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Forest Park Forever

Forest Park Forever: Stewards of a Treasure.

four stars

90.98

5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park St. Louis, MO 63112
tel: (314) 367-7275   Web Site
EIN: 43-1427062

Board Leadership
Sue McCollum
Chair

CEO
Lesley Hoffarth
President, Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.98 four stars
  Financial 90.07 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America's greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects ; delivers experiential educational opportunities; and provides information and guides for the Park's 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America's greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects ; delivers experiential educational opportunities; and provides information and guides for the Park's 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Financial

four stars

90.07

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
76.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 9.08
  Program Expenses Growth 24.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Forest Park Forever on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Forest Park Forever on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Forest Park Forever (MO) 90.98 four stars
Austin Parks Foundation (TX) 93.32 four stars
Cincinnati Parks Foundation (OH) 90.70 four stars
Seattle Parks Foundation (WA) 94.34 four stars
Hermann Park Conservancy (TX) 88.83 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,679,497
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $420,561
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $16,100,058
   Program Service Revenue $202,611
Total Primary Revenue $16,302,669
   Other Revenue $3,993,544
TOTAL REVENUE $20,296,213
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,772,227
   Administrative Expenses $1,085,916
   Fundraising Expenses $1,557,851
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,415,994
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,880,219
   
Net Assets $193,351,627

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
Park Operations & Maintenance $6,277,029 58.3%
Capital Projects $2,528,871 23.5%
Education, Volunteer, and Visitor Services $1,395,679 13.0%

Ratings History
Forest Park Forever has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 90.98 four stars
2018-12 06/01/2020 90.33 four stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.55 four stars
2016-12 07/01/2018 91.33 four stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 91.28 four stars
2014-12 07/01/2016 91.08 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.06 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 83.56 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 86.94 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 88.11 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 76.66 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 87.81 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 90.20 four stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 79.55 two stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 94.51 four stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 73.42 two stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 72.50 two stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 77.50 two stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 81.81 three stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 87.16 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 43-1427062
Name in IRS Master File FOREST PARK FOREVER INC
NTEE Code C50
NTEE Classification Environmental Beautification and Aesthetics
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 April, 1987
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
$307,833 2.29% Lesley Hoffarth President And Executive Direct

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Forest Park Forever (MO) 90.98 four stars
Riverfront Recapture (CT) 92.38 four stars
Houston Parks Board (TX) 96.88 four stars
Park Pride (GA) 91.80 four stars
Riverside Park Conservancy (NY) 90.15 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Forest Park Forever
5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112
tel: (314) 367-7275
fax: (314) 367-7622
EIN: 43-1427062

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Board Leadership

Sue McCollum
Chair

CEO

Lesley Hoffarth
President, Executive Director

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