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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

American Forests

Growing a healthier world

three stars

83.49

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

Board Leadership
Bruce Lisman
Chair

CEO
Scott Steen
Chief Executive Officer

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.49 three stars
  Financial 77.00 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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.

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Financial

two stars

77.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 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)
71.4%
  Administrative Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 23.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.26
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.17
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.9%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Forests (DC) 83.49 three stars
Trees for Houston (TX) 89.86 three stars
Forest Stewardship Council - U.S. (MN) 88.36 three stars
New England Forestry Foundation (MA) 85.44 three stars
Trees Atlanta (GA) 99.30 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,285,309
   Federated Campaigns $24,167
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $353,307
Total Contributions $4,662,783
   Program Service Revenue $164,160
Total Primary Revenue $4,826,943
   Other Revenue $193,860
TOTAL REVENUE $5,020,803
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,835,885
   Administrative Expenses $104,010
   Fundraising Expenses $1,256,941
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,196,836
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-176,033
   
Net Assets $5,606,619

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 $3,263,230 85.1%
Communications $572,655 14.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013

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
$266,632 5.13% Scott Steen Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Forests (DC) 83.49 three stars
Rainforest Foundation US (NY) 98.23 four stars
National Forest Foundation (MT) 96.66 four stars
Rainforest Action Network (CA) 93.60 four stars
Forest Stewardship Council - U.S. (MN) 88.36 three 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

Bruce Lisman
Chair

CEO

Scott Steen
Chief Executive Officer

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