Peaks To People Water Fund

Protecting Watersheds, sustaining habitats, enriching communities

aka Peaks To People Water Fund   |   Fort Collins, CO   |
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Peaks To People Water Fund

EIN: 82-3779406


Our mission is to create a watershed fund through which community members support land stewards who conserve and enhance nature’s ability to provide clean and abundant water, healthy food, productive soils, carbon storage, wildlife habitat, and inspiring open spaces for all community members to enjoy.

Notes from the nonprofit

Widespread decline in forest health due to the effects of climate change and wildfire suppression have decreased the ecological resilience of the Big Thompson watershed & exponentially increased the risk of catastrophic wildfire. This has put the communities within the forested areas as well as those dependent upon its natural resources at very high risk. Narrowly spared from the unprecedented 2020 East Troublesome, Cameron Peak, and Calwood wildfires, it has become more urgent than ever to protect the Big Thompson watershed and the communities housed within. It is undeniably one of the single most important resources to Northern Colorado providing water to more than 30 municipalities along the Front Range and hundreds of agricultural producers on the eastern plains. It provides thousands of acres of critical wildlife habitat and, of course, countless recreational opportunities.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Julie Dubin

Main address

1001-A E Harmony RD #171

Fort Collins, CO 80525 USA

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Subject area info

Natural resources

Water resources

Fire prevention and control

Population served info


NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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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?

Big Thompson Initiative

After years of protection from wildfire, Colorado’s forests have become dense and overgrown, increasing the risk of severe wildfires that threaten water supplies with sedimentation and debris. In 2020 alone, Northern Colorado experienced the catastrophic effects of the two largest fires in Colorado history, the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires, which combined burned over 400,000 acres/625 square miles. These fires exceeded $149 million in suppression costs,

We will treat 84% of the feasible wildfire risk to the Big Thompson watershed over the next 10 years. Through leveraged funds and new funds, we will invest $67 million from 2021 to 2031 to restore our forests to their natural state and reduce the risk of severe wildfires. Guided by sophisticated tools, Peaks to People has identified the locations for treatment based on the greatest potential risk reduction. Additionally, each treatment site is monitored before and after the treatment to accurately measure the results.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Northern Colorado Fireshed Collaborative 2018

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Peaks To People Water Fund
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 Peaks to People 2022 Report 2020 Peaks to People FY 2020 Audited Financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.83 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.8 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Peaks To People Water Fund

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Peaks To People Water Fund

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 Peaks To People Water Fund’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $150,708 $6,063 $34,523 -$7,038 -$47,540
As % of expenses 131.3% 2.9% 14.9% -3.9% -15.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $150,708 $6,063 $34,523 -$7,038 -$47,540
As % of expenses 131.3% 2.9% 14.9% -3.9% -15.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $265,525 $213,007 $266,545 $173,137 $252,422
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -19.8% 25.1% -35.0% 45.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.3% 32.9%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 91.3% 88.7% 67.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 8.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $114,817 $206,944 $232,022 $180,175 $299,962
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 80.2% 12.1% -22.3% 66.5%
Personnel 59.7% 56.1% 51.5% 72.0% 52.7%
Professional fees 12.7% 14.5% 12.1% 17.4% 11.0%
Occupancy 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.6% 0.5%
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 27.1% 29.0% 35.9% 9.9% 35.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $114,817 $206,944 $232,022 $180,175 $299,962
One month of savings $9,568 $17,245 $19,335 $15,015 $24,997
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $124,385 $224,189 $251,357 $195,190 $324,959

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 36.8 14.0 7.1 10.8 5.1
Months of cash and investments 36.8 14.0 7.1 10.8 5.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.8 3.9 5.3 6.3 1.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $352,295 $240,573 $136,939 $162,623 $127,819
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $83,128
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 57.4% 73.2% 31.0% 42.2% 77.9%
Unrestricted net assets $150,708 $67,118 $101,641 $94,603 $47,063
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $150,708 $67,118 $101,641 $94,603 $47,063

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Julie Dubin

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Peaks To People Water Fund

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Robert Addington

The Nature Conservancy Colorado

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/23/2023

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

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.