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Riveredge Nature Center

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four stars

91.90

4458 West Hawthorne Drive P.O. Box 26
Newburg, WI 53060
tel: (262) 375-2715   Web Site
EIN: 39-6108549

Board Leadership
Elizabeth, “Libby” Larsen
President

CEO
Jessica Jens
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.90 four stars
  Financial 88.55 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Riveredge Nature Center was one of the first and today is one of the largest nature centers in southeastern Wisconsin. It consists of 370 acres of natural sanctuary - prairies, forests, ponds and marshes along the Milwaukee River. Established in January 1968, the Riveredge Nature Center works to inspire, inform and enable responsible environmental decision-making. We do this by: providing leadership in environmental education for people of all ages about their interrelationship with the earth and its plant and animal life; preserving the earth's natural sanctuary; serving as a regional resource for scientific research; and integrating sustainability concepts and practices into its programming to inspire people to live within the limitations of natural systems.

Riveredge Nature Center was one of the first and today is one of the largest nature centers in southeastern Wisconsin. It consists of 370 acres of natural sanctuary - prairies, forests, ponds and marshes along the Milwaukee River. Established in January 1968, the Riveredge Nature Center works to inspire, inform and enable responsible environmental decision-making. We do this by: providing leadership in environmental education for people of all ages about their interrelationship with the earth and its plant and animal life; preserving the earth's natural sanctuary; serving as a regional resource for scientific research; and integrating sustainability concepts and practices into its programming to inspire people to live within the limitations of natural systems.

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Financial

three stars

88.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
78.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.02
  Program Expenses Growth 5.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Riveredge Nature Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Riveredge Nature Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Riveredge Nature Center (WI) 91.90 four stars
World Forestry Center (OR) 87.32 three stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.81 three stars
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (OH) 89.22 three stars
Audubon Naturalist Society (MD) 93.98 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,515,455
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $23,000
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,538,455
   Program Service Revenue $685,783
Total Primary Revenue $2,224,238
   Other Revenue $355,042
TOTAL REVENUE $2,579,280
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,593,893
   Administrative Expenses $165,628
   Fundraising Expenses $211,960
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,971,481
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $607,799
   
Net Assets $8,255,614

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
Environmental Education $1,201,063 75.4%
Land Conservation and Preservation $392,830 24.6%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 91.90 four stars
2018-06 04/01/2019 91.18 four stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 89.98 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 93.23 four stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 92.57 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 94.11 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 91.62 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 84.16 three stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 87.50 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 76.70 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 85.49 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 04/01/2011 82.83 three stars
2008-06 03/01/2009 79.86 two stars
2007-06 06/01/2008 82.43 three stars
2006-06 02/01/2007 64.26 one star
2005-06 06/01/2006 89.20 three stars
2004-06 02/01/2005 79.84 two stars
2003-06 03/01/2004 80.12 three stars
2002-06 02/01/2004 87.01 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 39-6108549
Name in IRS Master File RIVEREDGE NATURE CENTER 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 (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
(59) Other school related 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 January, 1968
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$96,846 4.91% Jessica Jens Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Riveredge Nature Center (WI) 91.90 four stars
This Is The Place Foundation (UT) 88.81 three stars
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VT) 90.12 four stars
Hidden Villa (CA) 96.27 four stars
The Park People (CO) 86.10 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Riveredge Nature Center
4458 West Hawthorne Drive
P.O. Box 26
Newburg, WI 53060
tel: (262) 375-2715
EIN: 39-6108549

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 26
Newburg, WI 53060

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Board Leadership

Elizabeth, “Libby” Larsen
President

CEO

Jessica Jens
Executive Director

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