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MARDENS ARK CORPORATION

A Safe Place to Land

aka Marden's Ark   |   Youngsville, NC   |  http://www.avianrefuge.org

Mission

Our mission is to change the world for the better for companion animals. We accomplish this by offering care, shelter and sanctuary to displaced birds, networking with other groups and organizations to help other animals, assisting families who live with companion animals, who are experiencing difficulties, working with other organizations to improve quality of care in rescues, educating the public on living with companion birds and other aad their unique and complex needs, and continually advocating for raising standards of care for all companion animals.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a fairly young organization but are working very hard to grow and better serve our intended population. We are fully committed to transparency, ethics and compassion. We achieve diversity by believing that anyone who shares commitment to our mission can be a part of Marden's Ark. We don't ask personal questions because we feel that information is the private domain of the person and none of our business because having compassion for animals has nothing to do with race, gender, etc. Diversity occurs because diverse people have the same goals and are willing to join hands in the fight against abuse, neglect and homelessness for companion animals- with no regard to whatever their unrelated personal beliefs, background or heritage might be. We see every volunteer (including board members) as a valuable, unique person. We don't see in color, race, gender or any other factor, we just see love in their hearts. And on the inside, EVERY person who has compassion is the same.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO/Director of Care

Mrs. DeAnna K Hicks

CFO/Vice President

Mr Brian D Hicks

Main address

PO Box 921

Youngsville, NC 27596 USA

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EIN

46-5333166

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem is casual surrenders of unwanted companion animals. It's rooted in a lack of awareness about the commitment required to share your life with a creature who is destructive, loud, needy and at times unpredictable - by nature. It's also rooted in a casual attitude towards the consequences of treating living, breathing, feeling, sentient animals as disposable possessions.

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?

Surrender/Intake Program

CURRENTLY CLOSED UNTIL FACILITY CAN BE EXPANDED

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our goal is to change hearts and minds, one person and one companion animal at a time. Through our Outreach, we connect with people who may be experiencing problems that could cause them to have to give up their companions. It's our goal to encourage retention through various means. Through assistance when possible - financially, physically, emotionally - or through education to teach humans to foster better relationships with their companion animals through love, patience and understanding. We also assist with modifying problem behaviors using a blend of positive reinforcement and what we like to refer to as "mama" skills. Our Education programs provide speakers to groups including schools, scouting organizations, and others. We focus on promoting responsible care, ethical behavior and positive relationships with companion birds and other companion animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Our Education programs provide speakers to groups including schools, scouting organizations, and others. We focus on promoting responsible care, ethical behavior and positive relationships with companion birds. We are doing virtual education during the pandemic.

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 animals with freedom from discomfort

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

Surrender/Intake Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our population is declining as due to finanical and manpower constraints we are no longer accepting surrenders.

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

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

Surrender/Intake Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our feeding program includes dry food which is totally human-grade foods that are peanut-free, and fresh foods that include seasonal produce and fruits, and prepared grain casseroles and breads.

Number of briefings or presentations held

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

Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We speak to interested groups and at events, promoting positive interactions and responsible ownership.

Number of individuals attending briefings and presentations

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

Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers are approximate estimates and include speaking appearances as well as attendance at the Dirty Dogs Extravaganza where we held a booth each year except 2016.

Families helped via Outreach Program

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

Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes care packages sent to families in need for feeding and care expenses, as well as cash provided for help maintain a safe environment for their parrots, or for vet or other expenses.

Number of invitations for advocates to speak as experts

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

Adults

Related Program

Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We want to change how people view their relationships with companion animals. Even if we were billionaires, we couldn't possibly house all the unwanted animals that are flooding shelters, rescues and sanctuaries today. This trend is going to continue unless something changes. A relationship with any animal should be a long-term commitment, but especially with parrots because of their long life spans, those who purchase parrots often view it with the same lack of seriousness as that which has created an epidemic of homeless cats and dogs. The difference is, many parrots can live up to 80 years. This, combined with breeders who produce more and more parrots for profit is creating a massive burden for all those who rescue the unwanted. The only way to truly solve this is by changing the way we all think about keeping parrots as companions. Our Outreach program is working hard towards this goal! No matter how many aviaries we can build, they will become overfull unless we can succeed at this goal, one parrot, one person, one heart and one mind at a time. Our canine section (doggiefuge.org) also strives for the same goals with education, help with medical care, and finding homes for at-risk dogs.

Avianrefuge.org (Marden's Ark Avian Refuge):
Not only are we speaking and authoring materials of our own, to accomplish the educational goals, but we are committed to helping with retention of companion parrots by those who are struggling to provide for them, and we are also allying ourselves with other organizations to share the messages and change the public view. This change is designed to hit the problem of unwanted parrots at the very root - BEFORE they are bought with little forethought and then tossed aside. Our program also includes strategies for working with families who are considering surrendering their parrots to consider alternatives and encourage retention.

Doggierefuge.org (Marden's Ark Dog Tales)
Our mission is to provide the needed medical care, socialization, and appropriate family for dogs in need. We work with a network of animal rescues, animal trainers, veterinarians, and people dedicated to the betterment of animal lives. We strive to help dogs that have fallen through the cracks, the ones that can be healed, emotionally and/or physically, but got overlooked by adopters or rescues by no fault of their own. Sometimes this will mean rushing a dog from a shelter to emergency surgery to save his life. Sometimes this will mean providing a environment for a dog where they can learn to trust and love humans.

Right now, our capabilities include our directors' writing abilities and their passion for putting the animals first. Our capabilities will grow as funding grows, which will require building public trust by demonstrating goals met and our vision for a better future for animals and the humans that love them. Better funding will allow us to help more animals, help more people RETAIN rather than surrender, and allow us to put out more teaching resources and possibly produce videos and other materials to help us promote the change we hope to effect.

We have forged professional working relationships with like-minded organizations. We have helped families retain their companion parrots through hard times. We have reached out and opened minds and eyes during talks, events, and seminars. What we haven't done is grow at the rate we'd like to see. We need more land, and more aviaries. We haven't gotten the birds in our care into living arrangements where they have flight and flock. Many of our residents, though they get time each day out of the cages, are still bound to spend most of their time in them. This is not acceptable and we will not cease to push forward until the goal of aviary life is a reality for all the birds that are able, and birds with special needs have the best accommodations we can offer within the framework of their own safety.

As part of our progress forward, we are in the process of trying to start a business where we can sell the foods we produce for our own birds. We plan to continue to grow this endeavor to hopefully provide financial underpinning to support the sanctuary and its mission.

Our canine section has rescued many dogs who would have otherwise been euthanized or died from their conditions. We have matched many dogs with families that will keep their commitments to them and give them loving homes for their life spans.

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 your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To assess future goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

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

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MARDENS ARK CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

DeAnna Hicks

Marden's Ark Corporation

Term: 2014 -


Board co-chair

Brian Hicks

CFO/Vice President

Term: 2014 -

Christine Eckermann-Ross, DVM

Avian and Exotic Animal Care

Bernice Hunt

Marden's Ark Corporation

Eva Kline

Marden's Ark Corporation

Jennifer Smith

Marden's Ark Corporation

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/18/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/18/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.