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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

CharityWatch report issued
May 2024

B-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
66%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$31
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
2121 Ward Court NW
5th Floor
Washington , DC 20037

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Stated Mission

Dedicated to working with communities to preserve and transform unused rail corridors into multiuse trails and trail networks, creating healthier places for healthier people.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2023

Program Percentage: 66%

The percentage of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$13,000,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $31

How many dollars Rails-to-Trails Conservancy spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$10,000,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Joint Costs

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
71% $24
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy IRS Form 990 52-1437006
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Audited Financial Statements 52-1437006
Entity: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1437006
Entity: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-1437006

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.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Ryan Chao President $339,077
2 Cynthia Dickerson COO $226,150
3 Kevin Mills VP of Policy $211,181
1
Name: Ryan Chao
Title: President
Compensation: $339,077
2
Name: Cynthia Dickerson
Title: COO
Compensation: $226,150
3
Name: Kevin Mills
Title: VP of Policy
Compensation: $211,181

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 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) audit of September 30, 2023 (Note 6, Contributed Services and Materials), RTC received in-kind contributed services and materials in fiscal 2023 on which it placed a total value of $851,655. Of this amount, $535,174 and $303,453 consisted of "Donated advertising" and "Donated technology," respectively.

[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.]


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