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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

American Hiking Society

Empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.

three stars

87.21

8605 Second Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910
tel: (800) 972-8608   Web Site
EIN: 51-0211993

Board Leadership
Bradley Ellis
Chair

CEO
Kathryn Van Waes
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.21 three stars
  Financial 84.94 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

We envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities. We will achieve this vision by empowering all communities to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience; advocating for the protection and expansion of hiking spaces; fostering trail stewardship; and collaborating with partners whose strengths are complementary.

We envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities. We will achieve this vision by empowering all communities to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience; advocating for the protection and expansion of hiking spaces; fostering trail stewardship; and collaborating with partners whose strengths are complementary.

Financial

three stars

84.94

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
84.8%
  Administrative Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.16
  Program Expenses Growth 12.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Hiking Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Hiking Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Hiking Society (MD) 87.21 three stars
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (WA) 96.46 four stars
Oregon Natural Desert Association (OR) 94.83 four stars
Land Stewardship Project (MN) 87.93 three stars
Cultural Landscape Foundation (DC) 85.70 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $945,536
   Federated Campaigns $6,897
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $105,928
Total Contributions $1,058,361
   Program Service Revenue $332,932
Total Primary Revenue $1,391,293
   Other Revenue $13,821
TOTAL REVENUE $1,405,114
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,095,286
   Administrative Expenses $58,792
   Fundraising Expenses $94,773
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,248,851
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $156,263
   
Net Assets $218,567

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
National Trails Fund $386,208 35.3%
Member Services $266,752 24.3%
Volunteer Vacations $198,520 18.1%

Within the last year, this charity had a CN Advisory removed. Read More

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 87.21 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 77.15 two stars
2015-12 03/03/2017 76.65 two stars
2014-12 10/01/2016 79.63 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 79.63 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 06/01/2015 82.33 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 82.12 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 79.41 two stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 75.57 two stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 71.09 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 79.03 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 72.84 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 88.47 three stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 90.96 four stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 91.38 four stars

Historical CN Advisories

04/20/2016-10/01/2016: Moderate Concern Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing CN Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Moderate Concern CN Advisory for the American Hiking Society on October 1, 2016 because the issues that prompted the CN Advisory have been resolved. Specifically:

  • American Hiking Society submitted their Fiscal Year 2015 Audit to Charity Navigator. The audit no longer includes an "Emphasis of Matter of Going Concern."

Charity Navigator had published a CN Advisory on the American Hiking Society because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • American Hiking Society’s 12/2014 audit states that American Hiking Society has an “Emphasis of Matter Regarding Going Concern” that is outlined in Note C. It reads, “The Society has experienced recurring losses resulting in a deficit in unrestricted net assets. [...] The ability of the Society to continue as a going concern is dependent upon its ability to generate additional revenue and support and to curtail expenses without hampering its programs..” For this reason, we have issued this Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information, please see the Audit Note.

    Charity Response

    • On April 12, 2016, American Hiking Society submitted a response to Charity Navigator.

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

EIN 51-0211993
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(298) Training in sports
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 April, 1977
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$52,708 4.22% Kathryn Van Waes Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$54,122 4.33% Pete Olson Interim Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Hiking Society (MD) 87.21 three stars
Appalachian Mountain Club (MA) 95.87 four stars
Community Environmental Council (CA) 87.24 three stars
The Adirondack Council (NY) 96.68 four stars
Oregon Natural Desert Association (OR) 94.83 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Hiking Society
8605 Second Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
tel: (800) 972-8608
EIN: 51-0211993

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Board Leadership

Bradley Ellis
Chair

CEO

Kathryn Van Waes
Executive Director

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