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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

The Arbor Day Foundation

Inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees

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three stars

86.78

100 Arbor Avenue Nebraska City, NE 68410
tel: (888) 448-7337   Web Site
EIN: 23-7169265

Board Leadership
Ray Empson
Chair

CEO
Matt Harris
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.78 three stars
  Financial 81.75 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1972, The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. We envision a world where trees and forests are abundant, healthy, and sustainable, and highly valued by all people. Through mass-media communications, by providing low-cost trees for planting, and by producing high-quality, easy-to-use educational materials, we work to make tree planting and care something in which nearly everyone can be involved. We also create mechanisms through which the average individual can directly support positive tree conservation and education projects. It is our constant goal to expand a person's desire to plant a tree into a lifelong enthusiasm for tree planting and care, and for positive involvement in conservation issues relating to trees.

Founded in 1972, The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. We envision a world where trees and forests are abundant, healthy, and sustainable, and highly valued by all people. Through mass-media communications, by providing low-cost trees for planting, and by producing high-quality, easy-to-use educational materials, we work to make tree planting and care something in which nearly everyone can be involved. We also create mechanisms through which the average individual can directly support positive tree conservation and education projects. It is our constant goal to expand a person's desire to plant a tree into a lifelong enthusiasm for tree planting and care, and for positive involvement in conservation issues relating to trees.

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Financial

three stars

81.75

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 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)
82.3%
  Administrative Expenses 3.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.21
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.84
  Program Expenses Growth 4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Arbor Day Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Arbor Day Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Arbor Day Foundation (NE) 86.78 three stars
Forest Stewardship Council - U.S. (MN) 87.73 three stars
The American Chestnut Foundation (NC) 99.08 four stars
Trees for Houston (TX) 89.90 three stars
American Forest Foundation (DC) 96.39 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $18,216,222
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $12,819,652
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,000,364
Total Contributions $32,036,238
   Program Service Revenue $13,574,442
Total Primary Revenue $45,610,680
   Other Revenue $3,408,473
TOTAL REVENUE $49,019,153
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $38,528,029
   Administrative Expenses $1,705,603
   Fundraising Expenses $6,927,249
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $47,160,881
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,858,272
   
Net Assets $37,189,253

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
Trees for America $18,202,839 44.4%
Arbor Day Farm $12,720,418 31.0%
Arbor Day Youth Education $3,436,567 8.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 05/01/2019 86.78 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 84.43 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 88.12 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 89.66 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 87.92 three stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 87.58 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 81.36 three stars
2011-06 03/01/2012 79.14 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 85.39 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 81.24 three stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 91.81 four stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 83.02 three stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 80.37 three stars
2006-06 02/01/2007 84.78 three stars
2005-06 04/01/2006 83.88 three stars
2004-06 02/01/2005 83.54 three stars
2003-06 02/01/2004 79.15 two stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 68.47 one star
2001-06 10/15/2002 76.89 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 23-7169265
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION
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 (59) Other school related 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 February, 1972
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$324,829 0.68% Matt Harris Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$217,803 0.46% Dan Lambe President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Arbor Day Foundation (NE) 86.78 three stars
Trees Atlanta (GA) 99.89 four stars
Amazon Conservation Association (DC) 93.33 four stars
Rainforest Trust (VA) 100.00 four stars
The American Chestnut Foundation (NC) 99.08 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Arbor Day Foundation
100 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410
tel: (888) 448-7337
EIN: 23-7169265

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Board Leadership

Ray Empson
Chair

CEO

Matt Harris
Chief Executive Officer

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