Missouri Prairie Foundation
PO Box 200
Columbia MO 65205
Adults and children explore Linden's prairie

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (888) 843-6739
Mission Statement
The Missouri Prairie Foundation’s mission is to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education and research. The Missouri Prairie Foundation also promotes the use of native plants through its Grow Native! Program and supports the identification and control of invasive plant species through its Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP).
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carol E. Davit
Board Chair Mr. David Young
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Missouri Department of Conservation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1968
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can support Missouri's beautiful, biologically diverse, and rare prairie landscapes:
  • By sending a check to Missouri Prairie Foundation, P.O. Box 200, Columbia, MO 65205 or making a donation online at www.moprairie.org. Contributions are tax-deductible. You can also give memberships to your employees, family members, and friends, and gifts in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donations can also be made to special funds, like our Prairie Research Fund and our Grow Native! program by visiting www.moprairie.org.
  • By volunteering at a prairie workday, a native plant sale, or other event. Visit www.moprairie.org for plant sales, workdays and other events.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Missouri Prairie Foundation’s mission is to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education and research. The Missouri Prairie Foundation also promotes the use of native plants through its Grow Native! Program and supports the identification and control of invasive plant species through its Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP).
Background Statement
The Missouri Prairie Foundation began in 1966 by a small group of conservation professionals and volunteers who were concerned about the rapid decline of greater prairie-chickens and the degradation and loss of native grassland habitat throughout the state. MPF was incorporated in 1968. Since that time, MPF has grown and developed with several general goals in mind, including the permanent protection of prairie habitat and the need for greater understanding of the role of native grasslands in wildlife and pollinator conservation, carbon storage, soil heath, and water quality. In addition, MPF promotes the use of native plants in the built environment and altered landscapes, through its Grow Native! native plant program and supports the identification and control of invasive plant species through its Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP), which it initiated in 2015.
What began as an all-volunteer advocacy organization has grown into a complex land trust, with more than 1,500 diverse members to serve and more than 3,300 acres to own and protect in perpetuity. Our work would not be possible without financial contributions from members and other supporters, and the many hours of service from our dedicated volunteer board members, other loyal volunteers, and our committed staff.
Impact Statement
2018 Accomplishments:
  1. In 2018, MPF acquired its 22nd acquisition, a 40-acre tract with 36 acres of original prairie in northwestern Lawrence County, MO.
  2. In 2018, MPF controlled invasive species and conducted prescribed burns on more than 3,000 acres of MPF-owned prairies, as well as provided management services for prairies owned by The Nature Conservancy, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Ozark Regional Land Trust. 
  3. In 2018, MPF carried out extensive prairie restoration and reconstruction over a total of 154 acres of MPF land adjacent to remnants at its Snowball Hill, Carver, Stilwell, and Pleasant Run Creek Prairies. MPF also purchased a hammermill for seed cleaning, and collected seeds to plant propagators to grow plugs of several species and then planted more than 3,000 plugs at its Snowball Hill, Carver, and Pleasant Run Creek Prairies.
  4. Now 19 years old in 2019, MPF’s Grow Native! program has grown from fewer than 80 professional members when MPF assumed the program four years ago from the Missouri Department of Conservation to more than 150members who joined in 2018 for 2019. MPF staff administer the program with many of the activities of Grow Native! guided by MPF’s Grow Native! committee, made up of native plant professionals and educators. MPF organized Grow Native! workshops in 2018 for homeowners and professionals on natives for pollinators, monarchs, the turf industry, landscaping, soil health, and more, held in Maryville, Osage Beach, and Springfield, MO, and Godfrey, East Alton, Granite City, and Bellefille, IL.
  5. Capped off its long-term Stewardship Funds to $1 million.
Goals for 2019 as reflected in MPF's 2017-2021 Strategic Plan include the following activities: carry out prairie management plan on MPF's 22 properties and provide management services to partner landowners, carry out many hikes, workshops, presentations, and other educational activities for the general public. 
Needs Statement
  • Secure 500 additional members (individual, household, organization, or business) to bring MPF dues-paying membership to 2,000.
  • Secure total of $160,000 in individual donations as part of 2019 operating revenue.
Service Categories
Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Biological, Life Science Research
Environmental Education
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
MPF is one of the largest private land trusts in the state of Missouri, owning 22 parcels of property totaling more than 3,300 acres, and helping protect thousands more through partnerships with other landowners. 
Temperate grasslands---including Missouri's tallgrass prairie and other native grassland communities---are the least conserved, most threatened major terrestrial habitat type on earth. We exist to conserve these biologically rich landscapes for the benefit of all Missourians, and to help more people understand the value of choosing native plant species for ecological stability, landscaping, livestock forage, carbon storage, soil health, and water quality.

