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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Forest Trends

Pioneering finance for conservation

three stars

88.84

1203 19th Street, NW 4th floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 298-3000   Web Site
EIN: 52-2135531

Board Leadership
Olaf Johansson
Chair

CEO
Michael Jenkins
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.84 three stars
  Financial 84.22 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For two decades, Forest Trends has pioneered the idea that creating economic value in our forests and natural ecosystems is one of the most powerful incentives for sustaining them.

Our mission is to work with communities, governments, and businesses to more fully embed conservation into economic activity and prevent the destruction that comes from badly planned, unsustainable resource allocation and development.

Our approach is built on three key pillars. 1) Incubation and demonstration: We specialize in cutting-edge business models, tools, and strategies for conservation. 2) Coalition-building: We convene diverse partners and communities of practice that have shaped conservation policy and finance around the world. 3) Knowledge creation: Transparent information is key to creating environmental markets and shifting to a green global economy. We specialize in providing data and analysis that guides decision-makers on sustainable policy, procurement, and investment.

For two decades, Forest Trends has pioneered the idea that creating economic value in our forests and natural ecosystems is one of the most powerful incentives for sustaining them.

Our mission is to work with communities, governments, and businesses to more fully embed conservation into economic activity and prevent the destruction that comes from badly planned, unsustainable resource allocation and development.

Our approach is built on three key pillars. 1) Incubation and demonstration: We specialize in cutting-edge business models, tools, and strategies for conservation. 2) Coalition-building: We convene diverse partners and communities of practice that have shaped conservation policy and finance around the world. 3) Knowledge creation: Transparent information is key to creating environmental markets and shifting to a green global economy. We specialize in providing data and analysis that guides decision-makers on sustainable policy, procurement, and investment.

Financial

three stars

84.22

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
82.3%
  Administrative Expenses 17.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.31
  Program Expenses Growth 19.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 44.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Forest Trends on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Forest Trends on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Forest Trends (DC) 88.84 three stars
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (NH) 94.12 four stars
Trees for Houston (TX) 87.49 three stars
Trees Atlanta (GA) 100.00 four stars
National Forest Foundation (MT) 94.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,241,796
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $69,923
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $8,674,923
Total Contributions $9,986,642
   Program Service Revenue $520,976
Total Primary Revenue $10,507,618
   Other Revenue $28,953
TOTAL REVENUE $10,536,571
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,803,349
   Administrative Expenses $1,897,863
   Fundraising Expenses $10,581
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,711,793
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,175,222
   
Net Assets $3,009,539

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
Water $5,250,305 53.6%
Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance $2,594,552 26.5%
Ecosystem Marketplace $833,307 8.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 11/01/2020 88.84 three stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 87.10 three stars
2017-12 11/01/2019 84.83 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 82.95 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 86.54 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 95.47 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.47 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 95.88 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 90.09 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 90.48 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 92.30 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 94.34 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 94.29 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 95.99 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 94.24 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 86.94 three stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 90.61 four stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 96.22 four stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 93.44 four stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 95.59 four 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 52-2135531
Name in IRS Master File FOREST TRENDS ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code C36
NTEE Classification Forest Conservation
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 March, 1999
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$297,451 2.53% Michael Jenkins President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Forest Trends (DC) 88.84 three stars
Friends of the Forest Preserves (IL) 90.58 four stars
National Forest Foundation (MT) 94.32 four stars
New England Forestry Foundation (MA) 86.61 three stars
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (AK) 87.93 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Forest Trends
1203 19th Street, NW
4th floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 298-3000
fax: (202) 315-2542
EIN: 52-2135531

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Board Leadership

Olaf Johansson
Chair

CEO

Michael Jenkins
President & CEO

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