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Friends of Acadia

Preserves, protects and promotes stewardship of Acadia National Park

four stars

96.92

43 Cottage Street P.O. Box 45
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
tel: (800) 625-0321   Web Site
EIN: 01-0425071

Board Leadership
Anne Green
Chair

CEO
David MacDonald
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.92 four stars
  Financial 98.31 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1986, Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, is one of Earth's most magnificent places. Its spectacular scenery and abundant recreational opportunities draw more than two million visitors each year, making it one of America's top ten most popular national parks. At 45,000 acres, it is also one of the smallest and most vulnerable. This is why Friends of Acadia exists. As an independent organization, we add a margin of excellence to park and island protection beyond what the government can do by: making crucial conservation grants to the park and communities; recruiting and leading a corps of dedicated volunteers; defending the area against threats and advocating for Acadia before Congress and the Maine legislature.

Founded in 1986, Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, is one of Earth's most magnificent places. Its spectacular scenery and abundant recreational opportunities draw more than two million visitors each year, making it one of America's top ten most popular national parks. At 45,000 acres, it is also one of the smallest and most vulnerable. This is why Friends of Acadia exists. As an independent organization, we add a margin of excellence to park and island protection beyond what the government can do by: making crucial conservation grants to the park and communities; recruiting and leading a corps of dedicated volunteers; defending the area against threats and advocating for Acadia before Congress and the Maine legislature.

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Financial

four stars

98.31

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
79.1%
  Administrative Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.64
  Program Expenses Growth 12.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of Acadia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of Acadia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of Acadia (ME) 96.92 four stars
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (CA) 93.20 four stars
National Parks Conservation Association (DC) 86.20 three stars
Grand Teton National Park Foundation (WY) 95.65 four stars
Yellowstone Forever (WY) 88.67 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,234,477
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $542,763
   Fundraising Events $336,352
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,113,592
   Program Service Revenue $5,830
Total Primary Revenue $7,119,422
   Other Revenue $875,942
TOTAL REVENUE $7,995,364
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,320,443
   Administrative Expenses $464,590
   Fundraising Expenses $479,420
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,264,453
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,730,911
   
Net Assets $49,492,487

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
Community Outreach Events $2,096,554 63.1%
Trail Program Grants $582,719 17.5%
Carriage Road Maintenance $358,159 10.8%
Island Explorer $283,011 8.5%

Ratings History
Friends of Acadia has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 02/01/2018 96.92 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 97.00 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.73 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 96.64 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 94.18 four stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 90.97 four stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 94.68 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 84.71 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.54 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 85.21 three stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 90.00 four stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 95.59 four stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 87.88 three stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 95.60 four stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 96.75 four stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 91.34 four stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 89.34 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 85.85 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 01-0425071
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF ACADIA
NTEE Code C34
NTEE Classification Land Resources Conservation
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
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 January, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$134,670 3.15% David R. MacDonald President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of Acadia (ME) 96.92 four stars
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (CA) 93.20 four stars
Planting Fields Foundation (NY) 87.56 three stars
Grand Teton National Park Foundation (WY) 95.65 four stars
National Parks Conservation Association (DC) 86.20 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of Acadia
43 Cottage Street
P.O. Box 45
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
tel: (800) 625-0321
fax: (207) 288-8938
EIN: 01-0425071

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Board Leadership

Anne Green
Chair

CEO

David MacDonald
President, CEO

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