aka Broads   |   Durango, CO   |
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EIN: 87-0479828


Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Sara Husby

Main address

555 Rivergate Ln B1-110

Durango, CO 81301 USA

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Subject area info


Population served info


Women and girls


NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Working Towards Wilderness Designation. Broads collaborate with conservation partners to urge Congress to designate new Wilderness areas. We are not afraid to challenge when conservation vision falls short. We also monitor management of areas already designated as Wilderness to ensure these places remain an enduring legacy of wilderness, “untrammeled by man".

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?

Wilderness Advocacy and Education

As a grassroots organization, Broads relies on its membership, partner organizations, and citizen activism to protect valuable ecosystems, natural landscapes, and vibrant wildlife habitats. Through advocacy and collaboration, Broads:
• Offers leadership training to its membership to advocate for natural resource protection issues in their local communities;
• Provides training to document concerns and problems on public lands using photos and data collection;
• Connects people with on-the-ground actions via service projects, exploratory hikes, and inventory of wilderness characteristics;
• Assesses the threat of habitat loss and ecosystem damage from unmanaged recreation, abuse of natural resources, and invasive species;
• Increases awareness of the value of solitude and open space;
• Contributes resources and strengths for proactive solutions with other conservation advocates.

Population(s) Served

The Grassroots Leadership Program trains, guides, and supports our 40+ local chapters, called Broadbands. Broadbands are member run regional or local chapters across the country formed around Broads’ mission to preserve and protect Wilderness and wild lands.
These chapters, led by volunteer leaders and co-leader teams, are made up of passionate and dedicated Broads and Bros of diverse backgrounds and ages, with a fire for change and a love for the land. Focused on education, advocacy, outreach, and collaborative stewardship projects—humor and joy play a fundamental role in our work. Broadband members share stories, experiences, and passions; creating deep connections to each other and the earth that lead to stronger Broadbands and stronger advocacy.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work


Global Environmental Challenge Award 2017

Walden Woods Project

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.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. Conceived by older women who love wilderness, Broads gives voice to the millions of Americans who want to protect their public lands as Wilderness for this and future generations. We bring knowledge, commitment, and humor to the movement to protect our last wild places on earth.Great Old Broads for Wilderness advocates for protection of these places and sensible management that protects their wild character and values. Our actions are guided by what is best for the land; what is best for Mother Earth.

Broads works with decision makers to ensure wild public lands stay wild while awaiting Wilderness designation or other protective measures.

This includes Wilderness Study Areas and Inventoried Roadless Areas identified as eligible for protection, as well as the millions of acres that citizens have inventoried and identified as having wilderness character that have not yet been endorsed for protection.

Broads always have something going on. Our national Broadwalks and Broadworks are scheduled spring through fall. Regional Broadband 'Walks & 'Works happen pretty much year round. Local Broadband activities including day hikes, stewardship projects, films, lectures, advocacy activities, and more. Broadwalks are events where attendees get to know the landscape and learn about protection issues specific to where the Broadwalk is held. There's plenty of on-the-ground exploration and discussion with folks who know the place and the concerns. This gives attendees first-hand experience so they have a better understanding of why these landscapes warrant protection. Broadwork events are stewardship-focused projects coordinated with partner organizations and land managers. Activities range from training and botanic field observations and monitoring of land health to all-out river restorations and invasive plant removal. No experience is necessary. Broads and Bros are trained and schooled in the “whats" and “whys" behind the Broadwork activity. Conversations and learning continue throughout the week. Employees at our national office in Durango, CO, along with our amazing local volunteer Broadband leaders of chapters throughout the U.S. afford us the infrastructure to advocate and help preserve our wild wilderness' and public lands.

