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Friends of the Mississippi River

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

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 12/12/2013
360 North Robert Street, Suite 400
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-222-2193
Fax: 651-222-6005
Other Names Used FMR
EIN 41-1763226
Principal Staff Whitney Clark, Executive Director
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 18
Number of Volunteers 2,831
Number of Clients Served 4,564
Affiliations Minnesota Environmental Fund Minnesota Environmental Partnership
Donated Goods Accepts donated goods
Tags / Keywords Conservation & Protection, Botanical & Horticultural, Beautification, Environment, Wildlife Preservation & Protection
General Information
Board Chair Perry McGowan
Number of Board Members 19
Board meetings with quorum 11
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 13
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
2012 Watershed Program Highlight: The State of the River Report was launched in September 2012, part of a groundbreaking effort to raise awareness and change water quality policy locally, statewide and on a national level. The report received significant local, regional and national press coverage, and to date has been presented to over 2,000 people across the region. It was a key factor in bringing about the 2013 ban on the non-medical use of Triclosan within state agencies. 2012 Land Conservation & Restoration Highlight: FMR and several key partners closed on a conservation easement that permanently protects 150 acres of the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area, owned by Macalester College. This property serves as the northern terminus of the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area, and its protection expands the greenway connectivity in the region. 2012 Community Stewardship Highlight: FMR engaged 4,642 people in our events and volunteer activities in 2012. 1,386 volunteers contributed 5,478 hours of hands-on volunteering, 235 people paddled the Mississippi River Challenge, 1,281 students and community volunteers contributed 3,035 hours to stencil storm drains, 52 volunteers contributed 132 hours of office and event support, and 1,688 people participated in educational programs and workshops. 2012 Corridor Outreach and Advocacy Highlight: FMR was a founding member of and helped launch the Minnesota Asian Carp Coalition, and designed the website. We have been a part of efforts to raise public awareness of the issues facing us if the Asian Carp infest our local waters.
Current Goals
In 2013 and 2014, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) continues to work on new initiatives as well as successful programs and longer-term initiatives that have the potential to dramatically change how the Twin Cities region interacts with the river and protects its water quality. The primary long-term initiative is our work on watershed health, including large-scale coalition-based work on agricultural run-off, to reverse the downward trend in water quality that is clearly evidenced by the studies of Lake Pepin and other areas. FMR also continues to work in the areas of land conservation and habitat restoration, building a network of river corridor and watershed stewards, and connecting area residents in meaningful ways to this treasure in our midst.
Community or Constituency Served
Residents of the Twin Cities and our regional Mississippi River watershed.
Geographic Area Served
The Twin Cities region and the broader statewide Mississippi River watershed.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $1,082,054 80.1%
Management: $81,702 6%
Fundraising: $187,083 13.8%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2012 2011 2010
End of Year: $131,222 $84,642 $134,137
Beginning of Year $84,642 $134,137 $126,752
Difference $46,580 ($49,495) $7,385
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $131,222
Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012
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