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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

Linking forests, trails, wildlife, and history along I-90

four stars

98.23

2701 First Avenue Suite 240
Seattle, WA 98121
tel: (206) 382-5565   Web Site
EIN: 91-1531234

Board Leadership
Doug McClelland
President

CEO
Jon Hoekstra
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.23 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature.

Created in 1991, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust protects and enhances a 100-mile corridor of permanent open space lands along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Central Washington. The Greenway embraces city parks and trails, wildlife habitat, working and protected forests, recreational opportunities in nature, local history, scenic beauty, tourism, and educational activities that promote a balance between population growth and a healthy environment.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature.

Created in 1991, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust protects and enhances a 100-mile corridor of permanent open space lands along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Central Washington. The Greenway embraces city parks and trails, wildlife habitat, working and protected forests, recreational opportunities in nature, local history, scenic beauty, tourism, and educational activities that promote a balance between population growth and a healthy environment.

Impact Information

This charity has reported a measure of cost-effectiveness: how much impact (per dollar) your donation will have on the charity's social outcome. The cost-effectiveness calculation was performed using protocols developed by ImpactMatters, an independent auditor of philanthropic impact.

For nonprofits that run multiple programs, we highlight the impact of one program below.  Learn More about Impact Information.
Program Name: The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Program Activities
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust plants trees in forests that have been depleted.
Impact Statement
$13,000 offsets one year of personal carbon emissions.
Impact Assessment
3/5
Assessment Benchmark
Impact assessments of tree planting programs are based on the cost offsetting a year of personal carbon emissions relative to the social cost of carbon. Programs receive a 5/5 assessment if they offset a year of personal carbon emissions for 75% of the social cost of carbon averted and a 4/5 assessment for 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a 3/5 assessment.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.
Data Source
Output data collected during the program. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust publicly reports the number and location of trees it plants, which we use to calculate the number of years of personal carbon emissions offset.
Method for Attributing Outcomes
We estimate the number of years of carbon emissions the nonprofit offsets by comparing the trees actually planted by the nonprofit to the trees that would have been planted in the absence of the nonprofit (the “counterfactual”). Some trees would have been planted even without the nonprofit, such as by the government or other nonprofits; these counterfactual successes must be netted out of the successes we observe. Otherwise, we would be attributing a change (carbon emissions offset) to the nonprofit when it would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and publicly available data. We use the percentage of plantable land left where the nonprofit works to calculate the probability of displacing the efforts of other organizations. We net out that change from the changes we observe to get a correct estimate of impact.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of November 2019, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
86.1%
  Administrative Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.99
  Program Expenses Growth 18.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (WA) 98.23 four stars
Quebec-Labrador Foundation (MA) 88.66 three stars
Second Nature (MA) 89.82 three stars
Blue Ridge Conservancy (NC) 100.00 four stars
National Environmental Education Foundation (DC) 89.30 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,443,487
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $113,781
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,267,567
Total Contributions $3,824,835
   Program Service Revenue $32,371
Total Primary Revenue $3,857,206
   Other Revenue $8,252
TOTAL REVENUE $3,865,458
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,559,721
   Administrative Expenses $262,515
   Fundraising Expenses $246,720
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,068,956
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $796,502
   
Net Assets $2,986,816

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
Stewardship $1,670,024 65.2%
Policy and Coalition $566,171 22.1%
Public Engagement $323,526 12.6%

Ratings History
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 98.23 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 96.46 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 96.23 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 93.78 four stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 88.98 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 88.62 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 08/01/2015 85.47 three stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 93.83 four stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 91.94 four stars
2011-06 02/01/2013 87.32 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 85.40 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 94.34 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 95.96 four stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 96.16 four stars
2008-06 05/01/2009 95.87 four stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 96.76 four stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 95.36 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 98.22 four stars
2004-06 12/01/2005 95.29 four 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 91-1531234
Name in IRS Master File THE MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY TR
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
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 November, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$117,043 3.81% Jon Hoekstra Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (WA) 98.23 four stars
Ecotrust (OR) 89.11 three stars
Quebec-Labrador Foundation (MA) 88.66 three stars
Friends of the Earth (DC) 90.57 four stars
Teton Science Schools (WY) 89.57 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
2701 First Avenue
Suite 240
Seattle, WA 98121
tel: (206) 382-5565
fax: (206) 859-6733
EIN: 91-1531234

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Board Leadership

Doug McClelland
President

CEO

Jon Hoekstra
Executive Director

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