The mission of the Mohonk Preserve is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains by inspiring people to care for, enjoy, and explore the natural world.
The Preserve’s heritage of conservation dates back to 1869. We achieve our mission based on enduring values:
- A passion for, connection to, and ethical relationship with nature and the land entrusted to us.
- Excellence in all endeavors, careful planning, flexibility, teamwork, and openness to new ideas.
- Respect, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation toward partners, neighbors, and all others connected to the Preserve.
Mohonk Preserve abides by the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice developed by the Panel on the Non Profit Sector with encouragement from the U.S. Congress. We follow the Land Trust Alliance’s national Standards and Practices to operate in an ethical, legal, and technically sound manner and ensure the long-term protection of land in the public interest.
Legal Compliance and Public Disclosure
The Preserve complies with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations and meets its obligation for public disclosure through a Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy, a Whistleblower Policy, and other such measures. An Employee Handbook and Board of Directors Manual guide our practices and standards of conduct. The Preserve retains professional legal counsel and seeks legal advice when appropriate. You can view the Preserve’s latest annual financial statements and Certificate of Incorporation.
The Preserve’s Board of Directors oversees the organization through standing committees on all program areas and on governance, personnel, finance, and auditing. A Strategic Plan is reviewed and updated at regular intervals. We develop workplans and conduct performance reviews of staff annually. Objective external data on nonprofits support decisions on compensation and benefits.
Strong Financial Oversight
The Preserve conducts its financial affairs in accordance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). The Preserve undergoes an independent annual audit. An Audit Committee helps determine that the Preserve acts with fiduciary responsibility and the Preserve follows best practices in internal controls and risk management. Budgets are developed annually; financial statements are reviewed quarterly to ensure adherence of expenditures to the budget. Sound investment policies and procedures guide management of financial assets, and the Preserve has a spending rule of 5 percent of the market value of invested assets. For more information, contact the Director of Finance and Administration.
The Preserve adheres to standards of the National Council on Planned Giving and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. As an organization defined under Section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the Preserve adheres to the regulations, rules, and guidelines of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. We comply with charity laws of all states. See our GuideStar charity profile for more information.
More than 80 percent of the Preserve’s annual budget is spent directly on programs. Contribute magazine’s 2007 listing of the top 200 charities in the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area named the Mohonk Preserve as one of the top donor-worthy charities in recognition of institutional stability and lean and efficient operations.
All contributions to the Preserve are used consistent with donors’ intent and as promised in fundraising solicitations. Donor-directed funds are used only in accordance with written agreements, and permanently restricted donor endowments are invested with the principal being non-invadable. The Preserve has Gift Acceptance and Acknowledgment Policies and Procedures for all types of gifts. The administration and accounting of charitable gifts and memberships are reviewed regularly.