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Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN   |  www.conservingindiana.org
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Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc.

EIN: 35-1816493


Mission

CILTI preserves the best of Central Indiana’s natural areas, protecting plants and animals, so Hoosiers can experience the wonder of the state’s natural heritage.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Clifford Chapman

Assistant Director

Stacy Cachules

Main address

1500 N. Delaware Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA

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EIN

35-1816493

Subject area info

Natural resources

Land resources

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The world's wild areas are disappearing at an alarming rate due to human development and resource mining.

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?

CILTI Land Protection

Land protection, land stewardship and restoration, and conservation education/outreach

Population(s) Served

Over the coming decade we are committed to planting a million trees to buffer Central Indiana’s protected natural areas. We are guided by our conservation plan in this endeavor, which will have multiple benefits:

A natural climate solution: Trees scrub carbon from the air, helping to mitigate climate change.

Transitional habitat: Young forests provide habitat for niche species that need these wooded areas’ unique attributes to thrive. Elusive species such as the yellow-breasted chat, blue-winged warbler and ruffed grouse may return and raise several generations while the wooded areas mature into homes for a different suite of wildlife.

Forest interior habitat: Strategically placed trees also can help to restore forests and connect current natural areas, creating larger and better habitat for plants and wildlife. This will support declining wildlife species in Indiana that need large blocks of forest to thrive. Forest interior species like the Eastern box turtle, for example, need to lay their eggs far from a woods’ edge, because of predator threats along the perimeter.

Flood reduction: Converting idle floodplain farmland back to forest also offers benefits. In times of flooding, floodplain forests allow water to infiltrate into the groundwater system more efficiently, with sediment falling onto the forest floor. The result: less flooding downstream and cleaner water.

Population(s) Served

The Central Indiana Land Trust promises to actively steward its lands – forever. Our professional stewardship staff form the core of our on-the-ground work as we vigilantly care for these places in perpetuity.


West Virginia white butterfly on bellwort
This team executes each preserve’s management plan based on science and the best interests of the land and wildlife that call it home.

We monitor for rare and endangered species, as well as invasive and exotic ones, as we work to restore and preserve the best of Central Indiana.

We offer opportunities to work side-by-side with our dedicated stewardship team during volunteer work days and special events. Our volunteers – Wednesday Warriors, corporate volunteers, university groups, families and more – go behind the scenes with land conservation activities in natural areas.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

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 trees planted

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over the coming decade, CILTI is committed to planting ONE MILLION TREES in Central Indiana. 2020 is year #1 of this strategic goal.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

CILTI aims to preserve the best of Central Indiana’s natural areas to benefit plants and animals and allow Hoosiers to experience the wonder of the state’s natural heritage today and into the future.

Our main focus is to preserve core conservation areas. By working with willing landowners, we purchase, manage and/or legally protect lands with natural and social significance.

Conservation Targets:

In preserving core conservation areas, we protect land representing the best examples of Central Indiana’s ecological character. Using the best available science, we have assessed the central third of Indiana, prioritizing protection of the following conservation targets:


Mossy Point
Old Growth Forest
Forest Interior Habitat
Tallgrass Prairie
Emergent Marsh
Groundwater Wetland
Unique Geologic Feature
Endangered Species Habitat
Glade/Barrens

Our team is comprised of talented ecologists, land protection specialists, fundraisers, outreach and communications specialists, and a three-person stewardship team to care for the land we protect.*

The Central Indiana Land Trust has protected thousands of acres of Indiana’s natural heritage since 1990. This protection usually takes one of three forms:

-We own and manage nature preserves. After receiving donations of land or buying land, we manage those lands as preserves for the benefit of the public.
-We hold conservation easements. We forge legal agreements with willing landowners to protect their land by restricting certain activities and conserving conservation values forever.
-We form management agreements. We help landowners develop and implement stewardship plans that protect their properties’ unique conservation values.

*The Central Indiana Land Trust promises to actively steward its lands – forever. Our professional stewardship staff form the core of our on-the-ground work as we vigilantly care for these places in perpetuity. This team executes each preserve’s management plan based on science and the best interests of the land and wildlife that call it home. We monitor for rare and endangered species, as well as invasive and exotic ones, as we work to restore and preserve the best of Central Indiana. To read more about our team, please visit www.conservingindiana.org.

The Central Indiana Land Trust has protected more than 5,600 acres of Indiana’s natural heritage in the last 30 years of operation. We have 21 active preserves,18 Conservation Easements, and actively protect over 20 endangered species of animals and countless endangered plants. To visit a CILTI preserve, please go to www.conservingindiana.org/preserves/ to plan your visit and review visitation guidelines.

