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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Rails-To-Trails Conservancy

Inspiring movement

88.01

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 88.01
  Financial 83.32
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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

83.32

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
75.7%
  Administrative Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.81
  Program Expenses Growth 6.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.5%
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) 88.01
Adirondack Mountain Club (NY) 86.18
American Hiking Society (MD) 85.75
Access Fund (CO) 85.64
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (WA) 93.17

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,236,426
   Federated Campaigns $201,495
   Membership Dues $3,420,806
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,858,727
   Program Service Revenue $347,104
Total Primary Revenue $10,205,831
   Other Revenue $273,663
TOTAL REVENUE $10,479,494
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,338,847
   Administrative Expenses $865,556
   Fundraising Expenses $1,700,400
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,904,803
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-425,309
   
Net Assets $9,482,764

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 $4,934,474 59.2%
Public Information and Events $1,826,168 21.9%
Policy and Advocacy Work $1,002,471 12.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-09 10/01/2021 88.01
2019-09 11/01/2020 87.63
2018-09 08/01/2019 90.82
2017-09 08/01/2018 90.68
2016-09 10/01/2017 88.57
2015-09 10/01/2016 88.36
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.63
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 88.30
2013-09 10/01/2014 85.18
2012-09 09/01/2013 80.93
2011-09 03/01/2013 72.29
2010-09 09/20/2011 78.68
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 09/01/2010 72.55
2008-09 10/01/2009 67.86
2007-09 10/01/2008 81.89
2006-09 08/01/2007 71.03
2005-09 07/01/2006 69.88
2004-09 07/01/2005 65.07
2003-09 08/01/2004 65.25
2002-09 06/09/2003 62.72

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
$253,823 2.32% Ryan Chao President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (DC) 88.01
Appalachian Mountain Club (MA) 90.62
American Hiking Society (MD) 85.75
Green Mountain Club (VT) 87.11
PATH Foundation (GA) 92.92

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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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