Over a year has passed since we sent in our 501(c)(3) paperwork to the government. We finally received an exciting letter from the IRS (which is rare) regarding our application for exemption from federal income taxes, and it was approved! The almighty IRS has determined that because our organizations work, we are exempt from federal income taxes and are officially a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization! This of course means that all current and future donations, bequests and gifts are deductible by the donor. We are also happy to announce that all past donations are also exempt as of our official exemption date, April 19, 2013.
Our Commitment to the Users
This approval is a huge honor to us and a symbol of our seriousness and dedication to all the users of Wildlife Rehabilitation MD. When we created Wildlife Rehabilitation MD one of our top priorities was to ensure our longevity and commitment to the users. By establishing ourselves as a fully qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization we now carry the legitimacy of wildlife professionals rather than a rag-tag group of hippie rehabers, (though our roots are always in our hearts). This database is much more than just a hobby to us. It is a serious undertaking to create the simplest and most flexible wildlife rehabilitation database available, while also supporting the standardization of terminology throughout the community. Our efforts to further develop this database combined with our new 501(c)(3) status are evidence of our long-term commitment to you, the users.
And Now for our Selfless plug for Donations.
If you feel inclined to support us, please do. By donating to The Wild Neighbors Database Project, your gift will be used to help wildlife rehabilitators across the globe care for tens of thousands of wild animals they treat each year. Your donation is critically needed and no amount is too small. The work we do is driven by the needs of the wildlife rehabilitation community and enriched by the ideas of rehabilitators in the field. Please give now to The Wild Neighbors Database Project.
Over the past few months we have had some very exciting developments regarding the business-side of Wildlife Rehabilitation md. In late April we officially founded the organization that manages Wildlife Rehabilitation md as a nonprofit organization. Our nonprofit is called The Wild Neighbors Database Project. The Wild Neighbors Database Project previously existed as a sole proprietorship.
Many wildlife rehabilitation organizations have made generous contributions to help our growth as well as admit thousands of records in a very short amount of time. In response to this, it has become very clear to us that we need to step up to the plate and put on our “professional hat.” We are taking our responsibility as caretakers of their data very serious and to better protect their data and our reputation we new that we needed to become an official nonprofit organization.
A Logo and a Website
Along with the nonprofit status we have also given The Wild Neighbors Database Project an official logo and a brand new website. It’s a simple site, meant to share our purpose and connection with the wildlife rehabilitation community across the globe. Our logo, designed by Jennifer Brazil Designs, symbolizes the philosophy of coming together to share experiences and knowledge to benefit the future.
The Wild Neighbors Database Project exists with the goal of promoting wildlife rehabilitation, internationally, by developing online software that can be used to gather and exchange data. We are helping the wildlife rehabilitation community share their experiences and expertise, so that together we can learn from each other and continue to improve our best practices. Amongst the community there exist a wealth of knowledge that is at risk of being lost. Our purpose is to provide platforms that can be used to document, archive and share that knowledge.
In short, we are empowering the community to use our collective experiences to save more lives. We think that our mission statement “Sharing Our Experiences to Save More Lives” sums it up pretty nicely.