Appalachian Mountain Club

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Boston, MA   |
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Appalachian Mountain Club

EIN: 04-6001677


The mission of the Appalachian Mountain Club is to foster the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the outdoors. We envision a world where our natural resources are healthy, loved, and always protected, and where the outdoors occupies a place of central importance in every person’s life.

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President & CEO

Nicole Zussman

Main address

10 City Square

Boston, MA 02129 USA

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Subject area info


Natural resources

Environmental education

Sports and recreation


Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Our programs

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

Outdoor Journey

Our learning and leadership curriculum, in concert with outdoor programs, experiences, leadership opportunities, and volunteerism, engages our community for lifelong fun and preparedness in the outdoors. AMC’s Center for Outdoor Learning and Leadership (COLL) supports people of all ages and backgrounds in their pursuit of outdoor experiences to reach personal and professional goals. Our accessible and affordable resources, workshops, and trainings, led by a team of experienced staff and volunteers, cater to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in outdoor activities, naturalist and scientific topics, conservation advocacy, trails stewardship, and outdoor leadership. We also teach outdoor skills and build awareness of conservation issues through youth programs such as our residential and backcountry Teen Wilderness Adventures and A Mountain Classroom school programming.

Population(s) Served

With support from AMC’s trusted community of members, supporters, and volunteers, we provide a recreational network of professionally maintained trails (over 1,800 miles) and outdoor program centers, lodges, cabins, camps, and campsites from Maine to New Jersey. Our facilities serve as outdoor recreation and environmental education centers, offering friendly staff, family-style meals, and organized activities. Our staff naturalists and educators offer both walk-on programs and multi-day trips based out of our destinations in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York. We also arrange custom adventures for any interest or skill level. In addition, our volunteers maintain a variety of seasonal full-service and self-service lodging and camping destinations.

Population(s) Served

Through conservation research, science-based advocacy, trail stewardship, citizen engagement, and strong coalitions, AMC stands as a leader in combating climate change and protecting our region’s ecosystems and the recreational experiences they provide. AMC advocates for land conservation funding on behalf of critical projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Highlands regions and also provides leadership for the national Land and Water Conservation Coalition. Working with coalition partners and local communities, we build grassroots support for priority conservation projects and mobilize voices to advocate for greater federal investment in conservation and recreation. We use science-based conservation mapping to pinpoint priority land protection areas and are leaders in protecting alpine ecosystems. Through our Maine Woods Initiative, AMC has protected over 75,000 acres of land in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness region and is working with The Conservation Fund to protect nearly 27,000 ad

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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Appalachian Mountain Club
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 AMC Audited Financial Statements 2020 A-133 Single Audit 2020
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.48 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Appalachian Mountain Club

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Appalachian Mountain Club’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$11,725,704 $23,108,834 $8,198,326 -$1,158,928 $18,690,758
As % of expenses -47.2% 81.7% 27.7% -4.0% 63.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$13,177,045 $21,396,330 $6,011,251 -$3,521,482 $16,339,417
As % of expenses -50.2% 71.4% 18.9% -11.2% 51.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $31,820,756 $46,242,039 $33,070,020 $43,806,285 $35,424,938
Total revenue, % change over prior year 5.0% 45.3% -28.5% 32.5% -19.1%
Program services revenue 41.4% 31.3% 46.0% 35.6% 46.0%
Membership dues 8.2% 5.6% 8.2% 6.0% 7.4%
Investment income 9.4% 1.9% 8.5% 11.4% 5.2%
Government grants 1.7% 1.2% 1.4% 1.1% 1.4%
All other grants and contributions 36.7% 26.2% 32.8% 43.7% 37.3%
Other revenue 2.5% 33.9% 3.2% 2.2% 2.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $24,822,141 $28,271,931 $29,600,735 $29,100,843 $29,645,640
Total expenses, % change over prior year 10.0% 13.9% 4.7% -1.7% 1.9%
Personnel 57.4% 55.3% 54.8% 59.4% 60.5%
Professional fees 4.7% 3.9% 6.8% 3.8% 2.3%
Occupancy 2.8% 2.3% 3.0% 3.6% 3.8%
Interest 0.1% 0.5% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 34.9% 38.0% 34.9% 32.8% 33.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $26,273,482 $29,984,435 $31,787,810 $31,463,397 $31,996,981
One month of savings $2,068,512 $2,355,994 $2,466,728 $2,425,070 $2,470,470
Debt principal payment $0 $497,423 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $12,352,386 $22,354,341 $5,708,021 $0 $3,072,019
Total full costs (estimated) $40,694,380 $55,192,193 $39,962,559 $33,888,467 $37,539,470

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Months of cash 6.3 4.7 3.5 9.1 5.5
Months of cash and investments 35.9 29.6 31.2 34.5 34.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 30.1 26.5 26.4 25.6 31.5
Balance sheet composition info 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Cash $13,099,116 $11,179,248 $8,518,963 $22,008,345 $13,527,356
Investments $61,147,476 $58,566,589 $68,319,995 $61,561,948 $72,589,895
Receivables $11,881,281 $15,766,739 $12,673,022 $11,967,207 $13,135,472
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $64,385,822 $85,183,613 $90,823,248 $92,783,228 $95,215,523
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 35.3% 26.9% 27.5% 29.6% 30.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 12.9% 11.3% 10.6% 10.5% 10.4%
Unrestricted net assets $91,340,239 $112,736,569 $118,747,820 $115,226,338 $131,565,755
Temporarily restricted net assets $17,690,523 $15,574,256 $17,258,817 $0 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $3,665,399 $3,666,399 $3,908,166 $29,910,125 N/A
Total restricted net assets $21,355,922 $19,240,655 $21,166,983 $29,910,125 $26,816,309
Total net assets $112,696,161 $131,977,224 $139,914,803 $145,136,463 $158,382,064

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

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President & CEO

Nicole Zussman

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/30/2023
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Board chair

Yvette Austin Smith

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Organizational demographics

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