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First Descents

Experience the healing power of adventure

three stars

85.44

3001 Brighton Boulevard Suite 623
Denver, CO 80216
tel: (303) 945-2490   Web Site
EIN: 81-0539964

Board Leadership
Brent Goldstein
Chairman

CEO
Ryan O'Donoghue
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.44 three stars
  Financial 80.65 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

First Descents provides life-changing, outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer. First Descents is a recognized leader in outdoor experiential programming. Through outdoor adventures, skills development, and local adventure communities FD improves the long-term survivorship of young adults impacted by cancer. Our participants experience free outdoor adventure programs that empower them to climb, paddle, and surf beyond their diagnosis, reclaim their lives, and connect with others doing the same.

First Descents provides life-changing, outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer. First Descents is a recognized leader in outdoor experiential programming. Through outdoor adventures, skills development, and local adventure communities FD improves the long-term survivorship of young adults impacted by cancer. Our participants experience free outdoor adventure programs that empower them to climb, paddle, and surf beyond their diagnosis, reclaim their lives, and connect with others doing the same.

Financial

three stars

80.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
74.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.73
  Program Expenses Growth 8.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 33.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by First Descents on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by First Descents on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Descents (CO) 85.44 three stars
Texas Lions Camp (TX) 92.98 four stars
Casting for Recovery (MT) 95.04 four stars
Double H Ranch (NY) 89.52 three stars
Camp Summit (TX) 95.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,955,578
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,070,912
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,026,490
   Program Service Revenue $138,750
Total Primary Revenue $4,165,240
   Other Revenue $-249,311
TOTAL REVENUE $3,915,929
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,336,311
   Administrative Expenses $233,269
   Fundraising Expenses $547,409
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,116,989
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $798,940
   
Net Assets $2,157,148

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
First Descents Experiences $2,336,311 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/23/2020 85.44 three stars
2017-12 12/01/2020 89.27 three stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 83.53 three stars
2016-12 07/01/2018 83.83 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 77.93 two stars
2015-12 10/01/2017 78.53 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 81-0539964
Name in IRS Master File FIRST DESCENTS
NTEE Code N20
NTEE Classification Recreational and Sporting Camps
NTEE Type Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
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 June, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$128,400 4.11% Patrick Ryan O'Donoghue Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$104,715 3.35% Bradford R. Ludden Founder

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
First Descents (CO) 85.44 three stars
Casting for Recovery (MT) 95.04 four stars
The Center for Courageous Kids (KY) 91.16 four stars
The Painted Turtle (CA) 90.00 four stars
The Taylor Family Foundation (CA) 91.78 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

First Descents
3001 Brighton Boulevard
Suite 623
Denver, CO 80216
tel: (303) 945-2490
fax: (866) 592-6911
EIN: 81-0539964

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Board Leadership

Brent Goldstein
Chairman

CEO

Ryan O'Donoghue
Executive Director

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