Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc.

Baraboo, WI   |
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Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc.

EIN: 39-1423225


The Aldo Leopold Foundation, founded by the children of Aldo Leopold, keeps his legacy alive by promoting the 'Land Ethic' he so eloquently defined. The Foundation actively integrates programs in Land Stewardship, Environmental Education, and Ecological Research to promote care of natural resources and foster an ethical relationship between people and land.
The Foundation strives to save and restore "every cog and wheel" so that the land retains its capacity for self-renewal. Current activities focus on fostering community involvement and preservation on private lands. Programs include restoration and protection of over 15,000 acres through partnerships with more than 30 organizations.

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Executive Director

Mr. Buddy Huffaker

Main address

E13701 Levee Road

Baraboo, WI 53913-9727 USA

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Natural resources

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Our programs

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Fostering a land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold

Building upon the vision Aldo Leopold enunciated in A Sand County Almanac and other works, the Aldo Leopold Foundation actively seeks to promote care of natural resources and foster an ethical relationship between people and land. Field trips for students and adults to the forests, wetlands, and prairies of the original Leopold family farm and 'Shack' provide an outdoor classroom for exploring ecological relationships. The Foundation also sponsors seminars, workshops, and special training programs to provide private landowners and public land managers with the tools they need to achieve their own 'Land Ethic.' Demonstrating this ethic on our own property outside Baraboo, Wisconsin, ALF staff, interns, and volunteers seek to restore the ecological health and integrity of the prairie, oak savanna, woodland, and riparian communities once abundant in this area. Staff also work closely with private landowners to protect and maintain rare prairie and savanna remnants.

Population(s) Served

This program supports fellows at career stages ranging from collegiate to post-graduate to mid-career. Regardless of their stage, all fellows receive a life-enriching experience framed by Aldo Leopold’s call for a respectful relationship between people and land. Explore our various fellowships below!

Population(s) Served

We are committed to ongoing stewardship of the pines, prairies, and floodplain forests that make up the historic Leopold Shack property and surrounding 600 acres.

We also partner with neighboring landowners, agencies, and conservation groups to protect and conserve the larger landscape. Our property is part of the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area (IBA), one of Wisconsin’s reserves for rare and declining grassland birds.

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Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc.
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30
Financial documents
2022 The Aldo Leopold Foundation
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 29.57 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Aldo Leopold Foundation, 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 $670,737 $277,844 $82,738 $556,570 -$150,061
As % of expenses 53.1% 20.3% 5.8% 34.6% -8.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $423,748 $6,381 -$197,042 $280,486 -$401,375
As % of expenses 28.1% 0.4% -11.5% 14.9% -20.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,427,054 $1,567,990 $1,346,461 $2,015,417 $1,991,899
Total revenue, % change over prior year -54.5% 9.9% -14.1% 49.7% -1.2%
Program services revenue 12.0% 4.3% 2.3% 1.2% 1.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.6% 4.6% 4.5% 2.5% 4.0%
Government grants 8.6% 12.7% 15.6% 26.5% 19.9%
All other grants and contributions 62.2% 69.3% 69.4% 61.6% 65.9%
Other revenue 14.6% 9.1% 8.2% 8.2% 8.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,262,296 $1,366,221 $1,433,914 $1,608,369 $1,697,985
Total expenses, % change over prior year 1.1% 8.2% 5.0% 12.2% 5.6%
Personnel 64.6% 57.0% 61.6% 61.5% 58.1%
Professional fees 9.4% 11.5% 10.9% 14.1% 15.6%
Occupancy 5.8% 8.6% 5.5% 5.3% 5.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.3% 0.3% 0.1% 0.2% 0.1%
All other expenses 20.0% 22.6% 22.0% 18.9% 21.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,509,285 $1,637,684 $1,713,694 $1,884,453 $1,949,299
One month of savings $105,191 $113,852 $119,493 $134,031 $141,499
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $806,386 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,420,862 $1,751,536 $1,833,187 $2,018,484 $2,090,798

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.6 3.7 2.2 2.4 4.9
Months of cash and investments 30.3 29.2 27.5 28.5 27.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.5 11.0 12.6 14.9 15.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $268,420 $420,915 $258,266 $321,612 $693,437
Investments $2,916,309 $2,908,914 $3,023,348 $3,501,114 $3,129,828
Receivables $276,922 $228,205 $124,577 $61,799 $429,715
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $9,410,171 $9,211,615 $8,691,827 $8,722,460 $8,804,965
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 22.4% 24.5% 25.2% 27.9% 29.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.5% 0.8% 2.3% 0.8% 5.0%
Unrestricted net assets $8,199,565 $8,205,946 $8,008,904 $8,289,390 $7,888,015
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,295,639 $1,131,892 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,660,849 $1,734,631 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,956,488 $2,866,523 $2,803,122 $2,995,401 $2,751,715
Total net assets $11,156,053 $11,072,469 $10,812,026 $11,284,791 $10,639,730

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

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Executive Director

Mr. Buddy Huffaker

Buddy earned a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois and a Master's degree in Land Resources Ecology from Purdue. Hired as an ecologist with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in 1996, he was named Executive Director in 1999 and continues to be responsible for all aspects of management. He has also been particularly active in promoting conservation on private land through oversight of The Blufflands Project and his chairmanship of the Farming and Conservation Together committee.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Aldo Leopold Foundation, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
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Board chair

Jack Salzwedel

American Family

Term: 2023 - 2026

Estella B. Leopold


Buddy Huffaker


Jack Salzwedel


Anne "Dede" Neal Petri

Vice Chair

Anne Ross


Gail L. Hanson


Steve Bablitch

J. Baird Callicott

Susan Flader

Ron Kuehn

Jay Loewi

Marsha Lindsay

David Moore

Greg Pfluger

Eduardo Santana-Castellon

Board leadership practices

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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 ? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2024

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