Charity Review

Issued: January 2018 Expires: January 2020

Trail Blazer Camps

Standards Not Met
 
(212) 529-5113 394 Rogers Avenue, Suite 1102, Brooklyn NY 11225-3426 www.trailblazers.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
Conclusions

Trail Blazer Camps does not meet the following 1 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 11: Audit Report - Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

Trail Blazer Camps does not meet this standard because:

The auditor's opinion or cover letter included a "qualified" opinion.

Purpose

Trail Blazers’ mission is developing the knowledge, values, and life skills essential for productive citizenship in youth. Our programs foster development along the following dimensions, our Six Pillars, proven to support immediate youth development and long-term success:
1. Learning to Learn: Academics, research, presentation, curiosity, and passion for learning
2. Being a Steward: Environmental science literacy and stewardship values
3. Self Growth/21st Century Skills: Collaboration, leadership, independence, and responsibility
4. Being a Friend: Social skills/values including compassion, citizenship, and community
5. Being Healthy: Health literacy, food choices, and active lifestyles
6. Learning to Survive: Outdoor skills, knowledge, and values

Incorporated: 1904 in NY

Programs

Trail Blazers’ portfolio of summer and year-round programs include:
• Summer Outdoor Experiential Education Program – Sleep Away Camp: Children live for 14 or 28 days at our rustic Sussex County, NJ site, participating in an adventure-based educational program they design themselves in collaboration with their Group Leaders. Participants connect to and learn about nature, establish healthy habits, and develop essential life skills and values.

• Summer Outdoor Experiential Education Program – Brooklyn Day Camp: Brooklyn children who are too young for a sleepaway experience explore and connect to nature in their community while building life skills and environmental science knowledge.

• Leaders in Training Program: Teens participate in summer workshops to develop leadership skills, community engagement, and work experience by assisting/shadowing staff in various roles. Year-round summits build upon the summer to provide continual self-growth.

• Internship: Teens ages 17-18 who have completed the Leaders in Training Program are invited to spend eight summer weeks developing life skills, college readiness, and career preparedness through focused workshops and a four-week intern position at our Summer Sleep Away Camp.

• Under One Sky (UOS) After-School: Year-round environmental science and urban stewardship workshops provide the context through which elementary school age students connect to their communities and establish the life skills, attitudes, and knowledge proven to contribute to success and achievement.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Hugh Babowal, Co-Chairman Business Affiliation: Wells Fargo Securities

Board Chair: Mr. Marc Hyman, Co-Chairman Business Affiliation: Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP

CEO: Mr. Riel Peerbooms, Executive Director Compensation:* $95,000

Board Size: 19

Staff: 106

* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Grant Proposals Internet Appeals

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 8.92%

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

The following information is based on Trail Blazer Camps's Consolidated Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Saturday, October 31, 2015.

Source of Funds
Contributions and Bequests $485,089
Fundraising Benefits $63,796
Less: Direct fundraising costs ($27,097)
Trust fund income $37,064
Investment Income (less) ($5,935)
Registration Fees $283,746
Other income $32,431
Miscellaneous income $15,683
Total Income: $884,777
 
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Program Expenses: $934,592
Fundraising Expenses: $46,537
Administrative Expenses: $83,552
Total Expenses: $1,064,681
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: ($179,904)
 
Beginning Net Assets: $1,994,208
Ending Net Assets: $1,814,304
Total Liabilities: $80,008
Total Assets: $1,894,312


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Standard 11: Audit Report


Description:

Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

Trail Blazer Camps does not meet meet this standard because:

The auditor's opinion or cover letter included a "qualified" opinion.