Cultivating appreciation of Northwest public lands.

aka Discover Your Forest   |   Seattle, WA   |
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EIN: 91-0921955


Discover Your Northwest promotes the discovery of Northwest public lands, enriches the experience of visitors, and builds community stewardship of these special places today and for generations to come.

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Principal Officer

Martin Stamat

Main address

164 S Jackson St

Seattle, WA 98104 USA

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Formerly known as

Northwest Interpretive Association



Subject area info

Natural resources

Forest preservation

Outdoor education


Outdoor sports

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Children and youth


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NTEE code info

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Washington CoastSavers

If you have ever walked along the Washington coast, you probably noticed all kinds of things washed up on the beach: plastic water bottles, fishing nets, old tires, and maybe even a rusted-out crab pot or two. Besides spoiling the beauty of our coastline, such ocean trash is also a serious hazard to our coastal ecosystems. Birds, fish, and plantlife are all harmed by these items and the toxins they carry.
So we got together with several other nonprofits and agencies and organized the Washington CoastSavers( program. The year-round program focuses on organized beach cleanups, but also includes educational outreach and other efforts to help make sure the astounding beauty and ecological diversity of Washington's coast is kept free and clear of plastic and other man-made trash. In April 2009 alone, over 1200 volunteers removed over 30 tons of debris from Washington's Pacific Coast!

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This annual run starts at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center in Clearwater National Forest on the Idaho-Montana border. The course winds for 14 miles through forests of Engleman Spruce and White Pine and has dramatic views of the Bitterroot Mountains in the distance. Both the 5K run and the 14-mile loop pass Packer Meadows, a historically significant site along the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark trails. Proceeds of this event are used to help visitors discover and appreciate the rich history and striking beauty of the area around Lolo Pass Visitor Center. See to signup for the next event!

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The Fish Ladder Viewing Gallery at the Ballard Locks needs your help. The gallery needs major renovations to serve the million annual visitors who come to experience Seattle's iconic returning salmon.

The gallery that houses the fish viewing windows has not been updated much since the 1970s. We plan to improve its physical structure, interpretive exhibits, and educational technology. It’s long overdue attention needed for a well-loved and popular local resource.

Donations will be used to renovate the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Fish Ladder and expand interpretive opportunities that connect interpretive messages from the fish ladder plaza with the underwater viewing story. Some of the project goals for the renovation include improving the lighting and acoustical quality, better utilization of the space, along with providing dedicated ranger speaking posts.

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Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We cultivate appreciation of Northwest public lands by operating on-site educational bookstores that provide visitors with high-quality books, educational products, maps, media, and other items that enhance visitor understanding. Our retail sales fund visitor events and programs, state-of-the-art displays, free publications, speakers and performances, habitat cleanup and restoration, and programs for volunteers of all social backgrounds.

Our retail activities provide the foundation for us to successfully fundraise for various projects and administer grants and agreements that enhance visitor experiences across Northwest public lands.

You'll find us in urban industrial locations as well as remote wilderness areas. Whether serving the visitors of the Ballard Locks in Seattle or Montana's historic Lolo Pass Visitor Center, we are proud to serve our mission in well-loved places across the Northwest.

Inclusive partner, visitor, and community engagement in public lands in the Pacific Northwest.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 2020 2019
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2021 info

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Average of 6.03 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

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Average of 7.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

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Average of 24% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

This snapshot of DISCOVER YOUR NORTHWEST’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $239,625 $111,880 $40,881 -$1,270,732 $989,762
As % of expenses 11.1% 4.4% 1.4% -44.8% 41.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $239,625 $89,378 $18,118 -$1,287,104 $976,123
As % of expenses 11.1% 3.5% 0.6% -45.1% 41.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,904,966 $2,659,315 $3,253,093 $1,299,223 $3,399,427
Total revenue, % change over prior year 32.7% -8.5% 22.3% -60.1% 161.7%
Program services revenue 18.4% 16.8% 13.7% 15.0% 7.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.6% 0.5% 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 3.0% 10.1% 24.6%
All other grants and contributions 27.1% 21.9% 30.4% 47.1% 29.5%
Other revenue 54.4% 60.7% 52.5% 27.6% 38.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,150,754 $2,522,549 $2,999,031 $2,838,936 $2,362,558
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.0% 17.3% 18.9% -5.3% -16.8%
Personnel 55.4% 55.3% 53.3% 44.5% 61.8%
Professional fees 14.8% 17.2% 21.2% 29.4% 15.2%
Occupancy 0.5% 0.5% 0.3% 5.2% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.0% 0.2%
All other expenses 29.3% 27.0% 24.4% 20.9% 21.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,150,754 $2,545,051 $3,021,794 $2,855,308 $2,376,197
One month of savings $179,230 $210,212 $249,919 $236,578 $196,880
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $885,841
Fixed asset additions $22,951 $0 $0 $0 $38,367
Total full costs (estimated) $2,352,935 $2,755,263 $3,271,713 $3,091,886 $3,497,285

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 10.3 9.6 8.5 8.2 9.0
Months of cash and investments 10.3 9.6 8.5 8.2 9.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.1 8.2 7.0 2.0 7.3
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $1,848,255 $2,028,111 $2,115,055 $1,942,406 $1,770,282
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $213,644 $77,832 $182,552 $111,490 $167,967
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $292,347 $273,152 $273,443 $285,743 $324,110
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 77.8% 76.8% 85.9% 89.7% 83.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.9% 8.1% 9.3% 51.8% 14.3%
Unrestricted net assets $1,691,443 $1,780,821 $1,798,939 $511,835 $1,487,958
Temporarily restricted net assets $922,160 $947,046 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $922,160 $947,046 $1,160,227 $891,246 $938,353
Total net assets $2,613,603 $2,727,867 $2,959,166 $1,403,081 $2,426,311

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

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Principal Officer

Martin Stamat

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 04/21/2023
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Board chair

John Allen

Dean Yoshina

Christy McDanold

Rika Ayotte

Seth Felker

Randy King

Bonnie Lippitt

Celese Spencer

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 4/20/2023

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