Animal related

DSC Foundation Inc

WE HUNT FOR LIFE

DALLAS, TX

Mission

The sole mission of the DSC Foundation is to serve the mission and vision of the Dallas Safari Club and to: 1) Promote, establish, and conduct science-based research supporting sustainable use wildlife conservation and the role of well-regulated hunting; 2) Create and maintain a library of primary and secondary research relating to wildlife conservation made available to the public; 3) Develop educational programs that promote the concept and benefits of sustainable use wildlife conservation and well-regulated hunting globally; and 4) Provide grants and otherwise partner with other charitable, educational, and governmental organizations pursuing the same or similar goals as the Dallas Safari Club.

Ruling Year

2016

Executive Director

Mr. Richard Cheatham

Main Address

13709 GAMMA RD

DALLAS, TX 75244 USA

Keywords

Advocacy, Education, Conservation

EIN

47-5373716

 Number

1475326139

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Our goal is to protect and promote the conservation of wildlife and wilderness lands through a three pronged approach – funding grants to support research and conservation projects, supporting efforts to educate the general public about conservation issues, and advocacy for the rights of hunters whose efforts to promote the tried and proven method of conservation known as the North American Model that has as a core tenet the concept of sustainable use supported by well-regulated hunting. Wildlife and Wilderness is in crisis mode around the world and the biggest threat is loss of habitat. Unless and until we can convince everyone of the irrefutable worth of wildlife and wilderness and establish its value - both tangible and intangible - we will continue to see the loss of wilderness and the resulting loss of wildlife.

Our programs

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Where we work

Our Results

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Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal, simply stated, is to change public perception of hunting and in the process, save wildlife and wilderness places and protect and preserve the benefits that well-regulated hunting brings to local communities - employment, education, and healthcare. We are passionate in this cause for several reasons – we love to hunt and we care deeply about the value and critical importance of a healthy wilderness environment and wildlife population. As society evolves and adapts, the public perception of hunting also evolves. Fewer people hunt, fewer understand or accept the inherent and indisputable benefits to both wildlife and wilderness that hunting brings, fewer still understand the benefits of international big game hunting. That lack of understanding is what we must change.

We raise funds for grant projects and our own initiatives to serve our goal and carry out our mission. We utilize a multi-faceted strategy that includes the following components: Social media – there are hundreds of stories about the success of the conservation through hunting model that are not being told or not being heard. DSC Foundation has embarked on a campaign called We Hunt for Life to change that and tell those stories on its social media venues and website (and also in the traditional print media formats that Dallas Safari Club produces). Funding of grants for conservation – we fund anti-poaching projects, habitat protection and restoration projects, human wildlife conflict mitigation projects, and wildlife recovery projects. Finally, we are creating tools to educate the general public and the youth – at home in the US and around the world – on the benefits of a model of wildlife management that utilizes the concept of sustainable use.

DSC Foundation has assumed the role previously occupied by Dallas Safari Club – we step into a system that has been in place and has grown, but we add the benefit of the ability to receive tax deductible donations. DSC is a 501c4 organization. DSC Foundation is a c3. The significance is this – we have demonstrated an ability to carry out the goal, but we have also recognize the need to expand and fine tune our efforts. DSC Foundation, like Dallas Safari Club, is unlike many other organizations to which one might think a comparison is appropriate. We are transparent (every grant we make is shown on the DSCF website), we have over the years demonstrated a willingness to condemn unethical behavior within the ranks of hunting, we have cultivated a reputation among the non-hunting community as a partner and voice of reason to be heard and considered. These things, and especially the latter, position DSC Foundation to be able to make a significant impact.

Ultimately we will know if we have served our mission if we see a greater willingness to understand the benefits of hunting, the adoption of wildlife policy that acknowledges the benefits of well-regulated hunting and the acceptance of hunting as a valuable, and critically essential tool for management of wildlife. In some cases, the markers of success or failure will be obvious. For example, the impact of anti-poaching efforts will be noticed within a short period – perhaps a little as two years. The impact of habitat restoration will be judged by an increase in the wildlife that utilizes that habitat, and those numbers are obtained via head count surveys. Our initiatives in local communities to make sure that they share in the benefits from hunting are documentable. In other cases – for example, efforts to educate youth – the ability to discern progress is harder, but we rely on numbers of student reached, feedback from teachers and schools and student input.

We have a detailed and thorough system for soliciting a grant requests, choosing recipients, and following through to judge compliance and the wise use of DSCF funds. We demand reporting from grant recipients that will allow us to promote successful projects. We have the experience to identify and create our own initiatives and the wherewithal and connections to implement those initiatives. DCS Foundation has a miniscule organizational expense footprint. Our desire is to use our donated funds with the greatest degree of effectiveness as is possible, in order to achieve the most substantial and meaningful outcomes. We are committed to that model of operation. We believe that we understand the methods required to carry out our mission, that we have relationships that will guide and help us and that we have the respect of the international community to be confident in our ability to advance our cause.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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