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Human Services : Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services

The Fresh Air Fund

Serving children since 1877

84.66

633 Third Avenue Fourteenth 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

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.66
  Financial 78.69
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

78.69

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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)
68.9%
  Administrative Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 22.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.31
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.89
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
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) 84.66
The Boys' Club of New York (NY) 87.85
Youth Empowerment Project (LA) 88.95
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami (FL) 96.65
Friends of the Children - Seattle (WA) 88.26

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,737,635
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,649,071
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,012,400
Total Contributions $15,399,106
   Program Service Revenue $1,704,366
Total Primary Revenue $17,103,472
   Other Revenue $1,252,526
TOTAL REVENUE $18,355,998
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,014,235
   Administrative Expenses $1,806,381
   Fundraising Expenses $4,821,266
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $21,641,882
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,285,884
   
Net Assets $134,249,594

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 $6,768,931 45.1%
Friendly Towns $4,343,747 28.9%
Sharpe Reservation $3,901,557 26.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 02/01/2021 84.66
2018-09 08/01/2019 81.90
2017-09 07/01/2018 83.47
2016-09 10/01/2017 83.29
2015-09 08/01/2016 82.79
2014-09 06/01/2016 80.68
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 09/01/2015 75.90
2013-09 10/01/2014 79.46
2012-09 06/01/2013 78.46
2011-09 06/01/2012 80.14
2010-09 09/20/2011 82.57
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 08/01/2010 66.43
2008-09 10/01/2009 68.16
2007-09 03/01/2009 65.56
2006-09 05/01/2008 78.68
2005-09 07/01/2006 71.83
2004-09 07/01/2005 73.21
2003-09 06/01/2004 79.07
2002-09 08/01/2003 80.41
2001-09 10/15/2002 87.25

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$334,450 1.54% Fatima Shama Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Fresh Air Fund (NY) 84.66
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Boy Scouts of America, Southwest Florida Council (FL) 92.71
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor (MI) 90.03

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Charity Contact Info

The Fresh Air Fund
633 Third Avenue
Fourteenth 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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