The 2021 O’Brien Prize: An Opportunity For Your Refuge Friends Group!

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Lisa Hupp/USFWS

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has an opportunity for you!! Through the generosity of some of our great Board Members, we are announcing our 2021 O’Brien Prize, an annual award for Refuge Friends groups. The prize is named after Donal O’Brien III, a past Board Chair and longtime enthusiast of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Don is a generous supporter of the great work we do for national wildlife refuges and is very impressed by the dedication and effectiveness of Refuge Friends groups.

This year we are offering one $2,500 prize. Please see our application. It should be pretty easy and take little time for you to fill it out. Please email the completed form to Caroline Brouwer, cbrouwer@refugeassociation.org or reply to this email by May 5th. We plan to announce the award recipient at the end of May. 

Thank you for everything you do for your Refuge and for the National Wildlife Refuge System. We at the National Wildlife Refuge Association are very proud to call you all our partners and recognize the very important work you all do, every day, every week, and year after year for all national wildlife refuges across the country. 

Thank you,

Geoffrey L. Haskett
President, National Wildlife Refuge Association

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Virtual Nature Program

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Jump into springtime and join Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge as they bring nature programs to you—right in the comfort of your own home. 
Join one (or more!) of their virtual programs. Check back often to see what else they have to offer!
Just like when you visit Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, these programs are free and open to the public.
​To check out the full listing of programs go to https://www.friendsofottawanwr.org/seek-refuge-days.html.

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A Tool to Attract Donors: GuideStar Seal of Transparency

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2pm ET

Presenters:
Aimee Arent, Executive Director of Friends of Ottawa NWR in Ohio, and Catherine Fox, Past-President of the Friends of the Hawaiian Islands

Join us to discover the rewards for earning a GuideStar Seal of Transparency. The Seal provides you an opportunity to provide donors and partners insight into your work beyond your tax return. We will cover:

  • What is a GuideStar seal
  • Why the seal is important to their groups
  • How to obtain a seal
  • Benefits they have discovered

To sign up go to https://refugeassociation.salsalabs.org/webinarguidestar

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Chat with the Chief

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On March 17, 2021, Cynthia Martinez, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, provided an update on incoming USFWS and Department of the Interior leadership and how the Refuge System fits into the Biden Administration’s priorities.

Below are links to the recording and the Conserving the Future document.
Webinar Recording, https://bit.ly/30SVXLO
Conserving the Future, https://bit.ly/3s059dn

We would like to thank Cynthia Martinez for presenting and for the inspiring work she does on behalf of our national wildlife refuges.

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Internal Controls: Tools For Building Trust

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Friends on February 11, 2021 Willem Stoeller presented the webinar, Internal Controls for Friends Organizations: Tools for Building Trust.

The webinar focused on:

  • Minimum set of required policies to guide your operations
  • Minimum set of financial internal controls

Here are the materials from the webinar:

We would like to thank Willem from The Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex for hosting such an amazing opportunity for Refuge Friends.

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