Youth Development


Lindstrom, MN


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.

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Principal Officer

Mark Tipler

Main Address

PO Box 796

Lindstrom, MN 55045 USA


Outdoors Education, Outdoors Mentoring, Outdoor Sports Related Special Events





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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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Hands-on Outdoor Education - Traditional Outdoor Activities and Sports

Certified Outdoor Mentoring Initiative

Outdoor Activities & Sports Related Special Events to Raise Funding & Awareness for Nonprofit Organizations

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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....

Tips Outdoors and our Outdoors Education and Mentoring Programs and Services are Exploding!

Families are connecting by enjoying the Great Outdoors Together!

2011 Total Program & Event Attendees = 14, 556 (Kids & Parents/Guardians)

2012 Total Program & Event Attendees = 20,564 (Kids & Parents/Guardians)

2013 Total Program & Event Attendees = 36,271 (Kids & Parents/Guardians)

2014 Total Program & Event Attendees = 52,368 as of 11-01-2014 (Kids & Parents/Guardians)

2015 Total Program & Event Attendees = ??,??? (Kids & Parents/Guardians)

Tips Outdoors will have a significant increase in attendees-participants in 2015 and every year....

The Tips Outdoors Foundation has accomplished our goal of getting many, many kids and families spending quality time together in the great outdoors together.

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!

Still to Accomplish:
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.

The Tips Outdoors Foundation needs Significant Funding to accomplish our goals.

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