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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Blandford Nature Center

Engage and empower our community through enriching experiences in nature

four stars

91.40

1715 Hillburn Avenue Grand Rapids, MI 49504
tel: (616) 735-6240   Web Site
EIN: 20-0739420

Board Leadership
Ryan Podvin
Chair

CEO
Jason Meyer
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.40 four stars
  Financial 90.85 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Blandford Nature Center believes children and adults learn best through personal experience. Our job, and our passion, is to invite our community to get their hands dirty in nature – whether that be standing knee-high in water to learn about stream ecology or planting squash seeds to start a garden. This is accomplished through: an active outdoor environmental lab, a team of passionate, knowledgeable people and a strong link from past to future promoting sustainability. Blandford offers a wide variety of experiences to support our mission.

Blandford Nature Center believes children and adults learn best through personal experience. Our job, and our passion, is to invite our community to get their hands dirty in nature – whether that be standing knee-high in water to learn about stream ecology or planting squash seeds to start a garden. This is accomplished through: an active outdoor environmental lab, a team of passionate, knowledgeable people and a strong link from past to future promoting sustainability. Blandford offers a wide variety of experiences to support our mission.

Financial

four stars

90.85

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
70.5%
  Administrative Expenses 13.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 6.00
  Program Expenses Growth 13.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blandford Nature Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blandford Nature Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blandford Nature Center (MI) 91.40 four stars
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Audubon Canyon Ranch (CA) 87.92 three stars
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 85.05 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,409,808
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $61,335
   Fundraising Events $94,886
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,566,029
   Program Service Revenue $426,711
Total Primary Revenue $3,992,740
   Other Revenue $-1,032,680
TOTAL REVENUE $2,960,060
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,045,865
   Administrative Expenses $238,345
   Fundraising Expenses $282,182
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,566,392
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,393,668
   
Net Assets $12,942,057

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 Programming $1,045,865 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 91.40 four stars
2018-12 10/01/2019 87.81 three stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 85.35 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 88.04 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 87.93 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 20-0739420
Name in IRS Master File BLANDFORD NATURE CENTER
NTEE Code B90
NTEE Classification Educational Services and Schools - Other
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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, 2004
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$97,656 6.23% Jason Meyer President, CEO

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Charity Contact Info

Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
tel: (616) 735-6240
EIN: 20-0739420

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Board Leadership

Ryan Podvin
Chair

CEO

Jason Meyer
President, CEO

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