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Environment : Botanical Gardens, Parks, and Nature Centers

Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

An environmental educational and habitat restoration organization

four stars

90.11

365 Marie Avenue West West St. Paul, MN 55118
tel: (651) 455-4531   Web Site
EIN: 41-6081794

Board Leadership
Allan Klein
Board President

CEO
Jason Sanders
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.11 four stars
  Financial 91.37 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center was founded in 1967 by Olivia Irvine Dodge. A pioneer in environmental education, Dodge was one of the first nature centers in the state of Minnesota. Over the past 41 years, Dodge staff has developed an expansive environmental education curriculum delivered to hundreds of thousands of school children in our surrounding communities. Dodge offers a variety of unique experiences for people of all ages. Its many landscapes provide the outdoor classrooms for more than 50 different curriculum topics for visiting school groups, space for exploring preschoolers attending our premier preschool, community education on evenings and weekends, day camp programs for school-aged children, miles of hiking trails and prairie and oak savanna restoration projects.

The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center was founded in 1967 by Olivia Irvine Dodge. A pioneer in environmental education, Dodge was one of the first nature centers in the state of Minnesota. Over the past 41 years, Dodge staff has developed an expansive environmental education curriculum delivered to hundreds of thousands of school children in our surrounding communities. Dodge offers a variety of unique experiences for people of all ages. Its many landscapes provide the outdoor classrooms for more than 50 different curriculum topics for visiting school groups, space for exploring preschoolers attending our premier preschool, community education on evenings and weekends, day camp programs for school-aged children, miles of hiking trails and prairie and oak savanna restoration projects.

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Financial

four stars

91.37

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

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)
81.6%
  Administrative Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.37
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center (MN) 90.11 four stars
Irvine Nature Center (MD) 92.06 four stars
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 87.76 three stars
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 92.18 four stars
Harris Center for Conservation Education (NH) 91.12 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $871,313
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $132,074
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,003,387
   Program Service Revenue $1,178,954
Total Primary Revenue $2,182,341
   Other Revenue $697,518
TOTAL REVENUE $2,879,859
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,182,665
   Administrative Expenses $307,917
   Fundraising Expenses $139,078
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,629,660
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $250,199
   
Net Assets $20,972,767

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
Nature Education Preschool $1,418,732 65.0%
Camps, Programs, and Community Events $763,933 35.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-08 10/01/2019 90.11 four stars
2017-08 09/01/2018 89.57 three stars
2016-08 08/01/2017 89.47 three stars
2015-08 07/01/2016 90.21 four stars
2014-08 06/01/2016 91.38 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-08 10/01/2015 86.05 three stars
2013-08 07/01/2014 94.50 four stars
2012-08 08/01/2013 88.56 three stars
2011-08 07/01/2012 83.44 three stars
2010-08 12/01/2011 76.93 two stars
2009-08 09/20/2011 81.23 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-08 02/01/2011 75.46 two stars
2008-08 11/01/2009 86.42 three stars
2007-08 10/01/2008 78.52 two stars
2006-08 12/01/2007 77.79 two stars
2005-08 09/01/2006 84.50 three stars
2004-08 09/01/2005 85.81 three stars
2003-08 08/01/2004 80.22 three stars
2002-08 10/01/2003 88.32 three stars
2001-08 10/15/2002 95.76 four 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 41-6081794
Name in IRS Master File THOMAS IRVINE DODGE FOUNDATION
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related activities
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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 October, 1967
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End August
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
  • August, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$93,191 3.54% Jason Sanders Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center (MN) 90.11 four stars
Regional Parks Foundation (CA) 90.50 four stars
Audubon Canyon Ranch (CA) 87.63 three stars
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (CO) 89.98 three stars
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (NJ) 99.71 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center
365 Marie Avenue West
West St. Paul, MN 55118
tel: (651) 455-4531
fax: (651) 455-2575
EIN: 41-6081794

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Board Leadership

Allan Klein
Board President

CEO

Jason Sanders
Executive Director

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