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Human Services : Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services

The Fresh Air Fund

Serving children since 1877

three stars

83.47

633 Third Avenue 14th Floor
New York, NY 10017
tel: (800) 367-0003   Web Site
EIN: 13-1656653

Board Leadership
William P. Lauder
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Fatima Shama
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.47 three stars
  Financial 76.97 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. In addition to the Friendly Town Program, each summer, 3,000 children enjoy themselves at one of the five Fresh Air camps in upstate New York. We also offer a career awareness program which focuses on expanding the education and career options of New York City adolescents.

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. In addition to the Friendly Town Program, each summer, 3,000 children enjoy themselves at one of the five Fresh Air camps in upstate New York. We also offer a career awareness program which focuses on expanding the education and career options of New York City adolescents.

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Financial

two stars

76.97

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
68.1%
  Administrative Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 22.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.34
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.38
  Program Expenses Growth 2.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Fresh Air Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Fresh Air Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Fresh Air Fund (NY) 83.47 three stars
Girls Inc. of Carpinteria (CA) 97.11 four stars
The Boys' Club of New York (NY) 88.24 three stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (VA) 96.46 four stars
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse (WI) 91.90 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,286,017
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,136,801
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $14,422,818
   Program Service Revenue $1,547,864
Total Primary Revenue $15,970,682
   Other Revenue $7,834,537
TOTAL REVENUE $23,805,219
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $13,197,201
   Administrative Expenses $1,610,692
   Fundraising Expenses $4,314,962
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,122,855
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,682,364
   
Net Assets $135,838,253

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
Fresh Air Camping $8,849,914 67.1%
Friendly Towns $4,347,287 32.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 07/01/2018 83.47 three stars
2016-09 10/01/2017 83.29 three stars
2015-09 08/01/2016 82.79 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 80.68 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 09/01/2015 75.90 two stars
2013-09 10/01/2014 79.46 two stars
2012-09 06/01/2013 78.46 two stars
2011-09 06/01/2012 80.14 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 82.57 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 08/01/2010 66.43 one star
2008-09 10/01/2009 68.16 one star
2007-09 03/01/2009 65.56 one star
2006-09 05/01/2008 78.68 two stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 71.83 two stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 73.21 two stars
2003-09 06/01/2004 79.07 two stars
2002-09 08/01/2003 80.41 three stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 87.25 three stars
2000-09 04/15/2002 88.89 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 13-1656653
Name in IRS Master File FRESH AIR FUND
NTEE Code N20
NTEE Classification Recreational and Sporting Camps
NTEE Type Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (325) Camp
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, 1933
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$331,505 1.73% Fatima Shama Executive Director

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Charity Contact Info

The Fresh Air Fund
633 Third Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY 10017
tel: (800) 367-0003
fax: (212) 681-0146
EIN: 13-1656653

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Board Leadership

William P. Lauder
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Fatima Shama
Executive Director

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