Youth Development

TIPS OUTDOORS FOUNDATION

Lindstrom, MN   |  www.tipsoutdoors.org

Mission

The Tips Outdoors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit that has been established to provide, support, and partner with organizations conducting fun, hands-on, outdoor educational experiences. We provide Certified Outdoor Mentors and Mentor Training. Our purpose is to introduce kids and families to outdoor related activities, helping to build family values. The Foundation also partners with corporate sponsors to produce outdoor sports related special events. The purpose of each special event is to raise funding and awareness by utilizing all types of media focusing on the cause and mission of each nonprofit organization.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Mark Tipler

Main address

PO Box 796

Lindstrom, MN 55045 USA

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EIN

27-0221636

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hands-on Outdoor Education - Traditional Outdoor Activities and Sports

The Tips Outdoors Foundation provides hands-on outdoors education for Everyone. We do focus on kids and families teaching them how to spend quality time together in the great outdoors. We provide hands-on education for the traditional outdoor activities and sports like fishing, hunting, archery, camping and much more. We help people of all abilities including those with any kind of challenge enjoy the outdoors.

Population(s) Served

Become A Certified Outdoor Mentor

Vision for the Outdoor Mentor Training Initiative:

The vision for the Mentoring Program is to provide the leadership (locally and nationally) necessary to motivate and empower our partners (existing outdoor organization, mentoring groups, corporations and individuals) to provide: DNR Certified Outdoor Mentors, the resources to participate, the gear needed to experience the outdoors, the social support necessary for continued participation, the outdoors education to be steward of the resources, to provide multiple outdoors experiences (leaving them wanting for more) and matching said outdoor mentors to both inexperienced youths and adults. By creating DNR Certified Outdoor team of mentors, we’ll leave a legacy to the citizens of the state with best mentoring practices, science based interactive skill sets, a sound educational background to build on, long-term commitment to the mentoring outdoors mission and mentees (to raise participation involvement in the outdoors) that will come full circle developing into an outdoor mentor.

Why a Mentor Training Initiative:

The old system is broken and for those of us who love fishing, hunting, and shooting, the defining challenge of our times is to breathe new life into outdoor traditions. Participation has been on a steady decline for years, due to numerous factors. Some of the most important reveal that the old system for bringing newcomers into these outdoors sports is broken down:

• There are fewer available outdoor mentors who are related by blood to young beginners. In our modern society, there is a shortage of trained adult mentors.

• Many parents feel unqualified to teach their own kids the basics of fishing, hunting, or shooting.

• Lives are busier than ever, with more competing interests and organized activities filling up the schedules of youngsters.

• Access to “a good place to go” can be a huge hurdle to overcome.

• As a result, many potential beginners slip through the cracks. They struggle with the learning curve and “getting out” on an ongoing basis. Too many beginners are taken once, then released back into their non-fishing, non-hunting, non-shooting lives.

• Shrinking customer base threatens the very existence of equipment makers, state agency budgets, conservation groups, outdoor media, guides, tourism and the list goes on.

• Interest in the outdoors lies dormant. We have to break this cycle. We have to do more. For if we don’t provide the basics for outdoors participation and make a difference in an inexperienced youth or adult…….who will?

“How To”:

• Recruit Outdoor Mentors and Mentees

o By partnering with existing mentoring and outdoor organizations utilizing press releases, articles, brochures, radio interviews, web sites, email blasts, blogs, social networking, TV and presentations to the general and outdoor public relaying mentoring mission/vision and the need for mentors and why.

• Inspire youths/adults with limited experience in the out-of-doors through media opportunities while providing: education, Certified Outdoor Mentors, resources, gear, multiple long-term outdoor activities and FUN, which will mesh with today’s lifestyles.

• Train and Educate Outdoor Mentors and Mentees

o Provide trained DNR Certified Outdoor Mentors (in mentoring and outdoors skills) to inexperienced youths and adults with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), Mentoring Partnership of MN (MPM), Tips Outdoors Foundation (Tips), Pass It On (PIO), the School of Outdoor Sports (SOS), Pheasants Forever (PF), National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), and other organizations in the outdoors and mentoring.

o Train DNR Certified Outdoor Mentors for hands-on training opportunities at expos, events, skills training and other such activities for both public and private entities.

• Possible grant to help start-up costs.

• Make the Match – Empowered organizations as in PF, NWTF, Tips Outdoors, SOS, and BBBS (and in the future, other mentoring organizations) to match DNR Certified Outdoor Mentors/volunteers with inexperienced youths/adults to provide education, hands-on outdoor skills, multiple experiences, social support and the follow-up tracking necessary to create self-sustained independent actions from mentees.

If you would like additional information in regards to OMT the please contact:

Mark Tipler
Executive Director
Tips Outdoors Foundation
P.O. Box 796
St. Paul, MN 55045
Email: mtipler@tipsoutdoors.org
Phone: 651-779-8216

Michael “Cold Front” Kurre
Mentoring Program Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Rd
St Paul, MN 55155
Email: michael.kurre@state.mn.us
Fax: 651-297-4916

Population(s) Served

Tips Outdoors partners with corporate sponsors to produce outdoor sports related special events. The purpose of each special event is to raise funds and awareness by utilizing all types of media focusing on the cause and mission of each nonprofit organization

Population(s) Served

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Tips Outdoors Foundation has the knowledge, and programs that will always continue to evolve, improve and grow and many of the tools - equipment, volunteers - mentors, but for us to accomplish our goals we need significantly more funding.

The Tips Outdoors Foundation documents how many kids - families, individuals we provide outdoors education to. The majority attend many of our outdoor educational events and programs throughout the year , and from year to year....<br/><br/>Tips Outdoors and our Outdoors Education and Mentoring Programs and Services are Exploding!<br/><br/>Families are connecting by enjoying the Great Outdoors Together!<br/><br/>2011 Total Program & Event Attendees = 14, 556 (Kids & Parents/Guardians)<br/><br/>2012 Total Program & Event Attendees = 20,564 (Kids & Parents/Guardians)<br/><br/>2013 Total Program & Event Attendees = 36,271 (Kids & Parents/Guardians)<br/><br/>2014 Total Program & Event Attendees = 52,368 as of 11-01-2014 (Kids & Parents/Guardians)<br/><br/>2015 Total Program & Event Attendees = ??,??? (Kids & Parents/Guardians)<br/><br/>Tips Outdoors will have a significant increase in attendees-participants in 2015 and every year....

Accomplishments:<br/>The Tips Outdoors Foundation has accomplished our goal of getting many, many kids and families spending quality time together in the great outdoors together.<br/><br/>The Tips Outdoors Foundation has accomplished our goal of helping other nonprofits to raise funding and awareness, but we would like to help many more!<br/><br/>Still to Accomplish:<br/>We hoped by now to have spread our Outdoors Education and Certified Outdoor Mentoring Initiative, and Outdoor Special Events for nonprofits to more states and throughout North America. <br/><br/>The Tips Outdoors Foundation needs Significant Funding to accomplish our goals.

Financials

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TIPS OUTDOORS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike MacDonald

JoAnne Rohr

Tips Outdoors Foundation

Mike Owens

Tips Outdoors Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Outdoors Education, Outdoors Mentoring, Outdoor Sports Related Special Events