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Red-Tail Land Conservancy Inc

A land trust for east central Indiana

Muncie, IN   |  https://www.fortheland.org/
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Red-Tail Land Conservancy Inc

EIN: 34-1889427


Mission

Red-tail Land Conservancy preserves, protects, and restores natural areas and farm land in east central Indiana while increasing awareness of our natural heritage.

Notes from the nonprofit

Red-tail Land Conservancy is a proud member of the Indiana Land Protection Alliance.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Julie Borgmann

Main address

PO Box 8

Muncie, IN 47308 USA

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EIN

34-1889427

Subject area info

Natural resources

Land resources

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Farmers

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The rivers, woods, wetlands, and wildlife that make up east central Indiana are precious and irreplaceable. Encroaching urban development and the effects of climate change facing our natural world, and all living things within, it are escalating at a rate where we have limited time and resources to protect them. Habitat loss is deadly to wildlife. Protecting the food, shelter and space they need is critical to their continued existence. There is ample evidence that spending time is nature is vital to well being. But, access to natural areas is diminishing quickly with the rapid pace of urban development and a culture of discouragement that the outdoors is entertaining or safe.

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?

Public Nature Preserves

Red-tail Land Conservancy manages 10 public nature preserves over 5 counties in east central Indiana. The preserves have trails and wildlife watching overlooks.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We work to protect vulnerable and high quality forests, prairies, wetlands and rivers from urban encroachment and effects of climate change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through staff work and volunteer events, Red-tail Land Conservancy eradicates invasive plant species and plants hundreds of native trees each year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Red-tail Land Conservancy offers options to help landowners achieve their conservation vision. The options to protect their land may include a conservation agreement, a land donation, an estate gift, or a purchase.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

Wildlife Warriors is a year-long nature club for kids age 10-15. The club explores wildlife and plants with experts in field biology. Monthly topics include climate change, native plants and wildlife, survival in the outdoors, nature photography, river and forest ecology.

We talk about environmental issues and kids will take part in real conservation work to impact nature in their community. Our goal is to develop the next generation of conservation leaders

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Indiana Master Naturalist (IMN) program brings together natural resource specialists and adult learners to foster an understanding of our state’s plants, water, geology, and wildlife, our relationship with the natural world, and to promote natural resource volunteer service. Participants will also learn about interpretation and teaching others about our environment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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Land Protection

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

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

Habitat Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of meetings or consultations with landowners

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Landowner Education

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Landowners contacted, met with, and reached out to us for more information.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

By preserving and restoring the dynamic vitality of forests, prairies, and wetlands, Red-tail Land Conservancy plans for a future where the natural beauty and habitat health of east central Indiana will exist for future generations.

In 2020, we have permanently protected over 2,700 acres of land. Red-tail uses land we own to create nature preserves, many of which are open to the public. These preserves include diverse woodlands, vital wetlands and vulnerable grasslands. Endangered and threatened plant and animal species have been found in these preserves. They have walking trails and wildlife viewing areas to promote connections with nature through outdoor recreation.

Protecting land also takes the form of conservation agreements with landowners. We offer options to help landowners achieve their conservation vision. The options to protect their land may include a conservation agreement, a land donation, an estate gift, or a purchase.

Red-tail Land Conservancy preserves land by buying high quality woodlands, wetlands and grassland using monies from donations and grants. We also build partnerships with landowners who have property they would like to protect for future generations using a conservation easement.

Habitats that are protected often need restoration to improve the ecological health, which in turn results in healthier more diverse wildlife. Through staff work and volunteer events, invasive plant species are systematically removed giving native plants the capacity to thrive. We also have planted thousands of trees native to the region that will provide shelter and food increasingly as they grow.

To connect people with areas of natural beauty, we provide 10 public nature preserves throughout our area of operation. The trails on these preserves provide vibrant outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking and wildlife watching. Because of the focus on ecosystems over human amenities, they are a place of solace and emotional restoration where visitors can see trees and creeks that are hundreds of years old.

Red-tail Land Conservancy also provides resources and materials, like our daily nature play summer calendar, to help teachers and parents keep their children engaged in the outdoors. We host a monthly program for youth called Wildlife Warriors that covers natural resource science and real conservation issues that is not often discussed at school. Additionally, we coordinate this area's Master Naturalist class.