MPF organizes and hosts more than a dozen events around the state every year to provide opportunities for our members and the general public to enjoy and learn about Missouri's grassland natural communities, including events targeted specifically to educators. Events include our Annual Prairie BioBlitz, campouts, Annual Prairie School, guided prairie hikes, seed collecting outings, lectures, tours and native landscaping workshops. In 2016, its 50th Anniversary year, MPF founded National Prairie Day (first Saturday of June), providing an opportunity for groups and citizens nationwide to highlight the important of native grassland conservation. Staff continually provide information and digital resources on prairie and prairie management via its website, inquiries received via email, and with conservation partners in meetings and projects of multi-group and multi-agencies endeavors, such as Missourians for Monarchs.

Program Budget $70,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served Adults, Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Increased participation of teachers, students, members, home gardeners and others in our events, as well as visits to the MPF and Grow Native! websites and Facebook page, and response to articles and press releases. 
Long-Term Success

Increased understanding by the general public, MPF members, educators and students of the importance of prairie, savanna, glade natural resources, and their conservation in Missouri. Increase in number of acres of prairie purchased by MPF or other conservation groups, and/or more prairie conservation efforts on the part of individual, private landowners. Increased membership in our organization would serve as an indication of the number of people reached who are interested enough and care enough about native grassland conservation to become members. Additionally, the increased demand for native plants for landscaping would be an indication of the success of the reach of our Grow Native! program.

Program Success Monitored By Increase in number of acres owned and managed by MPF, increase in research projects on MPF land, increase in conservation projects with partners. Increase is sales by Grow Native! members who sell native plant products and services. Increase in number of MPF members, Facebook followers, e-news subscribers, views of on-line MPF videos. Communication with and surveys of event participation.
Examples of Program Success

In 2017, MPF's number of educational events increased markedly over previous years and attendance at many was higher than at previous years. As of March 2018, our MPF Facebook page likes total 3,599, up from 2,954 in February 2017 and from 1,500 at the beginning of 2015. In 2012, there were 60 landscaping and native plant professionals who were Grow Native! Professional Members; today we have more than 145.  

