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High Country News

For people who care about the West

two stars

79.21

119 Grand Avenue P.O. Box 1090
Paonia, CO 81428
tel: (970) 527-4898   Web Site
EIN: 23-7015336

Board Leadership
Beth Conover
President

CEO
Paul Larmer
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.21 two stars
  Financial 71.71 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/20/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1970, High Country News is a nonprofit media organization that reports on the important issues and stories that define the American West. With the mission to inform and inspire people to act on behalf of the West's diverse natural and human communities, High Country News publishes an award-winning bi-weekly magazine, a popular Web site (www.hcn.org), and an op-ed column service (Writers on the Range), as well as special reports and books. High Country News reports on the West's public lands, water, natural resources, grazing, wilderness, wildlife, logging, politics, communities, growth, and other issues that are changing the face of the region. High Country News' coverage spans 11 Western states and is the leading source for regional environmental news, analysis and commentary, making it an essential resource for those who care about the West.

Founded in 1970, High Country News is a nonprofit media organization that reports on the important issues and stories that define the American West. With the mission to inform and inspire people to act on behalf of the West's diverse natural and human communities, High Country News publishes an award-winning bi-weekly magazine, a popular Web site (www.hcn.org), and an op-ed column service (Writers on the Range), as well as special reports and books. High Country News reports on the West's public lands, water, natural resources, grazing, wilderness, wildlife, logging, politics, communities, growth, and other issues that are changing the face of the region. High Country News' coverage spans 11 Western states and is the leading source for regional environmental news, analysis and commentary, making it an essential resource for those who care about the West.

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Financial

two stars

71.71

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 12/20/2019 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)
64.0%
  Administrative Expenses 24.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.10
  Program Expenses Growth 5.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 70.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by High Country News on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by High Country News on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
High Country News (CO) 79.21 two stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 90.53 four stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 98.14 four stars
ProPublica (NY) 100.00 four stars
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 86.54 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,402,745
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,402,745
   Program Service Revenue $1,037,007
Total Primary Revenue $3,439,752
   Other Revenue $117,316
TOTAL REVENUE $3,557,068
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,049,202
   Administrative Expenses $773,885
   Fundraising Expenses $402,417
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,225,504
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $331,564
   
Net Assets $411,852

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
Publication of High Country News $2,049,202 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 12/20/2019 76.89 two stars
2017-09 12/20/2019 76.89 two stars
2016-09 07/01/2017 76.98 two stars
2015-09 07/01/2016 75.32 two stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 71.41 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 74.78 two stars
2013-09 04/01/2015 73.95 two stars
2012-09 12/20/2013 75.10 two stars
2011-09 09/01/2013 78.94 two stars
2011-09 12/01/2012 77.27 two stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 75.75 two stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 80.94 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 09/01/2010 85.96 three stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 93.14 four stars
2007-09 05/01/2009 87.99 three stars
2006-09 10/01/2007 75.58 two stars
2005-09 06/01/2006 72.33 two stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 70.67 two 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 23-7015336
Name in IRS Master File HIGH COUNTRY NEWS
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(59) Other school related 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 August, 1969
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, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$119,240 3.69% Paul Larmer Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
High Country News (CO) 79.21 two stars
Type Media Center (NY) 91.74 four stars
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 86.54 three stars
GRIST (WA) 88.73 three stars
ProPublica (NY) 100.00 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

High Country News
119 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 1090
Paonia, CO 81428
tel: (970) 527-4898
EIN: 23-7015336

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Board Leadership

Beth Conover
President

CEO

Paul Larmer
Executive Director

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