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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Washington Trails Association

Protecting and maintaining our hiking trails

four stars

96.05

705 Second Avenue Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (206) 625-1367   Web Site
EIN: 91-0900134

Board Leadership
Bruce Burger
President

CEO
Rebecca Lavigne
Interim Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.05 four stars
  Financial 96.12 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

96.12

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 03/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
80.2%
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.71
  Program Expenses Growth 18.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Washington Trails Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Washington Trails Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Washington Trails Association (WA) 96.05 four stars
Pacific Environment (CA) 86.77 three stars
North Cascades Institute (WA) 95.16 four stars
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (PA) 86.84 three stars
Acterra (CA) 90.17 four stars

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Washington Trails Association (WTA) is the voice for hikers in Washington state. WTA protects hiking trails and wild lands, takes thousands of volunteers out to maintain trails, and promotes hiking as a healthy, fun way to explore Washington. WTA's volunteer trail maintenance program is among the largest in the nation, with 4,400 volunteers (25% of them youth) giving back more than 140,000 hours of service annually to the trails they love--and getting a good dose of personal reward in return. Washington Trails Association protects trails through lobbying and grassroots advocacy on issues that impact hikers, like trail funding and wilderness protection. We work closely with federal and state policymakers to advance hiker's interests in forest planning and new recreation projects.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,299,378
   Federated Campaigns $59,833
   Membership Dues $455,650
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $150,618
Total Contributions $3,965,479
   Program Service Revenue $538,002
Total Primary Revenue $4,503,481
   Other Revenue $-9,079
TOTAL REVENUE $4,494,402
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,619,030
   Administrative Expenses $268,234
   Fundraising Expenses $389,305
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,276,569
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,217,833
   
Net Assets $5,928,515

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Trail Maintenance $1,145,107 43.7%
Outreach and Education $936,175 35.7%
Youth Programs $345,068 13.2%

Ratings History
Washington Trails Association has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 03/01/2017 96.05 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.01 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 95.76 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 96.18 four stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 94.43 four stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 93.79 four stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 95.00 four stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 93.29 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 65.03 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 93.39 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 93.45 four stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 96.04 four stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 96.13 four stars
2005-12 05/01/2007 95.94 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 91-0900134
Name in IRS Master File WASHINGTON TRAILS ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(61) Library
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 1980
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$93,995 2.86% Karen Daubert Executive Director

Washington Trails Association (WTA) is the voice for hikers in Washington state. WTA protects hiking trails and wild lands, takes thousands of volunteers out to maintain trails, and promotes hiking as a healthy, fun way to explore Washington. WTA's volunteer trail maintenance program is among the largest in the nation, with 4,400 volunteers (25% of them youth) giving back more than 140,000 hours of service annually to the trails they love--and getting a good dose of personal reward in return. Washington Trails Association protects trails through lobbying and grassroots advocacy on issues that impact hikers, like trail funding and wilderness protection. We work closely with federal and state policymakers to advance hiker's interests in forest planning and new recreation projects.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Washington Trails Association (WA) 96.05 four stars
WildEarth Guardians (NM) 91.41 four stars
As You Sow (CA) 93.98 four stars
Native Seeds/SEARCH (AZ) 85.73 three stars
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (PA) 93.54 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Washington Trails Association
705 Second Avenue
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
tel: (206) 625-1367
fax: (206) 625-9249
EIN: 91-0900134

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Board Leadership

Bruce Burger
President

CEO

Rebecca Lavigne
Interim Executive Director

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