The Society of American Foresters is committed to transparency. We provide the public with financial information including annual audits for the past five years and our Internal Revenue Service 990 forms.

Members of SAF also have access to SAF’s Annual Operating Budget and SAF's Board Meeting Minutes.

Financial Audits

SAF’s audited financial statements include the following three financial statements: 
     1. The Statement of Financial Position (or Balance Sheet) shows what the assets (things of value) and liabilities (debts) of the Society were on December 31 of each audit year.
     2. The Statement of Activities (or Income Statement) shows what comprised the revenue and expenses for the operations for each audit year and whether there was an increase or decrease in the net assets of the organization.
     3. The Statement of Cash Flows demonstrates where the organization’s cash came from and how the cash was used.*
*From How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements: A Practical Guide.  Lang, Andrew S. et al.  American Society of Association Executives, 2017.

Internal Revenue Services Form 990s

Form 990 allows the IRS and the public to evaluate nonprofits and how they operate. IRS Form 990 ensures that nonprofits disclose any potential conflicts of interest, compensation of board members and staff, and other details having to do with financial accountability and avoidance of fraud.




SAF Bylaws

The SAF bylaws outline how the organization operates including membership, meetings, state societies and other state bodies, the board of directors, officers, committees of the board, advisory committees, the role of the CEO, and ethics. Click the link below to download the SAF bylaws.
SAF Bylaws
(Adobe PDF File)

Strategic Plan 2021-2025

SAF's Strategic Plan was accepted by the Board of Directors in May 2021, and outlines a clear mission, vision, and set of strategic goals and objectives for 2021-2025.

Download SAF's Strategic Plan through the link below.

2021-2025 SAF Strategic Plan   
(Adobe PDF File)

Membership Portfolio Analysis 

During the second half of 2021, SAF conducted a membership portfolio analysis among our community members to gain a better understanding of our membership base. We conducted a full-scale quantitative survey and reached out to about 12,000 current and former members, receiving responses from a little over 3,000 participants. View our results and next steps by downloading the report below. 

Membership Portfolio Analysis Review

Annual Reports

The annual report highlights the important work of the Society each year and its efforts to provide value to members and grow the profession. The annual report has a three-fold purpose—to inform and communicate with members, partners, and other individuals interested in the organization; to serve as an accountability mechanism from the leadership to the members; and to serve as a document of record for a number of metrics and organizational elements. 

While an annual report can only touch on the highlights, we hope our members, partners, and other stakeholders find each Annual Report informative, relevant, and meaningful.