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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Forest Trends

Pioneering finance for conservation

89.08

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

Board Leadership
Olof Johansson
Chair

CEO
Michael Jenkins
President & CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.08
  Financial 84.57
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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

84.57

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 10/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
83.5%
  Administrative Expenses 16.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.28
  Program Expenses Growth 13.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 43.7%
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) 89.08
National Forest Foundation (MT) 92.02
Trees Atlanta (GA) 100.00
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (AK) 87.93
Stand.earth (CA) 87.95

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,197,893
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,741,245
Total Contributions $11,939,138
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $11,939,138
   Other Revenue $2,630
TOTAL REVENUE $11,941,768
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,011,468
   Administrative Expenses $1,878,025
   Fundraising Expenses $10,475
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,899,968
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $41,800
   
Net Assets $3,049,001

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 $4,993,889 49.9%
Forest Policy, Trade, and Finance $3,046,318 30.4%
Communities $1,045,502 10.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-12 10/01/2021 89.08
2019-12 11/01/2020 88.84
2018-12 02/01/2020 87.10
2017-12 11/01/2019 84.83
2017-12 06/01/2019 82.95
2016-12 05/01/2018 86.54
2015-12 06/01/2017 95.47
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.47
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 95.88
2013-12 07/01/2015 90.09
2012-12 02/01/2014 90.48
2011-12 03/01/2013 92.30
2010-12 03/01/2012 94.34
2009-12 09/20/2011 94.29
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 95.99
2008-12 04/01/2010 94.24
2007-12 12/01/2008 86.94
2006-12 10/01/2007 90.61
2005-12 12/01/2006 96.22
2004-12 01/01/2006 93.44

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
$318,730 2.67% Michael Jenkins President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Forest Trends (DC) 89.08
American Forest Foundation (DC) 96.66
The Pachamama Alliance (CA) 86.61
New England Forestry Foundation (MA) 94.14
Stand.earth (CA) 87.95

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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

Olof Johansson
Chair

CEO

Michael Jenkins
President & CEO

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