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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Friends of the National Arboretum

Preserve and enhance the U.S. National Arboretum.

four stars

92.93

3501 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 544-8733   Web Site
EIN: 52-1257712

Board Leadership
Nancy Bryson
Board Chair

CEO
Tom McGuire
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.93 four stars
  Financial 90.84 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA)'s mission is to preserve and enhance the U.S. National Arboretum. We work to provide valuable financial and volunteer support, especially for Arboretum internship programs, maintenance of the gardens and collections, The Washington Youth Garden and many other projects. Our focus areas include environmental preservation, plant research, urban greenspace, education, and community outreach.

Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA)'s mission is to preserve and enhance the U.S. National Arboretum. We work to provide valuable financial and volunteer support, especially for Arboretum internship programs, maintenance of the gardens and collections, The Washington Youth Garden and many other projects. Our focus areas include environmental preservation, plant research, urban greenspace, education, and community outreach.

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Financial

four stars

90.84

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
74.6%
  Administrative Expenses 19.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.36
  Program Expenses Growth 8.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the National Arboretum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of the National Arboretum on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the National Arboretum (DC) 92.93 four stars
The Morton Arboretum (IL) 91.76 four stars
Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. (CA) 89.78 three stars
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (ME) 85.71 three stars
Chicago Botanic Garden (IL) 88.85 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $558,889
   Federated Campaigns $5,099
   Membership Dues $53,975
   Fundraising Events $260,337
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $221,233
Total Contributions $1,099,533
   Program Service Revenue $19,868
Total Primary Revenue $1,119,401
   Other Revenue $54,757
TOTAL REVENUE $1,174,158
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $977,009
   Administrative Expenses $276,343
   Fundraising Expenses $38,316
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,291,668
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-117,510
   
Net Assets $3,086,802

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
Washington Youth Garden $515,147 52.7%
Projects and Activities $220,819 22.6%
Membership and Outreach $78,496 8.0%

Ratings History
Friends of the National Arboretum has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/01/2018 92.93 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 91.73 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 84.23 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.06 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 89.17 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 52-1257712
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM INC
NTEE Code C11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (279) Other services or benefits to members or employees
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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 July, 1982
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$106,731 8.26% Thomas F. McGuire Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of the National Arboretum (DC) 92.93 four stars
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (CA) 90.80 four stars
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (MI) 90.50 four stars
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (NY) 93.86 four stars
The Atlanta Botanical Garden (GA) 92.32 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of the National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 544-8733
fax: (202) 544-5398
EIN: 52-1257712

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Board Leadership

Nancy Bryson
Board Chair

CEO

Tom McGuire
Executive Director

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