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Camp Fire National Headquarters

CharityWatch report issued
September 2017

Top-Rated Charity
A-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
78%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$8
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Camp Fire National Headquarters
1801 Main Street
Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108

Other Names

Camp Fire

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

Provides young people the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2016

Program Percentage: 78%

The percentage of Camp Fire National Headquarters's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$3,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $8

How many dollars Camp Fire National Headquarters spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$2,200,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Camp Fire National Headquarters IRS Form 990 13-1623921
Camp Fire National Headquarters Audited Financial Statements 13-1623921
Entity: Camp Fire National Headquarters
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1623921
Entity: Camp Fire National Headquarters
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-1623921

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
 
Camp Fire National Headquarters
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Camp Fire National Headquarters
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Cathy Tisdale CEO $251,805
2 Patti Gardner CFO $131,883
1
Name: Cathy Tisdale
Title: CEO
Compensation: $251,805
2
Name: Patti Gardner
Title: CFO
Compensation: $131,883

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.
CharityWatch's rating of Camp Fire National Headquarters is for the Camp Fire national office and does not include the financial activities of the Camp Fire local councils, licensees, or community partners.

According to the Camp Fire National Headquarters audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 1, Nature of Operations and Related Parties):

"Camp Fire National Headquarters...is a youth development organization headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri providing services to over 128,000 youth in 26 states through a 57 council network."

[...]

"...Each council, licensee, and community partner is an autonomous corporation organized under the laws of the state in which it operates."
According to the Camp Fire National Headquarters audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 20, Contingencies):

"Over the prior three years, the Organization has incurred an overall negative change in net assets of $1,114,944. In response to this trend, Management has developed a comprehensive operating plan that includes both revenue increases and expenditure decreases for the National office. Grant revenue and expenses will increase in 2017 as a result of obtaining new grants. Management believes that these actions are reasonable and achievable, and will combine to reduce or eliminate future operating deficits."
According to the Camp Fire National Headquarters audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 21, Commitments):

"At June 30, 2016, the Organization had a contractual commitment totaling $42,857 in consulting services."

"At June 30, 2016, the Organization had a contractual commitment totaling $100,000 in strategic planning services."

"At June 30, 2016, the Organization had a contractual commitment totaling $60,000 in services related to developing learning lab videos."
According to the Camp Fire National Headquarters audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 10), Camp Fire received contributed in-kind goods and services valued at $170,432 in fiscal 2016, including $91,513 in contributed professional services.

[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 on the Our Process page.]