EIN 59-2240895

Ding Darling Wildlife Society

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Enhance the educational opportunities for the nearly 800,000 annual j.n. "Ding" Darling national Wildlife refuge visitors about the importance of conservation and Wildlife protection. Enhance the educational opportunities for the nearly 800,000 annual...

Program areas at Ding Darling Wildlife Society

Founded in 1945, the j.n. "Ding" Darling national Wildlife refuge consists of nearly 8,000 acres of some of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Each year it becomes more evident that Wildlife refuges across the country rely on financial assistance. Budgets are tight and federal funding does not cover all the needs of a refuge like "Ding" Darling. As a result, the "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society (ddws) -friends group to the refuge helps provide financial support where federal funding falls short. For more than 30 years, ddws has supported the refuge in areas of education, land acquisition, interpretive signage and exhibits, habitat preservation, biological studies, water research and much more. In fiscal year 2019-20, ddws raised over 3 million in a partnership with the lee county 20/20 land acquisition program to purchase the 68-acre wulfert bayous parcel of land off wulfert road which has now been named the lee anne conservation tract. The land will be managed by the j.n. "Ding" Darling national Wildlife refuge, and it serves as the "missing piece" connecting the Wildlife corridor from the refuge to the gulf. Ddws has begun plans for restoration of the land and was awarded a 5 million grant from mitigation money by bp oil from the deepwater horizon oil spill a decade ago. Education is key to inspiring future generations of conservation stewards. Through grants, the ddws made it possible for more than 5,000 students to be bussed to the refuge during the school year. The intern program is an important learning opportunity for the interns and a great asset to the refuge in helping perform the conservation work in biology, habitat management, education, and visitor services. Ddws underwrites the intern stipends and other expenses of the program. The ddws funds a full-time conservation educator who works directly with the refuge to provide educational programs and activities for visiting students. Our educator will also be part of the education team for our new mobile classroom known as Wildlife on wheels (wow). Over 350,000 was raised to fund our new innovative, think outside the box mobile classroom that will provide hands-on experiential learning for students who are unable to visit the refuge. Our wow will travel throughout swfl and focus on visiting title-1 schools in low economic areas to educate on conservation and preservation. Visitor education is also supported through free publications and maps, interpretive signage, volunteer support, and support for the educational programs at the Ding day festival. Ddws provides scientific support to the refuge. In fiscal year 2017-18, it supported mangrove cuckoo and reddish egret studies that collected data on habitat needs and seasonal movements. The studies entailed trapping and tagging the birds with satellite-gps transmitters and monitoring their movements. Ddws spent nearly 29 thousand dollars to support these studies. Ddws completed their solar initiative in 2017-18 with the installation of solar panels on the education center. Nearly 147 thousand dollars was expended for this phase of the program. At the end of fiscal year 2019, ddws had 8 named donor designated endowment funds that will help to continue the important conservation efforts at the refuge well into the future.

Form 990s for Ding Darling Wildlife Society

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-092020-10-08990View PDF
2018-092019-10-18990View PDF
2017-092018-10-16990View PDF
2016-092017-10-27990View PDF
2015-092017-01-03990View PDF
...and 5 more Form 990s

Who funds Ding Darling Wildlife Society

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Greater Cincinnati FoundationGeneral Purpose$272,100
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...and 31 more grants received

Grants made by Ding Darling Wildlife Society

National Wildlife Refuge Association$10,000

Financials for Ding Darling Wildlife Society

RevenuesFYE 09/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$7,052,186
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$127,320
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$1,497
Net income from fundraising events$-40,495
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$371,908
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$7,512,416

Personnel at Ding Darling Wildlife Society

Birgie P MillerExecutive Director$163,850
Jim ScottSecretary$0
Bill ValerianTreasurer$0
 Subscribe to viewSecretary$0
 Subscribe to viewVice President$0
...and 5 more key personnel

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1 Wildlife Drive
Sanibel, FL 33957
Metro area
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
Website URL
(239) 470-1100
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C11: Environment Single Organization Support
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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