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Fellow Mortals, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/06/2014: Fellow Mortals, Inc.

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AKA  Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital
Lake Geneva, WI
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Fellow Mortals, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/06/2014: Fellow Mortals, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: FELLOW MORTALS INC

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Also Known As: Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital
Physical Address: Lake Geneva, WI 53147 
EIN: 39-1694862
Web URL: www.fellowmortals.org 
Blog URL: fellowmortals.org/the-long-view/ 
Video URL(s): Freedom
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NTEE Category: D Animal related
D30 Wildlife Preservation/Protection
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
B Educational Institutions
B50 Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities)
Year Founded: 1985 
Ruling Year: 1992 
How This Organization Is Funded: Individual - $50,000
Foundation - $41,500
Individual - $21,750


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Mission Statement

Fellow Mortals' physical facility is located outside Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, but our philosophy is universal, which was the intent when the mission statement was formulated in 1985. "Fellow Mortals is more than a place; it is a living philosophy based on the belief that encouraging compassion in humans toward all life brings out the finest aspects of our humanity." Along with the goal of helping the injured and orphaned wild ones actually brought to the hospital, the organization hopes to inspire other wildlife rehabilitators and facilities to challenge the established paradigm of euthanizing healthy animals to conserve resources, rather than finding the funding to build the staff and facilities necessary to provide care for all individuals of a species accepted by that rehabilitator or facility.   Fellow Mortals provides care for the injured and orphaned wild creatures found and rescued by the public, many of whom have never before interacted with a wild animal.  Our hospital is equipped to provide care for all species of wild birds and most species of wild mammals. The act of compassion on behalf of a wild creature is often a life-changing experience for the people involved.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $467,000
Total Expenses $467,000

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Yvonne Wallace Blane

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Yvonne Wallace Blane has a degree in English and Earth Sciences from UW-Wisconsin and worked as a paralegal for 15 years prior to becoming a full-time wildlife rehabilitator and director of Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital.  She has presented at numerous conferences and published papers on medical, behavioral and managerial aspects of wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife education in peer-reviewed journals, has written two ongoing newspaper columns and has written hundreds of essays on wildlife ethics which are distributed to the public through this and other organization's outlets in print and social media.  She is past president of the Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, served as an advisor to the Illinois Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and as a member of the Ethics Committee of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.  Yvonne developed and oversees the Wildlife Care Intern program at the hospital which has provided opportunities for interns every year since 1992.  She was appointed by Governor Doyle to the Wildlife Rehabiltiation Advisory Committee in 2003, which appointment was reconfirmed in 2013 under Governor Scott Walker. She is also one of 20 non-profit professionals worldwide selected to serve on the Global Giving Leadership Council in 2013. Yvonne's essays and articles are used in 65 schools in Illinois and Wisconsin to model exemplary writing for guided student-created writing assignments.

Leadership Statement:

Fellow Mortals' mission is based on respect for individual life.  We do not euthanize healthy animals to meet a quota, nor do we judge an animal's importance by its species.  Every animal admitted to the hospital is treated in the same compassionate, respectful way.  The sparrow and the eagle and the rabbit and the deer are all equally important.

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Budget:
$150,000
Category:
Wild Animals Preservation & Protection
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
None
None

Program Description:

Fellow Mortals has cared for 40,000 wild creatures since 1985. Even though many patients are newborns or critically-injured animals, 60-70 percent of those admitted for care are successful rehabilitations resulting in release to the wild or placement as education or foster animals. Professional rehabilitative care is available 365 days a year at no charge to the public, making it accessible to anyone who finds a wild creature in distress, regardless of their financial situation. In conjunction with providing professional and compassionate care, 40  permanently-injured  wild creatures foster young of their own kind as surrogate parents.  These include "Alberta," a great horned owl, and "Naomi," a Canada goose, which serve as behavioral role models for young of their own species,something that is critical for the orphans' survival and breeding success in the wild. FM also operates a nature and education center which provides educational outreach to the public at special events. In addition to its rehablitation and public education work, since 1992 Fellow Mortals has offered training in wildlife rehabilitation to students, recent graduates and newly-licensed rehabilitators, providing practical experience that is necessary before entering a wildlife-related profession.   Fellow Mortals' four licensed wildlife rehabilitators have degrees in biology and natural sciences and are paid for only a fraction of the time they give to the patients at the hospital.  All staff are paid the same and average 70 hours a week, for a base salary of $25,000 a year.   Our 2012 success rate of 70% is a testament to how professional care can make a difference to the life of an injured or newborn orphaned creature.

