IRS 990 Forms
Audited Financial Statements

2014-2015 Financial Summary

The Vital Ground Foundation’s public support and revenues totaled $3,373,253 during the 2014–2015 biennium.

During this period, 70.44% of all expenditures was spent on Vital Ground’s conservation and education programs. Additionally, Vital Ground acquired conservation land valued at $1.15 million. The purchase price of this land is not included in the program expenses reported above nor in the “Use of Funds” pie chart, but is recorded as an asset (conservation land) on the Statement of Financial Position.

The organization’s total net assets on Dec. 31, 2015, were $4,947,919, representing a 38% increase from the end of the last biennium (Dec. 31, 2013).

Vital Ground’s 70.44% program expense ratio exceeds the Better Business Bureau’s* Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability, which suggests that charitable organizations should spend at least 65% of total expenses on program activities.

Vital Ground depends on private contributions to finance our wildlife habitat conservation work. As a charitable nonprofit organization, our success depends upon the generous support of our many individual donors, foundations, and business partners. Donations to Vital Ground qualify as charitable contributions and may be tax-deductible.

Vital Ground is audited annually. To receive a copy of Vital Ground’s most recent audited financial statements or IRS Form 990, or contact our office, 406-549-8650. Vital Ground is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Our federal tax ID number is 87-0483446.