Disable all preview features

Education : Youth Education Programs and Services

Wilderness Inquiry

Provide outdoor access for all

four stars

98.23

808 Fourteenth Avenue, SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
tel: (612) 676-9400   Web Site
EIN: 93-0708637

Board Leadership
Bill Schmoker
Chair

CEO
Greg Lais
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.23 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1978, Wilderness Inquiry's mission is to provide equitable, inclusive access to the many benefits of the natural world for all communities. We do so through shared outdoor education and adventure programs that inspire personal development, enhanced environmental awareness, and community integration for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, including those marginalized from the mainstream. Over 39 years, WI, with its many partners, has pioneered innovative programs to serve over 500,000 people from all walks of life. Annually we offer over 500 experiences ranging from outdoor workshops at local community events to multi-day trips worldwide. WI adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities.

Founded in 1978, Wilderness Inquiry's mission is to provide equitable, inclusive access to the many benefits of the natural world for all communities. We do so through shared outdoor education and adventure programs that inspire personal development, enhanced environmental awareness, and community integration for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, including those marginalized from the mainstream. Over 39 years, WI, with its many partners, has pioneered innovative programs to serve over 500,000 people from all walks of life. Annually we offer over 500 experiences ranging from outdoor workshops at local community events to multi-day trips worldwide. WI adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities.

Results Information

Reported Results
Total in 2016
Number of participants engaged in programs
36,233
Number of clients participating in educational programs
31,277
Number of public events held to further mission
580
Did you find the Results Information useful?
There was a problem saving your response. Please try again.
Thank you for your feedback. If you wish to share more about this data you may do so below.
Your feedback has been recorded
There was a problem saving your response. Please try again.
This results data is current as of November 2017, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. Results information published on this organization's rating page has no effect on its rating at this time. data iconLearn More

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
86.5%
  Administrative Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth 10.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wilderness Inquiry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wilderness Inquiry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 98.23 four stars
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) (MA) 90.06 four stars
IslandWood (WA) 91.65 four stars
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 96.59 four stars
NYC Outward Bound Schools (NY) 97.26 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,160,725
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $818,289
Total Contributions $1,979,014
   Program Service Revenue $1,229,058
Total Primary Revenue $3,208,072
   Other Revenue $94,279
TOTAL REVENUE $3,302,351
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,793,385
   Administrative Expenses $242,197
   Fundraising Expenses $226,303
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,261,885
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $40,466
   
Net Assets $4,079,596

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
Share the Adventure $1,284,075 46.0%
Youth Engagement $1,250,077 44.8%
Individuals and Families with Disabilities $259,233 9.3%

Ratings History
Wilderness Inquiry has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 12/01/2017 98.23 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 95.73 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.85 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 10/01/2015 94.47 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 89.87 three stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 89.48 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 95.03 four stars
2011-12 09/01/2013 97.63 four stars
2011-12 07/01/2012 96.82 four stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 93.96 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 94.59 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 10/01/2010 96.94 four stars
2008-12 11/01/2009 86.23 three stars
2007-12 09/01/2008 83.33 three stars
2006-12 09/01/2007 80.58 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 77.76 two stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 75.21 two stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 71.16 two stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 70.70 two stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 84.97 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 93-0708637
Name in IRS Master File WILDERNESS INQUIRY INC
NTEE Code C60
NTEE Classification Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(318) Other recreational activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 June, 1980
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$127,373 3.90% Gregory Lais Executive Director, Co-Founder

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 98.23 four stars
IslandWood (WA) 91.65 four stars
Walking Mountains Science Center (CO) 96.59 four stars
NYC Outward Bound Schools (NY) 97.26 four stars
Ocean Discovery Institute (CA) 92.39 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Wilderness Inquiry
808 Fourteenth Avenue, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
tel: (612) 676-9400
fax: (612) 676-9401
EIN: 93-0708637

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Bill Schmoker
Chair

CEO

Greg Lais
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.