Keeping Wilderness Wild

aka WLT   |   Helena, MT   |
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EIN: 84-1192823


We Keep the Promise of Wilderness – by acquiring and transferring private lands to public ownership to complete designated and proposed wilderness areas, or directly protect wilderness values.

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Brad Borst

Main address

PO Box 881

Helena, MT 59624 USA

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Subject area info

Natural resources

Land resources

Wildlife biodiversity

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Programs and results

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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?

Lands Program

The Trust's goal is to eliminate inholdings within the National Wilderness Preservation System and to help to address issues of inholdings in proposed wilderness areas. After purchasing wilderness lands, the Trust transfers them to public ownership.

Population(s) Served

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 acres of land protected

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Lands Program

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of parcels added to wilderness

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Lands Program

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

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  • 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.53 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 28.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 WILDERNESS LAND TRUST’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$37,529 -$252,971 $245,183 -$171,039 -$215,969
As % of expenses -4.6% -28.1% 29.3% -18.8% -15.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$38,250 -$255,199 $243,676 -$172,552 -$215,969
As % of expenses -4.7% -28.3% 29.0% -18.9% -15.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $944,051 $1,032,652 $1,442,215 $1,012,957 $1,016,495
Total revenue, % change over prior year -51.1% 9.4% 39.7% -29.8% 0.3%
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 2.6% 1.8% 0.0% 0.1% 3.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 28.4%
All other grants and contributions 83.7% 92.4% 62.6% 86.7% 44.3%
Other revenue 13.7% 5.8% 37.3% 13.2% 23.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $821,528 $898,702 $837,462 $910,180 $1,441,169
Total expenses, % change over prior year -4.4% 9.4% -6.8% 8.7% 58.3%
Personnel 45.7% 49.5% 58.3% 52.4% 38.1%
Professional fees 24.0% 14.8% 13.2% 12.8% 18.8%
Occupancy 1.1% 1.1% 1.3% 1.1% 0.8%
Interest 1.7% 3.9% 4.0% 1.1% 1.2%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 27.6% 30.8% 23.2% 32.6% 41.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $822,249 $900,930 $838,969 $911,693 $1,441,169
One month of savings $68,461 $74,892 $69,789 $75,848 $120,097
Debt principal payment $0 $573,043 $1,164,847 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $1,081 $4,528 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $891,791 $1,553,393 $2,073,605 $987,541 $1,561,266

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 39.8 36.5 41.4 26.8 17.3
Months of cash and investments 39.8 36.5 41.4 26.8 17.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 17.2 12.4 16.7 13.1 6.5
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $2,721,933 $2,730,546 $2,888,868 $2,034,639 $2,075,697
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $50,225 $4,700 $12,461 $20,500 $17,500
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $13,912 $10,990 $10,990 $10,990 $10,990
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 94.8% 72.5% 86.2% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 60.7% 63.2% 51.8% 59.6% 69.0%
Unrestricted net assets $1,180,456 $925,257 $1,168,933 $996,381 $780,412
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,678,788 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 $1,678,788 $2,065,709 $2,425,279 $2,699,095 $2,490,390
Total net assets $2,859,244 $2,990,966 $3,594,212 $3,695,476 $3,270,802

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Brad Borst

Brad joined the Trust in 2017 as president. He is a U.S. Marine Corp veteran with a conservation career that includes work for the Montana Environmental Information Center and Montana Wilderness Association. As president of the Trust, Brad brings a long-standing passion for wild places and working with a diversity of people to protect wilderness for future generations. Brad holds a MFA from the University of Montana, and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Brad is based in Helena, Montana.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 12/13/2022
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Board chair

Denise Schlener

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Bill Pope

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Doug Scott

Mark Trautwein

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Andy Wiessner

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Jim Blomquist

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Jacqueline VanDine

Sarah Chase Shaw

Danna Hebert

Denise Schlener

Joaquin Murrieta Salvidar

Craig Groves

Zack Porter

Ray Hohenberger

Travis Belote

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 12/13/2022

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/13/2022

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

  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.