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NWRA Announces 2024 O’Brien Prize for Refuge Friends Group

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Calling all Refuge Friends!

Does your friends group have a project that will make a significant impact on your local, national wildlife refuge? Are you passionate about protecting wildlife and inspiring others through innovative ideas?

Then apply for the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s prestigious 2024 O’Brien Prize and get funding to make it happen!

The Refuge Association awards this prize annually to Refuge Friends groups with exceptional projects. The winning group will receive a grant of up to $6,000 to support their project and its contribution to conservation and the National Wildlife Refuge System!

Applications are due Wednesday, April 17th, 2024. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to turn your vision into reality!

Click to learn more and apply!

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Hosting Events As Fundraisers: What Does It Take?

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You’re Invited to this webinar on Wednesday, October 18th, at 2 pm ET

Does your Friends Organization want to host a fundraising event, but you are not sure where to get started? In this webinar, we will present examples of events hosted by Friends organizations both on and off FWS lands as fundraisers. You will hear how the event was developed, what partnerships were created, what level of effort was needed, lessons learned for future events, and net income raised.  

We will hear about events such as the Beer Festival put on by the Friends of Tualatin River NWR (presented by Bonnie Anderson), the Canyon Acoustics Festival, the Black Hills Beer Run, and Hotrods for the Hatchery Events held by the Booth Society (presented by Karen Holtzer), as well as the Friends of Seney NWR’s Loonapalooza Event (presented by Polly Sheppard) and the Wild Things Event at Southeast Louisiana Refuges (presented by Sue Wilder). We hope that the information provided in this webinar will not only get you excited about hosting a fundraising event but also provide some of the details it takes to host these kinds of events. This will be a fun webinar to attend!


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Friends, Boost Your Year-End Fundraising

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Did you know that one-third of annual giving occurs in December? And 12% happens the last three days of the year? It’s almost time for the annual giving season which drives billions of dollars for the nonprofit sector. Now is the time to start planning your end-of-the-year campaign! This webinar was hosted by Courtney Phelan, the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s Director of Development. With over a decade of nonprofit fundraising experience.

The webinar covered:

  • Three steps to start your campaign
  • Who do we solicit?
  • How to write a good appeal
  • Tools
  • What is Giving Tuesday?
  • Thanking donors
  • Goals and metrics

Below are links to the recording and other materials from the webinar:

A huge thank you to Courtney Phelan, for this presentation.

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NWRA’s Quarterly Chat with Refuge Friends

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On Wednesday, September 28th, Libby Marking, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and Caroline Brouwer, Government Affairs Consultant, provided a legislative and regulatory update on recent issues impacting the National Wildlife Refuge System, including the appropriations process and the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act.

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We thank Libby and Caroline for the update and the following materials:

For National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9th-15th, NWRA is providing a toolkit to uplift what makes refuges special for wildlife and your community. NWRA will also be sending a toolkit to help you reach out to your Members of Congress and report back to the National Wildlife Refuge Association about your engagement with them. If you are not on NWRA’s mailing list, sign up now!

Thanks everyone for you support of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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