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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

The American Chestnut Foundation

Working to restore the American chestnut tree to its native range

four stars

97.11

50 North Merrimon Avenue Suite 115
Asheville, NC 28804
tel: (828) 281-0047   Web Site
EIN: 41-1483019

Board Leadership
Michael D. Doochin
Chair

CEO
Lisa Thomson
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.11 four stars
  Financial 99.17 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

99.17

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2017 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)
82.1%
  Administrative Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.80
  Program Expenses Growth 11.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The American Chestnut Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The American Chestnut Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The American Chestnut Foundation (NC) 97.11 four stars
Rainforest Trust (VA) 100.00 four stars
American Forest Foundation (DC) 91.45 four stars
New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. (MA) 92.04 four stars
National Forest Foundation (MT) 96.46 four stars

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The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) was founded in 1983 to restore the American chestnut tree to its native range within the woodlands of the eastern United States using a scientific research and breeding program developed by its founders. We harvested our first blight-resistant nuts in 2005, and the Foundation hopes to begin reforestation trials with blight-resistant American-type trees before the end of this decade, using sound ecological principles. We also provide educational opportunities to our nation's youth through our educational outreach programs, including the Charlie Chestnut Environmental Program and the Chestnut Tree Loaner Laboratory.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,708,312
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $365,647
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $323,886
Total Contributions $2,397,845
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,397,845
   Other Revenue $330,160
TOTAL REVENUE $2,728,005
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,584,299
   Administrative Expenses $299,685
   Fundraising Expenses $68,801
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,952,785
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-224,780
   
Net Assets $4,663,291

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
Research $2,584,299 100.0%

Ratings History
The American Chestnut Foundation has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 11/01/2017 97.11 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 93.82 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 96.84 four stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 93.09 four stars
2012-06 04/01/2013 80.51 three stars
2011-06 03/01/2012 92.37 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 96.70 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 95.33 four stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 98.44 four stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 98.30 four stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 98.27 four stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 95.56 four stars
2004-12 03/01/2006 89.29 three stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 91.87 four 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 41-1483019
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN CHESTNUT FOUNDATION
NTEE Code C40
NTEE Classification Botanical, Horticultural, and Landscape Services
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (181) Scientific research for government
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 October, 1984
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$129,501 4.38% Lisa Thomson President, CEO

The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) was founded in 1983 to restore the American chestnut tree to its native range within the woodlands of the eastern United States using a scientific research and breeding program developed by its founders. We harvested our first blight-resistant nuts in 2005, and the Foundation hopes to begin reforestation trials with blight-resistant American-type trees before the end of this decade, using sound ecological principles. We also provide educational opportunities to our nation's youth through our educational outreach programs, including the Charlie Chestnut Environmental Program and the Chestnut Tree Loaner Laboratory.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The American Chestnut Foundation (NC) 97.11 four stars
Rainforest Alliance (NY) 85.73 three stars
National Forest Foundation (MT) 96.46 four stars
Amazon Conservation Association (DC) 94.74 four stars
Forest Trends (DC) 95.47 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The American Chestnut Foundation
50 North Merrimon Avenue
Suite 115
Asheville, NC 28804
tel: (828) 281-0047
fax: (828) 253-5373
EIN: 41-1483019

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Board Leadership

Michael D. Doochin
Chair

CEO

Lisa Thomson
President & CEO

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