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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Rails-To-Trails Conservancy

Inspiring movement

three stars

87.63

2121 Ward Court, NW 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
tel: (202) 331-9696   Web Site
EIN: 52-1437006

Board Leadership
John P. Rathbone
Chair

CEO
Ryan Chao
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.63 three stars
  Financial 82.77 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Since its beginning in 1986, RTC has supported the tremendous growth and development of rail-trails. Today, there are more than 1,500 preserved pathways that form the backbone of a growing trail system that spans communities, regions, states and, indeed, the entire country. We remain dedicated to the creation of a nationwide network of trails. Further, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is committed to enhancing the health of America's environment, transportation, economy, neighborhoods and people - ensuring a better future made possible by trails and the connections they inspire.

The mission of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Since its beginning in 1986, RTC has supported the tremendous growth and development of rail-trails. Today, there are more than 1,500 preserved pathways that form the backbone of a growing trail system that spans communities, regions, states and, indeed, the entire country. We remain dedicated to the creation of a nationwide network of trails. Further, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is committed to enhancing the health of America's environment, transportation, economy, neighborhoods and people - ensuring a better future made possible by trails and the connections they inspire.

Financial

three stars

82.77

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
75.5%
  Administrative Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.88
  Program Expenses Growth 5.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rails-To-Trails Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rails-To-Trails Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (DC) 87.63 three stars
Green Mountain Club (VT) 89.07 three stars
Wild Montana (MT) 94.72 four stars
East Coast Greenway (NC) 94.07 four stars
Washington Trails Association (WA) 92.63 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,221,901
   Federated Campaigns $192,167
   Membership Dues $3,265,925
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,679,993
   Program Service Revenue $234,508
Total Primary Revenue $9,914,501
   Other Revenue $333,357
TOTAL REVENUE $10,247,858
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,833,460
   Administrative Expenses $1,055,867
   Fundraising Expenses $1,572,564
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,461,891
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-214,033
   
Net Assets $9,719,111

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
Trail Development $4,475,153 57.1%
Public Information and Events $1,654,617 21.1%
Policy and Advocacy Work $1,033,793 13.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 11/01/2020 87.63 three stars
2018-09 08/01/2019 90.82 four stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 90.68 four stars
2016-09 10/01/2017 88.57 three stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 88.36 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.63 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 88.30 three stars
2013-09 10/01/2014 85.18 three stars
2012-09 09/01/2013 80.93 three stars
2011-09 03/01/2013 72.29 two stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 78.68 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 09/01/2010 72.55 two stars
2008-09 10/01/2009 67.86 one star
2007-09 10/01/2008 81.89 three stars
2006-09 08/01/2007 71.03 two stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 69.88 one star
2004-09 07/01/2005 65.07 one star
2003-09 08/01/2004 65.25 one star
2002-09 06/09/2003 62.72 one star
2001-09 10/15/2002 68.82 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1437006
Name in IRS Master File RAILS TO TRAILS CONSERVANCY
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 (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$249,199 2.38% Keith Laughlin Former President
Other Salaries of Note
Not compensated -- Arion Ryan Chao President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (DC) 87.63 three stars
Wild Montana (MT) 94.72 four stars
Pacific Crest Trail Association (CA) 86.81 three stars
Access Fund (CO) 88.76 three stars
Green Mountain Club (VT) 89.07 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Rails-To-Trails Conservancy
2121 Ward Court, NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
tel: (202) 331-9696
fax: (202) 223-9257
EIN: 52-1437006

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Board Leadership

John P. Rathbone
Chair

CEO

Ryan Chao
President

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