Description Acquisition, restoration and management of native prairie parcels in the state of Missouri. To that end, MPF owns and/or manages more than 3,300 acres through partnerships with public agencies and private prairie owners, helps protect thousands more. 
Program Budget $186,120.00
Category Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified, General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Reduction or eradication of invasive plants, including trees and exotic species like tall fescue and sericea lespedeza through eradication programs employing herbicides, tree cutting and prescribed burning; increased members and supporters of our organization.
Long-Term Success An increase in number of acres of original prairie protected in perpetuity by MPF and/or our partners. The perpetuation of these original, native grassland landscapes with their attendant flora and fauna, the increase of populations of native grassland-dependent species, and the increased connectivity of native grasslands via land acquisition, prairie restoration, and/or reconstruction.
Program Success Monitored By Additional acres acquired (such as our 2015 acquisition of Snowball Hill Prairie in the greater Kansas City area); visible recovery in appearance, habitat, flora and fauna species and species inventory and documentation.
Examples of Program Success
In 2014, MPF purchased three additional tracts of land totaling 359 acres; in 2015, MPF purchased two additional tracts of land totaling 239 acres. In early 2017, MPF purchased another tract totaling 59 acres. In an age of rapidly disappearing prairie resources, this is quite an accomplishment--to have both attracted the funding to purchase this land and to steward it and sustain high species diversity or, in the case of degraded land, increase it. 
Many of MPF's prairies acquired a decade or more ago are now virtually free of woody growth. As a result MPF has been able to take on management of partner prairie tracts. In addition, plant and animal surveys on our properties document a high level of native grassland biodiversity, which is perpetuated or increased thanks to our management. MPF shares data obtained from biological surveys with conservation partners.
Description Production of a high quality full color magazine with features on many aspects of prairie biology and conservation to keep our members, conservation partners, and elected officials informed of our activities, educate them about grassland natural community biology and management, and inspire them to increase their involvement with the organization and prairie conservation. The Missouri Prairie Journal also includes a Grow Native! native gardening/landscaping feature in every issue, as well as a regular feature on the benefits of native pastures/forage to cattle producers and other landowners.
Program Budget $27,245.00
Category Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Membership retention and increase, and increase in attendance at MPF  activities.
Long-Term Success Increased membership attributable to interest in the Missouri Prairie Journal; increased prairie conservation by private individuals and agencies attributable to information provided by this publication; increased funding for MPF activities and prairie conservation in general. Visit www.moprairie.org and view archives of past issues.
Program Success Monitored By
Positive feedback from readers and membership retention; increased web traffic to on-line Missouri Prairie Journal articles. Citation of articles by prairie researchers, conservation professionals, and citizen scientists.
Examples of Program Success Constant improvement in content and increased breadth of types of subscribers. Please visit MPF's website at  www.moprairie.org and visit Missouri Prairie Journal archives to view past issues.
MPF runs the 19-year-old native plant education and marketing program called Grow Native! MPF manages the Grow Native! website, organizes numerous native landscaping workshops and other events, produces native plant articles to several publications every month, manages sales of tags for more than 200 native plant species, available for professional members to purchase to help market/sell their native plants, and, in 2015, launched the Missouri Invasive Plant Species Task Force (MoIP), run within Grow Native!
In 2018, MPF awarded four Prairie Gardens Grants to Frankford Elementary in Frankford, MO; Friends of Jefferson City Community Garden; Love the Lou in St. Louis; and St. Louis Catholic Academy; and one $100 grant to Lake Bloomers Garden Club in Sunrise Beach, MO. libraries, garden clubs, arboreta, and other entities may apply for a small grant to fund the establishment or expansion of a prairie garden in a public venue to help the general public enjoy and learn about the benefits of native prairie plants.
In 2018, MPF gave away more than 3,770 free native milkweeds and nectar plants to many groups and schools statewide to help provide habitat for monarch butterflies.
Program Budget $121,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Horticulture
Population Served General/Unspecified, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Increased interest in Grow Native! programs; increased readership of Grow Native! articles; increased sales of native plants, seeds, and native plant services of Grow Native! professional members; increased number of annual Grow Native! Professional members (80 in 2012; 150 for 2019); increased number of Grow Native! workshops and increased workshop attendance (e.g., in 2017, the Grow Native! program organized seven workshops throughout the lower Midwest (up from four in 2016) attended by a total of 743 people). 
Long-Term Success Increased use of native plants in developed landscapes in rural, suburban, and urban areas for landscaping, stormwater management, livestock forage, erosion control, and other purposes. Increased and sustained demand for native plants and native plant services (e.g., landscape design, architecture). Increased supply of native seed and plants to meet growing demand.
Program Success Monitored By Accomplished action steps in our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan; tracking visits to www.grownative.org; measuring attendance of Grow Native! workshops; surveying Grow Native! professional members about increase/decrease in native seed/plant/services sales; increased website traffic and social media engagement; increased number of annual Grow Native! professional members.
Examples of Program Success Increased number of MPF Native Plant Sales in Kansas City and other cities around the state (Columbia and Sedalia); increased professional membership to the Grow Native! (increase from 80 in 2014 to 150 for 2019); Increased attendance at annual Grow Native! Professional Member meeting (more than 60 in 2012; 110 for 2018).

