Disable all preview features

Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Fontenelle Forest

Inspiring current and future generations to care for the natural world

impact data icon

Impact Information is available from our partner, GuideStar

three stars

88.39

1111 North Bellevue Boulevard Bellevue, NE 68005
tel: (402) 731-3140   Web Site
EIN: 47-6026109

Board Leadership
Angela Athy
President

CEO
Merica Whitehall
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.39 three stars
  Financial 87.82 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1913, Fontenelle Forest is one of Nebraska's oldest conservation organizations and one of the largest private nature centers in the nation. FF owns and manages two nature centers: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue and Neale Woods in Omaha. The properties encompass nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairie and wetlands along the Missouri River in the geographically significant Loess Hills. The mission of Fontenelle Forest is to provide a place where people can experience and enjoy the quiet wild of nature. We want to inspire current and future generations to care for the natural world.

Founded in 1913, Fontenelle Forest is one of Nebraska's oldest conservation organizations and one of the largest private nature centers in the nation. FF owns and manages two nature centers: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue and Neale Woods in Omaha. The properties encompass nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairie and wetlands along the Missouri River in the geographically significant Loess Hills. The mission of Fontenelle Forest is to provide a place where people can experience and enjoy the quiet wild of nature. We want to inspire current and future generations to care for the natural world.

Impact Information

GuideStar is Charity Navigator's trusted partner in sharing information on how this organization seeks impact.  GuideStar has recognized this organization with a Gold Seal of Transparency for voluntarily and publicly describing their goals, strategies, and accomplishments.  Learn More about Impact Information.
Charting Impact

What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

What are your strategies for making this happen?

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.82

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
73.2%
  Administrative Expenses 18.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.87
  Program Expenses Growth 5.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fontenelle Forest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Fontenelle Forest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fontenelle Forest (NE) 88.39 three stars
Nature and Culture International (CA) 89.03 three stars
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (MT) 95.76 four stars
Wild Earth Allies (MD) 91.86 four stars
Conservation Northwest (WA) 87.29 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $874,197
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $132,337
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,006,534
   Program Service Revenue $354,303
Total Primary Revenue $1,360,837
   Other Revenue $300,771
TOTAL REVENUE $1,661,608
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,775,395
   Administrative Expenses $421,813
   Fundraising Expenses $277,420
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,474,628
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-813,020
   
Net Assets $14,419,720

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
Educational Programs $626,664 35.3%
Conservation and Restoration of Natural Resources $457,837 25.8%
Nature Centers $348,655 19.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 88.39 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 87.95 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 87.96 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.30 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 84.66 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 82.16 three stars
2012-12 09/01/2014 81.71 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 47-6026109
Name in IRS Master File FONTENELLE FOREST
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 December, 1970
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$96,383 3.89% Merica Whitehall Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Fontenelle Forest (NE) 88.39 three stars
Seacology (CA) 97.98 four stars
Rocky Mountain Conservancy (CO) 96.63 four stars
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (MT) 95.76 four stars
Glacier National Park Conservancy (MT) 89.63 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

Are you the representative for this organization? If so, click here to access the application form. As an official representative you will have the ability to update some of the information on this page.

Charity Contact Info

Fontenelle Forest
1111 North Bellevue Boulevard
Bellevue, NE 68005
tel: (402) 731-3140
fax: (402) 731-2403
EIN: 47-6026109

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Angela Athy
President

CEO

Merica Whitehall
Executive Director

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.