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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Protecting, preserving and promoting the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

three stars

85.87

1331 Garden Highway Sacramento, CA 95833
tel: (916) 285-1846   Web Site
EIN: 33-0051202

Board Leadership
Rick Thalhammer
Chair

CEO
Liz Bergeron
Executive Director, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.87 three stars
  Financial 80.25 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1977, the mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as an internationally significant resource for the enjoyment of hikers and equestrians, and for the value that wild and scenic lands provide to all people. The Association strives to achieve this mission by: promoting the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a unique educational and recreation treasure and as one of the finest trails anywhere in the world; providing a broad range of services to its membership, including serving as a communications link among users and land management agencies, and publishing trail information; and assisting the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies in the maintenance and restoration of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

Founded in 1977, the mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as an internationally significant resource for the enjoyment of hikers and equestrians, and for the value that wild and scenic lands provide to all people. The Association strives to achieve this mission by: promoting the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a unique educational and recreation treasure and as one of the finest trails anywhere in the world; providing a broad range of services to its membership, including serving as a communications link among users and land management agencies, and publishing trail information; and assisting the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies in the maintenance and restoration of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization
96,657
Total number of organization members
13,000
Number of volunteers
2,117
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

80.25

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
68.4%
  Administrative Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 20.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.26
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.74
  Program Expenses Growth 14.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacific Crest Trail Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacific Crest Trail Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacific Crest Trail Association (CA) 85.87 three stars
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (NC) 100.00 four stars
Environmental Initiative (MN) 96.07 four stars
Greenpeace Fund (DC) 92.38 four stars
Conservancy of Southwest Florida (FL) 89.66 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,651,187
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,651,187
   Program Service Revenue $1,144,148
Total Primary Revenue $3,795,335
   Other Revenue $95,954
TOTAL REVENUE $3,891,289
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,521,487
   Administrative Expenses $423,360
   Fundraising Expenses $665,810
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,610,657
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $280,632
   
Net Assets $3,523,535

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
Preserve $1,090,373 43.2%
Promote $864,765 34.3%
Protect $566,349 22.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2019 85.87 three stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 81.60 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 83.27 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 85.50 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 78.73 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 77.94 two stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 70.55 two stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 78.46 two stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 85.60 three stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 87.67 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.40 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 84.83 three stars
2008-12 12/22/2010 82.36 three 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 33-0051202
Name in IRS Master File PACIFIC CREST TRAIL ASSOCIATION
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 (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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 August, 1989
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$159,462 4.41% Liz Bergeron Executive Director & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacific Crest Trail Association (CA) 85.87 three stars
Izaak Walton League of America (MD) 85.81 three stars
Community Environmental Council (CA) 89.32 three stars
Sierra Club Foundation (CA) 95.21 four stars
Galapagos Conservancy (VA) 88.96 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Pacific Crest Trail Association
1331 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833
tel: (916) 285-1846
fax: (916) 285-1865
EIN: 33-0051202

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Board Leadership

Rick Thalhammer
Chair

CEO

Liz Bergeron
Executive Director, CEO

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