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World Bird Sanctuary

aka WBS   |   Valley Park, MO   |  www.worldbirdsanctuary.org
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World Bird Sanctuary

EIN: 43-1184675


Mission

World Bird Sanctuary protects and preserves birds and their habitats through conservation, rehabilitation, and education.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Mr. Roger M. Holloway

Main address

125 Bald Eagle Ridge Rd.

Valley Park, MO 63088 USA

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EIN

43-1184675

Subject area info

Endangered species protection

Wildlife rehabilitation

Wildlife sanctuaries

Animal rescue and rehabilitation

Environmental education

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

NTEE code info

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wild bird populations are experiencing alarming declines, with numerous studies underscoring this critical issue. Recent estimates reveal that nearly one-third of all bird species worldwide are in decline, with some teetering on the brink of extinction. Since 1970, nearly three billion birds have been lost from anthropogenic factors in North America alone. Factors such as habitat destruction, pollution, and the use of lead in hunting and fishing equipment are increasingly endangering bird populations. Urban development and deforestation cause significant habitat loss, forcing birds into less suitable environments. This often leads to collisions with buildings and vehicles or makes them more vulnerable to trappers involved in the illegal bird trade. Additionally, chemicals like rodenticides and herbicides can cause acute poisoning or accumulate in the food chain, resulting in long-term health issues or a slow, painful death.

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?

Inspiring the Future

World Bird Sanctuary's education team travels to schools, libraries, scout groups, community events, etc., presenting engaging environmental education programs, featuring live animals, to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Kathryn G. Favre Foundation Raptor Hospital conserves species, support biodiversity, and mitigates zoonotic disease pandemics by healing sick and injured raptors. Having treated over 11,000 birds since 1977, including 761 in 2023 alone, our patient load has increased by over 400% in the last ten years. The rising number of birds requiring rehabilitation highlights WBS' need to expand its services and allocate additional resources.

Population(s) Served

With over 40 years of expertise and past successes, we employ methodologies that have successfully delisted the Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, and American Barn Owl from the endangered species list. Through global partnerships, we strive to replicate our achievements and ensure the survival of these crucial avian species. Our ultimate goal is to restore each species to self-sufficiency and enable them to thrive in the wild.

Population(s) Served

Known as “Nature Deficit Disorder”, research indicates that children deprived of access to nature experience higher rates of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Conversely, spending time in green spaces can significantly boost children's cognitive development, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life.

Places like the World Bird Sanctuary provide an ideal setting for families to bring their children and grandchildren to explore and connect with nature. These environments offer a safe and stimulating atmosphere where young minds can discover the wonders of the natural world. Such experiences foster curiosity and respect for the environment, laying the groundwork for a lifelong appreciation of nature.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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 rehabilitated

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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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 World Bird Sanctuary's captive breeding program is committed to preventing extinction and revitalizing endangered bird species by developing and sustaining safeguard populations. These populations act as vital insurance policies and can later support rewilding initiatives. With over 40 years of expertise and past successes, we employ methodologies that have successfully delisted the Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, and American Barn Owl from the endangered species list. Through global partnerships, we strive to replicate our achievements and ensure the survival of these crucial avian species. Our ultimate goal is to restore each species to self-sufficiency and enable them to thrive in the wild.

Our Kathryn G. Favre Foundation Raptor Hospital conserves species, support biodiversity, and mitigates zoonotic disease pandemics by healing sick and injured raptors. Having treated over 11,000 birds, including 761 in 2023 alone, our patient load has increased by over 400% in the last ten years. The rising number of birds requiring rehabilitation highlights WBS' need to expand its services and allocate additional resources.

Our Inspiring the Future program is a crucial effort in inspiring the next generation of conservationists and providing opportunities for guests to experience wildlife up close. All education programming includes bringing live birds of prey to schools and community events all throughout the Saint Louis area and beyond as well as onsite programs for guests who visit our Sanctuary. Programming is interactive and engaging, creating a more impactful and memorable experience. Many programs include birds flying overhead or touchable biofacts like wings and feathers to enhance the presentation.

