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Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

An environmental educational and habitat restoration organization

four stars

91.61

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 91.61 four stars
  Financial 88.14 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

three stars

88.14

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
80.3%
  Administrative Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.35
  Program Expenses Growth 2.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
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) 91.61 four stars
Greater Newark Conservancy (NJ) 87.70 three stars
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (OH) 89.78 three stars
Audubon Canyon Ranch (CA) 87.92 three stars
Delaware Nature Society (DE) 89.68 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,265,497
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $176,669
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,442,166
   Program Service Revenue $1,290,818
Total Primary Revenue $2,732,984
   Other Revenue $701,391
TOTAL REVENUE $3,434,375
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,112,632
   Administrative Expenses $327,923
   Fundraising Expenses $316,869
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,757,424
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $676,951
   
Net Assets $21,392,140

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 $1,366,065 64.7%
Camps, Programs, and Community Events $746,567 35.3%

Ratings History
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-08 12/23/2020 91.61 four stars
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

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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • August, 2018
  • August, 2017
  • August, 2016
  • August, 2015
  • August, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$94,816 3.43% Jason Sanders Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center (MN) 91.61 four stars
Glynwood (NY) 85.18 three stars
Great Meadow Foundation (VA) 87.27 three stars
Harris Center for Conservation Education (NH) 92.22 four stars
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (OH) 89.78 three 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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