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Under My Wing Avian Refuge

Providing home, flock, rest, refuge, and individualized care for life.

aka Under My Wing and UMWAR   |   Wantage-Sussex, NJ   |  http://www.undermywing.org

Mission

Under My Wing Avian Refuge exists to provide captive birds with individualized care, the companionship of a flock, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe free flight and open cage environment dedicated to their well-being. Through education and public awareness, we seek to alleviate all animals suffering and help eliminate use of exotic birds as pets, their exploitation in show business and alleviate over-burdened parrot rescues by not emphasizing on the over rated adoption slogans for captive-bred birds due to the grown epidemic of bird abuse and hoarding scenarios all across our Country and beyond.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Mrs. Paula N Ashfield

Main address

1243 Rte 23 North

Wantage-Sussex, NJ 07461 USA

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EIN

26-1470517

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT! We are serving the community at large. Initiations of the Green Care Project Community Garden. This project is to bring recovery and nature together in consultation with Patchwork Pastures, a local nonprofit organization (EIN 83-3481467) who has helped develop a five-step recovery program that incorporates mentoring, volunteerism, education, internships, and job readiness, which can lead to employment opportunities for individuals who participate in the program. Under My Wing will assign for community services and internship opportunities. As preparation for these opportunities, participants would receive in-depth education on exotic birds and the reasons they We are grateful for your generosity and Thank You for your gift of any amount. If you would like to participate by promoting, sponsoring, or investing in this exciting new project, please contact Paula N Ashfield for further details at 973-702-7770 or send an email to paula@undermywing.org

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Under My Wing Sponsorship

Under My Wing allows donors to select a specific Under My Wing permanent resident bird they have an interest in to sponsor. Sponsorship is strictly financial. Sponsorship is renewable annually. For food toys and other items please contact us at info@undermywing.org.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

The youth of today will become the owners and guardians of parrots tomorrow. Our youth program educates young people all about parrots and philanthropy. Their goal is to work collectively for the cause of our organization by selecting activity and projects to make a positive change in a parrot's life while learning. We are proud of our youth group for they are enthusiastic, energetic and selflessness. A true committed hard working team.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adolescents (13-19 years)

Pennies For Parrots is an Assisted Avian Health Program designed to help defray some of the costs of veterinary care in an emergency for parrot owners across the USA. Pennies for Paula created Parrots Program in 2007 when is search for Veterinary assistance to help Aldo, a Moluccan Cockatoo that needed immediate care. Paula had a hard time finding anyone to help with Aldo's Veterinary expense and took out a personal $3000 loan. Paula envisioned that since there was no such program in place that was easy accessible for bird owner to use she would simply create one. To make her vision a reality she built a web page and advertised it. This was one of her great achievements since she had opened her sanctuary for exotic birds. To keep up the continual assistance for parrots in need across our country here we explain our activities. The Planned Activity: To allocate a small portion of Under My Wing Avian Refuge general funds to this program. To receive your financial support for this cause and help parrots in need in need of emergency care and collaborate with the veterinarians who are treating the parrot all across USA. To make available to the public reports of the donated funds along with reports of the emergency veterinary expenses paid thru the program. To invite others to join us in this project and to donate repetitively to eliminate the neglect and suffering of parrots all across our country. It will be due to your generosity and gift giving to Pennies for Parrots that this program has become not only a reality will continue to provide emergency veterinary care for parrots all across our country.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
General/Unspecified

Children of all ages from 5 and up can enjoy a day with parents helping do small tasks and learn about birds. Most of the children that come to Under My Wing like to feed the birds, learn to assemble toys. Both parent and child also learn about the many species of parrots, their unique personalities, and most importantly, the proper care of the individual species.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Families
Budget
$0

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals with freedom to express normal behavior

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Indoor and outdoor, birds have the ability to stand on stands, swings, hand out on top of cages. Interact with other birds and humans.

Number of animals with freedom from fear and distress

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Most bird at the sanctuary except newcomers are free from fear and distress. The few newcomers have or are acclimating to their new surroundings and environment. Our team works with birds daily.

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Goals <br/><br/>Continue to meet the needs of our supporters by adopting a policy to meet their need and maintain their support.<br/>Continue with our development plan and construction to improve, expand to build additional buildings and large outdoor flights aviaries for the birds and an outdoor park setting environment for individuals to enjoy the challenge of bird study, listing, or watching.<br/>Expand our staff and volunteer program.and extend care for the unwanted bird population presently and in the future.<br/>Obtain accreditation by the American Sanctuary Association.<br/>Continue to educate the general public and potential bird owners about important issues of avian welfare at a higher level.<br/>Develop a support program for individuals grieving over the loss of their companion bird.

