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FRIENDS OF NACHUSA GRASSLANDS

Franklin Grove, IL   |  www.nachusagrasslands.org
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FRIENDS OF NACHUSA GRASSLANDS

EIN: 26-3303031


Mission

Our mission is to fund endowments that will help defray the cost of natural areas management, staff and operating expenses; conduct and encourage stewardship; protect land; and support scientific research at the preserve. At Nachusa Grasslands, rare and endangered remnant prairie, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands are being reconnected through habitat restoration to create one of the largest and most biologically diverse grasslands in Illinois, protecting the grasses, wildflowers, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and insects in this precious ecosystem.

Notes from the nonprofit

Note: Several of the activities described above and elsewhere, including workdays, prescribed burns, and youth education are offered and overseen by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Except for specific Friends-sponsored events such as the Prairie Potluck, all Nachusa volunteers are under the auspices of TNC. Friends provides this information about programs and opportunities to help fulfill our goals of encouraging stewardship, science and education, but Friends is not responsible for these activities.

Ruling year info

2009

President

Bernard Buchholz

Main address

8772 S Lowden Rd

Franklin Grove, IL 61031 USA

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EIN

26-3303031

Subject area info

Natural resources

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tallgrass prairie was the dominant habitat in Illinois prior to European settlement, covering two-thirds of the state. Prairie is now nearly extirpated. We are restoring a landscape-scale prairie that will protect hundreds of plants, insects, birds, and mammals that are absolutely co-dependent on each other and, collectively, comprise the native prairie ecosystem. If we are successful, the prairie will function much like it did for thousands of years. It will be a landscape of great beauty and will provide clean air, clean water, and a home for flora and fauna that would otherwise disappear forever.

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?

Build Endowments

Friends of Nachusa Grasslands donors may give to two Endowments to support the conservation and preservation of the native plants, animals, and natural communities at Nachusa Grasslands by providing funds for long-term stewardship. The Nachusa Grasslands Stewardship Endowment is managed by The Nature Conservancy. The Friends Endowment for Nachusa Grasslands is managed by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. Distributions from both Endowments fund operations at the preserve.

The Friends Endowment for Nachusa Science, held and managed by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL), was established in 2020. The purpose is to support grassland science at Nachusa Grasslands. Our goal for the Friends Endowment for Nachusa Science is $1,000,000, yielding $40,000 per year.

Population(s) Served

To support scientific endeavors,the Friends may award monetary grants to qualified candidates conducting scientific research significant to Nachusa Grasslands. Research projects should focus primarily on prairie and savanna land management practices, such as prescribed fire, seed collection, weed control, and natural areas restoration.

Qualifications for Scientific Research Project Grants:

The expected outcomes of the scientific research project should be pertinent and practical to the specific work and goals of Nachusa Grasslands. Contact [email protected] for further information.

Research must be conducted at Nachusa Grasslands – additional sites may be included, but the majority of the study should take place at Nachusa Grasslands.

Proposals will be evaluated in regard to each project’s direct applicability to challenges in management practices for restoration effectiveness and species of concern.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Stewards and other volunteers are the heart and soul of prairie restoration at Nachusa. Whether it’s planting, harvesting, educating, monitoring, photographing, repairing, or advocating, we have a role that fits your passion and schedule.

Friends provide warm and welcoming opportunities throughout the year, inside or out, working with both flora and fauna. There is much to be done. Your stewardship will make an important difference.

Note: Several of the activities described above and elsewhere, including workdays, prescribed burns, and youth education are offered and overseen by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Except for specific Friends-sponsored events such as the Prairie Potluck, all Nachusa volunteers are under the auspices of TNC. Friends provides this information about programs and opportunities to help fulfill our goals of encouraging stewardship, science and education, but Friends is not responsible for these activities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We harvest and plant native seed, manage invasive plants, and conduct prescribed fires. We educate the public about the value of grasslands and their restoration through photography, narrative, workdays where we do the on-the-ground stewardship, and site tours.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Friends' participation in land protection is intended to ensure that sites are acquired at the quickest possible pace and, thus, support the timely realization of the project's geographic goals.

Working cooperatively with The Nature Conservancy, Friends will support land protection opportunities on a case-by-case basis. This could include matching funds, acquisitions in unique situations, and other activities. If you have questions about our land protection efforts, feel free to contact an officer or board member.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of volunteers who become donors

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Related Program

Encourage and Conduct Stewardship at Nachusa Grasslands

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Funding endowments for long-term protection of Nachusa Grasslands -- our goal is to raise $5 million in endowed funds so that TNC and Friends can direct the annual earnings toward Nachusa Grasslands operations; conducting and encouraging stewardship at the Preserve; and supporting science and education at Nachusa Grasslands

Fundraising appeal with our Annual Report published each November; personal contacts with potential donors; publicizing volunteer stewardship opportunities and educational events; awarding grants for scientific research benefiting the Preserve; hosting the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Prairie Potluck each June; mailing a thank you note to everyone who donates; sending appreciation gifts to new donors; and recognizing donors in our Annual Report and throughout the year.

With 53 voting members and about 258 additional supporters in 2022-2023, we have many talented, enthusiastic individuals helping us achieve our goals. Volunteers gave an amazing 8,000 hours at the preserve last year.

We measure our progress based on the number and size of donations we receive, the volunteers we recruit, and the researchers we help support.

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

  • 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 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
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

0.00

Average of 0.00 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8

Average of 2.4 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

FRIENDS OF NACHUSA GRASSLANDS

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of FRIENDS OF NACHUSA GRASSLANDS’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 $11,525 $149,620 $28,865 $160,132 $31,536
As % of expenses 4.1% 80.5% 11.6% 92.3% 12.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $11,525 $149,620 $28,865 $160,132 $31,536
As % of expenses 4.1% 80.5% 11.6% 92.3% 12.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $292,226 $510,773 $523,039 $872,526 $683,923
Total revenue, % change over prior year 10.3% 74.8% 2.4% 66.8% -21.6%
Program services revenue 19.5% 0.6% 0.4% 0.1% 0.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 10.5% 12.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 80.5% 79.1% 77.7% 94.2% 92.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 9.8% 9.9% 5.7% 7.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $280,701 $185,876 $248,777 $173,487 $258,282
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.4% -33.8% 33.8% -30.3% 48.9%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 77.8% 38.5% 60.5% 38.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 94.9% 22.2% 61.5% 38.1% 27.1%
All other expenses 5.1% 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 34.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $280,701 $185,876 $248,777 $173,487 $258,282
One month of savings $23,392 $15,490 $20,731 $14,457 $21,524
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $304,093 $201,366 $269,508 $187,944 $279,806

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.4 2.5 2.0 3.8 8.0
Months of cash and investments 1.4 2.5 2.0 3.8 8.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.4 11.8 10.2 25.7 18.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $33,155 $38,934 $40,562 $54,757 $172,320
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $33,155 $182,445 $211,310 $371,442 $402,978
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $1,760,669 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $1,760,669 $2,029,181 $3,116,577 $3,171,982
Total net assets $33,155 $1,943,114 $2,240,491 $3,488,019 $3,574,960

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.

President

Bernard Buchholz

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

FRIENDS OF NACHUSA GRASSLANDS

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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FRIENDS OF NACHUSA GRASSLANDS

Board of directors
as of 11/22/2023
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Board chair

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Mike Carr

Betty Higby

Heather Herakovich

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? No
  • 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? No