Our core competencies include engaging volunteers in on-the-ground action and collaborating with other organizations in pursuit of protection for our wild public lands. Through advocacy and technology Broads is always extending its capacity to effect change by expanding partnerships and technology of the Healthy Lands Project and providing resources and leadership training to Broadbands, our name for local chapters. A "sample" of some of the accomplishments by Great Old Broads include:
• Broadening of Broads' leadership and organizational capacity with Broadband Boot Camp, development of nearly 40 chapters in 15 states, national media interest, and communication technology;
• Expansion of Healthy Lands Project, an innovative program and resource documenting land health conditions used by partners and public, easily accessible and available 24/7 on the internet; and
• Recapture, Utah! Campaign – Broads' diligence and hard-working volunteers resulted in closures to motorized vehicles on illegally constructed trails outside of Blanding, Utah, where canyons rich in archaeology and biodiversity have been subjected to vandalism and resource damage. Recapture Utah! work includes active participation in livestock grazing collaborations in San Juan and Beaver Counties in southern Utah.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 50.52 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% 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: 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 GREAT OLD BROADS FOR WILDERNESS’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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* This organization changed its fiscal year accounting period in 2019. Please refer to its 2019 990s for more information.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 * 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $136,376 $34,132 $117,485 $181,220 -$259,132
As % of expenses 21.6% 4.9% 15.3% 22.7% -28.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $136,376 $22,717 $103,066 $166,801 -$273,551
As % of expenses 21.6% 3.2% 13.1% 20.6% -30.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $766,783 $1,022,098 $645,246 $949,107 $852,857
Total revenue, % change over prior year 54.7% 33.3% -36.9% 47.1% -10.1%
Program services revenue 6.0% 6.9% 4.1% 2.5% 1.4%
Membership dues 21.5% 14.0% 17.4% 15.7% 19.9%
Investment income 0.5% 0.4% 0.2% 0.4% 0.7%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 71.8% 78.7% 78.3% 70.3% 77.6%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% -0.1% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $630,751 $690,309 $769,628 $797,221 $898,431
Total expenses, % change over prior year 17.7% 9.4% 11.5% 3.6% 12.7%
Personnel 71.5% 71.6% 79.8% 76.7% 74.5%
Professional fees 0.4% 1.3% 2.5% 3.2% 4.4%
Occupancy 2.6% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 1.6% 2.0% 1.4% 1.1%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 25.5% 23.8% 15.6% 18.7% 20.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $630,751 $701,724 $784,047 $811,640 $912,850
One month of savings $52,563 $57,526 $64,136 $66,435 $74,869
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $10,095 $10,856
Fixed asset additions $0 $562,353 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $683,314 $1,321,603 $848,183 $888,170 $998,575

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.9 4.8 4.3 11.7 9.6
Months of cash and investments 7.4 8.3 9.2 11.7 9.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.5 -2.3 2.7 10.0 5.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $46,302 $274,921 $275,404 $776,164 $719,916
Investments $342,272 $203,920 $314,794 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $12,570 $574,923 $574,923 $574,923 $574,923
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 2.0% 5.1% 9.8% 12.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.8% 30.5% 27.6% 23.4% 23.9%
Unrestricted net assets $405,875 $428,592 $716,906 $883,707 $610,156
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $300,000 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $300,000 $108,316 $111,235 $323,853
Total net assets $405,875 $728,592 $825,222 $994,942 $934,009

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

Ms. Sara Husby

Sara is an accomplished environmental advocate who has a passion for public land preservation. She served as Executive Director and Campaign Director with Tuleyome in northern California. There, Sara led the campaign for the permanent protection of the Berryessa Snow Mountain region, which was declared a National Monument on July 10th, 2015, by President Obama. She held a leadership role at the Anza Borrego Foundation, working with the State of California as the official partner of Anza Borrego State Park, and led the Native American Land Conservancy in the effort to return tribal lands to tribal hands. Sara advocated for the wildlands of the northern Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada with the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center. And, as a consultant, she has helped guide small environmental nonprofits through different stages of organizational planning, as well as the development of campaigns and advocacy strategies.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
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Board co-chair

Micky Ryan

Board co-chair

Linda Delano

Pip Coe

Micky Ryan

Pip Coe

Anna Lee Vargas

Corina Lopez

Laura Hodge

Linda Delano

Carol Foster

Kristy Weber

Lynn Aldrich

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/4/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/04/2022

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 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.