2015 Annual Report

Thanks to you

Will Rogers, President of the Trust for Public LandWill Rogers, President and CEO

Somewhere out there, in communities across the country, children are playing in parks you helped create. A family is canoeing on a lake you helped protect. And on quiet mountain trails and bustling city playgrounds, people are experiencing nature and the outdoors because of your investment in The Trust for Public Land.

This report highlights some of our proudest accomplishments in 2015. As it shows, parks and natural lands are precious gifts that keep on giving for generations. For these gifts, millions of Americans give you their thanks. 

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Will Rogers, CEO

Year in review

Our successes together are best measured in human happiness, health, and inspiration. And by those standards, it was a very good year. Click the images below to explore the impact of your support.

2015 by the numbers

2015 Year in review

The Power of Place

In 2015, we launched our first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign to connect more people to nature and the outdoors:

We call it The Power of Place—the power of parks and open spaces to improve our cities, our communities, and ourselves. 

Make a private investment in the public good. Join our movement to transform communities across the nation today. Watch the video below to learn more. 

 

Grow

Your Legacy

Protect the places you love by making a gift to The Trust for Public Land in your estate plans. By naming The Trust for Public Land as a beneficiary of your will, living trust, or retirement account, you can make a visionary gift that will conserve land for generations to come.

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Leadership team

National board of directors


Financials

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
Fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 with comparative information as of March 31, 2014 (dollars in thousands)
  2015 2014
Assets
Cash & Investments 105,400 99,568
Receivables & deposits 34,655 25,809
Land holdings 66,461 96,711
Charitable trust assets 60,995 63,069
Other assets 1,480 1,459
TOTAL ASSETS $268,991 $286,616
Liabilities and Net Assets
Liabilities
Notes Payable* 23,087 26,345
Liabilities to beneficiaries of charitable trusts 40,534 42,683
Other liabilities 26,876 21,264
TOTAL LIABILITIES $90,497 $90,292
Net Assets
Unrestricted amounts 27,143 33,956
Temporarily restricted amounts 134,975 149,184
Permanently restricted amounts 16,376 13,184
TOTAL NET ASSETS $178,494 $196,324
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS $268,991 $286,616

* Including $17,854 (FY15) and $22,731 (FY14) due within one year.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets
Fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 with comparative information as of March 31, 2014 (dollars in thousands)
  2015 2014
Revenues and additions to net assets
Contributions of land and easements:
Fair market value acquired 162,311 184,189
Less consideration paid (123,743) (156,194)
Contributions of land and easement values received $38,568 $27,995
Contributions and grants - other:
Restricted 46,907 44,434
Unrestricted 28,038 48,298
Future interests in charitable trusts 90 1,157
Change in value of interests in charitable trusts 307 2,057
Total contributions and grants-other 75,342 95,946
Project fees, interest, and other income (losses) 21,232 23,244
TOTAL REVENUES AND ADDITIONS $135,142 $147,185
EXPENSES AND REDUCTIONS TO NET ASSETS
Program Services:
Contributions of land and easements to public agencies and other nonprofit organizations:
Fair market value conveyed $189,726 $209,292
Less consideration received (123,075) (135,293)
Contributions of land and easement values made 66,651 73,999
Open space conservation programs 60,047 46,041
TOTAL PROGRAM SERVICES 126,698 120,040
Support services:
Development 11,024 10,100
Management and support 15,250 13,524
TOTAL SUPPORT SERVICES 26,274 23,624
TOTAL EXPENSES AND REDUCTIONS 152,972 143,664
Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets (17,830) 3,521

The condensed consolidated financial information as of and for the years ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 has been derived from The Trust for Public Land's 2015 consolidated financial statements, audited by Hood & Strong, LLP. The condensed consolidated financial information should be read in conjunction with the 2015 audited consolidated financial statements and related notes. To obtain copies of our complete 2015 audited consolidated financial statements, please contact us.