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Trails4All

 13720 Florine Avenue
 Paramount, CA 90723
[P] (310) 344-9229
[F] --
http://www.trails4all.org
[email protected]
Jim Meyer
FOUNDED: 1992
INCORPORATED: 1995
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0719807 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

Trails4All is a volunteer trail advocacy organization comprised of cyclists, equestrians, hikers, trail runners, community service groups, corporate volunteers and public agency staff working together to build and preserve shared-use recreational trails in, and connecting to, Orange County, California.

Mission Statement

Trails4All is a volunteer trail advocacy organization comprised of cyclists, equestrians, hikers, trail runners, community service groups, corporate volunteers and public agency staff working together to build and preserve shared-use recreational trails in, and connecting to, Orange County, California.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $55,000.00
Projected Revenue $60,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Trails4All General Operations

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview


Mission Statement

Trails4All is a volunteer trail advocacy organization comprised of cyclists, equestrians, hikers, trail runners, community service groups, corporate volunteers and public agency staff working together to build and preserve shared-use recreational trails in, and connecting to, Orange County, California.

Background Statement

We were founded as the “Trails Council of Orange County” in 1992, then in 1995 became a 501(c)(3) and changed our name to Trails4All. We expanded our work to the greater Santa Ana River Watershed and began programs in the Inland Empire in 2004. Since 1997, we have helped our strategic partners and local public agencies organize nearly 60,000 volunteers to work on more than 1,285 regional trail-work, cleanup and restoration projects.  Trails4All volunteers have logged over a quarter million volunteer-hours!


Impact Statement

In the past year we have successfully continued our Partnerships4Trails program, working with students, educators, parents, and the Forest Service out in the Santa Ana Mountains.  We continued with our program in Santa Ana where we partner with students from Godinez HS and our "Land Manager" partner is the Heritage Museum of OC.  This program teaches young people environmental awareness and provide hands on experience in trail rehabilitation and maintenance and natural habitat restoration.  

We hosted our 21st annual "Inner-Coastal & Watershed Cleanup", working at over twenty locations throughout Orange County and engaged over 2,000 volunteers.

We were selected by the State of California to represent the multi-use trail users community and served on the "Lower Los Angeles River Revitalization Working Group" which was formed as part of Assembly Bill, AB-530.  As part of the Working Group's community outreach efforts, Trails4All hosted two "Sharing Our Trails" clinics that focused on trail etiquette, especially as related to sharing trails with horses.

We presented a similar clinic at the Western States Horse Expo, held in Pomona.
We have been active in trail advocacy, and have offered professional outdoor recreation consulation services for local Governments and organizations throughout Southern California. 
 
Our goals for the current year are to recruit and train more volunteers, and to expand our efforts to more locations, more parks and more trails.

Needs Statement

  • Funding for our Partnership4Trails is always challenging, but donors should know that every dollar is used to help youth connect hands-on with the natural environment. 
  • We need to hire a consultant to help update our business plan and/or create a strategic plan.
  • Since we are falling behind in our fundraising we'd like to employ the services of a fundraising consultant.
 

CEO Statement

We realize that there are nonprofits out there who have causes that are more compelling than recreational trails, but trails and openspace and habitat ARE tremendously important quality of life issues and we hope that funders agree!

More and more people are using trails for fitness and recreation, and organized, trained and equipped volunteers help to mitigate the impacts.

Board Chair Statement

   

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations can also be made by mailing a check.  Trails4All offers many volunteer opportunities, such as helping with site restorations, trail maintenance, trail building, and environmental cleanup events in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties.

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
North Orange County
Trails4All is active in four Southern California counties, primarily Orange County, but also in adjacent communities in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Much of our work takes place along trails & bikeways along the lengths of rivers & creeks such as the San Gabriel and Santa Ana River and the Coyote Creek Watersheds.  These projects extend for miles and into adjacent Los Angeles, Riverside & San Bernardino Counties.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Recreation & Sports - Alliances & Advocacy

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Programs


Trails4All General Operations

In recent years, Trails4All has been at the forefront in helping to build & repair trails, improve the environment and encouraging a spirit of etiquette and cooperation among all trail users throughout Orange and surrounding counties. Since 1997, Trails4All has helped to organize over 1,500 work projects, removed well over 1,000,000 of pounds of trash from our waterways and canyons, provided thousands of dollars in cash grants and materials to other trail volunteer groups, and sponsored trail construction seminars. From urban trails to remote locations in the Cleveland National Forest, Trails4All has coordinated more than 55,000 volunteers who have donated more than a quarter million volunteer-hours, to keep our trails open and our environment clean.
Budget  $65,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
OK... Not sure how to define "Short Term Success".  We are a very small (staff of one) organization, and we do multiple projects simultaneously. Most everything we do has significant overlap...  Our "Inner-Coastal & Watershed Cleanup" provides a community service and learning opportunity for our students engaged in our "Partnerships4Trail" program.  Those students in turn, make up a portion of the volunteers for Inner-Coastal.  

As long as a reasonable number of volunteers or students show up, put down their iPhones, video games and boom-boxes, get their hand dirty, and don't break anything or get hurt, and at the end of the day (or program)  have experienced nature and the outdoors, to me that qualifies as a "short term success".  
 
