Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico-Superior ecosystem.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments -Our No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters program reached nearly 7,000 middle and high school students. -We grew our Citizens Action Network to 150 and introduced "Prove It First legislation". This landmark piece of legislation would require an applicant seeking to permit a copper-sulfide mine in Minnesota to submit documentation that a copper-sulfide mine operated elsewhere in the United States for at least ten years without polluting air, groundwater or surface water and that the mine has been closed for at least ten years without polluting air, groundwater or surface water. -Through robust volunteer networks 160 volunteers contributed 5,425 hours to clear 75 miles of hiking trails and 63 miles of portage trails, as well as maintaining 263 campsites.
Current Goals -Our No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters program aims to reach upwards of 6,000 middle and high school students. -We will grow our Citizens Action Network to 174 while continuing to garner support for our "Prove It First" legislation. -We anticipate similar volunteer outcomes as in previous years: roughly 160 volunteers, 75 miles of hiking trails to be cleared and 60 miles of portage trails, as well as maintaining 260 campsites.
Community or Constituency Served We serve any visitor to, or supporter of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We also serve youth across Minnesota, especially dedicated to reaching those with less resources or less access to the Boundary Waters.
Geographic Area Served Our mission focuses on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico-Superior ecosystem in Northeastern Minnesota. Our programs supporting this mission predominately serve individuals across Minnesota, but reaches those in the greater United States as well.

Reports & Finances

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Major Program Expenses
Advocacy:
$11,174,374
Pro Bono Legal Services:
$902,617
No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters:
$264,235
Thriving Communities:
$29,359
3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services
$476,880
54%
Management
$191,841
21.7%
Fundraising
$213,827
24.2%
Unrestricted Net Assets
End of Year:
Beginning of Year:
Difference:
2019
$1,785,337
$1,292,069
$493,268
2018
$1,292,069
$1,062,797
$229,272
2017
$1,062,797
$933,554
$129,243

Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 03/01/2022

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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Address:
2550 University Ave. W
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 612-332-9630

General Information

Alternative Name: Friends of the Boundary Waters, Friends of the BWCA, Friends of the BWCAW, Friends of the BW, BWCAW, BWCA, Boundary Waters
EIN: 36-3414821
Principal Staff: Chris Knopf
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 14
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: Advocacy work benefits 160,000 visitors to the BWCAW annually. Roughly 6,800 middle and high schoolers participated in our education programming. The Superior Wilderness Volunteer Connection provided service opportunities for 160 volunteers.
Ruling Year: 1986

Board

Board Chair: John Gappa
Number of Board Members: 13
Board Meetings with Quorum: 5
Average Member Attendance: 12.2

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