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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

North Lakeland Discovery Center

A natural destination for discovery

three stars

83.41

14006 Discovery Lane P.O. Box 237
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545
tel: (877) 543-2085   Web Site
EIN: 39-1852858

Board Leadership
Karen Dixon
Chair

CEO
John Heusinkveld
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.41 three stars
  Financial 76.54 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The North Lakeland Discovery Center is a place where people can come to connect to the natural world. Our location in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is beautifully remote, surrounded by water and forests, and yet accessible to visitors. Our mission is to enrich lives and inspire an ethic of care for Wisconsin's Northwoods, through the facilitation of connections among nature, people and community. NLDC can be described as a nature-based education and community center. Our market is regional, appealing to people who live, own second homes and vacation in Wisconsin's Northwoods. An expanding market is organized groups interested in nature-recreation opportunities and programs. These include groups such as Conservation Leadership Camp and Urban Ecology Center.

The North Lakeland Discovery Center is a place where people can come to connect to the natural world. Our location in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is beautifully remote, surrounded by water and forests, and yet accessible to visitors. Our mission is to enrich lives and inspire an ethic of care for Wisconsin's Northwoods, through the facilitation of connections among nature, people and community. NLDC can be described as a nature-based education and community center. Our market is regional, appealing to people who live, own second homes and vacation in Wisconsin's Northwoods. An expanding market is organized groups interested in nature-recreation opportunities and programs. These include groups such as Conservation Leadership Camp and Urban Ecology Center.

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Financial

two stars

76.54

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
67.1%
  Administrative Expenses 25.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.73
  Program Expenses Growth 4.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Lakeland Discovery Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by North Lakeland Discovery Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Lakeland Discovery Center (WI) 83.41 three stars
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (CO) 89.98 three stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.81 three stars
Riveredge Nature Center (WI) 91.90 four stars
Harris Center for Conservation Education (NH) 91.12 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $952,299
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $199,400
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,151,699
   Program Service Revenue $190,401
Total Primary Revenue $1,342,100
   Other Revenue $94,022
TOTAL REVENUE $1,436,122
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $570,190
   Administrative Expenses $194,527
   Fundraising Expenses $82,781
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $847,498
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $588,624
   
Net Assets $2,401,139

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Outdoor Education Program $570,190 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 10/01/2019 83.41 three stars
2017-09 05/01/2019 82.53 three stars
2017-09 02/01/2019 79.76 two stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 80.20 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 78.92 two stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 74.47 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/01/2015 70.19 two stars
2013-09 12/01/2014 73.48 two stars
2012-09 04/01/2014 80.88 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 39-1852858
Name in IRS Master File NORTH LAKELAND DISCOVERY CENTER INC
NTEE Code A99
NTEE Classification Arts, Culture, and Humanities N.E.C.
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$53,140 6.27% John Heusinkveld Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
North Lakeland Discovery Center (WI) 83.41 three stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.81 three stars
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NJ) 96.36 four stars
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (OH) 89.78 three stars
Blandford Nature Center (MI) 87.81 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

North Lakeland Discovery Center
14006 Discovery Lane
P.O. Box 237
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545
tel: (877) 543-2085
EIN: 39-1852858

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Board Leadership

Karen Dixon
Chair

CEO

John Heusinkveld
Executive Director

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