Better Business Bureau Report for
National Ability Center

Better Business Bureau Report issued July 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires July 2017

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Charity Contact Information

Name: National Ability Center
Address: 1000 Ability Way
  Park City, UT 84060
Phone: 435-649-3991
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Park City Handicapped Sports Association

Year, State Incorporated: 1986, Utah
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to empower individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs."

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Evaluation Conclusions


National Ability Center (NAC) does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

 National Ability Center does not meet this Standard because:

  • The Annual Report does not include a Mission Statement.
  • The Annual Report does not include the Board Roster.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

 National Ability Center does not meet this Standard because:

  • The website does not have a link to the most recent IRS Form 990.
National Ability Center (NAC) meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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National Ability Center began in 1985 as a community-based program serving 45 veterans with disabilities. For nearly 30 years, the organization's continuing mission has been to provide programming that empowers participants of all abilities – including athletes, veterans, adults and children – to achieve more than they feel physically and emotionally capable of doing. Today, these programs engage more than 3,400 people of all abilities each year through 22,000 lessons and experiences in a wide variety of sports, recreation and educational activities; indirectly impacting 12,000 family members and caregivers. Participants come from all socioeconomic backgrounds, from 50 US states and 14 countries around the globe. National Ability Center programs are classified into four categories to support the widest range of interests, skill levels and abilities: Sports and Recreation programs: alpine skiing, aquatics, archery, biathlon, cross-country skiing, cycling, equestrian programs, rock climbing, sled hockey, snowboarding, and water sports. Training and Education programs: ability awareness trainings, conferences, corporate retreats, international programs, internships, and outreach and in-service presentations. Camps, Groups, Military, Family and Custom programs: community partner activities and leisure skills, health and wellness retreats, high and low ropes course, and team building activities. Competition Programs and Events: Ability Snow Challenge event, adaptive alpine races, adaptive alpine ski team, para-snowboard team, and Special Olympics teams.

For the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016, NAC's program expenses were:

Sports Programs 4,580,677
Total Program Expenses: $4,580,677
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Chief Executive : Gail Loveland , Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Michael Kerby
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, Big-D Construction

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 135

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,420,331, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on NAC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016.

Source of Funds  
In-Kind Contributions 3,962,562
Contributions 2,002,609
Special Events (net) 1,615,969
Sports Program Fees (net) 1,032,917
Grants and Contracts 839,191
Lodging and Facility Rental 221,637
Investment Income 193,132
Other Income 8,774
Total Income $9,876,791


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $9,876,791
Program expenses $4,580,677
Fund raising expenses 562,306
Administrative expenses 401,966
Total expenses $5,544,949
Income in Excess of Expenses 4,331,842
Beginning net assets 8,654,557
Ending net assets 12,986,399
Total liabilities 392,572
Total assets $13,378,971

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