Give with Confidence

You can support Wilderness Inquiry with the confidence that our organization meets and exceeds standards for excellence and financial management. Pound for pound and dollar for dollar, few deliver on their mission as much as Wilderness Inquiry. Since 1978 we have served over 350,000 people, and received numerous awards along the way. Transparency is important to us. You can download our most recent audit and more from our Annual Report tab. If you have any questions please call us.

  • “We are proud to announce Wilderness Inquiry has earned our fourth consecutive 4-star rating. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 6% of the charities we rate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Wilderness Inquiry outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Wilderness Inquiry from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.” Ken Berger, CEO, Charity Navigator, October 1, 2013

  • “Congratulations on meeting all twenty-seven of the Charities Review Council’s Accountability Standards. The standards represent sound principles and practices, and reflect the best thinking of hundreds of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders. Thank you for taking the time to affirm your organization’s commitment to accountability. We encourage you to share your good news with your constituents clients, donors, and the general public. I encourage you to use the “Meets Standard” seal to help you get the word out that Wilderness Inquiry is a trustworthy organization.” Kris Kewitsch, Executive Director, Charities Review Council, September 25, 2013

  • “Wilderness Inquiry was founded on the idea that shared outdoor experiences have the power to transform individuals and communities – a discovery made after an seven-day trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for people with and without disabilities. Today, Wilderness Inquiry continues to bring out the best in people by forming strategic alliances with the National Park Service, the Mississippi River Fund, the Minneapolis and Saint Paul schools, and other organizations. The organization has used strategic planning to achieve aggressive growth goals for each of the past 15 years, completed two successful capital campaigns, has active collaborations with more than 100 different organizations serving youth, families, people with disabilities, low-income families and the elderly and is actively engaged in evaluating the results of its work both through internal and independent studies.” Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, September 20, 2010.