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Montana Wilderness Association

Protecting Montana's wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions

four stars

94.72

80 South Warren Helena, MT 59601
tel: (406) 443-7350   Web Site
EIN: 51-0198932

Board Leadership
Debo Powers
President

CEO
Ben Gabriel
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.72 four stars
  Financial 93.17 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1958, the spirited people of Montana Wilderness Association have worked to protect Montana's wilderness, wildlife habitat, and traditional recreation opportunities. We were instrumental in the passage of the 1964 Federal Wilderness Act and in the designation of every Wilderness area in the state. We also helped win Wild and Scenic designations for the Missouri and Flathead rivers, and National Monument status for the stunning Upper Missouri River Breaks. We are currently working in communities statewide to obtain new wilderness designations. Complementing these efforts to gain new wilderness, our members take action regularly to ensure state and national agencies appropriately identify and manage all wild lands in Montana.

Since 1958, the spirited people of Montana Wilderness Association have worked to protect Montana's wilderness, wildlife habitat, and traditional recreation opportunities. We were instrumental in the passage of the 1964 Federal Wilderness Act and in the designation of every Wilderness area in the state. We also helped win Wild and Scenic designations for the Missouri and Flathead rivers, and National Monument status for the stunning Upper Missouri River Breaks. We are currently working in communities statewide to obtain new wilderness designations. Complementing these efforts to gain new wilderness, our members take action regularly to ensure state and national agencies appropriately identify and manage all wild lands in Montana.

Financial

four stars

93.17

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 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 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.54
  Program Expenses Growth 6.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Montana Wilderness Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Montana Wilderness Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Montana Wilderness Association (MT) 94.72 four stars
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (DC) 87.63 three stars
PATH Foundation (GA) 91.16 four stars
Green Mountain Club (VT) 89.07 three stars
Appalachian Mountain Club (MA) 93.53 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,256,954
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $169,847
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,426,801
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,426,801
   Other Revenue $86,307
TOTAL REVENUE $2,513,108
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,176,431
   Administrative Expenses $245,623
   Fundraising Expenses $209,585
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,631,639
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-118,531
   
Net Assets $3,748,261

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
People: Inform, Inspire, Advocate $804,156 36.9%
Protection of Wild Places and Land Designation $722,767 33.2%
Quiet Trails Initiative for Non-Motorized Use of Wild Lands $649,508 29.8%

Ratings History
Montana Wilderness Association has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 02/01/2021 94.72 four stars
2018-09 08/01/2019 94.01 four stars
2017-09 09/01/2018 96.25 four stars
2016-09 11/01/2017 96.26 four stars
2015-09 08/01/2016 96.17 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 96.63 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 09/01/2015 97.57 four stars
2013-09 07/01/2014 91.75 four stars
2012-09 08/01/2013 93.85 four stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 86.47 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 86.85 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 06/01/2010 88.03 three stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 85.35 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 82.38 three stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 87.46 three stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 98.76 four stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 95.55 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 51-0198932
Name in IRS Master File MONTANA WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION INC
NTEE Code C34
NTEE Classification Land Resources Conservation
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (460) Public interest litigation activities
(125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
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 December, 1978
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$102,460 3.89% Ben Gabriel Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Montana Wilderness Association (MT) 94.72 four stars
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (DC) 87.63 three stars
Green Mountain Club (VT) 89.07 three stars
East Coast Greenway (NC) 94.07 four stars
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (CO) 92.23 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Montana Wilderness Association
80 South Warren
Helena, MT 59601
tel: (406) 443-7350
fax: (406) 443-0750
EIN: 51-0198932

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Board Leadership

Debo Powers
President

CEO

Ben Gabriel
Executive Director

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