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The Robert F. Nicodemus Memorial Wilderness Project

Inspiring Humanity to Protect our Planet

aka Nicodemus Wilderness Project   |   Albuquerque, NM   |  https://www.wildernessproject.org

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Mission

Our mission: To protect wildlife and our environment and to build future conservation leaders by engaging youth in environmental stewardship projects worldwide.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project (NWP) maintains the highest standards in transparency among nonprofit organizations, meaning that any of our organizational, operational, or financial documents are freely available to the public. Copies of our annual reports to the N.M. Office of the Attorney General, N.M. Secretary of State, and U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), along with our Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Conflict of Interest Policy, IRS Determination Letter, Strategic Plan, and Succession Plan are always available by contacting us. Recent detailed IRS Form 990 data are not presented on this website, as NWP has only been required to file an IRS Form 990-N (smaller nonprofits) since 2011. GuideStar, the national database of nonprofit organizations, publishes our annual certified nonprofit report and has awarded NWP a Platinum Seal of Transparency.

Ruling year info

2000

Director

Robert K. Dudley PhD

Main address

115 Cornell Dr. SE #40712

Albuquerque, NM 87196 USA

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EIN

85-0472006

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Nicodemus Wilderness Project (NWP) was founded to address the need for environmental restoration, stewardship, and protection of neglected public lands and waters. Our large, worldwide network of enthusiastic volunteers draw upon the diverse strengths of different races and cultures to accomplish our common goal of restoring beauty to the natural landscape. NWP's youth volunteer programs use local community resources to provide long-term environmental benefits for natural areas around the globe. By working with communities, NWP educates youth on the need to protect the environment by promoting stewardship of the wild lands and waters that support Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems.

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?

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative

The goals of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative are to:
1. Elevate youth into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup and conservation projects,
2. Empower young people to help rebuild the environmental and social wellbeing of their communities,
3. Improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through environmental education, activism, and action.

For full details about this program, please visit:
https://www.wildernessproject.org/volunteer_apprentice_ecologist

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

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 volunteers

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric tracks the total number of NWP volunteers per year.

Number of individuals completing apprenticeship

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric tracks the total number of NWP Apprentice Ecologists per year.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric tracks the total dollar amount of scholarships (n = 3) awarded to NWP Apprentice Ecologists per year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

1. Elevate youth into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental cleanup and conservation projects,
2. Empower young people to help rebuild the environmental and social wellbeing of their communities,
3. Improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife through environmental education, activism, and action.

Strategy 1. Provide more opportunities for disadvantaged/at-risk teenagers to become Apprentice Ecologists in the greater Albuquerque, NM area as part of local/national volunteering days and NWP special projects.
Strategy 2. Provide more opportunities for youth to become Apprentice Ecologists both nationally and internationally.
Strategy 3. Invest in our capacity to support the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative through increased visibility.
Strategy 4. Invest in our capacity to support the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative through development of program infrastructure and staffing.

Strengths: The identified primary strengths of NWP included the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative, the use of the internet and software to reduce the volunteer staff time required to recruit volunteers and process/publish Apprentice Ecologist essays, an enthusiastic volunteer base, the passionate all-volunteer staff, the ability to obtain grants and form local community partnerships, the focus on youth as individuals who have the ability to make a positive impact to the environment and in their own lives, and the ability to accomplish a great deal of substantive environmental work with very little funding and no paid staff.
Opportunities: The identified primary opportunities available to NWP included connecting with local and national environmental organizations to partner on collaborative projects, capitalizing on the seemingly untapped and enthusiastic youth volunteer base who are interested in helping wildlife and the environment, establishing a reputation as one of the premier youth volunteering environmental groups, engaging disadvantaged/at-risk teenagers in NWP projects, and encouraging more dialogue among Apprentice Ecologists worldwide.

One of NWPs primary activities has been the planning, organization, and facilitation of volunteer events that provide long-term environmental benefits for wildlife and natural areas. The original focus of NWP was to engage volunteers in community efforts that improve conditions for wildlife and the environment in New Mexico. Multiple environmental stewardship projects were conducted from 2000 to 2005 that helped to reduce widespread littering, graffiti, and the spread of nonnative vegetation on New Mexicos public lands, particularly surrounding its largest urban area (Albuquerque). On Earth Day (April 22) in 2005, NWP launched the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative (Initiative). The goals of the Initiative are to elevate young people (including disadvantaged/at-risk teenagers) into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental stewardship projects, empower volunteers to rebuild the environmental and social well-being of our communities, and improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife. This program was initiated to engage youth volunteers across a broad geographic area (i.e., nationally and internationally) in projects to help protect the environment. The Initiative greatly expanded in scope during 2006, as interest began to grow locally, nationally, and internationally. However, the time required in providing personal guidance and mentoring to volunteers, along with reviewing and publishing their project essays online, began to overwhelm NWP volunteer staff. To streamline this process, new PHP-based software was acquired early in 2007 that largely automated the creation of Apprentice Ecologist webpages. Additional efforts to automate volunteer certificate creation, database management, and donation processing greatly reduced the time previously required to run the day-to-day operations of NWP. This efficiency allowed a resurgent growth in the Initiative because of the additional time that could be devoted to recruitment/mentoring of volunteers, program development, and community outreach. A $500 scholarship award was established to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Initiative (Earth Day 2007). Since that time, we have awarded $17,450 in scholarships to 41 Apprentice Ecologists for their college educations. A dedicated NWP scholarship fund is maintained specifically for this purpose to help ensure its long-term persistence. From 1999 to 2023, nearly 54,000 volunteers have worked about 470,000 hours to complete over 1,600 Apprentice Ecologist projects (in all 50 states and in over 70 countries).

Financials

The Robert F. Nicodemus Memorial Wilderness Project

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The Robert F. Nicodemus Memorial Wilderness Project

Board of directors
as of 12/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Dudley

Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Term: 1999 -

Robert K. Dudley

Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Yih-Ming Hsu

Nicodemus Wilderness Project

James F. Sattler

Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Jodi Hedderig

Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Mary H. Dudley

Nicodemus Wilderness Project

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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