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EIN: 42-1661720


Building a successfully community by bringing people together to promote transportation options, safe streets, and walkable neighborhoods.

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Executive Director

Rob Zako

Main address

PO Box 773

Eugene, OR 97440-0773 USA

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Formerly known as

Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation

Better Eugene-Springfield Transit

Friends for Justin



Subject area info

Physical fitness

Public policy

Urban development

Community organizing

Human rights

Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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What we aim to solve

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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?

Transportation Options

BEST promotes transportation options: walking, bicycling, riding the bus, car sharing, etc.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

BEST promotes safe streets for everyone. We are working for Vision Zero: the goal of no deaths or life-changing injuries on our transportation system.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

BEST supports walkable neighborhoods with complete streets that provide transportation options for people of all abilities and ages, from 8 to 80.

BEST is also a founding partner of the Better Housing Together coalition:

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Through our wholly owned subsidiary Nexus for Eugene Sustainable Transportation (NEST) LLC, BEST owns and leases the commercial property at 455 West 1st Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401, to local nonprofits and for-projects engaged in bicycle or sustainable transportation education, services, or advocacy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.50 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.5 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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 info

This snapshot of BETTER EUGENE-SPRINGFIELD TRANSPORTATION’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 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,565,606
As % of expenses 1281.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,563,661
As % of expenses 1259.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,687,799
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 2.5%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 97.5%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $122,193
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 82.6%
Professional fees 1.0%
Occupancy 13.3%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 3.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $124,138
One month of savings $10,183
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $1,584,816
Total full costs (estimated) $1,719,137

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 3.7
Months of cash and investments 3.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.6
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $37,239
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,584,816
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.7%
Unrestricted net assets $1,609,507
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $1,609,507

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Rob Zako

BEST Executive Director Rob Zako has been working for a quarter century on transportation, land use, and climate change issues. Previously as a research associate with the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Institute, he explored using the triple bottom line to make transportation and other decisions; examined the efforts of four states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation; and studied how effectively transportation investments are advancing livability and other goals. As a planner for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, he assisted metropolitan areas reduce greenhouse gas emission from transportation. As an independent consultant, he led the effort to establish the Lane Area Commission on Transportation (LaneACT). For five years he was the transportation advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon. Rob has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Marianne Nolte

Betsy Hunter

Mike DeLuise

Tiffany Edwards

Marianne Nolte

Steve Bade

Mike Eyster

Annie Price

Jennifer Hayward

Mike Eyster

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/23/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2022

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

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.