Red-tail Land Conservancy has a staff of three, each heading a different mission component. Our stewardship coordinator manages habitat health and trail maintenance in the nature preserves and conservation easements. The outreach coordinator works with community partners to create and implement nature-themed events, programs and resources. In addition to fundraising, our executive director works with private landowners, corporations, government agencies and other stakeholders to identify and purchase high quality land.

Our volunteer board of directors has committees that assist with land acquisition, outreach and fundraising.

Red-tail Land Conservancy has a robust volunteer corps that helps with stewardship and land restoration. Some are certified Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners, giving them capability to be expert volunteers on hikes or at exhibitor fairs.

We have permanently protected over 2,800 acres of land: 16 nature preserves, 19 conservation easements and 10 miles of streams and rivers. Ten nature preserves are open to the public with 11 miles of hiking trails winding through them.

Over 15,000 native trees have been planted. The protected land includes habitats that support dozens of endangered species, including the cerulean warbler and spotted turtle.

Thousands of volunteer hours have been spent removing invasive plants over 20 years, significantly and visibility allowing native plants to regrow.

Financials

Red-Tail Land Conservancy Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

219.77

Average of 1229.39 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19.3

Average of 15.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11%

Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Red-Tail Land Conservancy Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Red-Tail Land Conservancy 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 $305,925 $258,884 $111,233 $77,558 $13,827
As % of expenses 103.5% 122.5% 47.6% 31.5% 5.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $295,955 $249,916 $102,593 $67,765 $6,756
As % of expenses 96.8% 113.4% 42.3% 26.5% 2.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $523,214 $380,725 $735,236 $396,333 $449,555
Total revenue, % change over prior year -13.9% -27.2% 93.1% -46.1% 13.4%
Program services revenue 3.4% 12.7% 4.7% 6.5% 6.7%
Membership dues 8.1% 12.6% 6.5% 13.7% 16.0%
Investment income 1.5% 3.1% 0.9% 2.4% 2.6%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 7.9% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 85.9% 62.2% 78.1% 60.7% 68.2%
Other revenue 1.1% 9.4% 9.9% 8.9% 6.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $295,710 $211,409 $233,668 $245,909 $274,312
Total expenses, % change over prior year 28.7% -28.5% 10.5% 5.2% 11.6%
Personnel 49.4% 49.8% 61.5% 62.4% 65.2%
Professional fees 8.4% 9.9% 8.8% 6.2% 8.9%
Occupancy 4.6% 5.9% 5.6% 3.8% 3.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 17.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 20.3% 34.4% 24.1% 27.6% 22.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $305,680 $220,377 $242,308 $255,702 $281,383
One month of savings $24,643 $17,617 $19,472 $20,492 $22,859
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $21,200 $0
Fixed asset additions $237,325 $0 $306,300 $30,625 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $567,648 $237,994 $568,080 $328,019 $304,242

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 14.0 16.0 18.3 17.5 19.3
Months of cash and investments 14.0 16.0 18.3 17.5 38.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.3 23.5 11.2 13.0 12.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $345,592 $281,397 $356,587 $358,661 $440,375
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $441,350
Receivables $0 $3,691 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,752,509 $2,752,509 $3,058,809 $3,089,434 $3,089,434
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 1.2% 1.5% 1.6% 1.9% 2.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.2% 0.0% 0.7% 0.0% 0.1%
Unrestricted net assets $2,874,803 $3,124,719 $3,227,312 $3,295,077 $3,301,833
Temporarily restricted net assets $291,041 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $13,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $304,041 $214,473 $604,808 $728,913 $763,911
Total net assets $3,178,844 $3,339,192 $3,832,120 $4,023,990 $4,065,744

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.

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

Executive Director

Julie Borgmann

Graduating from Purdue University with my BS and Pharm.D. degrees I worked in hospital and retail pharmacy. I also served as affiliate faculty to Purdue, Butler and Ohio Northern Universities teaching advanced degree pharmacy clerkship students. After 27 years working as a pharmacist I came to a fork in the road and I chose the path less traveled. I chose to follow my passion for connecting people to nature and preserving our natural places. I believe the health of our environment and people’s wellbeing are intertwined. The benefits of time spent in nature for both physical and mental health are well documented. Pushing nature however is much more enjoyable and rewarding than pushing pills. In my spare time I enjoy finding any reason to get outdoors with my husband Jim, and three kids; including gardening, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and paddling.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Red-Tail Land Conservancy Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Red-Tail Land Conservancy Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/27/2023
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Board chair

John Taylor

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
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