmakers and individual donors to practically and efficiently explore a large number of giving opportunities. The Giving Library is a collection of brief, 3-minute videos, in which the leaders of nonprofit organizations from across the U.S. convey compelling information about their organizational mission, objectives and needs. Prospective donors can browse these videos, and then directly follow-up with those organizations that best align with their own giving strategies.


How will your organization know if you are making progress?

To encourage the exploration and discovery of the resources, heritage, and recreational opportunities of Saguaro National Park, we need to provide ways for the public to better understand and enjoy the Park -- and keep the Park relevant for 21st century audiences. In addition to financial resources, we need to support technology enhancements and engage new audiences. We need to strengthen the community's connection to the Park, and expand the focus on currently-underserved populations. As we reconnect children and nature at the Park, we need to focus on diversity, and increase the engagement of currently-underserved youth. We need to engage youth in hands-on, place-based conservation activities at the Park by expanding our support for school transportation subsidies. And, we need to help the NPS increase lifelong learning opportunities at Saguaro National Park. Finally, we need to continually work with NPS management to help keep Saguaro's network of more than 200 miles of recreational trails open and safe for visitors -- providing both financial and volunteer support. To assist the preservation and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of Saguaro National Park, we need to financially support sustained scientific research at the Park to help NPS managers secure the data necessary for sound resource protection decisions. We need to support species inventories and assessments, on a priority schedule as may be determined by the NPS. We need to assist the Park in the assessment of the evolving impacts from climate change on Park resources. We need to promote student research, and strengthen partnerships with collaborative organizations such as the University of Arizona. We need to maintain the native habitat(s) of Saguaro National Park, and help the NPS manage invasive species by supporting regional, landscape-scale control efforts. And, we need to work with community partners to promote landscape-scale conservation, and protect critical wildlife corridors, by supporting the prudent expansion of the boundaries of Saguaro National Park. Finally, we need to work with the NPS to maintain Wilderness Act protection for the approximate 80% of the Park now designated as wilderness -- providing appropriate management to preserve wilderness characteristics. To build environmental stewardship for Saguaro National Park, we need to enhance the public's awareness of the Park's biological diversity -- and the ecological threats posed by urbanization and climate change. We need to increase the public's understanding of the Park's role as a natural laboratory, and the need for science-based resource management. We need to increase the public's understanding of the Park's economic significance to the region, and why the Park's resources need to be protected as economic assets. And, we need to strengthen community outreach and enhance volunteer recruitment -- building long-term conservation relationships within the community.


What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

We've enhanced the visitor experience at Saguaro National Park by providing a better connection between people and place. In 2012, Friends of Saguaro provided the Park with funding to print nearly 75,000 copies of "The Sentinel" newspaper provided to visitors -- including trail maps, a backcountry planning guide, and other useful information about the Park. In 2013 and 2014, we provided more than $100,000 to help the Park replace the 54-year-old interpretive exhibits in the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center. We're re-connecting youth with nature at the Park by supporting the NPS environmental education programs. We annually assist the presentation of both park-based and community -based programs, and Friends of Saguaro annually provides local schools with transportation grants so that nearly 3,000 students can participate in field trips to the Park. Altogether, the Park's environmental education programs reach more than 10,000 students each year. We've supported scientific research at Saguaro National Park -- to help ensure the protection of the Park's extraordinary biodiversity. This support has included over $100,000 (and 6,000 volunteers) to help the NPS conduct a "BioBlitz" species inventory in 2011. We've provided over $50,000 in funding to support six years of research on Gila Monsters at the Park. During late 2011 and early 2012, the Park comprehensively re-surveyed all saguaros in a one-square-mile segment of the Park known as "Section 17". With this study - supported by Friends of Saguaro - park scientists wanted to gain a better understanding of the life cycle of saguaros, and the factors affecting their health, as well as document how the ecosystem has changed over the last 70 years (when the Section was last comprehensively surveyed). We've provided over $25,000 to support research to monitor and protect endangered Lesser Long-Nosed Bats within the Park, and conserve Lowland Leopard Frogs (a sensitive species, native to southeastern Arizona, that is being impacted by diminution of riparian habitat). We've provided nearly $50,000 to support a major research project to study the critical relationship between "Water and Wildlife", as southern Arizona endures a (now 16-year) drought. Friends of Saguaro is also promoting environmental stewardship for Saguaro National Park by enhancing public awareness, building local capacity, and growing collaborative partnerships. In 2012, we joined with the NPS to initiate a "Green Park" plan that banned the sale of disposable bottles within the Park, and encouraged visitor use of re-usable water bottles -- enhancing the public's awareness of the importance of sustainability. The 2011 Saguaro BioBlitz enhanced public awareness of the Park's incredible biodiversity. We're building our organizational capacity -- increasing our individual donor base by at least 10% for each of the last five years. And, we're growing collaborative partnerships throughout the community.



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