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Prairie Enthusiasts, Inc.

Saving Your Local Rare Habitats

Viroqua, WI   |  www.ThePrairieEnthusiasts.org
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Prairie Enthusiasts, Inc.

EIN: 39-1601574


Mission

We seek to ensure the perpetuation and recovery of prairie, oak savanna, and other associated ecosystems of the Upper Midwest through protection, management, restoration, and education. In doing so, we strive to work openly and cooperatively with private landowners and other private and public conservation groups.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Debra Behrens

Main address

PO Box 824

Viroqua, WI 54665 USA

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EIN

39-1601574

Subject area info

Climate change

Water resources

Land resources

Biodiversity

Environmental education

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Population served info

Adults

Indigenous peoples

Retired people

Students

Teachers

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NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

During the 5,000 years preceding European settlement, much of the Upper Midwest's landscape was dominated by prairies and oak savannas. Now, only 0.15% of these communities remain, with many of that landscape's native plants and animals disappearing or becoming threatened. Only about 20% of the little native landscape that remains is actively protected and managed. The rest remains unprotected and is steadily succumbing to development and the encroachment of invasive species. Every year more prairie and savanna remnants are lost. The Prairie Enthusiasts, in cooperation with other conservation groups, is working to reverse this trend.

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?

Land Protection

One important piece of The Prairie Enthusiasts mission is to protect land with remnant prairies and savannas. The strongest protection is for a land trust organization such as The Prairie Enthusiasts to own title to the land. Another means of protection is for a conservation organization to hold a legal easement on the land. In addition, we may assist landowners of remnant prairies and savannas with the management and recovery of those sites. The Prairie Enthusiasts is an Accredited Land Trust.

Population(s) Served
Retired people

We love watching prairies and oak savannas grow and flourish year after year as they respond to proper management and species enrichment. Surviving remnants of prairie and savanna are often small isolated patches which require active management to regain and remain healthy.

The primary means for managing The Prairie Enthusiasts properties is to bring volunteers together in what we call work parties to pull weeds, cut brush, collect seed and conduct prescribed burns. Work parties bring people together from all walks of life and provide opportunities for us all to develop personal relationships with local habitats in a hands-on way.

The Prairie Enthusiasts also collaborations with public agencies and other private groups to manage remnants on lands owned by others.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Activists
Retired people

The Prairie Enthusiasts has conservation experts and knowledgeable veteran restoration lay people among our ranks. We share knowledge with everyone we can. We offer brochures, school presentations, educational hikes, special programs, and materials and staff for conferences. Our popular Prairie Enthusiasts Annual Conference is held each spring.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers
Adults
Farmers
Academics
Adults
Farmers
Academics
Adolescents
Preteens

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Gathering Waters Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts 2024

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 acres of land protected

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Totals By Year
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Land Protection

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of acres we protect through owning a fee title or easement.

Total number of controlled burns in the area(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Land Stewardship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We perform controlled burns on our fee title and easement properties, as well as alongside private landowners.

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Land Stewardship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents the annual number of acres we manage and/or restore.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Prairie Enthusiasts work with private landowners, farmers and other organizations to protect and steward native prairie and oak savanna remnants. We focus on remnants because they host a biological diversity that cannot be replicated through planted areas.

Most of our work is done through our grassroots volunteer chapters in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. Together, we share our knowledge and love of the land.

We support native ecosystems in the Upper Midwest through land protection, stewardship and education.

Protection: The strongest form of land protection is for The Prairie Enthusiasts, an accredited land trust with the Land Trust Alliance, to own the title to the land. Another means of protection is to hold a legal easement on the land. The Prairie Enthusiasts currently own over 2,300 acres of protected lands and holds easements on over another 1,100 acres. In addition, we assist many landowners with stewardship of remnant prairies and savannas on their sites.

Stewardship: We love watching prairies and oak savannas grow and flourish year after year as they respond to management and species enrichment. Surviving prairie and savanna remnants are often small isolated patches which require active management to regain and remain healthy.

Stewardship is mostly carried out by a grassroots volunteer network that seeds, removes invasive species and conducts prescribed burns on the land. Work parties bring people together from all walks of life and provide opportunities for everyone to develop personal relationships with the land.

