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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CharityWatch's rating of Trust for Public Land is for the 501(c)(3) public charity entity (tax ID#23-7222333) and does not include the related 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, The Conservation Campaign (tax ID#04-3515341). CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating for The Conservation Campaign at this time due to its relatively small size.

Coast Dairies and Land Company (CDLC) is a separate public charity controlled by Trust for Public Land. According to the Trust for Public Land consolidated audit of March 31, 2016, "During fiscal year 2016, Coast Dairies and Land Company, Inc. was legally dissolved." CDLC transferred cash to Trust for Public Land in the amount of $1,966,163 on 3/7/2016 "to dissolve organization," according to CDLC's fiscal 2016 tax filing (IRS Form 990, Schedules I & N).
According to the Trust for Public Land consolidated audit of March 31, 2016 (Note 14, Contract Commitments):

"The Trust had future construction contract commitments for parks and playgrounds of approximately $6,451,000 and $3,895,000 as of March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The Trust funds its park and playground work through cost reimbursement contracts and restricted operating grants."

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