Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc.

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aka IWF   |   Indianapolis, IN   |
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Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc.

EIN: 35-1058426


To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of use of Indiana's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy and action.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Dan Boritt

Main address

PO Box 55245

Indianapolis, IN 46205 USA

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Formerly known as

Indiana Conservation Council, Inc.



Subject area info

Natural resources


Population served info

Children and youth


Non-adult children

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Indiana suffers from a lack of clean water, air, and soil open to public access. What few public lands we have struggle to find the money and labor needed to maintain a high quality experience for visitors and high quality habitat for our wildlife. Indiana residents do not feel the same connection to the outdoors that residents of states with vast public lands do. As a result, our public lands are not held in high regard and conservation of those lands is no longer a priority among many Hoosiers.

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?

Conservation Education

The Indiana Wildlife Federation seeks to educate their members and the general public about the importance of conservation and the wise use of our state's natural resources to better the bio-diversity of our wildlife. Our quarterly publication-Hoosier Conservation, shares information to our membership about conservation issues that impact Indiana and the enjoyment of outdoor recreational activities that affect all residents in our state. Our staff, board of directors, and members are vigilant in seeing that programs and legislative actions are implemented using sound science and best management practices that benefit our renewable natural resources. By educating our grassroots membership, IWF empowers individuals to make a difference in our state's environment. As a partner with the National Wildlife Federation, IWF works to promote the Backyard Wildlife Habitat and Schoolyard Habitat programs to provide individuals and students with a better understanding of the role we can play in conserving our resources.

Population(s) Served

The Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) has created a program to revitalize Indiana’s struggling wildlife habitats. In neighborhoods or workplaces, or on developing areas, property owners and planners can follow the guidelines established by the Wildlife Friendly Certification Program to create the kind of viable and sustainable habitat currently disappearing from Indiana. With assistance from IWF, properties can attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, while providing valuable services to the property owner and local community. Successfully implemented projects will gain IWF’s unique Wildlife Friendly certification, illustrating a commitment to defending Hoosier wildlife. IWF offers habitat certification programs for private land, public spaces, and areas under development.
 Program Goals
1. Promote the preservation, enhancement, and restoration of wildlife habitat in developing areas
2. Provide the habitat components needed by wildlife:
food, water, and shelter
3. Preserve and/or enhance the natural diversity of Indiana habitats

Population(s) Served

The Landscaping the Sustainable Campus program encourages sustainable and ecologically friendly practices at colleges
and universities around Indiana. By enrolling in this program, and forming a partnership with the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF), campuses receive guidance, ideas, and helpful resources from IWF regarding how to care for turfgrass in a sustainable fashion and transform areas into wildlife friendly habitats. Landscaping the Sustainable Campus demonstrates schools do not need to sacrifice aesthetics for sustainability when designing and maintaining campus grounds. Environmental stewardship can reduce campuses’ impacts on Indiana’s ecosystems while enhancing their visual appeal and reducing maintenance costs.

Population(s) Served

The Backyard Habitat Workshop is a unique educational opportunity for individuals and families who are interested in protecting the natural beauty and local wildlife of Indiana. Program participants will learn about native plants and animals, explore the links between their backyards and larger ecosystems, and develop skills to create a wildlife-friendly backyard. The Indiana Wildlife Federation developed this course to connect adults and children to nature in a fun and educational way.

Population(s) Served

The Indiana Wildlife Federation created the annual "What’s in Your Wild Backyard?” Kids Wildlife Contest in order to connect children with nature and educate them about Indiana animals, plants and their habitat needs. Children in grades 1st through 8th are eligible to take an online quiz where they will read and learn about wildlife and habitat basics. The quiz is broken down into four different difficulty levels, grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.

All children who complete the What's In Your Wild Backyard contest and are Indiana residents, are eligible to win a fun outdoors prize (such as binoculars and outdoor adventure packs). Winners are chosen randomly from the list of students who complete the quiz.

Beginning in 2015 the quiz will meet state IStep standards and align with teaching curriculum in the hopes of being a useful educational tool for teachers and educators.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

The Certified Sustainable Trails program was designed to encourage the development of trails into thriving habitat corridors that are easier to manage, offer a greater benefit to trail users, and promote the conservation of local ecosystems through enriching human interaction with the environment. By partnering with the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) through this program, participants will receive guidance, feedback, and access to resources which will help them build and maintain wildlife-friendly trails.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Wildlife Federation 1960

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 external speaking requests for members of the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Related Program

What's in your WILD Backyard? - Backyard Habitat Workshop

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Requests for our Certified Wildlife-Friendly Habitat Workshop.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Participants at our workshops and outdoor events.

