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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Blue Ridge Conservancy

Saving the places you love

four stars

93.57

166 Furman Road Suite C
Boone, NC 28607
tel: (828) 264-2511   Web Site
EIN: 58-2502695

Board Leadership
Margaret Newbold
Chairperson

CEO
Charlie Brady
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.57 four stars
  Financial 90.91 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since its founding in 1997, Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) has permanently protected over 21,000 acres in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey Counties in North Carolina. In addition to protecting working farmland, BRC's efforts have resulted in the creation of state natural areas like Beech Creek Bog, Bear Paw and Bullhead Mountain. BRC continues to help Elk Knob State Park and Grandfather Mountain State Park expand their borders and led the way in establishing a 2,900-acre State Game Land preserve on Pond Mountain in Ashe County. BRC is also working to construct the Middle Fork Greenway, which will connect the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock via a 6.5-mile paved path for walking, jogging and cycling. BRC's mission is to partner with landowners and local communities to permanently protect natural resources with agricultural, cultural, recreational, ecological and scenic value in northwest North Carolina.

Since its founding in 1997, Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) has permanently protected over 21,000 acres in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey Counties in North Carolina. In addition to protecting working farmland, BRC's efforts have resulted in the creation of state natural areas like Beech Creek Bog, Bear Paw and Bullhead Mountain. BRC continues to help Elk Knob State Park and Grandfather Mountain State Park expand their borders and led the way in establishing a 2,900-acre State Game Land preserve on Pond Mountain in Ashe County. BRC is also working to construct the Middle Fork Greenway, which will connect the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock via a 6.5-mile paved path for walking, jogging and cycling. BRC's mission is to partner with landowners and local communities to permanently protect natural resources with agricultural, cultural, recreational, ecological and scenic value in northwest North Carolina.

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Financial

four stars

90.91

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
95.0%
  Administrative Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.52
  Program Expenses Growth 0.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blue Ridge Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blue Ridge Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blue Ridge Conservancy (NC) 93.57 four stars
Conservation Northwest (WA) 85.58 three stars
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (MT) 98.18 four stars
Glacier National Park Conservancy (MT) 89.73 three stars
Bald Head Island Conservancy (NC) 86.67 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,457,510
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $594,405
Total Contributions $3,051,915
   Program Service Revenue $28,251
Total Primary Revenue $3,080,166
   Other Revenue $7,210
TOTAL REVENUE $3,087,376
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,721,981
   Administrative Expenses $182,217
   Fundraising Expenses $154,487
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,058,685
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,971,309
   
Net Assets $9,705,854

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
Preservation $4,721,981 100.0%

Ratings History
Blue Ridge Conservancy has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 93.57 four stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 100.00 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 86.56 three stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 83.73 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 58-2502695
Name in IRS Master File BLUE RIDGE CONSERVANCY
NTEE Code C34
NTEE Classification Land Resources Conservation
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
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, 2000
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
$90,800 1.79% Charlie Brady Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blue Ridge Conservancy (NC) 93.57 four stars
Bald Head Island Conservancy (NC) 86.67 three stars
Rocky Mountain Conservancy (CO) 95.48 four stars
Conservation Northwest (WA) 85.58 three stars
Wild Earth Allies (MD) 90.51 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Blue Ridge Conservancy
166 Furman Road
Suite C
Boone, NC 28607
tel: (828) 264-2511
EIN: 58-2502695

Mail donations to:
PO Box 568
Boone, NC 28607

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Board Leadership

Margaret Newbold
Chairperson

CEO

Charlie Brady
Executive Director

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