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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Restoring the park system to excellence

85.70

317 East Carson Street West Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
tel: (412) 682-7275   Web Site
EIN: 23-2882145

Board Leadership
Michael Lyons
Board Chair

CEO
Catherine Qureshi
President, CEO

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.70
  Financial 83.04
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh's historic city parks. A nonprofit organization, the Parks Conservancy has worked closely with the City of Pittsburgh since 1998 under an official public-private partnership agreement to restore the city's four regional parks: Frick, Highland, Riverview, and Schenley. To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised over $100 million for parks and has completed 17 major improvement projects. Currently active in 22 parks, the Parks Conservancy has expanded into community and neighborhood parks throughout Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh's historic city parks. A nonprofit organization, the Parks Conservancy has worked closely with the City of Pittsburgh since 1998 under an official public-private partnership agreement to restore the city's four regional parks: Frick, Highland, Riverview, and Schenley. To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised over $100 million for parks and has completed 17 major improvement projects. Currently active in 22 parks, the Parks Conservancy has expanded into community and neighborhood parks throughout Pittsburgh.

Financial

83.04

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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 22.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.12
  Program Expenses Growth 16.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PA) 85.70
The Battery Conservancy (NY) 88.91
Discovery Green Conservancy (TX) 90.20
San Francisco Parks Alliance (CA) 93.98
Forest Park Forever (MO) 90.98

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,581,821
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $444,577
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,026,398
   Program Service Revenue $835,921
Total Primary Revenue $3,862,319
   Other Revenue $395,835
TOTAL REVENUE $4,258,154
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,977,771
   Administrative Expenses $2,598,211
   Fundraising Expenses $342,069
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,918,051
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-4,659,897
   
Net Assets $18,056,007

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
Parks Planning $2,195,529 36.7%
Capitalizing Capital Project Costs $1,797,170 30.1%
Parks Management and Maintenance $1,087,853 18.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-09 08/03/2021 85.70
2018-12 12/01/2019 83.84
2017-12 08/01/2019 86.39
2016-12 02/01/2019 90.94

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

EIN 23-2882145
Name in IRS Master File THE PITTSBURGH PARKS CONSERVANCY
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 (379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
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 September, 1997
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
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
$230,495 2.58% Jayne Miller President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PA) 85.70
Seattle Parks Foundation (WA) 94.34
San Francisco Parks Alliance (CA) 93.98
Austin Parks Foundation (TX) 93.32
Randall's Island Park Alliance (NY) 88.30

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Charity Contact Info

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
317 East Carson Street
West Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
tel: (412) 682-7275
fax: (412) 622-0160
EIN: 23-2882145

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Board Leadership

Michael Lyons
Board Chair

CEO

Catherine Qureshi
President, CEO

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