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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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three stars

82.70

3099 Winfield Dunn Pky Ste 2
Kodak, TN 37764
tel: (800) 845-5665   Web Site
EIN: 62-1564782

Board Leadership
Dan Matthews
Chair

CEO
Jim Hart
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.70 three stars
  Financial 75.54 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Organized in 1993, Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects. Friends has 4,500+ members and 170+ volunteers who provide assistance with projects that benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Friends of the Smokies provides over $1 million annually for environmental education, natural resource and wildlife conservation, historic preservation, and trail improvements in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

One of Friends' most proud accomplishments is establishing the $4 million Trails Forever endowment in 2012 to help implement major, sustainable improvements on the Smokies' 848 miles of hiking trails.

Friends supporters' conserve black bears, elk + brook trout, heal hemlock trees, restore historic log cabins + churches, educate park visitors, Junior Rangers + more

Organized in 1993, Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects. Friends has 4,500+ members and 170+ volunteers who provide assistance with projects that benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Friends of the Smokies provides over $1 million annually for environmental education, natural resource and wildlife conservation, historic preservation, and trail improvements in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

One of Friends' most proud accomplishments is establishing the $4 million Trails Forever endowment in 2012 to help implement major, sustainable improvements on the Smokies' 848 miles of hiking trails.

Friends supporters' conserve black bears, elk + brook trout, heal hemlock trees, restore historic log cabins + churches, educate park visitors, Junior Rangers + more

Results Information

Reported Results
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Total in 2015
Total disbursements to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
846,429
Total Park support requested from Friends of the Smokies
886,397
Total number of grants awarded
9
Total dollar amount of grants awarded
136,300
Number of volunteers
300
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Financial

two stars

75.54

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 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)
69.4%
  Administrative Expenses 12.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.90
  Program Expenses Growth -1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TN) 82.70 three stars
Friends of Acadia (ME) 96.92 four stars
National Park Foundation (DC) 91.52 four stars
National Parks Conservation Association (DC) 86.20 three stars
Grand Teton National Park Foundation (WY) 95.65 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,962,301
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $33,663
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $828,011
Total Contributions $4,823,975
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,823,975
   Other Revenue $606,879
TOTAL REVENUE $5,430,854
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,123,259
   Administrative Expenses $333,687
   Fundraising Expenses $473,886
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,930,832
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,500,022
   
Net Assets $14,737,881

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 02/01/2018 82.70 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 81.17 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.22 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 84.47 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 79.67 two stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 73.72 two stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 85.87 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 79.06 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 71.25 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 73.71 two stars
2008-12 12/01/2009 73.89 two stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 78.57 two stars
2006-12 09/01/2007 86.97 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 87.77 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 77.61 two stars
2003-12 03/01/2005 65.95 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 62-1564782
Name in IRS Master File FRIENDS OF GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK INC
NTEE Code N32
NTEE Classification Parks and Playgrounds
NTEE Type Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (927) Fundraising
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(603) Non-financial services of facilities 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 January, 1996
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$125,000 6.47% James M. Hart President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TN) 82.70 three stars
Planting Fields Foundation (NY) 87.56 three stars
National Parks Conservation Association (DC) 86.20 three stars
National Park Foundation (DC) 91.52 four stars
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (CA) 93.20 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
3099 Winfield Dunn Pky
Ste 2
Kodak, TN 37764
tel: (800) 845-5665
fax: (865) 933-7607
EIN: 62-1564782

Mail donations to:
PO Box 1660
Kodak, TN 37764

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Board Leadership

Dan Matthews
Chair

CEO

Jim Hart
President

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