Number of overall donors

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Input - describing resources we use

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Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

New members to IWF.

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.

The Indiana Wildlife Federation recognizes the unique landscape of our state's conservation needs. We strive to convene organizations, officials, and the general public in the interest of protecting Indiana's precious natural resources and wildlife.

We achieve our goals through education, advocacy, and action. We offer free public workshops which educate attendees on the importance of healthy natural spaces for both people and wildlife. These workshops explore out interconnectedness with nature and how we all stand to benefit from improving and protecting wildlife. We advocate for responsible and sustainable legislation. Our lobbyists testify in our legislature for bills that will protect wildlife from harmful pollutants, invasive species, or development projects. Finally, we offer numerous outdoor opportunities to volunteer or just relax and have fun in some of our certified partner spaces. We offer Hoosiers opportunities for nature hikes, float trips down the White River, citizen science activities like monarch butterfly taggings, invasive species removals, plantings, trail constructions, and so much more.

Our staff are experts on Indiana nature and the importance of outdoor activities. We understand the mental and physical well being of all Hoosiers is tied inexorably to a healthy environment. We have decades of field work and education that we passionately share with everyone we can.

In recent years, our membership has grown and the number of people we reach has expanded by an order of magnitude. We have certified miles of previously existing trails, improved their habitat corridors, and are in the process of creating new trails on lands never before available to the public. Our educational programs now reach thousands instead of hundreds. As our membership grows, our ability to influence politicians to consider wildlife and natural resources in the lawmaking process has grown as well. We have added new staff to our team and new expertise. We lead the state effort to build a conservation plan for the endangered monarch butterfly and safeguard the future of the species. In the coming years, we expect to become the preeminent trail-building organization in Indiana and rebuild the connection to nature that has been lost in too many Hoosiers.

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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

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 13.74 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Indiana Wildlife Federation, 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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Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Indiana Wildlife Federation, 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 $47,463 -$1,680 $102,715 $8,191 -$28,492
As % of expenses 14.2% -0.6% 36.2% 3.0% -10.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $43,583 -$1,680 $99,644 $8,191 -$28,492
As % of expenses 12.9% -0.6% 34.7% 3.0% -10.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $359,840 $331,453 $294,927 $298,791 $241,464
Total revenue, % change over prior year 3.5% -7.9% -11.0% 1.3% -19.2%
Program services revenue 4.6% 1.0% 1.7% 1.4% 2.0%
Membership dues 5.3% 0.0% 8.6% 7.4% 9.0%
Investment income 1.1% 0.8% 1.0% 1.3% 1.2%
Government grants 37.8% 31.7% 25.4% 60.8% 60.1%
All other grants and contributions 50.3% 65.3% 48.1% 14.3% 25.1%
Other revenue 0.9% 1.2% 15.3% 14.9% 2.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $334,855 $281,502 $283,923 $272,437 $281,578
Total expenses, % change over prior year 11.5% -15.9% 0.9% -4.0% 3.4%
Personnel 64.5% 78.1% 75.9% 78.4% 78.1%
Professional fees 15.3% 3.3% 5.6% 5.9% 12.2%
Occupancy 2.2% 2.5% 1.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 18.1% 16.2% 17.1% 15.7% 9.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $338,735 $281,502 $286,994 $272,437 $281,578
One month of savings $27,905 $23,459 $23,660 $22,703 $23,465
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $366,640 $304,961 $310,654 $295,140 $305,043

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.2 6.9 7.6 8.4 5.9
Months of cash and investments 6.5 10.2 11.3 12.8 9.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.5 4.0 8.4 9.1 7.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $116,583 $162,168 $180,162 $190,946 $138,540
Investments $63,522 $77,112 $87,118 $100,046 $80,764
Receivables $400 $4,150 $100 $1,000 $5,873
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $34,544 $34,544 $34,544 $34,544 $34,544
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 91.1% 91.1% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 8.8% 7.7% 8.7% 4.9% 4.0%
Unrestricted net assets $99,664 $97,984 $197,628 $205,819 $177,327
Temporarily restricted net assets $67,667 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 $67,667 $129,469 $46,552 $71,893 $38,773
Total net assets $167,331 $227,453 $244,180 $277,712 $216,100

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Dan Boritt

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Rick Cockrum

Ray McCormick

Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Matt Fechtman

Jim Wagoner

Brent Taylor

Dan Weiss

Coralie Palmer

Stacy Cachules

Central Indiana Land Trust

Bekah Wuchner

Danny McNulty

Craig M Carpenter

Quentin Collins

Dean Shadley

Tina Mahern

Chip Garver

John Goss

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2023

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  • 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 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.