The California State Parks Foundation is dedicated to sharing information about our organization with our members, donors, partners, and casual visitors alike. In other sections of this website, you will find information about the scope of our work and programs. This portion of the website is intended to provide background information about the organization’s financial health; accountability and transparency about our policies, financial profile, and strategic direction.
From time to time, this portion of the website will be updated to reflect new information. If you do not find the information you are seeking here or elsewhere on the CSPF website, we urge you to contact us at (415) 262-4400 or email@example.com. We will do our very best to answer your questions. Thanks for visiting calparks.org.
Joint Costs: California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) conducts a comprehensive direct mail program to educate its members and the general public about issues affecting California’s state parks, to encourage direct action to influence related policies and legislation, and to generate awareness of and support for CSPF’s activities and programs that benefit state parks and park users. The mailings include fundraising solicitations for contributions to advance CSPF’s mission to protect, improve, and advocate for California’s 280 state parks. In accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) guidelines, CSPF allocates the joint costs of its direct mail activities between its program and fundraising expenses on its audited financial statements as well as public filings such as the IRS form 990. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, CSPF reported a total of $3,178,682 in joint direct mail costs. Of those costs, $1,831,672 was allocated as program expenses and $1,347,010 was allocated as fundraising expenses. The joint costs for fiscal year 2015-16 will be reported when the final audited financial statements are complete (in early 2017).
If you have any questions about any aspect of the financial information on this page, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (415) 262-4400.
Why are there annual fluctuations in CSPF’s fundraising and expenditure numbers?
One of CSPF's roles over the years has been to assist the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in raising funds for major capital projects and other initiatives. Examples of such projects include the wetlands restoration at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and the development of the Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) virtual education program. CSPF raises funds and manages their distribution to complete these projects in accordance with funders' wishes. The pace at which funds are raised and spent can vary widely from year to year depending on the timing of project phasing and completion by the Department of Parks and Recreation. As a result, CSPF's revenues and expenditures can fluctuate significantly from year to year, affecting the ratio of program to administrative/fundraising expense as well as the cost of fundraising percentage.
Are CSPF staff salaries reasonable?
The compensation structure for CSPF's staff, including senior management, is established annually in consultation with an independent compensation consultant. The consultant's salary recommendations are based on their objective review of regional compensation surveys as well as their assessment of CSPF's job responsibilities and supervisory duties. Executive compensation is specifically reviewed and approved by the Board's Executive Committee. The overall compensation levels for senior management as approved by the Board of Trustees are consistently at or below the recommended levels provided by the compensation consultant.
In evaluating and implementing strategies and actions under the strategic plan, CSPF will emphasize the following overarching values and priorities that have been highlighted throughout the strategic planning process.