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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
May 2020

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
5705 Grant Creek Rd.
Missoula, MT 59808

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat, and our hunting heritage; includes four core programs of: land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration, and hunting heritage.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2018

Program Percentage: 84%

The percentage of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $16

How many dollars Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation IRS Form 990 81-0421425
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Audited Financial Statements 81-0421425
Entity: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 81-0421425
Entity: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 81-0421425

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Rodney Triepke Secretary $233,177
2 M. David Allen President/CEO $206,611
3 R. Kyle Weaver President/CEO $197,956
Name: Rodney Triepke
Title: Secretary
Compensation: $233,177
Name: M. David Allen
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $206,611
Name: R. Kyle Weaver
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $197,956

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) 2018 tax filing re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"The CEO may be awarded a bonus based on the discretion of the Board of Directors. Other officers and highly compensated employees may receive a bonus at the discretion of the CEO."

RMEF reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" for three individuals in 2018 in the following amounts (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

-- Rodney Triepke, Secretary: $20,000, with reported total compensation of $233,177.

-- Lori Parker, Treasurer: $10,000, with reported total compensation of $195,379.

-- Blake Henning, Chief Conservation Officer: $12,000, with reported total compensation of $183,889.