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.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$307,833 2.29% Lesley Hoffarth President And Executive Direct

Mission

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.

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Forest Park Forever (MO) 90.98
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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