The Vital Ground Foundation’s public support and revenues totaled $3,491,484 during the 2010–2011 biennium. Of that amount, $284,650 was attributed to the value of the donated portions of two conservation easements and one fee simple property acquisition.

financial_overview_2010_2011During this period, $1,755,967 (81.1 percent of all expenditures) was spent on Vital Ground’s conservation and education programs. Additionally, Vital Ground acquired conservation land valued at $1,047,000. The purchase price of this land is not included in the program expenses reported in the graph, bottom right, but is recorded as an asset (conservation land) on the Statement of Financial Position (page 27). Vital Ground’s 81.1 percent 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 percent of total expenses on program activities.

Vital Ground also facilitated $1,862,091 of federal funding awarded via the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program for acquisition of three conservation easements valued at $2,249,000. These Forest Legacy Program grants and the corresponding values of the easements were not recorded in Vital Ground’s financial statements.

The organization’s total net assets on December 31, 2011 were $2,834,929, representing an 88 percent increase from December 31, 2009.

Vital Ground depends upon 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. There are many ways to support our mission.