Inspiring people to care for, learn about and enjoy parks

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EIN: 94-3306697


The San Mateo County Parks Foundation inspires people to care for, learn about, and enjoy our parks. We are committed to conserving and improving the quality of our County Parks for current and future generations to enjoy.

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Principal Officer

Michele Beasley

Main address

1701 Coyote Point Drive

San Mateo, CA 94401 USA

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Subject area info

Out-of-school learning




Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Our programs

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Sine 1999, the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Foundation has raised almost $9 million in contributions to support a variety of programs and projects in San Mateo County Parks. $2 million was raised to help purchase the coast bluff, Mirada Surf, to allow the California Coastal Trail segment be completed. To further community involvement in the parks, we provide an annual grant to support the volunteer and interpretive programs. Supporting improvements for the youth facilities, grants were provided for playgrounds and improvements at a day-camp site. We also funded new recycling stations in the County Parks and improvements to the Sanchez Adobe Historic Site. Recognizing the importance of native habitats, funds are continually granted for efforts to remove non-native invasive weeds, replant and restore areas and restore fish habitat. Environmental education is a high priority for the community, so we fund a program to provide a teacher's resource guide to the County Parks and supporting materials such as field guides. A major focus for the Foundation is establishing interpretive centers to support the on-going programs in Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Other efforts this year include working with the community to secure a long-term funding source for all parks in San Mateo County.

Population(s) Served

Connecting children to the magic of parks by the age of ten is critical if we want to spark a lifelong love of nature and open space. However, transportation is often a costly barrier preventing schools and after-school programs from reaching our parks. Bus trips can cost up to $1,000 a trip. The Parks Foundation covers the transportation cost, connects groups to docents and/or rangers, offers Spanish-translation when needed and provides lunch for longer outings.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Restoring Edgewood's grasslands to their former floral beauty and species diversity is a challenge that cannot be handled by a small County Parks department alone. A strong cadre of volunteer leaders have come together to lead restoration efforts at Edgewood, with support from the Parks Foundation, Friends of Edgewood and other community partners. Overarching goals are to reduce invasive grasses and increase native plants, grasses, and wildflowers in Edgewood’s grassland acres; support recovery of listed plant species and the butterfly; and inspire, educate and engage the community in biodiversity conservation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Every Sunday (except on holiday weekends), 4 miles of Cañada Road is closed to car traffic and opened up to cyclists, runners and roller-bladers who may enjoy a safe and beautiful location in which to partake in some non-motorized fun!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Parks Foundation wants to break down the barriers that prevent people from knowing about and accessing the parks. We do this in a variety of ways:

+ Accessibility upgrades to paths of travel and restrooms
+ Annual park passes for check out in every library in San Mateo County
+ Funding for bilingual interns at SMC Parks
+ Translate self-guided tour brochures into Spanish and Chinese
+ A mini-grant program for BIPOC-led organizations to improve park access for their communities (e.g. Brown Girl Surf in Oakland gets a grant for their Mirada Surf surfing school)

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In celebration of the San Mateo County Park Foundation’s 25th anniversary and San Mateo County Parks’ centennial, the Parks Foundation want to engage the arts community to design posters that capture and celebrate the essence of each park. This is a new program and the first three parks we are seeking posters for are: 1) Memorial Park - a popular camping spot in the redwoods with Pescadero Creek flowing through it; 2) Fitzgerald Marine Reserve - home to a teeming community of marine life which make their home in that area between low and high tide and 3) Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve - whose serpentine grasslands are famous for their magnificent springtime wildflower display.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Artists and performers

In the lead up to Parks Centennial which began the 4th of July in 1924 when Memorial Park opened to campers for the first time, the Parks Foundation has been making steady improvements to the park:

+ environmental upgrades to the visitor center
+ refurbished and accessible restrooms at the visitor center
+ new ADA picnic areas
+ Accessibility upgrades to the flow around the visitor center
+ supporting the 'Crumb Clean' campaign to protect the endangered seabird, the marbled murrelet

Upcoming: upgrades to the Nature Center

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

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 21.74 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 11% over 10 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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 SAN MATEO COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION FOUNDATION’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 $36,399 $52,907 -$7,425 $95,982 $85,277
As % of expenses 11.6% 14.0% -1.8% 21.4% 16.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $36,399 $52,907 -$7,425 $95,982 $85,277
As % of expenses 11.6% 14.0% -1.8% 21.4% 16.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $424,465 $407,092 $386,689 $578,923 $733,983
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.0% -4.1% -5.0% 49.7% 26.8%
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 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 17.7% 12.3% 19.4% 13.0% 10.2%
All other grants and contributions 82.2% 87.7% 80.6% 87.0% 89.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $313,676 $377,122 $410,808 $447,494 $526,226
Total expenses, % change over prior year -36.6% 20.2% 8.9% 8.9% 17.6%
Personnel 40.4% 36.4% 34.4% 31.5% 30.2%
Professional fees 3.4% 4.7% 2.8% 3.4% 3.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 34.2% 33.0% 42.0% 51.6% 46.1%
All other expenses 22.0% 26.0% 20.8% 13.5% 20.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $313,676 $377,122 $410,808 $447,494 $526,226
One month of savings $26,140 $31,427 $34,234 $37,291 $43,852
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $339,816 $408,549 $445,042 $484,785 $570,078

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.9 8.4 8.4 9.5 13.4
Months of cash and investments 9.9 8.4 8.5 9.6 13.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.6 6.4 5.6 7.7 8.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $258,121 $262,570 $288,373 $352,611 $589,265
Investments $0 $1,628 $3,445 $6,320 $7,371
Receivables $0 $25,000 $1,055 $42,050 $9,282
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) 0.0% 0.0% 9.7% 1.2% 1.0%
Unrestricted net assets $147,496 $200,403 $192,978 $288,960 $374,237
Temporarily restricted net assets $111,806 $88,795 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $111,806 $88,795 $71,920 $108,254 $229,427
Total net assets $259,302 $289,198 $264,898 $397,214 $603,664

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

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Principal Officer

Michele Beasley

Michele Beasley was born and raised in San Mateo County and has dedicated her career to creating sustainable and equitable communities. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation in 2015, Michele was Greenbelt Alliance's Regional Director in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. She has also worked as an advocate for the homeless in Contra Costa County and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana supporting eco-tourism efforts in the late 1990s. Michele has served as a board member for Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County and TransForm. Michele received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Saint Mary's College of California.

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 06/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Amy Jensen

Peninsula Open Space Trust

Term: 2022 - 2023

Justin Knowles


Korrine Skinner

Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District

Susan Eliot


Joe Pfeister


Amy Jensen


Bev Talbott

Retired - Apple

Jessica Meng

Delfi Diagnostics

Katy Coonan-Rhoades

Volunteer - for people with disabilities

Larry Stites

Retired accountant

Mary DeLong

Volunteer - Beach Watch

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 6/30/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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