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Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

aka FOMR   |   Princeton, OR   |  www.malheurfriends.org

Mission

The Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge promotes the conservation and appreciation of natural and cultural resources at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge through education, outreach, advocacy, and on-the-ground stewardship.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Janelle L Wicks

Main address

36391 Sodhouse Lane

Princeton, OR 97721 USA

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Formerly known as

Malheur Wildlife Associates

EIN

93-1261322

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Friends of Malheur NWR's ongoing goal is to support the needs of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge's natural and cultural resources. FOMR's programs engage and educate the public on the importance of Malheur's diverse habitat and the wildlife that depend on its conservation. Furthermore, as the US FWS faces significant annual budget cuts our organization is positioning itself to support Malheur NWR's wildlife program needs.

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?

Crane's Nest Nature Store

Proceeds from the sale of merchandise in the Crane's Nest Nature store support vital work in support of the Friend's mission.

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 accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023 the Friends of Malheur were honored to receive recognition from Sen. Merkley on behalf of the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival Planning Committee.

Number of list subscribers

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

Crane's Nest Nature Store

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In addition to the number of subscribers receiving our monthly eNewsletter we are also seeing an increase in % open rate. Dec18 (37%), Dec19 (52%), Dec20 (42%), Dec21 (58%), Dec22 (68%), Dec23 (69%)

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Crane's Nest Nature Store

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

While the average amount per donation is decreasing we see an increase in number of donors which ultimately produces a broader net of support.

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 Friends of Malheur NWR aim to garner widespread support for Malheur NWR and the broader National Wildlife Refuge System. FOMR believes that through outreach and education of Refuge visitors, the local community, and a broader public audience we can foster advocates for wildlife and wild spaces.

The Friends of Malheur have established three Strategic Themes:
1. Build Greater Capacity
2. Broader, Deeper Connections
3. Improved Communications

BUILD GREATER CAPACITY
The Friends of Malheur NWR know that the more resources we have the more we can accomplish. In 2023 we doubled our staffing from 1 to 2. The addition of a Crane's Nest Nature Center & Store Manager allows for the focused development of the Crane's Nest while allowing for our Executive Director to work on more high-level program management. In addition to staffing resources the organization is intent on more deeply developing the engagement of our Members and Volunteers. Lastly, financial capacity is what supports all of this work and enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of FOMR's financial development programs is critical to sustainability.

BROADER, DEEPER CONNECTIONS
The Friends of Malheur NWR has been long connected to the birding and wildlife photography communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. In its work, FOMR aims to diversify its connection to various user groups that have been long underrepresented in Membership and engagement with Malheur NWR. This includes members of the BIPOC community in addition to local residents and organizations, and community partners. In addition to increasing diverse outreach programming, FOMR is developing increased volunteer engagement opportunities such as multi-day options focused on on-the-ground stewardship.

IMPROVED COMMUNICATONS
The Friends of Malheur know that this Strategic Theme is key to accomplishing the first two. The organization is focused on enhanced and expanded messaging focused on reaching diverse users. FOMR's primary communication tools include the website, social media platforms, a monthly eNewsletter, and local outlets such as the newspaper and radio. FOMR recently went through a website redesign process to increase user friendly features and navigation, including an Events calendar which is now in use. Virtual tools such as this help FOMR to maintain and grow engagement of members and users who live far away or can no longer travel to the Refuge.

The Friends of Malheur NWR has a well established Membership base of nearly 1k, a donor base of over 1,500, and an active retail operation at Malheur NWR headquarters that support FOMR's activities. With 2 staff, an active Board of Directors, and a committed volunteer base the organization is capable of distributing responsibilities and managing oversight of programs and partnerships.
Furthermore, the Friends of Malheur have a virtual reach of over 14,000 through social media channels, nearly 3,000 constituents who receive the monthly eNewsletter, and the chance to interact 1-1 with every visitor who comes to Refuge Headquarters from March-November. FOMR believes that leveraging these communication opportunities is key to supporting its goals.

Since the adoption of our Strategic Themes in 2022 we have been able to begin and/or complete a handful of established goals:

BUILD GREATER CAPACITY
1. Hire Crane's Nest Manager
2. Build annual volunteer base for Nature Store operations
3. Volunteer Campground at Refuge HQ, Phase 1 Complete
4. Establish volunteer housing at Malheur Field Station for Stewardship work parties
5. Board of Directors has been expanded by 2 new Directors

BROADER, DEEPER CONNECTIONS
1. Malheur After Dark partnership event established
2. Walk for the Wild event established
3. Sandhill Crane Society established
4. South End Docent Program established
5. Fall Members Event in Bend established
6. Hybrid Speaker Series Established
7. Winter Birds Online Course, 2021
8. Raptors Online Course, 2024

IMPROVED COMMUNICATIONS
1. Website redesign complete
2. Established and maintain website event calendar
3. Continuous development of eNewsletter
4. Regular program promotion on local radio show, Harney County Live

Financials

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Operations

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

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Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Tweed

Jerry N Moore

Retired

Carl Woodward

Mark Nebecker

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Alice Elshoff

Retired

Liz Jones

Retired

Alan Contreras

Matt Cahill

The Naature Consrvancy

William Tweed

Retired

Gary L Ivey

Donna Owens

Retired

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/6/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability