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The 25 dollar donation - does it make a difference?


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#21 Atravelynn

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 12:14 AM

Welcome to safaritalk, Savenature. I've never seen currency converted to Shamwows. :rolleyes:
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#22 Patrick

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 06:05 PM

We at NWHS assist numerous conservation field organizations in Africa, Ecuador and currently expanding into India (more to come on that soon). We actively promote our allies and their wildlife and habitat efforts, along with providing a means to donate for most of them (all but one). We continue to add and assist field organizations who are in direct contact with wildlife and wildlife habitat (including helping indigenous local people).

We do not utilize this ally program in assistance of "advocacy only" organizations. Not that we don't think they have value, we know they do. We simply have a charter to interface with organizations on the ground, in the field. Our org motto is Keeping It Real.

Since I am a newbie here, I won't be so bold as to post info on these organizations, such as prior posts by seasoned members. I will say though, all donations to these organizations, through NWHS, are passed on 100% (less fees, eg PayPal, Network for Good, SWIFT wire costs). These fees are minimal. NWHS is a US Federal 501c3, so American donors receive tax credit for their donation.

The $25 dollar donation? It's awesome. Send NWHS, or one of our allies, 1000's of them ;)
My point is, of course, many $25's make a huge difference. $25 USD amounts to a lot in third world nations, because of the favorable exchange rate. People in the UK, Australia, Canada, USA, etc. would be amazed at what $25 means in the African bush, or a local village in Ecuador. Add many more together, and true change can happen. I see it all the time.

Many of these smaller, hard working organizations in the field, ask for mailed donations from outside their country, or to Swift (wire) the funds to their bank. Mailing a donation check to a 3rd world country is outside many people's comfort zone. Some nations are "out of bounds" in the USA because of the Homeland Security Act.

A foreign wire fee is typically $47.50 in the USA (I know that well, lol) and even more in other developed countries. It's difficult for people to justify an almost $50 wire fee, to donate $25. That is why WildlifeDirect set up their donation handling program, with a NYC, USA office and nonprofit corp. When they were no longer unable to offer that service (their blog role reached 140 groups) due to huge costs, NWHS stepped up to handle the service for a few orgs that desired it, and/or approved by our Board. We can accumulate many of those $25 donations, and wire it direct with much less "fee impact".

So as to not use a lot of space at this fine community forum, describing each of the field orgs we assist, interested members can simply view our website. Each ally has their own page, and each donation box is coded to keep allies donations separate. That removes the need for a staff (and costs) to keep it all straight. Each of the ally's pages has pertinent info concerning their projects, location, and operational direction, along with their own video. This allows potential donors to make informed decisions, even if only donating $10.

The donors also receive a Thank You email (as a US tax reciept) from us, and their donation is posted in the Thank You box on that ally's page (first name, last initial only, for internet privacy). The ally receives a CC of the donor's receipt, to notify them of the donation. 100% transparency for all involved. The ally can also check on available funds 24/7 on their NWHS page.

Here is the Milgis Trust Ally page to see what it looks like.
http://www.humanewil...ilgistrust.html

Am I using this thread to promote our allies? Yes, I guess so.. :)
No more than any other posts, pointing out the awesome work of other wildlife field orgs. though. They do truly good work (or they wouldn't be an NWHS ally). NWHS does much more than just acting as a funding conduit, we also conduct fundraisers, internet promotion and outreach (like this post) and even handle some of their online efforts (such as a Facebook Fanpage and Cause app for one, and developing and hosting another's website).

So, in my usual verbosity, those $25 donations can be the backbone support for small dedicated field orgs, especially in this very harsh economic climate.

So, whether you choose other dedicated field orgs listed here, NWHS allies, or the multitude of non-mentioned field orgs "getting sandy", by all means, reach into your pockets and throw a $10 or $20, whenever you can. Yes, it's just a night at the cinema (or considering a $10) a fast food meal, but it means soo much to those out there doing what we all here talk about. As Game Warden mentioned, at the end of the year you will never miss it.

