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Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Educating for environmental responsibility.

four stars

92.22

100 Puppy Smith Street Aspen, CO 81611
tel: (970) 925-5756   Web Site
EIN: 23-7042291

Board Leadership
Michael Carricarte
Chair

CEO
Chris R. Lane
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.22 four stars
  Financial 89.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is a non-profit environmental science education organization with four locations in the Roaring Fork Valley: Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, the Catto Center at Toklat, and Spring Creek. ACES Educators and Naturalists make more than 120,000 educational contacts each year, connecting people with nature in a meaningful way and creating a community of ecologically literate citizens. Programs include: environmental science education in schools and in the field, guided hikes and tours, field classes, kids camps, free lectures, community events, and more in the areas of ecological literacy, sustainable agriculture, forest health, and ecosystem restoration. ACES also partners with land trusts, public agencies, government entities, and other non-profits to steward our regional landscape.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is a non-profit environmental science education organization with four locations in the Roaring Fork Valley: Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, the Catto Center at Toklat, and Spring Creek. ACES Educators and Naturalists make more than 120,000 educational contacts each year, connecting people with nature in a meaningful way and creating a community of ecologically literate citizens. Programs include: environmental science education in schools and in the field, guided hikes and tours, field classes, kids camps, free lectures, community events, and more in the areas of ecological literacy, sustainable agriculture, forest health, and ecosystem restoration. ACES also partners with land trusts, public agencies, government entities, and other non-profits to steward our regional landscape.

Financial

three stars

89.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
77.5%
  Administrative Expenses 13.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.60
  Program Expenses Growth 2.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (CO) 92.22 four stars
Irvine Nature Center (MD) 90.75 four stars
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NJ) 99.71 four stars
Audubon Canyon Ranch (CA) 86.74 three stars
Riveredge Nature Center (WI) 89.98 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,321,446
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $163,441
   Fundraising Events $236,390
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $23,000
Total Contributions $3,744,277
   Program Service Revenue $735,376
Total Primary Revenue $4,479,653
   Other Revenue $-27,742
TOTAL REVENUE $4,451,911
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,826,238
   Administrative Expenses $315,655
   Fundraising Expenses $231,947
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,373,840
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,078,071
   
Net Assets $12,519,883

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
Environmental Education $1,826,238 100.0%

Ratings History
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-10 02/01/2018 92.22 four stars
2015-10 12/01/2016 96.89 four stars
2014-10 06/01/2016 96.81 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-10 11/01/2015 96.57 four stars
2013-10 08/01/2014 96.59 four stars
2012-10 06/01/2014 86.84 three stars
2012-10 11/01/2013 84.08 three stars
2011-10 12/01/2012 81.33 three stars
2010-10 12/23/2011 78.85 two stars
2009-10 09/20/2011 78.91 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-10 03/01/2011 85.40 three stars
2008-10 02/01/2010 72.12 two stars
2007-09 11/01/2008 67.69 one star
2006-09 09/01/2007 79.70 two stars
2005-09 12/15/2006 80.75 three stars
2004-09 08/01/2005 89.19 three stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 89.16 three stars
2002-09 12/01/2003 94.89 four stars
2001-09 04/15/2003 89.44 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 23-7042291
Name in IRS Master File ASPEN CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related 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 October, 1969
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End October
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • October, 2016
  • October, 2015
  • October, 2014
  • October, 2013
  • October, 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
$199,578 8.40% Chris Lane Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (CO) 92.22 four stars
Glynwood (NY) 89.85 three stars
Center for Ecoliteracy (CA) 86.13 three stars
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NJ) 99.71 four stars
Earthplace (CT) 85.32 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
100 Puppy Smith Street
Aspen, CO 81611
tel: (970) 925-5756
fax: (970) 925-4819
EIN: 23-7042291

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Board Leadership

Michael Carricarte
Chair

CEO

Chris R. Lane
Chief Executive Officer

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