2016 Annual Report

Thanks to you

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No doubt about it: 2016 was an eventful year for public lands. But with the help of friends and supporters like you, we're standing up for parks and open space, and helping communities across the country protect the places that matter most to them.

Thanks to you, we saved threatened land for national parks including Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, and Saguaro. In small towns like Sand Point, Idaho, and Milan, New Hampshire, we empowered neighbors to protect the forests, streams, and trails that sustain local economies. And in cities from New York to San Francisco, we built parks and playgrounds that help people stay happier and healthier—while meeting the challenges of climate change head-on.

This is what conservation means to us—and we couldn’t do any of it without you. In the report below, we’re proud to share some of the many ways your support made a difference in 2016.

As we look ahead to a pivotal year to come, we are so grateful to have you standing with us. Thank you for all you do for parks and conservation in your community—and for your ongoing support of The Trust for Public Land.

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Will Rogers
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Your impact

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.

2016 by the numbers

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Financials

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
Fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 with comparative information as of March 31, 2015 (dollars in thousands)
  2016 2015
Assets
Cash & Investments 90,139 105,400
Receivables & deposits 54,935 34,655
Land holdings 85,870 66,461
Charitable trust assets 54,525 60,995
Other assets 1,340 1,480
TOTAL ASSETS $286,809 $268,991
Liabilities and Net Assets
Liabilities
Notes Payable* 26,518 23,087
Liabilities to beneficiaries of charitable trusts 34,997 40,534
Other liabilities 35,259 26,876
TOTAL LIABILITIES $96,774 $90,497
Net Assets
Unrestricted amounts 27,769 27,143
Temporarily restricted amounts 144,631 134,975
Permanently restricted amounts 17,635 16,376
TOTAL NET ASSETS $190,035 $178,494
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS $286,809 $268,991

* *Including $23,725 (FY16) and $17,854 (FY15) due within one year.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets
Fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 with comparative information as of March 31, 2015 (dollars in thousands)
  2016 2015
Revenues and additions to net assets
Contributions of land and easements:
Fair market value acquired 169,811 162,311
Less consideration paid (155,052) (123,743)
Contributions of land and easement values received $14,759 $38,568
Contributions and grants - other:
Restricted 62,844 46,907
Unrestricted 36,354 28,038
Future interests in charitable trusts 1,346 90
Change in value of interests in charitable trusts (2,269) 307
Total contributions and grants-other 98,275 75,342
Project fees, interest, and other income (losses) 21,381 21,232
TOTAL REVENUES AND ADDITIONS $134,415 $135,142
EXPENSES AND REDUCTIONS TO NET ASSETS
Program Services:
Contributions of land and easements to public agencies and other nonprofit organizations:
Fair market value conveyed $146,761 $189,726
Less consideration received (117,305) (123,075)
Contributions of land and easement values made 29,456 66,651
Open space conservation programs 65,470 60,047
TOTAL PROGRAM SERVICES 94,926 126,698
Support services:
Development 12,725 11,024
Management and support 15,223 15,250
TOTAL SUPPORT SERVICES 27,948 26,274
TOTAL EXPENSES AND REDUCTIONS 122,874 152,972
Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets 11,541 (17,830)

The condensed consolidated financial information as of and for the years ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 has been derived from The Trust for Public Land's 2016 consolidated financial statements, audited by Hood & Strong, LLP. The condensed consolidated financial information should be read in conjunction with the 2016 audited consolidated financial statements and related notes. To obtain copies of our complete 2016 audited consolidated financial statements, please contact us.