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  • Capital Campaign for new Avian Conservation Science Center. After 10 years of planning and saving we have completed construction of our new Cecilia Riley Avian Conservation Science Center! But we need your help to pay off our $70,000 loan! The Center serves as GCBO's international headquarters and is located on a beautiful piece of property, 34-acres of Columbia Bottomland forest. This bottomland forest is known throughout the conservation and scientific communities for its importance to millions of migratory songbirds that use it annually as a resting and refueling venue. After enhancing the site with trails, native plant gardens, an observation deck, and informational signage, it is now widely used by the coastal community for outdoor education and recreation, and by the avian science community as a gathering place to share information. The 4,400 sq. ft. Center and surrounding public spaces, trails, outdoor classrooms, community conference room and volunteer work spaces introduces visitors to the natural world of birds and bird migration through interpretive programming which benefits not only the communities in the Gulf region, but visitor's from far and wide. Donate online or e-mail us for other donation options and more details.

  • General Support. General support is most welcome in that our operating budget includes maintenance of our property as well as the modest salaries for the staff who deliver our conservation programs. Donate online or e-mail us for other donation options.

  • Site Partner Network. Our flagship program, the Site Partner Network provides support to 71 high conservation value properties located in each of the U.S. and Mexican states that border the Gulf of Mexico. We are working to protect and restore more than 9 million acres of essential stopover and wintering habitat for migratory birds and greenspace for people who need the outdoors. Donate online or e-mail us for other donation options.

  • Research and Monitoring. Avian research programs such as American Oystercatcher Stewardship, Beach Nesting Birds Program, and Whooping Crane Recovery Program are important components of our daily work - these actions help save birds. Dr. Susan Heath, Dr. Felipe Chavez and their teams of undergraduate and graduate students are working on the most imperiled bird species around the Gulf and your support is vital to their success. Donate online or e-mail us for other donation options.

  • Land Acquisition Endowment. Established in 1998 the Land Acquisition Endowment was our first permanent fund. Designated for the acquisition of vital stopover habitat, all earnings from the fund are available for land purchases in the five U.S and five Mexican states that border the Gulf of Mexico by either GCBO or on behalf of our Site Partners. Please help us grow this fund and we pledge to do more Gulf-wide land protection. Donate online or e-mail us for other donation options.

  • General Operations Endowment. Our General Operating Endowment was established in 1999 to ensure the long-term financial stability of GCBO.  Earnings generated by the fund will be used to help support the operating costs of the GCBO as well as its research and educational programming for the Gulf of Mexico community. Donate online or e-mail us for other donation options.

  • Tropical Forest Forever Fund. In early 2008, we began a new conservation initiative for the protection of wintering habitat used by vast numbers of migratory landbirds. The majority of North America's bird populations are migratory, thus, the protection of required wintering grounds in Latin America is essential to their survival.  With a substantial contribution from an anonymous donor, GCBO has set-up a new permanent fund for land acquisition in Central and South America. The fund has now grown to greater than $700,000, and is expected to reach $1,000,000 in a few more years. Proceeds from this new fund will provide grant dollars to proven and respected Latin American conservation organizations for the acquisition of habitat for migratory birds, as well as rare and threatened flora and fauna. Click here to see completed projects. Donate online or e-mail us for other donation options.

  • Volunteer your time. Especially needed are In-Kind services performed by professionals with expertise in accounting, bookkeeping, legal services, data entry, graphics design, indoor and outdoor maintenance, electrical services, landscaping, trail building, and construction. We keep a tally of all volunteer hours and use your donated time as matching labor when requesting grants from agencies and foundations. If you have some special skills and can donate time, please e-mail us for more information.

  • Giving cash via US currency or personal or company check. Cash gifts of US currency are tax deductible to the extent allowed by federal law as long as no goods are services are provided in return for the contribution. Donate online or e-mail us for other donation options.

  • Bequests of cash or other assets by will.  After you have made plans for the economic security of yourself and loved ones, you can continue your support for bird conservation long into the future by making a bequest to GCBO in your will. If you plan to remember GCBO in your estate plan, you may wish to use the following language: "After fulfilling all other provisions for my heirs, I give and bequeath ___% of what remains of my estate (or $___) to the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (Tax ID #76-0553113), a charitable corporation currently having offices at 103 West Hwy 332, Lake Jackson, TX 77566."

  • Multi-year Pledge: paying a gift over a term of years. This allows an individual, foundation, or company to make a substantial donation within a longer time frame (a pledge). Pledges may be fulfilled in monthly, or one-year increments (up to five years) depending on initial signed and dated pledge form. Annual gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by federal law as long as no goods are services are provided in return for the contribution. A Pledge Form is available from the GCBO office or you can set this up online.

  • Stocks, options, bonds, or mutual funds may be donated directly to the GCBO office as Certificates, or they may be deposited electronically into the GCBO securities account. A special bank account has been designed specifically for the purpose of electronic transfer of assets. Information concerning asset transfer is available by calling the GCBO office.

--Giving depreciated assets. If for example, stocks or bonds have decreased in value, one may want to consider selling them and giving the cash proceeds to GCBO; depending upon an individual's tax structure, the donor may be able to deduct the loss and the gift.

--Giving appreciated assets.  If one donates appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds; depending upon that individual´┐Żs tax structure, the donor may be able to deduct the fair market value of the asset and avoid capital gains tax.

The above information does not constitute financial advice. All donors are advised to consult their personal financial planner and/or accountant before making a substantial gift.






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