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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

American Forests

Growing a healthier world

three stars

86.55

1220 L Street NW Suite 750
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 737-1944   Web Site
EIN: 53-0196544

Board Leadership
Richard Kabat
Board Chair

CEO
Jad Daley
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.55 three stars
  Financial 81.22 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

American Forests is a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration, a pioneer in the science and practice of urban forestry, and a primary communicator of the benefits of trees and forests. American Forests is the nation's oldest citizens' conservation organization. Citizens concerned about the waste and abuse of the nation's forests founded American Forests in 1875. Today, the organization's primary campaigns are Tree-Planting for Environmental Restoration and Reversing the National Urban Tree Deficit, which encourage people to improve rural, suburban, and urban ecosystems by planting and caring for trees that provide important environmental and economic benefits including pure water, clean air, and wildlife habitat.

American Forests is a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration, a pioneer in the science and practice of urban forestry, and a primary communicator of the benefits of trees and forests. American Forests is the nation's oldest citizens' conservation organization. Citizens concerned about the waste and abuse of the nation's forests founded American Forests in 1875. Today, the organization's primary campaigns are Tree-Planting for Environmental Restoration and Reversing the National Urban Tree Deficit, which encourage people to improve rural, suburban, and urban ecosystems by planting and caring for trees that provide important environmental and economic benefits including pure water, clean air, and wildlife habitat.

Financial

three stars

81.22

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

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)
71.8%
  Administrative Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 22.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.30
  Program Expenses Growth 13.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Forests on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Forests on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Forests (DC) 86.55 three stars
Amazon Conservation Association (DC) 95.14 four stars
American Forest Foundation (DC) 96.40 four stars
Friends of the Forest Preserves (IL) 90.58 four stars
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (AK) 87.93 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,360,780
   Federated Campaigns $31,810
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $539,336
Total Contributions $9,931,926
   Program Service Revenue $39,966
Total Primary Revenue $9,971,892
   Other Revenue $116,170
TOTAL REVENUE $10,088,062
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,587,716
   Administrative Expenses $361,888
   Fundraising Expenses $1,640,592
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,590,196
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,497,866
   
Net Assets $8,291,681

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
Programs and Public Policy $4,887,786 87.5%
Communications $699,930 12.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 11/01/2020 86.55 three stars
2018-09 09/03/2019 83.77 three stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 86.81 three stars
2016-09 10/01/2017 83.49 three stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 81.98 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 80.52 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 74.53 two stars
2013-09 10/01/2014 76.12 two stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 78.53 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 87.01 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 81.35 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 95.58 four stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 93.35 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 93.89 four stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 74.32 two stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 74.09 two stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 63.10 one star
2003-12 12/01/2004 67.24 one star
2002-12 10/01/2003 70.29 two stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 85.05 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 53-0196544
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN FORESTS
NTEE Code C36
NTEE Classification Forest Conservation
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related activities
(120) Publishing activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 August, 1943
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, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$190,283 2.50% James Daley President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$194,606 2.56% Scott Steen Former President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Forests (DC) 86.55 three stars
Forest Stewardship Council - U.S. (MN) 85.22 three stars
American Forest Foundation (DC) 96.40 four stars
Stand.earth (CA) 89.44 three stars
The American Chestnut Foundation (NC) 95.02 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

American Forests
1220 L Street NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 737-1944
fax: (202) 737-2457
EIN: 53-0196544

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Board Leadership

Richard Kabat
Board Chair

CEO

Jad Daley
President and CEO

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