People and wildlife thrive together

Leesburg, VA   |
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EIN: 54-1762533


Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy inspires, motivates, and engages people to protect, preserve, and restore wildlife habitat in Loudoun County.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Jim McWalters

Executive Director

Michael Myers

Main address

PO Box 1892

Leesburg, VA 20177 USA

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Subject area info


Wildlife biodiversity

Environmental education

Population served info


NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Habitat loss is the number one threat to wildlife. Loudoun County is undergoing a rapid rate of development and increasing habitat loss. There is an immediate and future need to protect, preserve, and restore habitat in Loudoun County. The quality of life for people and wildlife depends upon healthy wildlife habitat.

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?

Environmental Education

We hold over 100 free programs and field trips throughout the year at local nature sanctuaries and parks, community centers and libraries. Our online calendar is updated regularly with new events and you're welcome to join us. Topics range from birding to gardening for wildlife to amphibian identification to dragonfly and butterfly walks. We also conduct environmental education programs in local schools, hold an annual nature camp for children, and work with local scouts.

Population(s) Served

We have several very active environmental monitoring programs:  Stream Monitoring, Bluebird Nestbox Monitoring, and Amphibian Monitoring. We also hold two annual bird counts: Central Loudoun Christmas Bird Cpunt and the International Migratory Bird Day Count.  A major project is the development ofthe Loudoun County Bird Atlas, a 5-year project.  We hold the Loudoun County Butterfly Count each year as well.

Population(s) Served

We hold 2-3 significant habitat restoration projects each year, working in partnership with othe local organizations and town leaders.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Nonprofit of Year Finalist 2022

Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

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.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy inspires, motivates, and engages people to protect, preserve, and restore wildlife habitat in Loudoun County.

1. Protect and restore wildlife habitats in Loudoun County.

2. Serve as a knowledge leader and partner for wildlife stewardship.

3. Inspire and engage people to become involved in the natural world.

4. Advocate for the advancement of wildlife and habitat conservation.

5. Increase our capacity to fulfill the demands of our mission.

Goal #1:

- Design, implement, and monitor an initial management plan for JK's Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary property.
- Research, identify, prioritize, and implement habitat protection projects in Loudoun County.
- Facilitate and monitor ongoing stewardship of selected restored habitats through strategic partnerships.

Goal #2:

- Conduct citizen science programs to gather wildlife status data for Loudoun County.
- Publish articles, and share data and information about wildlife habitat protection and restoration.

Goal #3:

- Provide experiential programs that directly engage people with nature.
- Teach the value and appreciation of wildlife and healthy habitat conservation in Loudoun County.
- Encourage active citizen involvement in conserving nature.

Goal #4:

- Educate the Loudoun community about the importance of responsible conservation design and green infrastructure for wildlife and habitat conservation.
- Partner with local organizations and leaders to develop policy that supports conservation.
- Encourage our members to participate in shaping development policy.

Goal #5:

- Develop a financial strategy that identifies potential new sources of income and supports our strategic goals and objectives.
- Grow our membership to 2,000 members by 2020.
- Conduct a fundraising capital campaign to secure funding to purchase and maintain JK's Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary property.
- Adopt and implement an organizational structure that clearly defines roles, responsibilities and accountability of paid and volunteer staff, and board leadership.
- Continue to build a board that is engaged, accountable, and informed.
- Develop and implement an internal and external communications strategy that supports our strategic goals and objectives.

We have a clearly defined organizational structure that ensures we have the monetary and human capital and resources necessary to complete our goals. Paid staff members support our volunteer program coordinators. Our programs are organized by activity, and have oversight committees. Each program completes an annual action plan for the year. Hundreds of volunteers contribute thousands of hours towards the fulfillment of our mission. Our Board of Directors has standing Governance and Finance Committees to ensure fiduciary and legal responsibilities of the board are being met.

Progress is constant and ongoing. Annually, we host over 100 educational programs, field trips, and nature walks reaching over 1,200 people. We publish a quarterly newsletter with relevant and scientific wildlife articles going out to over 1,500 people each quarter. Our advocacy program influences public opinion and policy makers to protect wildlife habitat. Each year we conduct population surveys for butterflies and birds (20+ years) with our data being conveyed to national scientific organizations. We completed, and are publishing, a 5 year breeding bird atlas for the county. We host over 50 Bluebird nest box trails, resulting in over 2,000 native cavity nesting birds successfully fledging each year. Our stream monitoring teams collect data on stream health at least twice a year, and we recommend streams for further study to Virginia DEQ. We complete numerous habitat restoration projects each year depending on need and resources. In addition, we certify homes as wildlife sanctuaries through the Audubon-at-Home program. We host multiple native plant sales each year. And, we host programs to support Monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

All of our programs directly relate to our strategic goals and strategies previously outlined. Our organization has a tremendous impact on wildlife habitat in Loudoun County.

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 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 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 act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


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 8.03 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.7 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3% over 9 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 LOUDOUN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY’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 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,464 $485,700 $74,273 $46,526
As % of expenses 0.6% 209.4% 30.8% 14.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,464 $475,652 $71,823 $46,526
As % of expenses 0.6% 196.5% 29.5% 14.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $235,862 $652,271 $382,655 $342,303
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 176.5% -41.3% -10.5%
Program services revenue 1.5% 0.3% 0.6% 0.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 7.2% 4.5%
All other grants and contributions 93.2% 99.9% 89.4% 91.7%
Other revenue 5.1% -0.2% 2.7% 3.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $234,398 $231,980 $241,232 $318,604
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -1.0% 4.0% 32.1%
Personnel 58.9% 61.1% 62.8% 57.8%
Professional fees 13.7% 8.9% 7.6% 7.1%
Occupancy 4.1% 3.8% 3.7% 2.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.9% 0.0% 0.7% 1.6%
All other expenses 22.5% 26.0% 25.1% 30.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $234,398 $242,028 $243,682 $318,604
One month of savings $19,533 $19,332 $20,103 $26,550
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $943 $484,237 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $254,874 $745,597 $263,785 $345,154

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.8 6.3 14.2 11.8
Months of cash and investments 9.8 6.3 14.2 11.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.3 5.4 8.9 8.5
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $191,397 $121,742 $286,207 $314,138
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $18,615 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $13,723 $496,487 $496,487 $496,284
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 1.7% 2.2% 2.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.7% 1.6% 1.7% 2.5%
Unrestricted net assets $116,710 $592,362 $664,185 $710,711
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $103,972 $38,563 $108,366 $82,870
Total net assets $220,682 $630,925 $772,551 $793,581

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Jim McWalters

Executive Director

Michael Myers

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Jim McWalters

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Jim McWalters

Bruce Hill

Allison Gallo

Julie Borneman

Michael Sciortino

Sherri Bartlett

Brian Magurn

Jennifer Venable

Jay Frankenfield

Scott Harris

Pat Whittle

Mike Scott

Peter Lyttle

Amy Ulland

Bruce Kimmel

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 1/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/20/2023

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  • 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 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 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 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.