Continue previous strategic plan for future fund-raising and have projected income from corporate and foundation grants, sponsorships and individual giving. Additionally, projected earned revenue from tours, retreats and other educational programs will help defray operating expenses. Our continued most critical need is for funding for general operating expense.
- Continue Newsletter and direct mail fund-raising appeals.
- Expand donor base through advertising and networking in order to raise public awareness.
- Complete gift shop on-line.
We have had great success with in-kind donations with many local organizations. Continuing fostering these relationships, along with expanding to new in-kind donors is necessary.
- Further develop relationships with previous donors.
- Pursue building similar new relationships with other businesses and corporations.
- Utilize the publicity, visibility and public awareness that comes with collaborations of this sort.
- Initiate a relationship with the newly opened local Lowe’s Improvement Center.
Building the public awareness of the mission and work of the Center is key to the success of all programs and projects. Efforts to effectively communicate the mission to the public along with building a compelling case for support must be made to ensure the future of the organization.
- Design, produce and distribute promotional packages, brochures and press releases.
- Acquire an inventory of logo branded gift shop items for sale on-site and on-line.
- Continually develop new and fresh ideas therefore inspiring others to get more involved with CARE.
Building new enclosures for the new young cats and better accommodations for the aging felines is necessary.
- Assess the possibilities for enclosure additions for long term care.
- Reorganize cats’ present housing to most efficiently and inexpensively care for the cats.
Implement an aggressive grant seeking initiative.
- Begin organizing a grant proposal package and start researching grant opportunities.
Construct and add swimming pools with overhead platforms for shade in all tiger enclosures. Install misters in all lion, leopard and mountain lion enclosures. Plant trees for long-term shade and plant shrubs and ivy for short and long-term shade by enclosures.
- Continue a fundraising initiative to raise the necessary funds for the installation of the pools and misters.
- Begin researching donations of trees, shrubs, and ivy for shade.
Create an Advisory Board to offer expert area advice to the Board of Directors
- Begin searching for possible Advisory Board members.
- Distribute invitations to candidates.
Establish a multi-faceted program that would allow corporate sponsors, groups and/or individuals to completely revamp a feline’s enclosure. The refurbishment of one of CARE’s feline habitats offers a donor several levels of involvement – from personal interaction to “team-building” exercises and hands-on group activity.
- Research and identify corporate and private foundations interested in capital improvements.
- Craft winning proposals to grant-makers with matching interests.
- Promote the mission and goals of CARE to prospective corporate sponsors.
Education is an integral component of CARE and its functioning as a non-profit organization. We must get back to the basics and create a functioning outreach program.
- Develop educational program formats (Drug Education, Endangered Species Education etc.)
- Find the answer to, “How do we make an impact on the children when no live animals will be exhibited in the program?”
- Construct promotional tools for students, schools and general public.
- Contact schools visited in the past and screen their interest in a new program.
One benefit of AZA membership is the ability to acquire specimens from other AZA facilities, allowing CARE to expand research and education opportunities, strengthen the appeal of grant proposals and ultimately heighten public awareness of the plight of endangered species.
- Acquire AZA membership.
- Establish a protocol for the acquisition of new species.
- Construct species-specific habitats.
- Network with other AZA facilities to obtain desired specimens.
At the core of our long-range planning is the vision to establish an endowment fund that will provide a revenue stream to offset the expenses of animal care and facility operations in perpetuity.
- Research and consult with professional advisers as to portfolio management.
- Launch a fund-raising campaign for contributions to the restricted Operations, Maintenance and Veterinary Care Endowment Funds.