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Wilderness Inquiry

Provide outdoor access for all

four stars

97.30

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

Board Leadership
Bill Schmoker
Chair

CEO
Kim Keprios
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.30 four stars
  Financial 96.19 four 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.

Founded in 1978, Wilderness Inquiry connects individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to each other and the natural world through shared outdoor adventures. Guided by the core value of inclusion, Wilderness Inquiry operates on a model that facilitates full participation by everyone, creating opportunities for underserved youth, individuals with disabilities, and other nontraditional users of public lands and waterways. Since 1978, 500,000+ individuals from all walks of life have been directly served through Wilderness Inquiry programs and experiences.

Founded in 1978, Wilderness Inquiry connects individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to each other and the natural world through shared outdoor adventures. Guided by the core value of inclusion, Wilderness Inquiry operates on a model that facilitates full participation by everyone, creating opportunities for underserved youth, individuals with disabilities, and other nontraditional users of public lands and waterways. Since 1978, 500,000+ individuals from all walks of life have been directly served through Wilderness Inquiry programs and experiences.

Financial

four stars

96.19

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)
82.7%
  Administrative Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.16
  Program Expenses Growth 8.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.6%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 97.30 four stars
Birthright Israel Foundation (NY) 87.62 three stars
Sea Education Association (MA) 87.47 three stars
Shake-A-Leg Miami (FL) 86.19 three stars
NYC Outward Bound Schools (NY) 90.12 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,404,031
   Federated Campaigns $31,991
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $115,617
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $892,705
Total Contributions $2,444,344
   Program Service Revenue $1,593,221
Total Primary Revenue $4,037,565
   Other Revenue $64,504
TOTAL REVENUE $4,102,069
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,554,015
   Administrative Expenses $554,510
   Fundraising Expenses $199,106
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,307,631
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-205,562
   
Net Assets $4,726,361

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Wilderness Inquiry has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/23/2020 97.30 four stars
2018-12 08/01/2019 97.94 four stars
2017-12 11/01/2018 96.45 four stars
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

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)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$151,671 3.52% Greg Lais Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wilderness Inquiry (MN) 97.30 four stars
NYC Outward Bound Schools (NY) 90.12 four stars
IslandWood (WA) 88.57 three stars
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) (MA) 90.56 four stars
Pro Kids Golf Academy (CA) 88.40 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Bill Schmoker
Chair

CEO

Kim Keprios
Executive Director

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