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National Forest Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
November 2019

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

Contact Information

National Forest Foundation
Bldg 27, Ste 3, Fort Missoula Rd
Missoula, MT 59804

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Engages America in community-based and national programs that promote the health & public enjoyment of the National Forest system; and accepts & administers private gifts of funds & land for the benefit of the National Forests.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2018

Program Percentage: 84%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $14

How many dollars National Forest Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
National Forest Foundation IRS Form 990 52-1786332
National Forest Foundation Audited Financial Statements 52-1786332
Entity: National Forest Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1786332
Entity: National Forest Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-1786332

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?
National Forest Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
National Forest Foundation
meets transparency benchmarks.
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
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 William J. Possiel Past President $462,872
2 Ray Foote Executive VP $267,313
3 Mary Mitsos President $215,026
Name: William J. Possiel
Title: Past President
Compensation: $462,872
Name: Ray Foote
Title: Executive VP
Compensation: $267,313
Name: Mary Mitsos
Title: President
Compensation: $215,026

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.

According to the National Forest Foundation tax filing for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018:

The Foundation reports receiving in-kind donated services and use of facilities on which it placed a value of $220,907 (IRS Form 990, Schedule D, Part XI). The Foundation also reports receiving in-kind donated travel miles and other items on which it placed a value of $117,094 (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

[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.]

According to the National Forest Foundation tax filing for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018, the Foundation reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding compensation received by officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees contingent on the revenues of the organization (Schedule J, Part I, Line 5a):

"The board of directors decides on an annual bonus for William Possiel based on the annual finances of the organization."

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"William Possiel was paid a length of service bonus during the calendar year ending 12/31/2017."

The Foundation reports William J. Possiel as the "Former President;" his reported "Bonus & incentive compensation" is $277,500, and his reported total compensation is $462,872 for calendar year 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).