PLATINUM2023

Into the Wild, Inc.

Where Recovery is the Adventure!

GuideStar Charity Check

Into the Wild, Inc.

EIN: 86-1899760


Mission

We provide substance abuse counseling and other therapeutic services to women in an outdoor behavioral healthcare setting. We combine the beneficial effects of gentle yoga, nutritional education, art therapy, with outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, conservation activities, and small-group therapy with the goal of increasing self-confidence, building resilience, and improving the self-reliance posture of our clients.

Ruling year info

2021

Principal Officer

Sonia Hensel LCAS-A

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Max Goelling ThD, MHA, MBA

Main address

133 DOVER DR

KING, NC 27021 USA

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EIN

86-1899760

Subject area info

Holistic medicine

Community mental health care

Addiction services

Mental and behavioral disorders

Population served info

Adults

Economically disadvantaged people

Victims and oppressed people

People with diseases and illnesses

Substance abusers

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We directly address the needs of women in recovery from substance use disorders. Our approach is based on the best practices of Outdoor Behavioral Health and integrates adventure-based therapies with gentle yoga, healthy nutrition education and practices, individual and group counseling , and art therapy. We also provide job readiness education and smoking cessation classes.

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?

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Our program is a type of Outdoor Behavioral Health (OBH), in which we combine gentle yoga, nutritional counseling, art therapy, kayaking, hiking and our specialty: campfire therapy all provided on a beautiful 35-acre wooded area that includes a pond. Our theory is that if we can remove these women from the stress and noise of their lives and immerse them in self-building activities, they will rediscover their inner strength and while gaining self-confidence by overcoming challenging tasks.

Population(s) Served
Heterosexuals
Women and girls

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 direct care staff who received training in trauma informed care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of direct care staff who received training in primary prevention strategies and other techniques to avoid the need for restraint and seclusion

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Senior Counselor is fully-trained in all aspects of restraint avoidance and each staff member receives an annual training session in this area.

Number of service recipients who have no past substance abuse

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Hours of physical activity performed by clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As we employ an adventure-based therapeutic model, the level of physical activity varies depending on the specific modality employed.

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our program integrates nutritional counseling and our staff focuses on healthy eating choices and the preparation of various meals.

Number of adults engaging in regular physical activity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of adults with a source of ongoing care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All of our clients are enrolled in a post-graduation follow-on program that tracks their progress over a 6-month period.

Number of participants with improved knowledge about smoking and how to reduce it

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Although not all of our clients are active smokers, we provide information and links to resources that help eliminate the need for any type of smoking.

Number of treatment and support plans that specify how individual and family strengths will be used and developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All of our treatment plans include education relating to interpersonal skill improvement and techniques to improve family dynamics.

Number of service recipients who are employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our data for this metric varies depending on local economic conditions and on our clients' availability of transportation. We do integrate job readiness education into our program.

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients participating in support groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As our program integrates both outdoor and indoor group counseling sessions, all of our clients participate.

Number of clients who report a greater sense of purpose and improved overall wellness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Based on our pre- and post-program assessments, our success in this metric averages 92%.

Number of people served who maintain 100% abstinence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Again, this is a time-based metric and as we maintain close relationships with our clients post-graduation, we are able to track the abstinence rate effectively.

Number of clients who achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

6-Week Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The issue here is not just absolute abstinence but also the length of time that this is true. We follow our clients for a minimum of 6 months post-graduation.

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.

Our goal is to provide adventure-based therapeutic services to women from our community that have been negatively affected by substance use disorder. We accomplish this through the use of an adventure-based model that allows our clients to rediscover their inner strengths through confidence-building activities. We also integrate gentle yoga, art therapy, and nutritional education each of which engages our clients and allows them to explore new experiences. Each activity is designed specifically to build confidence and to show them the value of accomplishment.

Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH), is a well-documented approach for providing individuals recovering from substance use disorders (SUD) with supportive therapies. We integrate the best practices from OBH with other specific therapeutic modalities to restore the confidence and inner strength of our clients. Combined with individual and group therapy, life skill development, and art therapy, we create a holistic healing environment that allows our clients to understand the value of sobriety.

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 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

Into the Wild, Inc.

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Into the Wild, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $10,200
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $10,200
Expenses
Program Services $0
Administration $1,809
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $879

Into the Wild, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $0
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $9,951

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Sonia Hensel LCAS-A

Chief Financial Officer

Max Goelling

Max is the Chief Financial Officer and Practice Manager of Into the Wild, a North Carolina nonprofit that specializes in delivering adventure-based Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) to women suffering from substance use disorders. He brings a wealth of both practical and academic experience to our organization. Applying the knowledge of his 35+ year career in the military, Max is a leadership expert and, as such, helps organizations focus on the necessity of finding the best way to motivate others to be their best selves. As a veritable “renaissance man,” he is at times a human resources coordinator, a technology integrator, and a risk manager. As an ordained minster, he also provides liaison services to church communities and also helps nonprofits navigate the ever-changing waters of business ethics.

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Into the Wild, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Dr. Max Goelling

Laura Levin

Kimberly Stone

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/21/2022

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

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.