Better Business Bureau Report for
Natural Land Institute

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Natural Land Institute
Address: 320 South Third Street
  Rockford, IL 61104
Phone: 815-964-6666
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1958, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Natural Land Institute's mission is to create an enduring legacy of natural land in northern Illinois for people, plants, and animals.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Natural Land Institute meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Natural Land Institute engages in and promotes (not-for-profit) charitable, scientific, and educational activities in the fields of natural history, nature study, conservation and environmental quality. It is dedicated to preserving natural land in northern Illinois for native plants and animals, and the enjoyment and education of people. NLI to date has protected more than 20,000 acres. It does this by preserving natural forests, prairies, and wetlands and the diversity of plants and animals they support, restoring habitat for wildlife, protecting rivers, and streams for fish and other aquatic species, educating people about the wise use of our natural heritage and of the relationship of all life forms to each other and the environment, and providing opportunities to enjoy natural areas that enrich the lives of people. In furtherance of these purposes, the Institute may undertake any appropriate activities, including the following: a. Acquiring and preserving natural land and native species habitat. b. Managing and protecting natural land and native species habitat. c. Maintaining records, reference materials, and collections on natural land and native species habitat. d. Conducting research on natural land and native species and on their ecology and management, and disseminating scientific and technical information thereon. e. Informing the public about natural land and native species preservation and management. f. Engaging in or promoting land preservation, land planning, ecological and natural history research, and other activities relating to conservation of land and preservation of natural conditions. g. Acquiring, holding, or disposing of any real or personal property or interest therein.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Natural Land Institute's program expenses were:

Other 160,247
Land Preservation Projects 70,159
Nygren Wetland Preserve 66,031
Mississippi Blufflands Project 45,738
Total Program Expenses: $342,175
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Chief Executive : Kerry Leigh, Current. Gerald Paulson 2012, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Daniel Williams
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired attorney

Co-Chair of the Board : Mark Kiester

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: retired director

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 6

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $422,001, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Natural Land Institute's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Grants 236,386
Contributions 183,832
Membership Dues 123,625
Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities 111,008
Interest and dividends 39,997
Miscellaneous income 18,433
Realized gain on sale of marketable securities 7,731
Fundraising Events, net of direct costs of $31,930 1,783
Realized loss on beneficial interest in trust -554
Total Income $722,241


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $722,241
Program expenses $342,175
Fund raising expenses 22,028
Administrative expenses 56,245
Total expenses $420,448
Income in Excess of Expenses 301,793
Beginning net assets 6,659,921
Ending net assets 6,961,714
Total liabilities 167,794
Total assets $7,129,508

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