Florida Wildlife Hospital

Keeping Wildlife Wild

aka FWH   |   Melbourne, FL   |  www.floridawildlifehospital.org

Mission

Florida Wildlife Hospital is open 365 days a year to admit native Florida wildlife. On average, 5,000 animals are admitted per year and there is never a charge for patient care. Our mission is to keep wildlife wild by providing quality, compassionate care. We support this mission by focusing on: • Providing quality care through networking, continued education, and medical advancements • Releasing only mentally and physically “sound” native Florida wildlife that can positively contribute to the ecosystem in their intended way • Acting as the front lines for disease detection, treatment, and prevention • Empowering our community through education to protect native Florida wildlife and their natural environment • Providing a place to give back through volunteering and donations • And more

Notes from the nonprofit

Our Board recruitment process has evolved into becoming more inclusive of our community, less about individuals who are experts in animal care and more about people who have expertise and influence that will lead the organization to long term sustainability.

Ruling year info

1974

executive director

Tracy Frampton

Main address

4560 N. U.S. Highway 1

Melbourne, FL 32935 USA

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EIN

23-7292826

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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

Safety Education (M40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are trying to prevent harmful interactions between people and wildlife and aid native wildlife in distress. Many of our patients are harmed by well-meaning people. Others suffer from preventable injuries. It's a tough world out there for wildlife; some of the injuries are caused by the natural cycle of life. No matter the cause, we are here to help Florida native wildlife in need. We place an emphasis on education in order to prevent injuries or harm to wildlife and to people.

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?

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Raising orphans, caring for sick and injured Florida native wildlife, preparing patients for life back in the wild and releasing them again.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We have a diverse volunteer core. Our volunteers range from high school students (16 years old and up) to retirees. Volunteer opportunities range from cleaning laundry, dishes, and floors to animal care, maintenance work, data entry, customer service and fundraising. There's a job for everyone here. In 2019, our volunteers clocked nearly 15,000 hours.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide education programs for school groups and retirement communities and everywhere in between. We also attend local festivals and events. In 2019, we began a partnership with a local town, doing worker safety training and programs for residents. Most programs include a visit from one or more of our ambassador animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 wildlife care situations resolved without animal intake

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021: 274 as of 4/15/21

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This amount is simply the total expenses per year divided by the number of patients per year. It will vary significantly from animal to animal, depending on the length of stay and the type of animal.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Older adults, Young adults, Adolescents

Related Program

Volunteer Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth

Related Program

Outreach and Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Totals are for individual programs performed, not quantity of people attending each event. *2020 Numbers decreased due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Based on percentages of donors retained from previous year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Florida Wildlife Hospital's mission is to keep wildlife wild by providing quality, compassionate care.

- Our primary goal is to have healthy wildlife populations in our communities and to prevent the suffering of animals who have found themselves in harm's way.
- Our secondary goal is help residents and visitors appreciate and value wildlife in their neighborhoods.

Our guiding principles to help us reach our goals:
- Providing quality care through networking, continued education, and medical
advancements.
- Releasing only mentally and physically “sound” native Florida wildlife that
can positively contribute to the ecosystem in their intended way.
- Acting as the front lines for disease detection, treatment, and prevention.
- Empowering our community through education to protect native Florida
wildlife and their natural environment.
- Providing a place to give back through volunteering and donations.
- Providing internships to engage the younger generations ensuring continued
success of the wildlife rehabilitation field.
- Conducting business in a sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion.

- We are the only facility of its kind in the area and our mission began in 1973. Our business is centrally located and easy to find.
- Our passionate and dedicated staff shares their knowledge with each other and volunteers. They participate in educational opportunities to better themselves and the FWH.
- We partner with the Brevard Zoo with assistance from their two board certified veterinarians and a veterinary intern.
- We work closely with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Brevard County Sheriff's Office Animal Services, and the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County.
- Our volunteer program is always evolving to better serve our volunteers and our patients. Volunteers assist in every aspect of hospital operations, including animal care and education.
- Our donor base continues to increase due to new, more robust donor software, utilizing social and traditional media to tell our story.
- FWH is a member of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and Space Coast League of Cities, affording us the opportunity to more widely share our mission in the community.

Progress so far:

- FWH routinely receives traditional thank you notes often accompanied by a donation.
- FWH routinely receives positive comments on social media; the very few negative comments are personally responded to by the Director.
- FWH has been the subject of numerous radio reports and news articles. All have been in a positive light and with the goal of educating the public.
- Host annual events such as our annual 5K Running Wild Event and Hoot in the Park.
- Increased requests for educational programs (both in-person and virtual).
- Implemented a legacy giving program.

What's next:
- Continue to take care of our patients, staff, and volunteers.
- Survive the COVID pandemic and come out stronger on the other side.
- Protect and secure our property and resources.
- Facilities expansion: Increase patient holding spaces outside and hospital square footage.
- Strengthen our monthly membership program and increase financial support.
- Strengthen our marketing strategy.
- Expand our Board of Directors.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Florida Wildlife Hospital

Board of directors
as of 9/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Josie Quiroz

FWH

Term: 2019 - 2021

Bill Bjork

Andrea Hill

Brevard Zoo

Aaron Stitzel

Flavin, Nooney & Person, CPAs

Jim Torpey

Julie Harrison

EFSC Adjunct Professor

Alycia Corpiel

Josie Quiroz

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 08/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/04/2021

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.