Idaho Firewise Inc.

Achieving a Firewise culture in Idaho

Moscow, ID   |
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Idaho Firewise Inc.

EIN: 27-2535008


Idaho Firewise is a non-profit organization that coordinates, supports, and promotes wildland fire education to broaden the understanding of wildfire’s role in ecosystems, and equips and motivates those who live in or visit Idaho to reduce loss from wildfire.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ivy Dickinson

Main address

106 E Third St Suite 1A PO Box 8234

Moscow, ID 83843 USA

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Subject area info

Safety education

Population served info




NTEE code info

(Safety Education) (M40)

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


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fires have been part of Idahos landscape for centuries, but Idaho Firewise is relatively new. Idaho Firewise is a non-profit organization that was initiated in 2008 following a statewide survey showing a need for wildfire education. We are a wildfire prevention and outreach organization that aims to address the challenges associated with wildfires in the state of Idaho. These challenges include reducing human-caused wildfires, protecting communities and natural resources from fire damage, promoting fire-adapted ecosystems, and educating the public about fire safety and prevention measures.

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?

Youth Conservation Corps

A youth mentorship program where we utilize youth crews to implement fuels reduction projects on properties belonging to income constrained elderly and disabled people.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

1. Promote public awareness of fires role in ecosystems and the responsibility of being firewise
2. Provide the information and support that the public needs to take Firewise actions
3. Empower Idaho residents and civic leaders to take action to build and maintain resilient Firewise communities and ecosystems.
4. Foster and expand partnerships to impact a broader audience
Provide youth mentorship opportunities to develop the next generation of natural resource professionals and fire-informed Idahoans
5. Maintain a landscape demonstration network throughout Idaho promoting Firewise landscaping.
6. Establish universal awareness of Idaho Firewise and the services the organization provides
7. Maintain a solid foundation of organizational structure, policies, and procedures
8. Diversify funding for Idaho Firewise by establishing financial patronage relationships with Idaho businesses and other partners


Idaho Firewise Inc.
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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 33.17 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.9 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Idaho Firewise Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Idaho Firewise 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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Idaho Firewise Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Idaho Firewise 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 $5,750 $8,021 $10,772 -$41,573 $3,849
As % of expenses 2.2% 3.7% 5.8% -6.0% 1.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $5,750 $8,021 $10,772 -$41,573 $3,849
As % of expenses 2.2% 3.7% 5.8% -6.0% 1.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $263,389 $226,050 $197,621 $650,463 $213,836
Total revenue, % change over prior year 10.7% -14.2% -12.6% 229.1% -67.1%
Program services revenue 99.4% 99.5% 93.4% 98.6% 85.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 5.1% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 0.6% 0.5% 1.5% 1.4% 14.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $257,639 $218,029 $186,849 $692,036 $209,987
Total expenses, % change over prior year 17.5% -15.4% -14.3% 270.4% -69.7%
Personnel 45.7% 57.6% 75.7% 21.0% 74.4%
Professional fees 9.6% 2.6% 7.4% 0.1% 2.3%
Occupancy 1.2% 2.1% 2.4% 0.8% 2.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 43.5% 37.6% 14.5% 74.2% 21.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $257,639 $218,029 $186,849 $692,036 $209,987
One month of savings $21,470 $18,169 $15,571 $57,670 $17,499
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $279,109 $236,198 $202,420 $749,706 $227,486

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.1 1.7 2.8 0.0 0.5
Months of cash and investments 1.1 1.7 2.8 0.0 0.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.1 1.7 2.7 0.0 0.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $23,184 $31,175 $43,170 $1,983 $8,847
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) 1.6% 1.1% 3.6% 97.8% 56.0%
Unrestricted net assets $22,824 $30,845 $41,617 $44 $3,893
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $22,824 $30,845 $41,617 $44 $3,893

Key data checks

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


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ivy Dickinson

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Idaho Firewise Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Idaho Firewise Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Audra Cochran

Clearwater County Extension

Term: 2021 - 2024

Board co-chair

Michelle Youngquist

Kip Kemak

Nez Perce Tribe

Jennifer Russell

Idaho Department of Lands

Ed Button

Idaho Fire Chiefs Association

Michelle Youngquist

Project Learning Tree

Dan Schults

College of Western Idaho

Audra Cochran

University of Idaho

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 ? 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? Yes
  • 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 3/3/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/05/2024

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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.