Georgia Audubon

Building places where birds and people thrive.

Atlanta, GA   |  https://www.georgiaaudubon.org

Mission

Georgia Audubon is building places where birds and people thrive. We create bird-friendly communities through conservation, education, and community engagement.

Ruling year info

1975

Board Chair

Ms. Linda DiSantis

Main address

4055 Roswell Road, NE

Atlanta, GA 30342 USA

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Formerly known as

Atlanta Audubon Society

EIN

58-1834323

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Birds amaze and delight us. Their beauty captivates us. Their ingenuity and ability spark our imagination. Yet birds play many other important roles in our lives and the world. Well beyond their beauty and splendor, birds matter! Their impact on the natural world and our own history should not be underestimated. Birds contribute to the diversity of plant life through pollination and seed dispersal; control insect outbreaks and create important nesting cavities for other species. Additionally, they help rid the world of disease through scavenger “clean-up" services. Finally, birds help shape our culture, provide important economic benefits, and serve as important indicators for scientists about the state of the environment.

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?

Connecting Students to STEM through Birds

Connecting Students to STEM through Birds is a youth education program targeted to underserved school districts in metro-Atlanta. Utilizing our own bilingual (Spanish/English) curriculum, Learning About Birds, this program combines teacher training with student programming to teach STEM concepts through the lens of birds. Additionally, schools in the program receive resources such as classroom sets of binoculars and school library book sets. Each school community also assists in the planning and building of a schoolyard outdoor learning area, where native bird-friendly plants and nest boxes are utilized to create an area where lesson plans can carried out in a different classroom environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Georgia Audubon's Wildlife Sanctuary Program encourages property owners to enhance their land for birds and other wildlife. Through planting and providing native plants, removing or controlling exotic species, and providing food, water, and shelter for wildlife, local property owners can provide critical wildlife habitat and create a safe-haven for wildlife. Our goal is to create a network of certified wildlife sanctuaries throughout metro-Atlanta to counter the loss of wildlife habitat to urbanization, and to provide additional habitat for the hundreds of birds and other species threatened by climate change. ​

Population(s) Served
Adults

With the Chattahoochee River, Kennesaw Mountain, and many other parks and natural areas, Atlanta has many natural wonders that attract a myriad of birds to our urban environment. Sadly, many of the birds arrive to find habitat destroyed by development, over-run by exotic species, or polluted and depleted by human use. Georgia Audubon is committed to restoring our urban green spaces and helping create and manage bird-friendly habitats.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Every two years, Georgia Audubon selects a climate- or habitat-threatened bird species as its focal species for a two year public awareness and action campaign. For the 2019-2020 period, the selected species is the Chimney Swift a bird that is losing importing breeding and roosting locations due to habitat loss and climate change.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Atlanta Urban Ecologists program for youth in grades 8 through 12 will guide students in the discovery of the fascinating, rich ecology of Metropolitan Atlanta, providing opportunities for hands-on field experiences, conservation, and citizen science. This program is perfect for students interested in pursuing careers in science or conservation or those who just enjoy being outside in nature, the program will provide students with opportunities to learn alongside experts in the field, as well as meaningful experiences in the outdoor places that make Atlanta the “City in a Forest.” Students will establish a network of environmental professionals who can assist with their academic and career development while having fun outdoors with their peers.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Georgia Audubon is the leading voice for the birds in Atlanta and north Georgia. Georgia Audubon watches vigilantly for harmful activities that could affect birds or undermine the integrity of bird habitat. Many birds found in Georgia are migratory and stop in Georgia only briefly before continuing their journey to other continents. Therefore, our work to inform decision makers about legislation and policies that benefit or threaten birds and their habitat involves local, state, national, and, occasionally, international concerns.

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 bird-friendly native plants installed

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

Habitat Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to install 10,000 native plants by the end of 2020.

Lights Out Atlanta pledges

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to reach 500 pledges by the end of 2021.

Number of students educated directly

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to reach 7,000 students by the end of 2020.

Wildlife Sanctuaries certified

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

Wildlife Sanctuary Certification

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to certify a total of 700 properties by the end of 2021.

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.

Atlanta Audubon is building places where birds thrive. Our vision is a fully-engaged, conservation-minded Georgia where birds prosper, habitats flourish, and public understanding grows. We are a thriving, bird-focused organization that combines serious conservation, education, and advocacy with activities that build community and foster the joy of birding. We engage across the state in collaboration with other groups that share our mission. We speak for the birds to create a public policy focus on conservation of birds and their habitats. With a committed staff, a focused board, and a flock of talented volunteers, Atlanta Audubon strives to share our passion with others to connect people with nature and to inspire everyone to be stewards of birds and the environment. We build trust and credibility by being honest, hardworking, and responsible with rigorous attention to sound science and long-term thinking. Just as bird diversity strengthens ecosystems, the diversity of human experience.

We approach our work through conservation, education, and advocacy. In our 2017-2020 strategic plan, we laid out aggressive goals to help us focus our energy and resources to meeting our goals. We will advance the conservation of birds in Georgia through innovative, collaborative programs. We will be the lead convener on issues affecting the health of birds and their habitats, engaging with conservation groups and individuals to increase the quality and quantity of bird-friendly communities. We will create environmental stewards through high-quality educational activities and experiences for adults, youth, and professional educators based on sound science that will promote our conservation message and increase the effectiveness of our outreach to diverse communities. We will strengthen our collective voice and advocate for policies at all levels of government on issues of importance to birds, and we will engage with the business community to advance issues and practices that support bird-friendly communities.

Atlanta Audubon has grown significantly over the past four years, gaining strength and experience on its board of directors while also accomplishing several organizational goals in habitat restoration, educational outreach, membership expansion, and other key objectives. During the same period, Atlanta Audubon has invested in itself, using funds from the sale of donated property to expand its staff, increase the organization's impact, and boost the annual operating budget to $500,000, a budget that has been sustained through donor funding after the initial infusion of Atlanta Audubon funds.

Atlanta Audubon is the leading organization in the state of Georgia dedicated to conservation through the lens of birds. As the only staffed chapter of National Audubon in the state, we are able to bring others together to accomplished shared goals surrounding bird-friendly communities. Due to our leadership status within the Audubon network, Atlanta Audubon has been able to pilot many national initiatives such as Plants for Birds and has led on citizen science initiatives such as Climate Watch.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Georgia Audubon

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda DiSantis

The DiSantis Law Firm LLC

Term: 2021 - 2022

Esther Stokes

Stokes Landscape Design

Angelou Ezeilo

Greening Youth Foundation

Jairo Garcia

Georgia Institute of TechnologyConsultant

Melinda Langston

Retired, City of Atlanta

Amanda Woomer

The Carter Center

Shannon Fair

TransUnion

Linda DiSantis

The DiSantis Law Firm, LLC

LaTresse Snead

National Park Foundation

Ellen Macht

Food Well Alliance

Joshua Andrews

Georgia Power Company

Robert Cooper

University of Georgia

Marc Goncher

The Coca-Cola Company

Susie Maclin

Retired, Corporate Archivist

Joshua Gassman

Lord Aek Sargent

Gus Kaufman

Oakhurst Psychotherapy

Evonne Blythers Lapsey

Environmental Consultant

Emmeline Luck

Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Paige Martin

The Nature Conservancy

Jon Philipsborn

AECOM

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data