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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

From your backyard to your backcountry

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four stars

91.90

1000 North Street Boulder, CO 80304
tel: (800) 332-4100   Web Site
EIN: 84-1303335

Board Leadership
Julie Klein
Chair

CEO
Dana Watts
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.90 four stars
  Financial 89.28 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The award-winning Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. As the leader in sustainable recreation practices, the Center is training a nation of outdoor advocates to put Leave No Trace principles into action. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center will ensure the long-term health of our natural world.

The award-winning Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. As the leader in sustainable recreation practices, the Center is training a nation of outdoor advocates to put Leave No Trace principles into action. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center will ensure the long-term health of our natural world.

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Financial

three stars

89.28

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
82.5%
  Administrative Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.38
  Program Expenses Growth 13.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (CO) 91.90 four stars
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (NC) 100.00 four stars
Environmental Research and Education Foundation (NC) 95.61 four stars
Training Resources for the Environmental Community (NM) 89.73 three stars
Community Environmental Council (CA) 89.32 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,013,210
   Federated Campaigns $992
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $46,250
Total Contributions $2,060,452
   Program Service Revenue $19,245
Total Primary Revenue $2,079,697
   Other Revenue $130,179
TOTAL REVENUE $2,209,876
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,701,819
   Administrative Expenses $206,764
   Fundraising Expenses $179,075
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,087,658
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $122,218
   
Net Assets $712,870

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
Assist Outdoor Enthusiasts $1,701,819 100.0%

Ratings History
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2019 91.90 four stars
2017-12 11/01/2018 91.90 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 91.79 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 91.18 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.54 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 81.97 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 85.09 three stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 85.20 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2013 89.42 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 88.32 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 85.50 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.21 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 74.98 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 79.84 two stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 88.15 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 90.74 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 88.15 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 71.81 two stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 65.51 one star
2002-12 01/01/2004 83.02 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 84-1303335
Name in IRS Master File LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS
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 (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(529) Ecology or conservation
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 May, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$151,557 7.25% Dana W. Gwozdz Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (CO) 91.90 four stars
Yosemite Conservancy (CA) 88.46 three stars
Earth Force (CO) 87.63 three stars
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (WA) 98.23 four stars
Community Environmental Council (CA) 89.32 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
1000 North Street
Boulder, CO 80304
tel: (800) 332-4100
fax: (303) 442-8217
EIN: 84-1303335

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 997
Boulder, CO 80306

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Board Leadership

Julie Klein
Chair

CEO

Dana Watts
Executive Director

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