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National Park Trust

CharityWatch report issued
October 2022

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 Park Trust
401 East Jefferson St.
Suite 207
Rockville, MD 20850

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2021

Program Percentage: 87%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $11

How many dollars National Park Trust 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 Park Trust & Affiliates Audited Consolidated Financial Statements multiple
National Park Trust IRS Form 990 52-1691924
Entity: National Park Trust & Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: multiple
Entity: National Park Trust
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1691924

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 Park Trust
meets governance benchmarks.
National Park Trust
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Grace Lee Executive Director $147,788
2 Mike Hoehn Director of Finance & Administration $114,654
Name: Grace Lee
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $147,788
Name: Mike Hoehn
Title: Director of Finance & Administration
Compensation: $114,654

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 Park Trust consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 14, In-Kind Contributions), the Trust received in-kind donated legal services in fiscal 2021 on which it placed a total value of $155,000.

[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 Park Trust consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 19, Loans Payable - Paycheck Protection Program):

"On April 22, 2020, the Trust received loan proceeds in the amount of approximately $126,783 under the Paycheck Protection Program ('PPP') with M&T Bank. The PPP, established as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ('CARES Act'), provides for loans to qualifying businesses for amounts up to 2.5 times of the average monthly payroll expenses of the qualifying business. The loans and accrued interest are forgivable after eight weeks, assuming the borrower uses the loan proceeds for eligible purposes, including payroll, benefits, rent and utilities, and maintains its payroll levels. The amount of loan forgiveness will be reduced if the borrower terminates employees or reduces salaries during the eight-week period. The unforgiven portion of the PPP loan is payable over two years at an interest rate of 1%, with a deferral of payments for the first six months.

"On March 25, 2021, National Park Trust received approval from M&T Bank and the Small Business Administration (SBA) that the 1st Paycheck Protection Program Loan, in the amount of $126,783 dated April 22, 2020, had been forgiven in its entirety."

According to the National Park Trust consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 13, Related Parties):

"On April 2, 2021, the Trust entered into a note agreement with a Board of Trustee member to finance the purchase price of the property in Fort Scott, KS of $155,000. The note is interest-only, payable quarterly at an annual rate of 3% with a balloon payment of the principal on its maturity date of June 30, 2027."

According to the National Park Trust consolidated audit of June 30, 2021 (Note 20, Uncertainties):

"On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization pronounced the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic. Citizens and economies of the United States and other countries have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. The duration and impact remain unknown, but so far have been expansive. While it is premature to accurately predict how the coronavirus will ultimately affect the Trust's operations because the disease's severity and duration remain uncertain. Our opinion is not modified with respect to this matter and no pandemic implications are accounted for in these [audited] financial statements."