Financials

Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

60.31

Average of 33.94 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

49.1

Average of 19.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

18%

Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc.

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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Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Central Indiana Land Trust, 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 $1,386,761 $776,984 -$1,035,609 -$4,449,045 -$169,932
As % of expenses 227.7% 106.7% -127.1% -467.1% -15.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,374,983 $751,895 -$1,072,102 -$4,497,251 -$272,102
As % of expenses 221.5% 99.8% -126.0% -449.4% -22.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,570,363 $1,597,246 $2,658,921 $2,880,551 $3,413,726
Total revenue, % change over prior year 41.9% -37.9% 66.5% 8.3% 18.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.3% 2.3% 1.2% 1.7% 2.2%
Government grants 0.0% 4.7% 8.0% 0.4% 0.3%
All other grants and contributions 93.5% 87.7% 85.4% 131.9% 81.3%
Other revenue 5.2% 5.3% 5.4% -34.0% 16.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $609,003 $728,096 $814,566 $952,557 $1,086,718
Total expenses, % change over prior year -3.7% 19.6% 11.9% 16.9% 14.1%
Personnel 58.9% 62.0% 65.5% 64.3% 66.0%
Professional fees 5.1% 4.2% 4.1% 4.3% 3.7%
Occupancy 2.0% 1.8% 2.6% 2.2% 1.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 5.5% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 34.1% 26.6% 27.8% 29.2% 28.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $620,781 $753,185 $851,059 $1,000,763 $1,188,888
One month of savings $50,750 $60,675 $67,881 $79,380 $90,560
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $60,170 $92,649 $97,422 $540,065
Total full costs (estimated) $671,531 $874,030 $1,011,589 $1,177,565 $1,819,513

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 15.2 23.9 23.0 51.3 49.1
Months of cash and investments 37.5 46.6 52.7 72.0 66.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 158.9 144.7 112.7 39.1 26.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $772,263 $1,450,127 $1,561,628 $4,076,011 $4,446,848
Investments $1,128,467 $1,377,895 $2,013,398 $1,637,304 $1,564,049
Receivables $282,948 $30,000 $101,078 $660,478 $65,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $48,462 $96,450 $173,008 $223,231 $779,157
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 80.9% 54.0% 41.9% 32.9% 24.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.2% 0.4% 0.3% 0.4% 0.4%
Unrestricted net assets $8,072,386 $8,824,281 $7,752,179 $3,254,928 $2,982,826
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,558,932 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $14,419,867 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $15,978,799 $16,252,302 $19,266,240 $25,783,844 $22,819,286
Total net assets $24,051,185 $25,076,583 $27,018,419 $29,038,772 $25,802,112

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

Clifford Chapman

As a child growing up in Indianapolis, Cliff sought out every patch of green in the city. “I used to ride my bike along Pleasant Run and spend hours in the creek–looking at interesting rocks, plants and animals.” As CILTI’s Executive Director, Cliff grew up to make his passion for nature his life’s work. He previously worked as an ecologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Nature Preserves and The Nature Conservancy in Olympia, WA. With his deep educational and professional history in the conservation field, Cliff keeps CILTI’s focus on good science and stewardship. He’s mindful that the natural places you love took thousands of years to evolve and could be destroyed in a single day, and that knowledge drives his dedication to their protection. When not with his young family or at CILTI, he enjoys hiking, birding and working on his golf game (with mixed results).

Assistant Director

Stacy Cachules

Stacy brings her passion for land protection into her work at CILTI. “Ever since I was a child, I’ve felt a connection to nature, and a wish to protect it,” she says. “Now that I have my own children, making sure we protect and care for what’s left is even more important to me.” Before joining the Land Trust, she worked at Seattle’s Cascade Land Conservancy, managing their robust volunteer program. At CILTI Stacy has the critical task of tracking our budget, making sure we channel your donations for maximum efficiency. She also oversees all our land transactions, bringing more and more land under protection every year. When her workday’s done, Stacy loves to spend time with her two young boys—and when not traveling, she’s likely planning the next travel adventure.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Joe Hawkins

Thomas F. Maurath

Goelzer Investment Management

Tom Betley

IU School of Medicine

Heather Bobich

Davey Resource Group

Curt DeVoe

Plews, Shadley, Racher and Braun LLP

Joe Hawkins

Duke Realty Corporation

Priscilla Johnson

F.C. Tucker

Lori Kaplan

Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority

Kevin McKelvey

University of Indianapolis

Karen Wade

Eli Lilly (retired)

Daniel Pulliam

Faegre Drinker

John Bacone

Indiana DNR (retired)

Steve Simon

Simon Equity Group

Mary Beth Tuohy

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-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

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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