Boojum Institute for Experiential Education

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Boojum Institute for Experiential Education

EIN: 95-2963763


The Boojum Institute, founded in 1975, is dedicated to encouraging constructive interaction with others and a deeper understanding of nature, ourselves and our communities through experiential, adventure and environmental education. Boojum programs encourage an understanding and appreciation of ecology and natural history, teach students outdoor skills, and unlock potential and inspire personal growth in its participants. Boojum provides low-income, at risk youth across California with a comprehensive and integrated curriculum of experiential, adventure and environmental education programs in all of the major ecosystems in our state.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Judy Arlene Zulfiqa

Main address

31566 RAILROAD CANYON RD Ste 2 - 1403

Canyon Lake, CA 92587 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Secondary education

Environmental education

Outdoor education

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Non-adult children

Ethnic and racial groups

At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Outdoor Adventures by Boojum

The Boojum Institute operates three types of experiential education programs: Outdoor education courses for public and independent schools; Adventure Challenge programs for at-risk and low-income youth; and Retreat and Challenge Course (Ropes Course) team building programs for groups. Boojum programs are customized to match the age and capabilities, as well as the educational and developmental goals, of the schools and community organizations with whom we work. Boojum programs provide unequaled opportunities for teachable moments, new insights into relationships and the development of self-worth, compassion, integrity, sincerity, honesty and strength of character. We also work to infuse these youth with a sense of their roles as emerging and productive adults within the community and the importance of environmental stewardship.

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How we listen

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    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

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Boojum Institute for Experiential Education
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 0.77 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Boojum Institute for Experiential Education

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Boojum Institute for Experiential Education

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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Boojum Institute for Experiential Education

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Boojum Institute for Experiential Education’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 -$26,376 -$85,272 -$163,296 -$44,538 $94,081
As % of expenses -3.7% -11.8% -58.0% -72.9% 30.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$38,485 -$100,821 -$177,815 -$56,761 $84,341
As % of expenses -5.3% -13.6% -60.1% -77.4% 26.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $711,854 $640,316 $118,185 $16,558 $405,942
Total revenue, % change over prior year -17.1% -10.0% -81.5% -86.0% 2351.6%
Program services revenue 113.0% 97.0% 18.0% 0.0% 78.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 72.2% 90.6% 19.7%
All other grants and contributions 3.5% 2.4% 0.4% 9.0% 0.5%
Other revenue -16.5% 0.6% 9.4% 0.4% 0.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $711,662 $725,588 $281,481 $61,096 $311,861
Total expenses, % change over prior year -6.8% 2.0% -61.2% -78.3% 410.4%
Personnel 54.4% 56.2% 57.6% 16.1% 54.0%
Professional fees 8.8% 6.2% 5.6% 10.6% 9.1%
Occupancy 0.2% 5.7% 14.4% -5.3% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.1% 1.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 36.7% 31.9% 22.5% 67.5% 35.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $723,771 $741,137 $296,000 $73,319 $321,601
One month of savings $59,305 $60,466 $23,457 $5,091 $25,988
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $75,762
Fixed asset additions $0 $20,285 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $783,076 $821,888 $319,457 $78,410 $423,351

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.5 3.8 13.0 66.5 11.2
Months of cash and investments 5.5 3.8 13.0 66.5 11.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.9 1.1 -4.1 -27.6 -1.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $325,957 $226,779 $304,964 $338,812 $290,479
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $22,011 $16,917 $0 $0 $42,574
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $228,689 $248,974 $225,635 $225,635 $225,635
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 81.9% 81.5% 85.5% 91.0% 95.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 49.8% 64.4% 118.1% 132.4% 110.1%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 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 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $215,333 $114,512 -$63,303 -$120,064 -$35,723

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

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Principal Officer

Ms. Judy Arlene Zulfiqa

As executive director of the Boojum Institute, Mr. Baierlein serves as the primary coordinator for all schools and agencies participating in our programs. He works with schools to develop programs that will complement the educational and developmental goals of our partner agencies.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Boojum Institute for Experiential Education

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Boojum Institute for Experiential Education

Board of directors
as of 03/30/2023
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Board chair

Dale Machen

Steve Mathis

Sarah Long

Mynor Shultz

Organizational demographics

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