March 31st will mark Operation Migration’s fiscal year end. A true highlight of the end of our fiscal year is sitting down to write a thank you note to you all for your generosity to Operation Migration and Whooping cranes.
It occurs to me that the first question you might ask would be: “What did you do with my money?” Well, because of financial support from people like you, we were able to rear, train and teach a migration route to the Class of 2012; enlarge the viewing blind at White River Marsh SWA; update our website Field Journal with blogging capability; add new software to expedite record keeping and make administration more efficient; and expand CraneCam viewing…among other things of course.
But perhaps I should also tell you how we do not use your funds. Operation Migration does not use professional fundraisers, solicit by phone, or sell or trade your name/address.
While we do not receive any direct government funding, corporations and charitable foundations make special gifts/grants to us to assist us with our conservation work. Your commitment to the survival of Whooping cranes is demonstrably evident in that our preliminary year end numbers show that over 80% of all our funding comes from individuals like you.
We believe we have a top-notch website devoted to wildlife conservation – specifically, Whooping cranes, and we consistently dedicate both financial and human resources to provide you, our website visitors, with news about all things Whooping crane.
Although we’ve done much over the years, and particularly in the last year, to automate many of our daily tasks, we still believe in the traditional ways. In addition to sending us an e-mail, you can always contact us by telephone…..and, without push-buttoning your way through a menu of options, speak to a REAL person.
So it is that as we close the books on our 2012/2013 fiscal year, we, that is, the Board of Directors and the entire OM Team send our sincere gratitude to each and every one of you. Your loyalty and commitment as donors and volunteers is outstanding, indeed, awe-inspiring.
As we’ve often said in the past, we at OM have the heart and the hands – – but we could achieve nothing without your financial support. It is YOU who saves Whooping cranes. Thank you.