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Friends of the High Line

Maintaining and operating an extraordinary public park on the High Line

four stars

94.08

820 Washington Street New York, NY 10014
tel: (212) 500-6035   Web Site
EIN: 31-1734086

Board Leadership
Mario J. Palumbo, Jr.
Chair

CEO
Robert Hammond
Co-Founder and Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.08 four stars
  Financial 92.65 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Friends of the High Line is a non-profit park conservancy responsible for maintaining and operating an extraordinary public space on the High Line. The High Line is a 1.45-mile elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan's West Side. Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line's construction and create an endowment for its future operations.

Friends of the High Line is a non-profit park conservancy responsible for maintaining and operating an extraordinary public space on the High Line. The High Line is a 1.45-mile elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan's West Side. Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line's construction and create an endowment for its future operations.

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Financial

four stars

92.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
76.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.47
  Program Expenses Growth 32.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the High Line on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the High Line on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the High Line (NY) 94.08 four stars
Hermann Park Conservancy (TX) 91.72 four stars
Friends of the Urban Forest (CA) 87.89 three stars
The Battery Conservancy (NY) 92.17 four stars
Riverside Park Conservancy (NY) 90.66 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,524,000
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $3,869,000
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $207,000
Total Contributions $15,600,000
   Program Service Revenue $1,846,000
Total Primary Revenue $17,446,000
   Other Revenue $5,217,000
TOTAL REVENUE $22,663,000
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $25,351,000
   Administrative Expenses $2,178,000
   Fundraising Expenses $2,724,606
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $30,253,606
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-7,590,606
   
Net Assets $97,418,000

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
High Line Planning $14,606,000 57.6%
High Line Operations $4,315,000 17.0%
Art, Programming & Education $4,100,000 16.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 10/01/2019 94.08 four stars
2016-12 07/01/2018 84.33 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 82.74 three stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 86.82 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.37 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 91.46 four stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 88.68 three stars
2011-12 10/01/2013 92.65 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 92.56 four stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 90.31 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 91.12 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 89.58 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 75.60 two 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 31-1734086
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE INC
NTEE Code A80
NTEE Classification Historical Societies, Related Historical Activities
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 January, 2001
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
$612,274 2.02% Robert Hammond Co-Founder & Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the High Line (NY) 94.08 four stars
City Parks Foundation (NY) 94.26 four stars
The Battery Conservancy (NY) 92.17 four stars
Forest Park Forever (MO) 91.55 four stars
Riverside Park Conservancy (NY) 90.66 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of the High Line
820 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014
tel: (212) 500-6035
fax: (212) 206-9118
EIN: 31-1734086

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Board Leadership

Mario J. Palumbo, Jr.
Chair

CEO

Robert Hammond
Co-Founder and Executive Director

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