In the spring of 2015, the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society (WCAS) Board of Directors realized that in order to continue to fulfill our mission (www.wcaudubon.org/vision.html) the chapter needed to seek new volunteers and members in order to grow. While the chapter was still viable, there were signs of a gradual loss of activity due to people retiring and attrition. Recruiting volunteers for new or even day-to-day functions was difficult. Programs, such as the monthly meetings, bird walks and field trips, the Christmas Bird Count and other activities were often headed by the same individuals. The Rocky River Important Bird Area (IBA) project had come to a successful completion, but taking on another conservation project was not viable.
In the meantime, the Board made a decision that better communication with the general public and our members was needed. A consultant was hired to help our Chapter update our website and do a better job of public outreach and education on social media. This project could not be supported with organizational operating funds. To keep the chapter running and not endanger existing programs, President Emeritus Tom Romito applied for grants and made an appeal for funds to finance the start of this project. He was amazingly successful! These funds have brought us to where we are today.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society now has an incredible platform which includes a beautiful website with fantastic pictures and lots of pertinent information, archival documentation, many forms of social media activity, a large (and growing) number of followers and participants and an online ‘store’ where memberships can be purchased and donations made and many items are available for free. We have truly expanded our audience and are fulfilling our mission.
But we are not where we need to be. The Board knew going in that this was a 3-year undertaking, and that even then, we would need to do continuous maintenance. We have a year to go to on the original program but our grant money has run out and we are in need of immediate funding. We are trying to get additional grants and would appreciate any tips on possible sources that you can suggest. But, we need contributions now to keep going. If we drop the ball, even if only temporarily, we will lose much of the audience we have so carefully built.
This project needs your support. Not somewhere down the road but NOW. Please help. In order to help this project grow, we have started this fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $12,000 by June 30th (so the next phase of the project to engage new members and volunteers can be launched).
All funds will go exclusively for ongoing support and new Chapter initiatives. We are hoping that our fundraising efforts will be just the beginning of a longer-term effort to raise public funds for bird and habitat conservation awareness.
Please consider donating to the "WCAS Web Platform Project Fund". Payments should be made to the "Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society" in the name of the Fund. Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, go to https://www.wcaudubon.org/legal.html
Send your donation checks to:
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
c/o Nancy Howell, Treasurer
19340 Fowles Road
Cleveland, OH 44130
If you have ideas, questions, or you’re interested in helping out, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Board Members
- Kurt Miske
- Mary Anne Romito
- Nancy Howell
- Suzanne Aldrich
- Tim Colborn
- Tom Romito