Nurtured by Nature

Valley Center, CA   |
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Nurtured by Nature

EIN: 41-2272934


Nurtured by Nature strives to foster hope and well-being to children with life threatening or terminal illness, to promote a healthy life outlook and healing for children who have suffered severe emotional trauma, and to inspire a bond between humans and animals through physical interactions with nature. These long lasting bonds, developed through individual encounters will promote self-empowerment within the individual, as well as stimulate actions devoted to conservation and preservation of the natural world.

Notes from the nonprofit

We have seen time and again that interacting with animals makes an incredible impact on people. We often hear from the parents of Make-A-Wish children that because of the medical challenges the children are experiencing, they haven’t seen their children smile in months. And yet those very same children spend the day at Nurtured by Nature giggling and smiling and forgetting that they are ill. Animals don’t care if you don’t have hair or if you use a wheelchair, they treat you just the same as everyone else. Spending time with the animals at Nurtured by Nature is in essence, much needed medicine for the spirit and soul for these children and their families. Supporting our efforts will help us not only continue to give respite to these families, but will enable us to grow and increase the number of lives for which we can make a difference!

Ruling year info



Kevin T. Yates


Wendy A Yates

Main address

15630 Rim of the Vly

Valley Center, CA 92082 USA

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Subject area info



Youth development

Population served info



People with disabilities

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (O11)

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


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?

Otter Swim/Animal Encounter

Nurtured by Nature provides interactive, uplifting, and educational small animal encounters to people who visit from different organizations including Starlight Children’s Foundation, Dream Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Elizabeth Hospice, and Hospice of North County. The primary organization that we work with is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The animals that guests often get to experience are Armadillos, Sloth, Paca, Kangaroo, Capybara, Lemurs, and Clouded Leopard. The most anticipated part of the program is being able to “swim” with playful and curious Asian Small Clawed Otters. Supporting these programs provides these children and their families the most amazing animal experience so that they are able to gain strength and hope for the challenges ahead and bring joy to their family to unite them in their circumstances.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

IUCN Xenarthra Specialist Group 2020

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 42.24 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.3 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Nurtured by Nature’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $13,982 $164,633 $71,314 $147,850
As % of expenses 4.8% 37.6% 39.4% 82.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $13,982 $161,054 $64,558 $140,618
As % of expenses 4.8% 36.5% 34.4% 75.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $304,033 $602,002 $252,187 $326,996
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 98.0% -58.1% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 14.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 85.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $290,051 $437,369 $180,873 $179,146
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 50.8% -58.6% 0.0%
Personnel 13.1% 15.4% 8.5% 4.5%
Professional fees 0.4% 0.3% 0.0% 0.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 15.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 86.5% 68.8% 91.5% 95.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $290,051 $440,948 $187,629 $186,378
One month of savings $24,171 $36,447 $15,073 $14,929
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $42,233 $0 $145,854
Total full costs (estimated) $314,222 $519,628 $202,702 $347,161

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2022
Months of cash 1.7 4.5 15.6 17.3
Months of cash and investments 1.7 4.5 15.6 17.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.7 4.5 15.6 21.4
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2022
Cash $41,638 $164,480 $235,352 $257,588
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,000 $44,233 $44,233 $202,554
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 8.1% 23.4% 19.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 6.2%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $204,692 $269,250 $482,815
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $43,638 $204,692 $269,250 $482,815

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2022
Material data errors No No No No


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

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Kevin T. Yates

Kevin has 30 plus years of zoological and entrepreneurial experience and, as the co-founder of Nurtured by Nature, has been the driving force behind our success and brough the Nurtured by Nature to where it is today.


Wendy Yates

Wendy has and uses her 30 plus years of banking and business experience to maintain clerical order and communication with staff and guests.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Kevin Yates

Nurtured by Nature

Term: 2023 - 2020

Board co-chair

Wendy Yates

Nurtured by Nature

Term: 2022 - 2024

Kevin Yates

Nurtured by Nature/Animal Educators

Wendy Yates

Nurtured by Nature/Animal Educators

Jeffrey Lincer

Environmental Consultant

Sarah Stuck

Animal Educators

Carmen Fought

Pitzer College/professor

Nicole Ravida

San Diego Zoological/frozen zoo conservation

Megan Kranz

Don Martin

Retired VC School Board

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • 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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/08/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.