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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Forest Park Forever

Forest Park Forever: Stewards of a Treasure.

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
  Financial 90.07
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00
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

90.07

Accountability & Transparency

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
Randall's Island Park Alliance (NY) 88.30
San Francisco Parks Alliance (CA) 94.35
Madison Square Park Conservancy (NY) 90.34
Hermann Park Conservancy (TX) 88.83

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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
2018-12 06/01/2020 90.33
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.55
2016-12 07/01/2018 91.33
2015-12 08/01/2017 91.28
2014-12 07/01/2016 91.08
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.06
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 83.56
2012-12 05/01/2014 86.94
2011-12 06/01/2013 88.11
2010-12 04/01/2012 76.66
2009-12 09/20/2011 87.81
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 90.20
2008-12 07/01/2010 79.55
2007-12 05/01/2009 94.51
2006-12 04/01/2008 73.42
2005-12 03/01/2007 72.50
2004-12 05/01/2006 77.50
2003-12 04/01/2005 81.81
2002-12 05/01/2004 87.16

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)
(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
$307,833 2.29% Lesley Hoffarth President And Executive Direct

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Forest Park Forever (MO) 90.98
San Francisco Parks Alliance (CA) 94.35
Cincinnati Parks Foundation (OH) 93.92
Riverside Park Conservancy (NY) 90.15
City Parks Foundation (NY) 93.77

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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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