Grow Native! spearheaded this multi-agency, multi-industry networking and advocacy group to bolster statewide efforts to identify and control the invasive plant species that severely impact native biodiversity. Representatives from the fields of conservation, agriculture, botanical science, ecological services, plant production, horticulture, landscape services and design, and arboriculture make up the task force.

The Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP) is housed and administered by Grow Native!, a native plant education and marketing program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. The purpose of the task force—working as a united, supportive front—is to review, discuss, and recommend educational and regulatory action related to managing known and potential non-­native invasive plant species that negatively impact natural communities and built landscapes in Missouri and elsewhere in the lower Midwest. 

Program Budget $10,000.00
Category Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The formation of MoIp was itself a success as never before had such a board array of stakeholders been brought together to work together to develop and agree on prioritized goals for invasive plant early detection and control. MoIP members meet quarterly to work on defined goals:
  • Develop a list of top invasive plant species and their assessment scores so we can focus efforts--list has been completed; assessment scores in progress.
  • Become a portal for invasive management in the state. And contribute to regional and national efforts (such as the Midwest Invasive Plant Network). In place.
  • Develop recommendations to influence policy and strategies to influence action to manage invasive species within Missouri and the Midwest region. In progress.
  • Track and stop continued distribution of known and future exotic invasive plants. In progress.
  • Reach new audiences. In progress.
  • Find sustained, stable funding.
  • Determine geographic priority areas for invasive control, including education opportunities (high public use areas) and native biodiversity. Assessment scores of list will inform this goal.
  • Focus our efforts in a unified front to impact things on the ground; priority geographic areas; agency cooperation and coordination. In place.
Long-Term Success
Sustained, increased funding in budgets of all land management agencies in Missouri for early detection and control of invasive plant species.
Dramatic reduction or elimination of invasive plants on the market. 
Program Success Monitored By Increased traffic to MoIP social media posts, participation and engagement of MoIP members at quarterly meetings; planning for our April 13, 018 Callery Pear Field Event, and interest among other groups who request presentations about the work of the group.
Examples of Program Success
The formation of MoIP was itself a success--prior to its formation, a task force of this kind did not exist in the state. 
Success of our first public event, the Callery Pear Field Event on April 13, 2018, is an example of many groups working together to inform the public and key stakeholders about the challenge that this invasive poses to our communities. Also, in winter 2018 we completed our ranked assessment of 142 invasive plants in MO.
CEO Comments
Missouri's remaining native grasslands and their rich biodiversity face constant threat from invasive species that crowd out native species and degrade wildlife habitat; from agricultural and other forms of development, and from climate change. MPF's prairie protection programs—including prairie acquisition, management, advocacy, and educational endeavors—are designed to conserve the biological integrity of our remaining prairies, glades, and savannas for the benefit of current and future generations of Missourians.
Additionally, the nation as a whole is faced with the reality that 93% of our land has been altered, leaving only 3% of truly intact land available for native plants, insects, and countless other species that are not only vital for the survival of many wildlife species, but also for human well-being. To help address this challenge, MPF not only continues to safeguard original prairie remnants, but also is the home of the Grow Native! native plant education program, which educates home gardeners, municipalities, agricultural producers, businesses, schools, and other entities about the importance of choosing native plants for the built environment and altered landscapes, and provides resources to help them find native plants and native landscaping services. Through Grow Native! MPF aims to help increase the ecological productivity of yards, corporate campuses, farms, school yards, parks and other landscapes throughout Missouri and other places in the larger lower Midwest region. Another initiative of the Grow Native! program is the Missouri Invasive Plant Species Task Force (MoIP), which MPF begin in 2015, to comprehensively and proactively identify and control invasive plant species that threaten biodiversity and many aspects of Missouri's economy.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Carol E. Davit
Term Start Jan 2011
MPF Executive Director Carol Davit has more than twenty years of professional experience in environmental and conservation communications, administration, leadership, development, and education, for federal, state, and city government, a regional resource authority, and private, nonprofit organizations. Davit also has more than six years experience as a volunteer advisor to municipal environmental commissions/committees. She also serves on statewide interagency/inter-organizational conservation committees and advisory boards. She has received two awards during her career from the Missouri Native Plant Society: the Erna Eisendarth Education Award and the Plant Stewardship Award. Davit has written on a wide range of natural history and environmental topics for the Missouri Conservationist magazine, the Missouri Prairie Journal, for which she has served as editor since 1996, and for a variety of other publications.
Former CEOs
Mr. Justin R. Johnson2004 - Mar 2009
Senior Staff
Title Director of Prairie Management

