Better Business Bureau Report for
National Ability Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2018
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2019

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: National Ability Center
Address: 1000 Ability Way
  Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 435-649-3991
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Park City Handicapped Sports Association

Year, State Incorporated: 1986, Utah
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to empower individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs."

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Evaluation Conclusions


National Ability Center (NAC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The National Ability Center was founded in 1985 as a community-based program serving a handful of veterans with disabilities. For more than three decades, the organization's continuing mission has been to provide programming that empowers people of all abilities – including athletes, veterans, adults and children – to achieve more than they feel capable of doing. In January 2017, the National Ability Center merged with Splore to become one of the most extensive providers of adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures within the country. With a combined 70 years of expertise in the adaptive outdoor recreation industry, Splore and the National Ability Center share a collective vision of inclusion and empowerment that reaches a national and international audience. Today, with the addition of Splore and its outdoor adventure programs including river rafting, camping and climbing, it now engages more than 6,600 people of all abilities through 37,000 experiences annually. Individuals of all ages and abilities can take part in the National Ability Center’s programs, including those with orthopedic, spinal cord, neuromuscular, visual and hearing impairments, and cognitive and developmental disabilities. In an attempt to eliminate isolation of individuals with disabilities, friends and family members are encouraged to participate alongside their loved ones. Participants range in age from young children to aging adults, come from all socio-economic backgrounds, from all 50 US states and eight countries around the globe.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016, NAC's program expenses were:

Sports Programs 4,580,677
Total Program Expenses: $4,580,677
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Chief Executive : Gail Barille, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Brad Petersen
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CEO, Sharp Edge Marketing Group

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 150

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,420,331, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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.
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The following information is based on NAC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016.

Source of Funds  
In-Kind Contributions 3,962,562
Contributions 2,002,609
Special Events (net) 1,615,969
Sports Program Fees (net) 1,032,917
Grants and Contracts 839,191
Lodging and Facility Rental 221,637
Investment Income 193,132
Other Income 8,774
Total Income $9,876,791


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $9,876,791
Program expenses $4,580,677
Fund raising expenses 562,306
Administrative expenses 401,966
Total expenses $5,544,949
Income in Excess of Expenses 4,331,842
Beginning net assets 8,654,557
Ending net assets 12,986,399
Total liabilities 392,572
Total assets $13,378,971

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