CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

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According to the National Park Foundation audit of September 30, 2016 (Note 12, Donated Property, Goods and Services):

"During 2016, the Foundation received donated goods and services valued at $12,694,144... These include recycled lumber for trails, travel-related support, and media support to specific Parks as well as various communication and outreach about philanthropy to the National Park System as a whole."

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found by clicking on "About CharityWatch" from the navigation bar and then clicking on "Criteria & Methodology".]
According to the National Park Foundation audit of September 30, 2016 (Note 17, Concentrations):

"As of September 30, 2016, pledges receivable from two donors represented approximately 50% of total pledges receivable. The Foundation's support from those two donors for the year ended September 30, 2016 represented approximately 23% of total revenue and support."
According to the National Park Foundation audit of September 30, 2016 (Note 13, Litigation Settlement Contributions (Community Service Payments)):

"Since 1999, the Foundation has received over $20 million from several litigation settlements. These funds represent voluntary community service payments from corporations that have entered into a plea agreement related to charges by the Department of Justice for violations of certain environmental regulations such as polluting and the mistreatment of hazardous waste materials. The plea agreements specify the parks or areas to which the funds are to be allocated by the Foundation. The Foundation received $37,767 and $134,613, respectively, under these agreements for the years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015..."

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