One of the areas that we are seeking funding for is to hire a consultant to help develop a "strategic plan".  Perhaps then we can add some more sophisticated evaluations to our list. 




 

All together our volunteers have logged over 250,000 volunteer hours!  We simply put volunteers on the ground with tools in their hands.

 
Program Long-Term Success  Since 1997, Trails4All has helped our strategic partners and public agencies organize more than 58,000 volunteers to work on more than 1,250 countywide trail work, cleanup and restoration projects by sharing and maximizing resources such as tools, materials and experienced personnel. All together our volunteers have logged over 250,000 volunteer hours!
Program Success Monitored By 
We do not have the funding or resources to track programs much beyond how many actual volunteers Trails4All brings to the field, with some level of skill and training, and with a tool in their hand, and, at the end of the day, how much work got done.
 
For "Inner-Coastal & Watershed Cleanup", are we adding or losing project sites and/or volunteers? How many miles cleaned?  How many Tons of trash are kept from reaching the ocean?

For "Partnerships4Trails", How many schools and or youth groups are active?  How are our land manager partners engaging with us?  How many students (and families) are participating?  

In this program, we have identified that there IS the ability to to pre & post test, track overall grades and test scores, attendance, etc., but with our limited resources, we have not been able to do that yet.
Examples of Program Success 
Our annual "Inner-Coastal & Watershed Cleanup" has been "successful" in that over 35,000 volunteers have participated and picked up over 1,300,000 pounds of trash.  It has become a model for other Counties and agencies from around the state who want to clean their inland watershed sites.

Over the course of  eight years, our "Partnerships4Trails" program has involved more than 250 youths, from nine schools and has worked with a mix of public and private land managers.  Our students have planned and constructed trails, planned three "National Trails Day" projects, two on-campus award winning habitat restoration projects, and done habitat restoration work at two other locations.
 
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Meyer
CEO Term Start Jan 1997
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Serving on North & Central Orange County Integrated Regional Watershed Management (IRWM) Planning Group; Serving on the Lower Los Angeles River Revitalization (AB530) Working Group (Representing non-motorized recreational trail users) 2016-Present;  Vice President, Back County Horsemen of California, Santa Ana River Unit 2014-2016; Served as Fourth District Representative, Los Angeles County Bicycle Advisory Committee, 2009-2015; Past Director, Nature Reserve of Orange County, 1999-2011; Past Chair of Orange County Regional Recreational Trails Advisory Committee, 1990-2007; steering committee member SHARE, 1989-1994; Executive Committee Member and Conservation Chair of Sierra Club in Orange County, 1993-1994; Founder and Chair of the Trails Council of Orange County (Now Trails4All).  Equestrian, mountain bicyclist, hiker, and trail builder.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Jim Meyer Executive Director Serving as Fourth District Representative, Los Angeles County Bicycle Advisory Committee, 2009-Present; Past Director, Nature Reserve of Orange County, 1999-2011; Past Chair of Orange County Regional Recreational Trails Advisory Committee, 1990-2007; steering committee member SHARE, 1989-1994; Executive Committee Member and Conservation Chair of Sierra Club in Orange County, 1993-1994; Founder and Chair of the Trails Council of Orange County (Now Trails4All) . Mountain bicyclist, equestrian, hiker, and trail builder.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Outstanding Community Service City of Santa Ana 2016
“Outstanding Grass Roots Planning Award”, for our “Coyote Creek Trail” Master Plan American Planning Assoc. (Statewide) 2009
National Community Service Award American Trails 2009
Community Service Award Disneyland 2003

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Not sure what is required here.  Trails4All collaborates with the State's Coastal Commission and up to thirty local government agencies on our annual "Inner-Coastal & Watershed Cleanup".  We Collaborate with Federal state and other agencies and numerous school districts, as well as private organizations on or "Partnerships4Trails" environmental youth leadership program.  

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 21
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Dan Nove'
Board Chair Company Affiliation County of Orange, OC Parks
Board Chair Term Feb 2014 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Lauren Ghazikhanian RIESTER Corporation Voting
Ms. Jayne Jones Anaheim Equestrian Center, Rancho del Rio Voting
Ms. Diana Mailly CPA Mays & Mailly, CPA Voting
Ms. Beatrice Musacchia County of Orange Storm Water Program Voting
Mr. Dan Nove -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 40%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments

We are actively seeking grants that would allow us to hire a consultant to help us in these areas.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $55,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 IRS Form990EZ

2014 IRS Form 990EZ

2013 Form 990 EZ

2012 Form 990 EZ

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $58,295 $52,373 $54,558
Total Expenses $37,536 $57,342 $44,140

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$58,295 $52,373 $54,558
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $30,907 $48,640 $39,514
Administration Expense $6,629 -- $4,626
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- $8,702 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.55 0.91 1.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses 82% 85% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $29,265 $8,506 $13,475
Current Assets $29,265 $8,506 $13,475
Long-Term Liabilities -- $-4,969 --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $29,265 $13,475 $13,475

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% -58% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the form 990-EZ's and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. 

Documents


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