Strategies<br/><br/>File for accreditation by the American Sanctuary Association<br/>Add an Assistant Director experienced in exotic bird care to our staff <br/>Add additional Board Members with a passion for animal welfare and skills that we would like to incorporate into our Board Directors as we grow<br/>Continue to utilize local media, schools, organizations, and government offices to recruit volunteers from the community, including individuals who must fulfill required community services<br/>Regarding educational activities<br/>Use lectures, radio talk shows, and other means to educate the general public about the need for responsible bird ownership, breeding, and bird purchasing as well as species preservation, and other avian issues<br/>Hold hands-on educational classes for new bird owners and individuals who plan to adopt one or more birds<br/>Create a Youth Summer Service Program, along with an After-school Creative and Educational Program, to give responsible local teenagers an opportunity for hands-on stewardship while learning about responsibility, humane animal treatment, and community service in a fun way<br/>Meet with school officials, parent organizations (eg, PTA) and youth organizations (including 4H Clubs and Boy/Girl Scouts) to raise community awareness about our summer and after-school programs and potentially recruit teens for these programs<br/>Identify resources relevant to grief therapy (eg, books, references, support groups, hotline numbers for counselors) and make these available to individuals struggling to cope with the loss of their companion bird. Also, invite them to spend some time working with the refuge birds, if they would find this comforting <br/>Interact with other reputable animal-welfare organizations to establish a mutually beneficial support network that can guide its members with respect to redistribution of birds from over-populated rescues, adoption/placement of birds, emergency situations, fund-raising, etc<br/>Under our Specific Placement Parrot Rescue Transfers agreement, work in collaboration with other animal shelters to place as many birds as possible in responsible homes <br/>Promote fundraising targeted for an additional building, with emphasis on its potential advantages including increased space for birds and functions that benefit the community, eg, educational programs, hands-on training, meetings, reception area for visitors and prospective adopters<br/>Offer gift-giving options and multiple levels for membership, and utilize social networking/e-mail campaigns to secure a minimum of 1000 committed individuals with a repeat donation of a minimal of $5.00 per month, yearly.

Under My Wing is solely supported by the public. The founder Paula N Ashfield and her husband Thomas Scott Ashfield have entrusted the present property to Under My Wing as well as funded over $100K to the new building construction which is now complete. These step are the pillar that has established permanency of location. <br/><br/>Meeting the needs of our supporters is a dedication we already have in place but wish to invite supporters to share with us their wishes and needs we have not met in order to establish better relation.<br/> <br/>Continue to work toward the development plan in place and seek capital funding.<br/><br/>Our staff, community businesses who have already donated time, materials and equipment are prepared to work hard in creating a landscape and park setting on the premises after the new building is erected.

Between 2007 to present Under My Wing took in over hundreds of unwanted, neglected, abused and foreclosed property birds. Began networking and aiding NJSPCA on cases of animal abuse investigation and helped to resolve issues. We established programs such as; Sponsor a Parrot, UMWAR Youth Group, Pennies For Parrots, Parents and Kids Day and other existing programs in the works in order to reach the population beyond the local community. 2010 - The founder and husband purchased 10.5 acres in Wantage NJ to establish the future home of the sanctuary and have endowed the property to the organization. 2015 - UMWAR Youth group was established, which allows youngster to learn to care for birds and philanthropy were eager to support our cause and keep the birds happy with toy making creations and socialization while learning has grown to over 20 active children. At this time, the Grievance program and new programs such as the Educational program for students from the Windsor Learning Center as they utilized Under My Wing's service for their student who were in transition from their school to NJ High Point High School. 2018 - Completion of the construction of a new building on premises for the birds with free flight and open cage environment for happy, healthy and safe habitation. The building is equipped with radiant heat, suffice ventilation and indoor power wash area. We have received the public support via donations and service from our community and other organizations over the years from donors who believe in our mission and visualize the same vision we have for the future of Under My Wing. We are presently working on land clearing to add outdoor aviaries.

2020 - We are serving the community at large. Initiations of the Green Care Project Community Garden. This project is to bring recovery and nature together in consultation with Patchwork Pastures, a local nonprofit organization (EIN 83-3481467) who has helped develop a five-step recovery program that incorporates mentoring, volunteerism, education, internships, and job readiness, which can lead to employment opportunities for individuals who participate in the program. Under My Wing will assign for community services and internship opportunities. As preparation for these opportunities, participants would receive in-depth education on exotic birds and the reasons they are at the refuge. Participants would also learn the value of creating a natural sustainable garden, and how it can benefit the birds as well as provide ongoing education and site tours for children and the general public to learn about exotic birds, including their biology, habits, needs, and the risks they face from irresponsible breeders and maltreatment. Further, hiring a certified Arborist to oversee the garden construction and to teach the participants, the basic skills needed for successful gardening and potential benefits of the plants used for the garden.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: suggestion box/email, media communique.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve, collaboration with other nonprofits.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, it is difficult to get honest feedback from our clients.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    Our recent feedback lead us to collaborate on an upcoming project "Green Care Project Community Garden Initiative" with a local nonprofit.

Financials

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Under My Wing Avian Refuge

Board of directors
as of 4/6/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Ashfield

Treasurer

Term: 2007 - 2013

Thomas Ashfield

Vice President and Treasurer

George Meier

Director Assistant

Lauren Bax

Graphic Designer

Rebecca Thatcher

Mitchell Brodsky

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/31/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

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