A crucial element of a successful conservation plan, and the focus of WBS’ program, is to establish a safeguard population through a captive breeding program. These initiatives involve creating and maintaining genetically diverse groups under professional care, serving as both an essential insurance policy and a source for future reintroduction. As the safeguard populations are built, partner organizations prepare for the eventual release of these birds by restoring and protecting their habitats, ensuring a supportive environment for their return to the wild.

The World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) also operates a state-of-the-art medical infirmary specializing in the rehabilitation of raptors. Alongside our staff veterinarian, we employ five skilled veterinary technicians. Our hospital team also includes over 80 trained volunteer rescuers, all equipped with the necessary gear to assist raptors in distress. Upon receiving a call, they are dispatched within minutes to rescue and transport the injured raptor to our hospital.
Since 2010, our patient load has surged by over 400%. In 2023, we treated a record 761 birds, contributing to a cumulative total of over 11,000 raptors treated since our inception in 1977.

Finally, we provide engaging and interactive programming for a wide range of audiences, from pre-kindergarten children to adults. Our ambassadors can visit schools, community centers, libraries, senior centers, and more. The education department often collaborates with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri American Water to deliver programs to underserved schools. With a focus on inspiring the next generation and equipping guests with the resources to engage in conservation efforts, our education department plays a crucial role in species preservation.

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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

World Bird Sanctuary
Fiscal year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9.28

Average of 5.95 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.7

Average of 2.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

21%

Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

World Bird Sanctuary

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of World Bird Sanctuary’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $32,045 -$210,315 $152,960 $1,064,188 $274,162
As % of expenses 1.9% -12.3% 9.9% 82.4% 14.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$105,365 -$350,895 $8,368 $917,350 $124,481
As % of expenses -5.6% -18.9% 0.5% 63.8% 6.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,650,041 $1,558,110 $1,688,268 $2,269,054 $2,353,259
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.1% -5.6% 8.4% 34.4% 3.7%
Program services revenue 45.4% 40.8% 18.9% 5.7% 16.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.4% 0.9% 0.3% 0.6% 4.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 17.8% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 48.7% 53.5% 66.2% 68.5% 75.8%
Other revenue 4.5% 4.8% 14.6% 7.3% 3.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,731,670 $1,712,279 $1,552,686 $1,290,804 $1,850,044
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.1% -1.1% -9.3% -16.9% 43.3%
Personnel 60.8% 62.1% 64.5% 63.5% 68.6%
Professional fees 4.9% 3.3% 3.0% 3.8% 3.7%
Occupancy 6.1% 4.3% 2.8% 2.3% 2.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 28.2% 30.2% 29.6% 30.4% 25.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,869,080 $1,852,859 $1,697,278 $1,437,642 $1,999,725
One month of savings $144,306 $142,690 $129,391 $107,567 $154,170
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,013,386 $1,995,549 $1,826,669 $1,545,209 $2,153,895

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.3 0.5 1.5 6.6 2.7
Months of cash and investments 3.1 1.2 3.8 10.2 9.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.9 0.5 1.3 11.1 8.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $45,601 $68,814 $192,931 $715,101 $420,178
Investments $402,862 $105,434 $293,245 $377,419 $1,096,484
Receivables $64,473 $51,690 -$2,000 $8,345 $103,653
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,471,196 $3,607,680 $3,657,991 $3,689,104 $3,674,338
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 65.6% 67.0% 69.9% 72.9% 74.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.9% 8.4% 17.8% 6.1% 6.2%
Unrestricted net assets $1,613,429 $1,262,534 $1,270,902 $2,188,252 $2,312,733
Temporarily restricted net assets $44,035 $64,069 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $44,035 $64,069 $63,029 $20,344 $167,660
Total net assets $1,657,464 $1,326,603 $1,333,931 $2,208,596 $2,480,393

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Roger M. Holloway

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

World Bird Sanctuary

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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World Bird Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 06/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Jan Daugherty

Daugherty Business Solutions

Term: 2023 - 2026

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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 6/28/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

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