MPF's Director of Prairie Management Jerod Huebner oversees prairie management planning and execution including invasive species control, prescribed fire, and all other aspects of the stewardship of MPF’s prairies, which now total more than 3,300 acres in 21 tracts of land. Huebner also administers prairie stewardship grants and participates in prairie outreach and education activities.

Huebner earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010. While in college, Huebner worked at MPF’s and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Prairie Fork Conservation and Expansion Areas in Callaway County on a variety of prairie reconstruction activities. After graduating, Huebner worked as a wildlife biologist at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Among his duties in that position were managing 18,000 acres of high public use conservation areas in the St. Louis region, preparing management plans, supervising staff, grant writing, and numerous outreach activities. He holds Level 3 Fire Burn Boss Certification and has conducted numerous wildlife population surveys.


Kelley Klor brings a diverse background in non-profit educational work, freelance design, and writing to her position as Administrative Operations Coordinator. Kelley has a Bachelor's degree in Biological Science from Missouri S&T.

A native Missourian from Rolla, Kelley is an Air Force wife stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base with her husband and two kids. In her spare time, Kelley enjoys exploring throughout Missouri, hiking, and visiting Missouri's beautiful state parks. She also coordinates a Girls Who Code chapter with the University of Central Missouri. Her hobbies include various educational pursuits with her family, visiting the library, and learning more about her Cherokee heritage.

