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Illinois Conservation Foundation

Springfield, IL   |  www.ilcf.org

Mission

The Illinois Conservation Foundation inspires today's youth - tomorrow's leaders - by providing quality outdoor education and programs that instill interest in conservation, ecology and sustainability.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Eric Schmidt

Main address

One Natural Resouces Way

Springfield, IL 62702 USA

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EIN

37-1340071

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center

The ICF's 750-acre youth conservation education center is located in Pecatonica, IL. Youth programs come to life at this property, from youth fishing and camping, mentored hunting, to animal observation, nature walks and conservation and ecology education.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

The ICF, along with the IDNR, administers and awards grants to schools to help pay for transportation and admission for field trips studying Illinois biodiversity.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Schoolyard Habitat Grants are awarded to schools who are planning to create native habitat and pollinator gardens on school grounds for use in educational curriculum.

Population(s) Served
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

The ICF awards $2,000 scholarships to incoming college freshmen who have demonstrated effective, voluntary, long-term dedication to the preservation, protection, enhancement and promotion of Illinois' natural resources.

Population(s) Served
Budget
$6,000

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center

Context Notes

Tracking how many students ages 5 - 19 that the ICF serves, either on it's own property or by visiting external programs.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Context Notes

Total number of students impacted through receipt of a Biodiversity Field Trip grant

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

Total number of donors to the ICF, excluding IDNR programs.

Number of students receiving Conservation Achievement Scholarships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

Number of incoming college freshmen receiving $2,000 Conservation Achievement Scholarships

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

Percentage of board members making a personal gift to the ICF

Number of Schoolyard Habitat Grants Distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Context Notes

Number of schools able to create a Schoolyard Habitat that ties into biology curriculum and nature sustainability

Dollar amount granted for Schoolyard Habitat Grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Context Notes

Total dollars awarded for Schoolyard Habitat Grants

Dollar amount granted for Biodiversity Field Trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Context Notes

Total dollar amount granted for Biodiversity Field Trips

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The ICF's mission is to inspire children in the state of Illinois by providing quality outdoor education and programs. The goal of these programs is to instill lifelong interest in conservation, ecology and sustainability. Beyond youth programs, the ICF works with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in several other statewide programs.

Strategies to ensure success include fundraising to provide free youth programs, corporate partnerships and events that raise funds and new supporters.

In order to meet goals, the ICF works with more than 10,000 donors as well as statewide friends groups and partners. The ICF also has the resources of the IDNR to help meet awareness and fundraising goals.

The ICF measures progress by the number of children served in youth outdoors education programs as well as fundraising goals for other statewide programs.

Accomplishments for the ICF include funding youth outdoors education programs, biodiversity field trips, backyard habitat grants, scholarships, land acquisition, reforestation, equipment purchases and more. Future projects include completing the Eternal Indian Statue in Lowden State Park, rebuilding camp buildings at Pere Marquette State Park, and continued annual fundraising and programs.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Illinois Conservation Foundation

Board of directors
as of 4/13/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Wayne Rosenthal

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Term: Jan 2015 -


Board co-chair

Bill Cullerton

Wayne Rosenthal Director

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Bill Cullerton

Ryan Anderson

Cameron Bettin

Maria Castro

Barbara Ducey

Barbara Johnson

Andrew Katlin

John Kidd, Jr.

Michael Ruffolo

Robert Russell

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

conservation, ecology, outdoor education