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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Rocky Mountain Conservancy

Serving Rocky Mountain National Park and other public lands partners since 1931

four stars

95.48

P.O. Box 3100 Estes Park, CO 80517
tel: (970) 586-0108   Web Site
EIN: 84-0472090

Board Leadership
James Pickering
President

CEO
Estee Rivera Murdock
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.48 four stars
  Financial 93.62 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1931, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy (formerly the Rocky Mountain Nature Association) promotes the understanding of Rocky Mountain National Park and similar public lands through interpretive or educational publications and programs; advances stewardship through philanthropy for Rocky Mountain National Park and similar public lands; protects, restores, maintains and preserves land and historic sites in Rocky Mountain National Park and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain West, and may, in furtherance of such mission, conduct any lawful activity.

Founded in 1931, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy (formerly the Rocky Mountain Nature Association) promotes the understanding of Rocky Mountain National Park and similar public lands through interpretive or educational publications and programs; advances stewardship through philanthropy for Rocky Mountain National Park and similar public lands; protects, restores, maintains and preserves land and historic sites in Rocky Mountain National Park and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain West, and may, in furtherance of such mission, conduct any lawful activity.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of participants attending course/session/workshop
7,400
Average grant amount
22,666
Total number of classes offered
331
Number of books published for previously published writers
3
Number of volunteers
465
Total number of new organization members
4,200
Number of acres of land protected
40
Number of conservation actions at site(s)
3,238
Number of endowments
5
Number of overall donors
11,124
This impact information is current as of March 2020, 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

four stars

93.62

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
85.0%
  Administrative Expenses 9.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.29
  Program Expenses Growth 6.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rocky Mountain Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rocky Mountain Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
Our staff, Our board
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rocky Mountain Conservancy (CO) 95.48 four stars
Emerald Necklace Conservancy (MA) 87.81 three stars
Conservation International (VA) 96.90 four stars
Glacier National Park Conservancy (MT) 89.73 three stars
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (MT) 98.18 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,524,162
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $146,114
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,670,276
   Program Service Revenue $97,529
Total Primary Revenue $1,767,805
   Other Revenue $4,929,064
TOTAL REVENUE $6,696,869
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,427,521
   Administrative Expenses $334,661
   Fundraising Expenses $179,931
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,942,113
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,754,756
   
Net Assets $15,670,372

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
Conservancy $2,427,521 100.0%

Ratings History
Rocky Mountain Conservancy has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/01/2019 95.48 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 96.63 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 96.51 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 95.41 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.84 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 90.85 four stars
2013-12 12/01/2014 80.98 three stars
2012-11 12/01/2013 76.75 two stars
2011-11 07/01/2013 86.15 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 84-0472090
Name in IRS Master File ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONSERVANCY
NTEE Code N32
NTEE Classification Parks and Playgrounds
NTEE Type Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(61) Library
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
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 October, 1969
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
$149,678 5.08% Esther Murdock Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rocky Mountain Conservancy (CO) 95.48 four stars
Appalachian Trail Conservancy (WV) 91.43 four stars
Bald Head Island Conservancy (NC) 86.67 three stars
Fontenelle Forest (NE) 88.39 three stars
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (PA) 95.23 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Rocky Mountain Conservancy
P.O. Box 3100
Estes Park, CO 80517
tel: (970) 586-0108
EIN: 84-0472090

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Board Leadership

James Pickering
President

CEO

Estee Rivera Murdock
Executive Director

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