Title Outreach & Education Coordinator
Experience/Biography Felicia Ammann previously worked at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, MO, where she worked as a native plant horticulturalist in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden. After getting her B.S. in Education from Missouri State University, she taught in the Rockwood School District, then moved into the marketing world in the private sector. After work every day, she would race home to play in the garden on the family farm in Pacific, MO. She eventually decided to change course and enroll in the Horticulture program at St. Louis Community College - Meramec, where she took a strong interest in native plants. When Felicia isn't working on MPF and Grow Native! outreach programs and activities, she is outside playing in the dirt. In her spare time, Felicia loves to fish and is involved with Troutbusters, a non-profit organization that helps military veterans and cancer survivors recover from trauma of their battles through therapeutic fly fishing.
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 25
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Conservation Federation of Missouri
  • Kansas City WildLands
  • Kansas City Native Plant Initiative 
  • Kansas City Parks and Recreation 
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Powell Gardens
  • Deep Roots Collaborative Kansas City
  • Ozark Regional Land Trust 
  • The Nature Conservancy 
  • individual garden centers and native landscaping professionals
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Monarch Joint Venture 
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Missouri Native Plant Society 
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Audubon Society of Missouri
  • Missouri Master Naturalists 
  • Private, individual landowners
  • Private foundations  
  • Individual corporations 
  • Missouri Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Collaborative
  • Missouri Outdoor Action Committee
  • Missouri Environmental Education Literacy Board
  • Missouri River Bird Observatory
  • Institute of Botanical Training
St. Louis Audubon Conservation AwardSt. Louis Audubon2010
Civic Stewardship AwardSt. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects2007
Conservation AwardAmerican Motors1975
Kansas City WildLands Award for an OrganizationKansas City WildLands, a Bridging the Gap affiliate2011
G. Andy Runge AwardMissouri Chapter of The Wildlife Society2006
Conservation Organization of 2016Conservation Federation of Missouri2017
Save the Hunt AwardNational Wild Turkey Federation2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Temperate grasslands---including Missouri's remaining prairie and other native grasslands---are the least conserved, most threatened major terrestrial habitat type on earth. Missouri's remaining native grasslands--fewer than an estimated 60,000 scattered acres from the state's original 15 million---are under constant threat by agricultural development, invasive species, and may be significantly altered by climate change. To address these challenges, MPF is armed with the passion of its 1,500+ members and other supporters to conserve remaining prairie and its high level of biodiversity statewide through acquisition, restoration, and management by MPF, as well as the power to advocate for the same actions by federal and state agencies and other conservation groups. MPF also advocates for the use of native plants in the built environment and altered landscapes through its Grow Native! program and identifies and controls invasive species through its Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Young
Company Affiliation Retired, Missouri Department of Conservation
Term Oct 2018 to Oct 2019
Email info@moprairie.org
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Rick Thom
Company Affiliation Retired, Missouri Department of Conservation
Term Oct 2018 to Oct 2019
Email info@moprairie.org
Board Members
Mr. Dale BlevinsRetired, USGS
Ms. Laura ChurchMissouri DIFP
Mr. Brian EdmondSouthern Missouri State University, Springfield
Mr. Dennis EvansCommunity Bank and Trust, Neosho, MO
Mr. James FaupelShaw Nature Reserve
Ms. Sarah HinmanBiologist
Ms. Madison JohnstonAttorney, Brown & James Law Firm
Mr. Glenn LongworthRetired, City of Kansas City, MO
Ms. Jan SassmannCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Bruce SchuetteRetired, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Mr. Rick ThomRetired, Missouri Department of Conservation
Mr. David YoungRetired Wildlife Biologist
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Scientific Advisory
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Max AllegerMo. Dept. of Conservation
Mr. Jeff CantrellMo. Dept. of Conservation
Mr. Steve ClubineRetired Biologist
Mr. Dennis FiggMissouri Department of Conservation
Mr. Michael J. LeahyMissouri Department of Conservation
Dr. Quinn LongMissouri Botanical Garden
Dr. Peter H. RavenRetired, Missouri Botanical Garden
Mr. Rudi RoesleinRoeslein & Associates
Mr. Rick ThomRetired wildlife conservation professional
Dr. James TragerMissouri Botanical Garden
CEO Comments
The Missouri Prairie Foundation's hands-on board of directors attend and participate in board and committee meetings, carry out oversight of the operations of the organization, guide the biological management of its prairies, and engage members. Many also work at native plant sales, mow prairie fire lines, fight invasive species, and conduct prairie wildlife surveys. MPF seeks more opportunities to convey their knowledge and passion to the philanthropic community and to conservation and agricultural policymakers.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $718,000
Projected Expenses $718,000
Endowment Value $268,843
Spending Policy Income Only
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$6,180$134,029$373,144
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$23,105$7,591$8,935
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$521,825$410,620$326,901
Administration Expense$38,879$31,993$25,099
Fundraising Expense$47,123$26,186$29,183
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.902.213.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%88%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,276,191$5,670,324$5,149,127
Current Assets$1,136,835$783,995$511,610
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$78,272
Current Liabilities$50,023$54,731$59,029
Total Net Assets$6,226,168$5,615,593$5,011,826
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities22.7314.328.67
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount $195,094Anonymous $149,000Anonymous $103,737
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $129,875Anonymous $50,000Anonymous $80,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $99,480Anonymous $50,000Anonymous $55,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
The Missouri Prairie Foundation's land acquisitions, stewardship production, and outreach and education activities have increased markedly in the past five years, due to goal setting and follow through; assertive fundraising, and hard work by dedicated board members and staff. Increased visibility through accelerated activity has led to increased financial contributions to the now 53-year-old organization, which now has an operating budget several hundred thousand dollars a year more than five years ago. The Missouri Prairie Foundation is grateful for the contributions of its supporters who share in its vision, and invites everyone to help MPF build its long-term funds including its permanent endowment, long-term stewardship funds, and funds for future land acquisitions.
Other Documents
2018 Annual Report2018View
2017 Annual Report2017View
2016 Annual Report2016View
2015 Annual Report2015View
2014 Annual Report2014View
Organization Name Missouri Prairie Foundation
Address PO Box 200
Columbia, MO 65205
Primary Phone (888) 843-6739
Contact Email info@moprairie.com
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Carol E. Davit
Board Chair Mr. David Young
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Missouri Department of Conservation
Year of Incorporation 1968