Oh, what about NWHS? Are we an "advocacy only" org? NO
NWHS sprung out of Top Of The Rock Wildlife Sanctuary, which started over 20 years ago.
This is the NWHS Global Corp HQ
http://www.topofther...page/office.jpg

Yes, laugh at it if you may... It is paid for in full, surrounded by 1.2 million sq acres of mountain wilderness and adjacent to rescued wolves on the right, and tigers behind it. The tigers were placed here by the government, from confiscations they made. We received nothing from that, and we too depend on donations, to operate our organization and sanctuary.

This is a video I shot a few weeks ago, of one of those tigers rescued 9 years ago, out in the playground while we clean her enclosure. (I would make it show up embedded, but not sure how)
http://www.humanewil....org/raniplays/

So yes, NWHS is truly Keeping It Real.
We and our allies will take all those $25 donations we can get.

#23 Game Warden

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 10:05 AM

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Karen Paolillo is Founder Turgwe Hippo Trust Zimbabwe

An idea of how we would spent US$25 here right now December 2010.

Christmas bonus to each game scout.

Bonus payment for poachers apprehended and taken to court.

Bonus for confiscation of fishing nets or bows and arrows, as we destroy them after they have been confiscated.

Fuel for one day within this Wildlife Conservancy when checking hippos in other river systems, or searching for a missing Turgwe River hippo.

Bonus paid for information from locals for poaching infiltration, when poacher is apprehended.

Two and a half days of fuel to run the Trust generator to pump water into the two artificial pans as well as provide electricity at Hippo Haven for staff and ourselves to have water, and for communications with Internet and Emails.

Take care, Karen - www.savethehippos.com.

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#24 Grilointoafrica

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 11:28 PM

 

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Jason Turner is a Lion Ecologist & Scientific Advisor for the Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT) operating in the greater Timbavati bush region of South Africa. To find out more about the Trust visit their website here: www.whitelions.org.

“Days of Freedom Program”

Your donation will contribute* towards a ‘Day of Freedom’ for a white lion in their natural endemic habitat:

Scientific Research
Radio-tracking collars and telemetry equipment ensure that the reintroduced lions can be monitored at all times for scientific and safety reasons.

Anti-poaching & Security
Anti-poaching teams patrol the boundary fences daily, checking for snares and repairing fence-lines when necessary.

Reintroduction Program
The scientific research team and monitoring vehicles are vital for the program to reintroduce white lions to their natural endemic habitat.

Lion Predation
Shattering all misperceptions the white lion pride is hunting at a mean rate of a kill every 2,5 days. The prey base in the primary reintroduction area therefore needs to be supplemented at times.

Habitat & Wildlife Management
Fundamental to conserving the white lion is protecting their prey, and therefore the habitat of that prey. This includes alien plant control, bush-thinning and erosion control programs.

Veterinary Care
The WLT uses specialist wildlife veterinarians when immobilizing the lions for immunization, translocation, radio-collaring and contraception.

To see how you can help the Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT) click here. This takes you to the Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT)'s donation page and by taking this action you will not have made any commitment to donating.

* A ‘Day of Freedom’ for a white lion costs the Global White Lion Trust: $45

 

"Your donation will contribute* towards a ‘Day of Freedom’ for a white lion in their natural endemic habitat:"

 

This is UNTRUE!

The natural and endemic habitat for WHITE LIONS is the Timbavati Game Reserve.

These poor animals are NOT wild.

They are used to create revenues in the most cruel ways, via emotional weakness of people.

 

There are WILD WHITE LIONS in Timbavati and those we all should do all we can to preserve.


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#25 Grilointoafrica

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 11:30 PM

"Your donation will contribute* towards a ‘Day of Freedom’ for a white lion in their natural endemic habitat:"

 

This is UNTRUE!

The natural and endemic habitat for WHITE LIONS is the Timbavati Game Reserve.

These poor animals are NOT wild.

They are used to create revenues in the most cruel ways, via emotional weakness of people.

 

There are WILD WHITE LIONS in Timbavati and those we all should do all we can to preserve.


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#26 Grilointoafrica

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 11:31 PM

One wonderful project that I and my company supports, proudly, is NGAMBA ISLAND CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY lead by the great Lilly Arajova.

Thank you for noting this.


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