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According to the National Park Trust consolidated audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 8, Net Assets, Capital Campaign--Project 100):

"During 2016, the Trust launched The Campaign for the National Park Trust ('the Campaign') in honor of the 100th anniversary of NPS [the National Park Service]. The Campaign will run through the next 5 years. The goals of the Campaign are to raise $10,000,000, to grow the Buddy Bison School Program to 100 schools, and to begin to acquire 100 high-priority land parcels to benefit NPS. These high-priority parcels of park land total approximately 10,000 acres of privately-owned land located within the boundaries of national parks. ...For the year ended June 30, 2016, the Trust received $853,800 of temporarily restricted pledges and contributions and incurred $63,025 in costs related to the Campaign."
According to the National Park Trust consolidated audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 14), the Trust received total in-kind contributions valued at $204,260 in fiscal 2016, including in-kind legal services valued at $199,700.

[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".]

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