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Environmental Traveling Companions

Opening the beauty and challenge of outdoor adventures to people with special needs

two stars

79.05

Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard Building C
San Francisco, CA 94123
tel: (415) 474-7662   Web Site
EIN: 51-0158789

Board Leadership
Howard Levitt
Chair

CEO
Diane Poslosky
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.05 two stars
  Financial 80.17 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 78.00 two stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1972, Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) believes that everyone, regardless of physical or financial limitations, should have the opportunity to experience the challenge and beauty of the wilderness. Through ETC's Sea Kayaking, River Rafting, Cross-Country Skiing and Youth Leadership School adventures, people with disabilities and other special needs overcome perceived limitations, attain greater personal freedom and confidence, and better understand themselves in relation to others and the environment. Every year over 3,000 people join us on outdoor adventures. These are people of all ages who have hearing impairments, physical, emotional or developmental disabilities or are living with a serious illness. We also provide outdoor education programs for school groups and economically disadvantaged youth.

Founded in 1972, Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) believes that everyone, regardless of physical or financial limitations, should have the opportunity to experience the challenge and beauty of the wilderness. Through ETC's Sea Kayaking, River Rafting, Cross-Country Skiing and Youth Leadership School adventures, people with disabilities and other special needs overcome perceived limitations, attain greater personal freedom and confidence, and better understand themselves in relation to others and the environment. Every year over 3,000 people join us on outdoor adventures. These are people of all ages who have hearing impairments, physical, emotional or developmental disabilities or are living with a serious illness. We also provide outdoor education programs for school groups and economically disadvantaged youth.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of participants engaged in programs
3,200
Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization
34,000
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

80.17

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

78.00

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)
73.2%
  Administrative Expenses 8.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.30
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.68
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Traveling Companions on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Environmental Traveling Companions on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Traveling Companions (CA) 79.05 two stars
Capper Foundation (KS) 90.94 four stars
Pine Tree Society (ME) 96.46 four stars
Holy Childhood (NY) 93.78 four stars
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (MD) 92.54 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $418,176
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $217,863
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $64,352
Total Contributions $700,391
   Program Service Revenue $439,365
Total Primary Revenue $1,139,756
   Other Revenue $16,095
TOTAL REVENUE $1,155,851
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $842,823
   Administrative Expenses $95,566
   Fundraising Expenses $203,362
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,141,751
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $14,100
   
Net Assets $1,919,503

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
River Program $299,183 35.5%
Sea Kayak Program $248,846 29.5%
Youth LEAD Program $214,891 25.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 79.05 two stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 78.76 two stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 80.62 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 73.85 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 74.56 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 74.70 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 73.26 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 70.88 two stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 68.01 one star
2010-12 09/20/2011 71.40 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 84.86 three stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 89.92 three stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 89.39 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 71.67 two stars
2005-12 04/01/2007 76.48 two stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 78.75 two stars
2003-12 06/01/2005 77.04 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 51-0158789
Name in IRS Master File ENVIRONMENTAL TRAVELING COMPANIONS
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 (349) Other youth organization or activities
(560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
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 November, 1975
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$142,000 12.43% Diane Poslosky Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Environmental Traveling Companions (CA) 79.05 two stars
Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults (IN) 91.16 four stars
Misericordia (IL) 94.16 four stars
Rainbow Acres (AZ) 85.58 three stars
Goodwill Industries of South Florida (FL) 85.74 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Environmental Traveling Companions
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard
Building C
San Francisco, CA 94123
tel: (415) 474-7662
fax: (415) 474-3919
EIN: 51-0158789

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Board Leadership

Howard Levitt
Chair

CEO

Diane Poslosky
Executive Director

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