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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Hidden Villa

Inspiring a deep connection and abiding respect for the natural world and each other

four stars

96.27

26870 Moody Road Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
tel: (650) 949-8650   Web Site
EIN: 94-1539836

Board Leadership
John Austin
Chair

CEO
Chris Overington
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.27 four stars
  Financial 96.58 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

An educational nonprofit stretching over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, Hidden Villa's mission is to provide engaging educational experiences for people of all ages to inspire a deep connection and abiding respect for the natural world and each other. Every year, 30,000 people participate in one of our programs and an additional 20,000 visitors come to explore our organic farm and gardens, greet our farm animals and hike our beautiful trails. We welcome school groups, summer campers, family gatherings, corporate volunteers and anyone looking for an escape and a respite.

An educational nonprofit stretching over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, Hidden Villa's mission is to provide engaging educational experiences for people of all ages to inspire a deep connection and abiding respect for the natural world and each other. Every year, 30,000 people participate in one of our programs and an additional 20,000 visitors come to explore our organic farm and gardens, greet our farm animals and hike our beautiful trails. We welcome school groups, summer campers, family gatherings, corporate volunteers and anyone looking for an escape and a respite.

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Financial

four stars

96.58

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
81.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.54
  Program Expenses Growth 12.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Hidden Villa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Hidden Villa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Hidden Villa (CA) 96.27 four stars
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (CO) 89.98 three stars
Shelburne Farms (VT) 91.56 four stars
World Forestry Center (OR) 89.70 three stars
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 89.22 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,834,551
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,834,551
   Program Service Revenue $1,637,822
Total Primary Revenue $4,472,373
   Other Revenue $467,007
TOTAL REVENUE $4,939,380
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,140,037
   Administrative Expenses $485,482
   Fundraising Expenses $345,372
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,970,891
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $968,489
   
Net Assets $17,829,497

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
Summer Camp Programs $1,066,018 33.9%
Year-Round Environmental Programs $532,246 17.0%
Environmental Education and Youth Development $482,887 15.4%

Ratings History
Hidden Villa has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 11/01/2019 96.27 four stars
2017-08 09/01/2018 97.13 four stars
2016-08 12/01/2017 94.72 four stars
2015-08 12/01/2016 88.79 three stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 90.46 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 09/01/2015 92.56 four stars
2014-08 08/01/2015 92.04 four stars
2013-08 11/01/2014 87.63 three stars
2012-08 10/01/2013 85.46 three stars
2011-08 11/06/2012 83.01 three stars
2010-08 12/01/2011 87.39 three stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 84.43 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 12/01/2010 73.22 two stars
2008-08 08/01/2009 77.70 two stars
2007-08 05/01/2008 70.09 two stars
2006-08 08/01/2007 81.08 three stars
2005-08 09/01/2006 76.25 two stars
2004-08 07/01/2005 82.70 three stars
2003-08 07/01/2004 75.54 two stars
2002-08 06/09/2003 80.64 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 94-1539836
Name in IRS Master File THE TRUST FOR HIDDEN VILLA
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 (325) Camp
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 April, 1960
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$108,155 2.72% Christopher E. Overington Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Hidden Villa (CA) 96.27 four stars
Regional Parks Foundation (CA) 90.50 four stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.81 three stars
The Park People (CO) 86.10 three stars
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center (MN) 90.11 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Hidden Villa
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
tel: (650) 949-8650
fax: (650) 948-4159
EIN: 94-1539836

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Board Leadership

John Austin
Chair

CEO

Chris Overington
Executive Director

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