Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Friends of the Mississippi River

  • Saint Paul, MN
  • www.fmr.org

Mission Statement

Friends of the Mississippi River engages citizens to
protect, restore and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the
Twin Cities region.

 

Friends of the Mississippi River envisions a river that is recognized
and celebrated as the vital asset to our community. A river where the water is
clear and clean, where it is safe to swim, where fish and wildlife are healthy
and abundant, and where scenic bluffs and cultural treasures are protected.
This is a river where residents and visitors can escape the rush of daily life
to find solitude in a hidden backwater, mystery beside ancient mounds and the
wonder of canoeing past towering limestone bluffs. Where you can catch fish that are healthy to eat. Where you can stroll through oak
savannas and sand prairies alive with the diversity of our natural heritage.
Where historic sites speak to the timeless connection between people and the river.
Where
the river is accessible to all and where development
and commerce respect the river's intrinsic public values. We envision a
community that actively embraces this river ethic and welcomes its role
as river steward for current and future generations.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Watershed Protection
  3. River Corridor Stewardship
  4. Land Conservation & Restoration
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

FMR primarily serves the greater Twin Cities region, while also taking on initiatives and producing replicable models with broader (statewide and downstream) impact.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 1996

Self-reported

Mr. Whitney Clark

Keywords

Self-reported

Mississippi River, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Twin Cities, Watershed Conservation, Water Quality, Land Conservation, Land Restoration, Education, Events, Stewardship, Volunteer Opportunities

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013.
Register now

Also Known As

FMR

EIN

41-1763226

 Number

3919024201

Physical Address

360 North Robert Street Ste 400

Saint Paul, MN 55101

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

FMR uses a multifaceted approach to protecting the health of the
Mississippi River. Because the river's health is affected by a complex
interaction of water, land and people, our strategy as an organization
is to work on three inter-related areas, each critical to the health of
the river: watershed protection, land conservation, and stewardship of
the river's ecological, cultural, scenic, historic and recreational values.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Watershed Protection: FMR works to activate and engage individual citizens, shape the priorities of local governments and impact public policy related to local water quality. Our goal is to protect both environmental health and human health as they relate to water quality. Land Conservation: FMR works to restore and premanently protect land along the Mississippi and its important tributaries in the Twin Cities. Our vision is the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities that is the backbone of an interconnected system of natural areas and green corridors that provide habitat for fish and wildlife, protect water quality and offer natural amenities for people to enjoy. River Corridor Stewardship: FMR works to protect, improve, and restore the ecological, cultural, historical, scenic, and recreational assets of the Mississippi River Corridor. These essential assets represent the unique qualities of the Mississippi in the metro area, and their protection and stewardship are vital to instilling a strong river-based sense of place among community members.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Watershed Protection

Water quality remains one of the most pressing
concerns for the Mississippi River and its watershed. FMR is working to make the Twin Cities a model community for
water quality protection, and our ability to get strong stormwater management
and buffer zone rules passed local watersheds are examples of our success.
Through our program activities we work both independently and as part of
broader coalitions to engage individual citizens and decision-makers in efforts
to improve and steward the assets of the river and its watershed that impact
water quality.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$286,516.00

Program 3

River Corridor Stewardship

The Mississippi River brings a unique quality to the
Twin Cities. FMR works to foster
appreciation of its historic, cultural, ecological, scenic and recreational
values through educational events and volunteer and recreational opportunities
for individuals and families. We
also work with citizens to connect them to decision-makers at the local, regional
and state level to build consensus around land use decisions that respect and
embrace the river and the public’s access to it.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$297,199.00

Program 4

Land Conservation & Restoration

Working with both public and private landowners, FMR seeks to restore and permanently protect key parcels of land along the Mississippi and its important tributaries in the Twin Cities region.  Our longer-term goal is to make the river the backbone of an interconnected system of natural areas and green corridors that provides habitat for fish and wildlife, protects water quality and public health, ensures public access, and offers natural, recreational and scenic amenities for everyone to enjoy.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$445,702.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

FMR primarily serves the greater Twin Cities region, while also taking on initiatives and producing replicable models with broader (statewide and downstream) impact.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Friends of the Mississippi River needs funds to support program stability and growth, to initiate new projects, and engage community members in efforts to steward and protect their local land and water resources.  Please contact the Development Director at 651-222-2193 x20 or hhaynes@fmr.org for more information.

Accreditations

External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

FRIENDS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

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

Friends of the Mississippi River

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Principal Officer

Mr. Whitney Clark

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Stewart Crosby

ASLA, Sr. Landscape Architect, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?