Education: The Prairie Enthusiasts has conservation professionals and veteran ecologists among our members. These experienced individuals are always excited to share and receive knowledge from others through talks, hikes, work days and other types of collaboration. In addition, we hold a conference each spring bringing together hundreds of Prairie Enthusiasts to share knowledge and appreciation for the land of all levels.

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Prairie Enthusiasts, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 The Prairie Enthusiasts 2021 and 2022 Audited Financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

14.12

Average of 19.23 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8.5

Average of 11.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

12%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Prairie Enthusiasts, Inc.

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 Prairie Enthusiasts, Inc.’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $62,390 $29,793 $187,661 $538,067 -$44,554
As % of expenses 6.1% 2.4% 22.8% 44.8% -2.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $46,355 $15,818 $176,806 $527,386 -$60,532
As % of expenses 4.4% 1.3% 21.2% 43.5% -3.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,566,718 $1,533,371 $1,202,892 $2,620,729 $2,320,732
Total revenue, % change over prior year 99.5% -2.1% -21.6% 117.9% -11.4%
Program services revenue 14.5% 8.8% 14.6% 5.9% 6.0%
Membership dues 4.2% 4.7% 11.8% 4.3% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 0.6% 0.7% 0.7% 0.6%
Government grants 11.8% 3.0% 12.4% 8.6% 58.0%
All other grants and contributions 66.4% 80.0% 56.5% 74.7% 32.5%
Other revenue 2.8% 3.0% 3.9% 5.8% 2.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,026,529 $1,237,979 $822,970 $1,202,237 $1,610,261
Total expenses, % change over prior year 81.3% 20.6% -33.5% 46.1% 33.9%
Personnel 32.5% 26.8% 51.3% 39.4% 31.4%
Professional fees 1.8% 2.0% 12.0% 14.1% 8.6%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.6% 0.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 65.7% 71.2% 35.9% 45.9% 59.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,042,564 $1,251,954 $833,825 $1,212,918 $1,626,239
One month of savings $85,544 $103,165 $68,581 $100,186 $134,188
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $415,506 $2,439,314 $41,567 $125,257 $1,766,027
Total full costs (estimated) $1,543,614 $3,794,433 $943,973 $1,438,361 $3,526,454

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.6 7.7 16.7 19.7 8.5
Months of cash and investments 11.1 10.9 22.1 23.8 11.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -75.2 -85.7 -126.8 -82.7 -75.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $652,051 $792,858 $1,144,038 $1,978,251 $1,141,404
Investments $293,887 $331,860 $369,312 $402,159 $391,298
Receivables $20,776 $53,871 $78,432 $536,076 $290,195
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,235,787 $9,671,601 $9,708,490 $9,814,237 $11,574,066
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 3.4% 2.6% 2.7% 2.6% 2.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.5% 0.3% 0.6% 0.6% 0.9%
Unrestricted net assets $560,564 $576,382 $753,188 $1,280,574 $1,220,042
Temporarily restricted net assets $277,857 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $7,096,958 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $7,374,815 $10,022,241 $10,248,634 $11,145,540 $11,829,662
Total net assets $7,935,379 $10,598,623 $11,001,822 $12,426,114 $13,049,704

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Debra Behrens

Debra has been the Executive Director of The Prairie Enthusiasts since 2020. She brings more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership and development experience. Debra has an entrepreneurial approach to solving problems, focusing collective energy and building momentum. Shes passionate about saving the rare biodiversity and beauty of ecosystems in the Upper Midwest, and is actively restoring prairie and oak savanna at her homestead outside of Viroqua.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Prairie Enthusiasts, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Prairie Enthusiasts, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Jim Rogala

Evanne Hunt

Rich Henderson

Scott Fulton

Alice Mirk

Jerry Newman

Harvey Halverson

Gary Eldred

Jessica Bizub

Katie Hahn

Deanna Pomije

Jon Rigden

Jay Rutherford

Stephen Winter

Kay Wienke

Matt Dettlaff

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? 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/19/2024

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/19/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.

Contractors

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