Friends of the Riverfront

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Friends of the Riverfront

EIN: 25-1655056


Friends of the Riverfront develops and maintains safe, clean, and accessible riverfront trails as part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Water Trail systems to create and maintain an outstanding experience for trail users while providing economic, environmental and health benefits to the Pittsburgh region.

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Executive Director

Ms. Kelsey Ripper

Main address

100 Hafner Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15223 USA

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Subject area info


Land resources

Economic development

Community beautification

Sports and recreation

Population served info



NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Economic Development (S30)

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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?

Land Trail Development

As a founding project, Friends of the Riverfront is dedicated to the continued expansion of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Traditionally, our role has been largely focused on the development and stewardship of trails within the Allegheny County, and we have been extremely successful in these endeavors. Now we seek to build on this success by expanding the Three Rivers Heritage Trail outward to include riverfront trail development and acquisition of critical right of ways along our region's riverfronts.

Population(s) Served

The Three Rivers Water Trail is a system of non-motorized access points that offer easy access to and from the rivers. The access points include informative signage and canoe/kayak racks. Friends of the Riverfront will continue to develop the Three Rivers Water Trail System, which began with the Allegheny River and is now expanding to include the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Friends of the Riverfront works in conjunction with community leaders, river users and government officials to scout for potential access sites, parking areas and hazards. We then install non-motorized boat racks, place informative signage to be seen from land and water and create, circulate and update maps for users of the water trail landing sites.

Population(s) Served

Riverfronts Naturally is a program working to restore native vegetation to areas adjoining the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, desolate Brownfield areas and other public spaces. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail has established public access to the rivers, and is creating an opportunity to improve and showcase the ecological health of our riparian environment. Aided by Friends of the Riverfront's Trail Care Handbook we have a clear road map to engaging volunteers in meaningful stewardship of our riverfronts and trail related amenities.

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Friends of the Riverfront
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 27.11 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Friends of the Riverfront

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Friends of the Riverfront

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Friends of the Riverfront’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $102,336 $38,304 $28,958 $328,358 $273,885
As % of expenses 48.6% 13.1% 7.3% 77.9% 54.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $102,336 $38,304 $28,958 $324,728 $270,255
As % of expenses 48.6% 13.1% 7.3% 76.4% 53.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $234,050 $325,902 $613,807 $564,269 $726,711
Total revenue, % change over prior year -53.3% 39.2% 88.3% -8.1% 28.8%
Program services revenue 3.3% 6.5% 6.0% 8.8% 9.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.5% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 96.6% 93.0% 93.8% 87.7% 90.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.4% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $210,714 $292,102 $395,931 $421,618 $500,047
Total expenses, % change over prior year -55.1% 38.6% 35.5% 6.5% 18.6%
Personnel 48.2% 61.3% 69.2% 67.6% 63.6%
Professional fees 30.4% 16.2% 8.8% 20.0% 21.5%
Occupancy 8.9% 6.1% 3.7% 3.7% 3.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 12.6% 16.4% 18.3% 8.7% 11.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $210,714 $292,102 $395,931 $425,248 $503,677
One month of savings $17,560 $24,342 $32,994 $35,135 $41,671
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $55,227
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $18,150 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $228,274 $316,444 $428,925 $478,533 $600,575

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.8 8.5 13.1 17.1 17.9
Months of cash and investments 10.0 8.7 13.3 17.2 18.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.7 4.9 4.5 13.1 17.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $172,597 $207,916 $433,774 $601,348 $745,550
Investments $2,476 $4,093 $4,093 $4,093 $7,994
Receivables $0 $0 $30,000 $10,600 $31,815
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $95,500 $95,500 $95,500 $113,650 $113,650
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 11.0% 11.0% 11.0% 12.4% 15.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.4% 2.2% 8.1% 9.6% 0.7%
Unrestricted net assets $166,734 $205,038 $233,996 $558,724 $828,979
Temporarily restricted net assets $94,671 $90,167 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $94,671 $90,167 $279,085 $93,378 $50,000
Total net assets $261,405 $295,205 $513,081 $652,102 $878,979

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

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Executive Director

Ms. Kelsey Ripper

After growing up riding her bike on the trails and rowing the rivers of Pittsburgh, Kelsey lived and worked in New York City as a nonprofit manager and then as a nonprofit and economic development attorney. Her first introduction to Friends of the Riverfront was as a board member and volunteer. Before joining Friends as Executive Director, Kelsey was the Director of the Microenterprise Project at Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS), an economic development program that provides free legal assistance to under-resourced small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Prior to working at VOLS, Kelsey was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Lawyers Alliance for New York where she designed and implemented a program to provide legal services to nonprofit clients addressing food security. Kelsey has a J.D. from Fordham Law School and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and American Studies from Fordham University. She continues to hike, bike, and row along Pittsburgh's rivers.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Friends of the Riverfront

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Durwood Hill

Stacey Vernallis


Durwood Hill

Tom Demagall

Golden Triangle Bike Rental

Jeanne K. Clark


Samantha Hartzman

Duquesne Light

Christopher Hetz


Anna Tang

Bicycle League of America

Lauren Burge

Eckert Seamans

Doug Clark

Civil & Environmental Consultants

Will Simpson

Simpson McCrady

Angela Martinez

City of Pittsburgh

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 9/15/2022

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Heterosexual or straight
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