IRS 990 Forms

Audited Financial Statements

2016-2017 Financial Report

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, The Vital Ground Foundation ended the 2016-2017 biennium in a strong financial position. Public support and revenues totaled $3,082,678.

During this period, 77.96%* of all expenditures was spent on conservation and education programs.

Land held for preservation by Vital Ground represents an asset of $3,827,804 as of December 31, 2017.

Vital Ground financial position

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 finances







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.

* The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability suggest that a charity should spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

Note: The transaction cycle in land conservation can take several years to complete. Consequently, program expense ratios vary significantly from year to year depending on how many transactions are actually finalized during the fiscal year, and the value of donated real estate and conservation easements. Additionally, in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the purchase price of land, which is a significant mission delivery expense for many land trusts, is not included in program expenses, but is recorded as an asset on the organization’s balance sheet. Due to these unpredictable factors and accounting practices, Charity Navigator no longer evaluates land trusts.