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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

California State Parks Foundation

Champion your California

two stars

77.60

33 New Montgomery Street Suite 520
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 262-4400   Web Site
EIN: 94-1707583

Board Leadership
Cathy Fisher
Chairperson

CEO
Rachel Norton
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.60 two stars
  Financial 68.47 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

California State Parks Foundation is an independent, member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the California state park system, for the benefit of all.

California State Parks Foundation is an independent, member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving the California state park system, for the benefit of all.

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Financial

one star

68.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
70.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 20.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.24
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.17
  Program Expenses Growth < 0.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by California State Parks Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by California State Parks Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California State Parks Foundation (CA) 77.60 two stars
Friends of Acadia (ME) 87.80 three stars
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park (OH) 91.21 four stars
National Park Foundation (DC) 90.07 four stars
Grand Teton National Park Foundation (WY) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,055,909
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,545,587
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $885,102
Total Contributions $8,486,598
   Program Service Revenue $900,000
Total Primary Revenue $9,386,598
   Other Revenue $670,881
TOTAL REVENUE $10,057,479
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,373,000
   Administrative Expenses $879,192
   Fundraising Expenses $1,893,405
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,145,597
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-88,118
   
Net Assets $14,585,751

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
Technical Assistance Center $6,117,916 83.0%
Proposition 68 Work $688,257 9.3%
Action and Public Service $332,174 4.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 02/01/2020 77.60 two stars
2017-06 12/21/2018 75.25 two stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 73.81 two stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 75.59 two stars
2015-06 08/01/2017 75.25 two stars
2015-06 12/21/2016 75.18 two stars
2015-06 12/01/2016 68.65 one star
2014-06 06/01/2016 70.52 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 70.39 two stars
2013-06 03/01/2015 74.10 two stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 91.00 four stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 90.82 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 90.86 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 84.82 three stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 90.23 four stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 75.57 two stars
2006-06 08/01/2007 79.78 two stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 81.43 three stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 93.64 four stars
2003-06 05/01/2004 83.34 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 94-1707583
Name in IRS Master File CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION
NTEE Code N32
NTEE Classification Parks and Playgrounds
NTEE Type Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(927) Fundraising
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 November, 1969
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$102,424 1.00% Rachel Norton Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$131,790 1.29% Susan Smartt Interim Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
California State Parks Foundation (CA) 77.60 two stars
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (CA) 87.74 three stars
Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC) 87.08 three stars
National Park Foundation (DC) 90.07 four stars
Friends of Acadia (ME) 87.80 three stars

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Official Charity Response

For 50 years, California State Parks Foundation has been the leading statewide voice in advocating for a sustainably funded state park system, access to parks for all, and enduring park protection. Our strength as an advocacy organization comes from our 70,000 members across California. To acquire and educate our members, we rely on direct mail, which, due to its cost, negatively impacts our fundraising efficiency scoring on Charity Navigator. However, direct mail is a critical piece of our programming. Our strong membership base allows us to address the root cause of problems and make systemic impact for California's state parks by successfully advocating for bond funding for parks and other key pieces of legislation. We are working hard to improve our Charity Navigator score as we know it is critically important to our current and potential donors. This includes improving how we measure and evaluate our program outcomes so that we can secure larger gifts and fundraise more efficiently. Since the scoring is calculated based on a 3 year average, it will take a bit of time for these results to show in our score. If you have further questions about our rating, please feel free to reach out to our Development Team at 415-262-4400.

Charity Contact Info

California State Parks Foundation
33 New Montgomery Street
Suite 520
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 262-4400
fax: (415) 772-8969
EIN: 94-1707583

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Board Leadership

Cathy Fisher
Chairperson

CEO

Rachel Norton
Executive Director

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