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RAILS TO TRAILS CONSERVANCY

aka RTC   |   Washington, DC   |  www.railstotrails.org

Mission

At Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we are building a nation connected by trails. We reimagine public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors.

Ruling year info

1986

President

Mr. Ryan Chao

Main address

2445 M Street, NW Suite 650

Washington, DC 20037 USA

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EIN

52-1437006

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rails to Trails Conservancy

WE ADVOCATE …for transformative investments in trails, walking and bicycling. To date, $20+ billion in federal funding—including $850 million in FY 2021—has supported 40,000+ projects via Transportation Alternatives and the Recreational Trails Program.

WE MOBILIZE …grassroots trail supporters to accelerate the development of equitable, accessible trail networks nationwide. In FY 2021, 51,000+ messages were sent to decision-makers —including 33,000 to federal officials.

WE SUPPORT TRAIL BUILDERS …by providing trail planning resources, technical support, and capacity-building grants to communities seeking to connect their trail systems. Since 2008, we’ve awarded $2.4+ million in the form of 332 trail development grants to 243 organizations in 34 states.

WE PROTECT TRAILS …by leading the national effort to shape the legal framework around rail-trails and defend them in the courts. Since 1983, we’ve been involved in 60+ legal cases, including landmark state and federal cases.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RAILS TO TRAILS CONSERVANCY

Board of directors
as of 04/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jon Cofsky

Whitepenny

Term: 2022 -

M. Katherine Kraft

America Walks

Gail Lipstein

Tom Petri

former U.S. Congressman

Frank Mulvey

ITER Associates

Doug Monieson

UICO

Noel Kegel

Wheel & Sprocket

Vanessa Garrison

Girl Trek

Mark Fillipell

Western Reserve Partners

Jim Brainard

Mayor of Carmel, IN

Edward Chang

Blank Rome LLP

James Sallis, PhD

University of California, San Diego

Balaji Bondili

Deloitte Consulting

John Friedmann

Norfolk Southern Railway

Catherine Sloss Jones

Sloss Real Estate Company

Ayesha McGowan

Liv Cycling

Juliette Rizzo

Department of Education

Daniel Rodriguez

University of California, Berkeley

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/24/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/24/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.