Program Long-Term Success:

Relying solely on donations, Fellow Mortals has been serving wild and human communities without interruption for 28 years.  Our program does not receive any tax monies, government grants or funding.

Program Short-Term Success:

Fellow Mortals admits wild creatures seven days a week, including holidays and weekends.  If someone cares enough to find help for a wild animal, there is a rehabilitator available to help that creature.

Program Success Monitored by:

We are fortunate to receive the financial and organizational support necessary to help us continue to fulfill our mission, and judge our success by the number of animals we are able to help, and the number of people we are able to educate.

Program Success Examples:

In 2013, 70 percent of all animals admitted for care were successfully rehabilitated for release or placement as education or foster animals.

Program: Wildlife Internship Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$40,000
Category:
Wild Animals Preservation & Protection
Population Served:
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use
General Public/Unspecified
None

Program Description:

The intern program is offered to college students and recent college graduates in wildlife-related fields and offers them to opportunity to acquire hands-on experience to augment their formal training.  Six internships are offered annually. Interns work an average 60 hour week for a stipend of $500 and the provision of housing, making this opportunity available to interested young professionals from around the world, regardless of their financial situation.  Many of FM's former interns continue to volunteer at the hospital, helping with fundraising and animal care.    Fellow Mortals Internship Program provides the skilled care necessary to provide for the hundreds of orphans admitted to the hospital during the busy summer months.

Program Long-Term Success:

Fellow Mortals has provided training to young professionals since 1992.  Former interns work in wildlife related fields from California to Nebraska to New Hampshire and abroad.

Program Short-Term Success:

Interns provide the necessary time and skills to help provide care for the hundreds of orphaned birds and mammals admitted to the hospital during the busy spring and summer seasons.

Program Success Monitored by:

A successful internship results in quality care for the wildlife at the hospital and a good experience for the intern. In the words of Cassie Seebart, 2013 intern: "Please continue to have very high expectations of your interns. Because of my time at Fellow Mortals, I feel extremely confident and equipped to handle any situation in my future."

Program Success Examples:

Many former interns return to FM to volunteer years after their first internship and many credit their experience at FM for helping them to obtain their first wildlife-related job.

Program: Wildlife Education (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$40,000
Category:
Wild Animals Preservation & Protection
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
None
None

Program Description:

FM provides public education one-on-one to thousands of people annually, including every person who brings an animal to the hospital and through public outreach at our nature and education center, in schools and to special groups. Information provided includes natural history about wildlife species, as well as information on preventing unnecessary injury and orphaning of wildlife. Educational materials are developed for these programs and for distribution to the general public.

Program Long-Term Success:

Fellow Mortals does not admit an animal for care without educating the person who brings it about how to prevent the situation in the future. Thousands of animals will stay healthy and with their natural parents every year because of our proactive approach to wildlife education.

Program Short-Term Success:

Making sure that the hospital does not admit healthy orphans and educates to prevent injury and orphaning of wildlife means that we keep our patient numbers at a level where we can provide quality care.

Program Success Monitored by:

Annual reports and feedback from clients served.

Program Success Examples:

Wildlife is often injured by domestic predators, such as cats. When a person brings a wild animal to the hospital that has been injured by their cat, they receive information to prevent another occurrence that also informs how to keep their cat indoors. Most people truly want to protect wildlife and keep their cat healthy and we rarely admit another wild animals which has been injured by their cat.
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Fellow Mortals has provided care for over 40,000 animals since 1985. Thousands of hours of wildlife education is provided annually on the phone, through programs, at the hospital, through our newsletter and social media. Our Wildlife Internship program has provided opportunities for 60 college graduates since 1992. Over 5,000 hours of volunteer time is given annually by professionals in many fields. Fellow Mortals helped pioneer the use of  wild "foster parents" for orphaned wildlife in 1989, and with special licensing from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 39 wild birds (unreleaseable due to their injuries) raise orphaned young of their own species, ensuring that the young imprint properly and teaching them important behaviors that increase their chance of survival after release.  We are expanding our research into survival of rehabilitated animals, including beaver and sandhill crane. Our organization has been recognized for its unique and ethical approach to wildlife rehabilitation through reviews resulting in Top-rated Nonprofit on Great Nonprofits for the 5th consecutive year and has achieved and maintained the Guidestar Gold Exchange Seal. in 2013 and 2014, our director was selected by Global Giving to be one of 20 nonprofit professionals to work on the Global Giving Leadership Council and also serves as council member and current Chairperson of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Council to the Wisconsin DNR, by appointment of WDNR Secretary Stepp.
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