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Transportation Alternatives

Your advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit

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three stars

83.96

111 John Street Suite 260
New York, NY 10038
tel: (212) 629-8080   Web Site
EIN: 51-0186015

Board Leadership
Adam Mansky
Chair

CEO
Paul Steely White
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.96 three stars
  Financial 77.68 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt) was founded in 1973 during the explosion of environmental consciousness that also produced the Clean Air and Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. Our mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives. Since our founding, TA has helped win numerous improvements for cyclists and pedestrians and has been the leading voice for reducing car use in the city. TA's roots are in bicycling, and many of our members are everyday cyclists. But winning a cycling-friendly city means changing the overall transportation system, which, even in mass transit-centered New York City, is still dominated by the private automobile.

Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt) was founded in 1973 during the explosion of environmental consciousness that also produced the Clean Air and Clean Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. Our mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives. Since our founding, TA has helped win numerous improvements for cyclists and pedestrians and has been the leading voice for reducing car use in the city. TA's roots are in bicycling, and many of our members are everyday cyclists. But winning a cycling-friendly city means changing the overall transportation system, which, even in mass transit-centered New York City, is still dominated by the private automobile.

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Financial

two stars

77.68

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 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)
77.7%
  Administrative Expenses 13.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.24
  Program Expenses Growth 0.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Transportation Alternatives on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Transportation Alternatives on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Transportation Alternatives (NY) 83.96 three stars
Pure Earth (NY) 97.74 four stars
Earth Day Network (DC) 88.32 three stars
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (IN) 85.20 three stars
GrowNYC (NY) 94.69 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,417,709
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $433,931
   Fundraising Events $558,274
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,409,914
   Program Service Revenue $449,586
Total Primary Revenue $3,859,500
   Other Revenue $50,560
TOTAL REVENUE $3,910,060
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,946,756
   Administrative Expenses $691,197
   Fundraising Expenses $436,863
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,074,816
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-164,756
   
Net Assets $945,338

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
Advocacy $1,818,875 61.7%
Outreach Tours and Events $728,308 24.7%
Membership $399,573 13.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-03 08/01/2018 83.96 three stars
2016-03 11/01/2017 90.57 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.32 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 94.03 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 94.56 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 96.03 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 90.92 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 90.89 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.34 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 96.04 four stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 95.75 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 95.80 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 51-0186015
Name in IRS Master File TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES INC
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 (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(351) Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
(529) Ecology or conservation
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, 1976
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
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  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$193,387 4.74% Paul White Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Transportation Alternatives (NY) 83.96 three stars
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (IN) 85.20 three stars
GrowNYC (NY) 94.69 four stars
Earth Day Network (DC) 88.32 three stars
Pure Earth (NY) 97.74 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Transportation Alternatives
111 John Street
Suite 260
New York, NY 10038
tel: (212) 629-8080
fax: (212) 629-8334
EIN: 51-0186015

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Board Leadership

Adam Mansky
Chair

CEO

Paul Steely White
Executive Director

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