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Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest



This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder.
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Name: Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest
Phone: (314) 941-1257
Address: 242 Old Sulphur Spring Rd
Ballwin, MO 63021-5353
Website: friendsoftherainforest.org
Report Expiration Date: October 13, 2015
Principal: Laurie Waller, President
File Open Date: May 2013
Type of Business: Charity - Environment
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

"To promote a sustainable world by inspiring children and adults to take action to support, protect and expand the Children's Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica. We accomplish this mission by providing conservation-related educational programs (including study abroad), community outreach, raising funds to buy and protect endangered rainforest habitat and leading educational eco-adventures to Costa Rica."


Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest meets all voluntary Standards for Charity Accountability.


BBB Charity Seal Participation

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Programs

Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest (FCER) focuses on the impact of the rainforest on our planet. Assisted by corporate sponsors, individual donors, and children all over the world, FCER is able to educate and empower the youth, protect wildlife in the Children's Eternal Rainforest, purchase and expand land in the Children's Eternal Rainforest, and take part in other awareness and outreach activities to promote the health and protection of rainforests. FCER supports research of the rainforest for overall health and well being of the planet. FCER works to involve children directly in rainforest research with eco-tourism to Costa Rica. FCER also utilizes volunteers who can help provide media, structure educational videos, volunteer at events, and serve on program and development committees.

For the year ended December 31, 2012, Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest's program expenses were:

Programs:$191,562
 
Total Program Expenses:$191,562

Governance

Chief Executive Officer:Laurie Waller, President
CEO Compensation:$71,925
Chair of the Board:Jane Oliver, Chairman/Treasurer
Board Size:16
Paid Staff Size:1 Full-time, 3 Part-time

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals

Fundraising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $243,361, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)


Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


Financial

According to Friends of the Children's Eternal Rainforest's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2012:

Income
 Fundraising events$18,550
  Contributions Gifts & Grants$224,146
  Program service revenue$49,813
  Investment income$1,806
  Royalties$42
  Fundraising income$665
 Total Income:$295,022
 
Expenses  % of total
Expenses
 Programs:$191,562 73.38%
 Fund Raising:$36,209 13.87%
 Administrative:$33,294 12.75%
 Total Expenses:$261,065
 
Excess of Income over Expenses$33,957
Beginning Net Assets$3,143,348
Ending Net Assets:$3,177,305
Total Assets$3,234,855
Total Liabilities$57,550

Additional Contact Information

Additional Phone Numbers
Tel: (636) 744-6003
Tel: (312) 203-9312


Report as of February 26, 2015 13:44
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