Disable all preview features

Animals : Wildlife Conservation

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage

four stars

95.47

5705 Grant Creek Missoula, MT 59808
tel: (800) 225-5355   Web Site
EIN: 81-0421425

CEO
R. Kyle Weaver
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.47 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

In 1984, four hunters from Troy, Montana, founded the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to guarantee a wild future for North America's grandest game animal. The Elk Foundation's mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. In support of this mission the Elk Foundation is committed to conserving, restoring and enhancing natural habitats; promoting the sound management of wild, free-ranging elk, which may be hunted or otherwise enjoyed; fostering cooperation among federal, state, tribal and private organizations and individuals in wildlife management and habitat conservation; and educating members and the public about habitat conservation, the value of hunting, hunting ethics and wildlife management.

In 1984, four hunters from Troy, Montana, founded the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to guarantee a wild future for North America's grandest game animal. The Elk Foundation's mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. In support of this mission the Elk Foundation is committed to conserving, restoring and enhancing natural habitats; promoting the sound management of wild, free-ranging elk, which may be hunted or otherwise enjoyed; fostering cooperation among federal, state, tribal and private organizations and individuals in wildlife management and habitat conservation; and educating members and the public about habitat conservation, the value of hunting, hunting ethics and wildlife management.

Impact Information

data icon Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information on our rated profile pages. Each partner collects this data directly from nonprofits and provides updates to Charity Navigator when available.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. This will indicate your interest and encourage the nonprofit to share data with partners that are currently collecting information.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
85.0%
  Administrative Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth 20.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (MT) 95.47 four stars
Ruffed Grouse Society (PA) 97.23 four stars
National Wild Turkey Federation (SC) 87.30 three stars
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (MT) 93.32 four stars
Boone and Crockett Club (MT) 88.12 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $28,209,293
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $9,845,361
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $441,656
Total Contributions $38,496,310
   Program Service Revenue $5,788,252
Total Primary Revenue $44,284,562
   Other Revenue $22,277,126
TOTAL REVENUE $66,561,688
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $50,204,486
   Administrative Expenses $3,653,160
   Fundraising Expenses $5,933,477
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $59,791,123
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,770,565
   
Net Assets $84,644,739

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
Land Conservation and Protection $26,300,213 52.4%
Membership Services $12,087,435 24.1%
Conservation Projects $6,793,192 13.5%

Ratings History
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 95.47 four stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.19 four stars
2016-12 07/01/2018 88.07 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.28 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.41 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 05/01/2015 87.99 three stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 92.93 four stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 93.82 four stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 95.26 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 96.06 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 96.14 four stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 96.52 four stars
2007-12 03/01/2009 91.94 four stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 71.39 two stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 71.24 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 80.98 three stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 86.65 three stars
2002-12 01/01/2004 86.15 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 91.60 four stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 81.09 three 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 81-0421425
Name in IRS Master File ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code D30
NTEE Classification Wildlife Preservation, Protection
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (1) Church, synagogue, etc
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION INC
Ruling Date September, 1984
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
$183,344 0.30% R. Kyle Weaver President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$202,737 0.33% M. David Allen Former President & CEO
$2,725 0.00% Nancy Holland interim Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (MT) 95.47 four stars
California Waterfowl Association (CA) 87.13 three stars
Boone and Crockett Club (MT) 88.12 three stars
Ruffed Grouse Society (PA) 97.23 four stars
Quality Deer Management Association (GA) 92.92 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
5705 Grant Creek
Missoula, MT 59808
tel: (800) 225-5355
EIN: 81-0421425

Visit Web Site

CEO

R. Kyle Weaver
President, CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.