Charity Navigator is a well-known evaluator of non-profit and charitable organizations. Charity Navigator’s evaluation of the League of American Bicyclists indicates that the organization’s finances are a bit shaky. While the League gets 3 out of 4 stars for “Organizational Efficiency,” its “Capacity Rating” is only 1 out of 4 because revenue is shrinking while expenses are essentially flat. The data on the Charity Navigator website are from 2006, so LAB’s financial state may have improved since then. Unfortunately the latest Annual Report published on LAB’s website is also from 2006, which in itself is a bit worrisome!
The League is currently holding elections for Board Members. Our California representative in Region 6 is Amanda Eichstaedt, whose candidate statement in the paper American Bicyclist speaks of efforts to “tighten up the procedures and day to day operating guidelines for the organization.” Board Member Eichstaedt sounds like she’s aware of management problems and is working to sort them out. Certainly the passage of the Bicycle Commuter Act made 2008 overall a successful year for the League.