Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education


Whitehouse, OH   |
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Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education

EIN: 34-1603377


To improve the well-being of NW Ohio wildlife populations and habitats through public education and wildlife rehabilitation with an emphasis on coexistence.

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Executive Director

Mrs Allison Schroeder

Main address

PO Box 2395

Whitehouse, OH 43571 USA

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Subject area info

Wildlife biodiversity

Wildlife rehabilitation

Environmental education

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wildlife and Conservation Education

Nature's Nursery conducts over 250 community education programs each year utilizing our 30 Education Ambassador animals to reach audiences of all sizes and ages. Through these programs, we touch the lives of over 14,000 people annually.

Population(s) Served

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 animals rehabilitated

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Wildlife and Conservation Education

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Nature's Nursery is working to rescue and rehab native wildlife populations to promote balanced ecosystems.

Nature's Nursery provides care to over 3,700 wild animals each year as well as educates over 15,000 people each year on the value of wildlife and how to co-exist with them in shared habitats.

Nature's Nursery has a team of 12 staff and over 90 volunteers who work 365 days a year caring for animals. We also have a full time education director and education volunteers who conduct programs to share our mission and increase understanding.

Nature's Nursery has recently purchased a new facility with a public education center, all supported by funds from the community. This new facility will allow us to better care for animals and reach more people with education.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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


Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16.70 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education

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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Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$5,955 $3,821 $10,716 $51,976 $209,265
As % of expenses -2.5% 1.6% 4.6% 17.3% 58.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$17,792 -$8,016 -$900 $40,621 $198,139
As % of expenses -7.2% -3.2% -0.4% 13.1% 53.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $240,982 $243,315 $259,755 $411,323 $668,651
Total revenue, % change over prior year 11.8% 1.0% 6.8% 58.4% 62.6%
Program services revenue 6.6% 7.9% 7.7% 2.3% 2.4%
Membership dues 24.2% 24.5% 17.2% 7.1% 4.5%
Investment income 0.6% 0.6% 1.4% 1.4% 1.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 68.6% 67.0% 73.7% 89.2% 77.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 14.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $234,441 $237,994 $233,933 $299,828 $358,408
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.3% 1.5% -1.7% 28.2% 19.5%
Personnel 77.0% 73.8% 77.9% 78.0% 68.5%
Professional fees 0.8% 0.9% 0.7% 0.0% 0.4%
Occupancy 2.2% 2.2% 2.2% 1.7% 1.5%
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 20.0% 23.2% 19.2% 20.2% 29.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $246,278 $249,831 $245,549 $311,183 $369,534
One month of savings $19,537 $19,833 $19,494 $24,986 $29,867
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,154,997
Total full costs (estimated) $265,815 $269,664 $265,043 $336,169 $1,554,398

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 3.6 3.8 5.3 8.4 5.8
Months of cash and investments 5.1 5.4 6.9 9.9 7.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.3 4.4 5.0 6.0 4.2
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $69,735 $76,199 $102,605 $209,991 $174,710
Investments $28,964 $30,464 $31,275 $36,978 $47,306
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $101,817
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $270,959 $270,959 $270,959 $270,959 $1,425,956
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 59.0% 63.4% 67.7% 71.9% 14.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 58.2%
Unrestricted net assets $194,531 $186,515 $185,615 $226,236 $424,375
Temporarily restricted net assets $29,378 $29,378 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $28,964 $30,464 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $58,342 $59,842 $74,948 $134,467 $235,445
Total net assets $252,873 $246,357 $260,563 $360,703 $659,820

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

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Executive Director

Mrs Allison Schroeder

Allison joined the Nature's Nursery team in January of 2020 and brought with her 20 years of extensive business management, marketing, fundraising and event planning experience with a focus on community engagement and business collaborations. Despite joining the team just prior to COVID-19, Allison proved that her creativity, flexibility, and network of influential local leaders would stabilize the organization's foundation and create a platform for growth. In her first year, Allison increased the donor database by 1,000 new donors with 2020 also seeing the highest new number of $1,000+ donors than any previous year. Over 300 lapsed donors were recaptured totaling more than $92,000. Overall fundraising growth was 65%, far outpacing the industry average of 3.3%. Allison has continued to exceed all budgeted donation expectations and brought new recognition to Nature’s Nursery through outreach, media relations and community involvement.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education

Board of directors
as of 12/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Steven Wagener

Kuhlman Corporation

Donna Henson

Sunshine Inc

Dave Rowles

Karen Bogdan

Jason Flynn


Jon Marshall


Kyle Jazweicki


Toni Moore

Theresa Morris

Rhonda Wise

Angel Grego

Cheryl Hinkle

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? No
  • 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 11/22/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/22/2022

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.