|  1501 SW JEFFERSON ST Portland OR 97201-2549

Oregon State Parks Foundation is headquartered in Portland, OR, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 93-1177836.  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 1995.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

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Overall Score


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Finance & Accountability Score


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This charity's score is a passing score

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

Higher Effect on Score

Board Composition

10/10 Independent

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

Lower Effect on Score

Liabilities to Assets Ratio


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

Total Revenue


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Finance & Accountability Report


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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


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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

10/10 Independent

Higher effect on score

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

Higher effect on score

For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.

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


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


Lower effect on score

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

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.

...   Impact & Results

Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

No Score

We have not issued this nonprofit an Impact & Results score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for one of the following reasons:

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet gotten to scoring it.

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Oregon State Parks Foundation reported its largest program on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

We seek to enhance and preserve special places and experiences in Oregon's parks now and for future generations. Oregon parks are some of the most popular state parks in the nation. They are vital to Oregon's way of life. The parks connect people with meaningful outdoor experiences. They engage people through education and outreach. They preserve special places in Oregon for future generations. They attract employers, employees, and tourists -- generating more than $1.6 billion annually for the communities near the parks. Oregon Parks Forever does NOT fund the annual operating expenses of the park systems. Instead, Oregon Parks Forever focuses its attention on programs and activities that increase the capacity of the park system to keep up with Oregon's population growth and the popularity of outdoor recreation. We enhance access to healthy outdoor activities, build a deeper connection between parks and people through education, preserve and protects the historic and cultural resources within the parks, ensure parks are welcoming to ALL people regardless of socio-economic status, and ensure the long-term viability of our organization to be able to support our parks.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

We fund multi-year capital campaigns and a annual projects as well. - We recently completed a capital campaign to build an outdoor school facility at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. - We regularly fund school field trips for Grade 3-5th graders in Title One Schools throughout the state. - We are installing hiker/biker kiosks to improve the experience by providing a place to lock up items, to charge electronics, to fill tires and water bottles, and do minor bike repairs. - We raise funds for scholarships and solar energy education for high school students in eastern Oregon. - we are working on a program to install Nature Scavenger hunts on existing trails across the state. - We are developing a stewardship program to begin to attack the problem of deferred maintenance in park facilities and amenities.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

We operate with a staff of two full-time and two part-time and nine Board of Trustees. We have an email list of over 400,000 recipients of our monthly eNewsletter.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We measure our success through the completion of our various capital campaigns, the growth of our membership program, and the ability to fund signature programs like Ticket2Ride, hiker/biker campsite enhancements, and other projects such as making parks available for outdoor school programs.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

Examples of accomplishments include: - Raised funds to build an Experience Center at Cottonwood Canyon State Park. - Raised funds to renovate the Vista House in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. - Raised funds to establish the Kam Wah Chung Chinese Heritage Museum. - Renovated seven iconic lighthouses dotting the Oregon coast. - Funded the first 50 yurts in state parks anywhere in the country. -



Organization Status

This organization holds GlobalGiving Partner Status.GG Rewards is the system GlobalGiving uses to reward nonprofits that demonstrate listening to the people they serve, learning, and improving their impact. Organizations receive points which translate into their Status: 52% of organizations are Partner, 22% are Leader, and the top 26% of organizations are Superstar. GlobalGiving is a trusted Impact Information partner of Charity Navigator.

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