Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Wildlife Messengers

Films for conservation

Richmond, VA

Mission

Wildlife Messengers is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of making scientific and educational films, photographs, and audio recordings to promote nature conservation, mainly in countries with lower industrial bases, and to distribute them to national and international audiences. The targeted audiences include government authorities, elementary and middle schools, local indigenous communities, and non-governmental organizations. We will evaluate and publish the impact of such conservation films. We also will establish an online archive of amateur, semi-professional, and professional nature conservation films, photographs, and audio recordings to make them available for the public.

Ruling Year

2017

President

George Olah PhD

Vice President

Cintia Garai PhD

Main Address

5645 Hard Rock Pl

Richmond, VA 23230 USA

Keywords

research, conservation, films, filmmaking, public awareness

EIN

82-1888245

 Number

1472071560

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Film, Video (A31)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Social Media

Blog

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Today many beautiful wildlife films are being produced, and they all try to bring nature closer to their audience. Some of them even mention conservation issues. However, it is not easy to make the general public understand complex issues such as climate change. The result is that many people become overwhelmed with the problems, and they don't want to think about depressing topics that they feel incapable to change. There is an increasing need for the human population to do something about all sorts of conservation issues. Nature documentaries should show not only the problems, but also possible solutions to encourage people to act in a pro-nature way.

Our programs

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

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The Indonesian Parrot Project documentary

The Macaw Project documentary

The Macaw Kingdom documentary

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of film festivals participated

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Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

The Macaw Project documentary

Context notes

Number of film festivals worldwide, where our documentaries were selected and screened.

Number of sector award nominations earned by the organization

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

The Macaw Project documentary

Context notes

Number of awards our documentaries won at film festivals worldwide.

Number of Facebook followers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of overall donors

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Number of articles we have published in print or online media.

Total number of screenings held

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Context notes

This metric shows how many times we screened our films and videos to the public in movie screenings, presentations, meetings, and TV broadcastings.

Number of casework interviews performed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Context notes

Number of interviews we gave to news agencies, TV channels, or radios.

Charting Impact

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

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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 and haven't they accomplished so far?

Conservation films should be made not only to entertain, but also to induce behaviour change. This is what our organisation, Wildlife Messengers, aims to do. The messages of our films are based on scientific results, supervised by academics and researchers active on the ground. Before starting a project, we get prepared about the knowledge and attitude of our audiences. So when we make a film, we tailor it based on research not only on the conservation issues themselves, but also on the audiences.

We collaborate with organizations, scientists, conservationists, and experts who are familiar with the topic. Scientific supervision should accompany every phase of the film production, from research of background information through the filming process to the postproduction in the studio. We conduct thorough research before the filming phase, during the preproduction, about the conservation issue, the challenges, the audience to be addressed, the attitude and motivation of the target audience, and the desired behaviour change.

We are scientists, conservationists and filmmakers, with extended experience in the field of filmmaking, conservation and research in remote areas, such as in Peru or in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On our website you can find several of our film credentials as examples of how we try to make a difference.

We work together with experts of the film topics to establish the impact measurement methods from which we will know how our film contributes to the given conservation issues. The film distribution is also conducted in collaboration with expert organisations active on the ground. We keep track on the number of viewers, when relevant, we make interviews with focus groups and individuals from the audience before and after watching the films. We follow the change, if there is any, after the screenings. We publish impact data when possible.

You can find our previous film credentials on our website, including The Macaw Kingdom, The Macaw Project, and Rhinos in the Fridge. Our next project is about parrot conservation in Indonesia. We constantly look for conservation organisations and issues that could use conservation films to achieve better results.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & TRANSPARENCY

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No

BOARD COMPOSITION

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No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Disability

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