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  • Capital Campaign for new Avian Conservation Science Center. After 10 years of planning and saving we plan to break ground on a new building late summer 2013. We need your help to make this happen! The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's headquarters 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. But with increasing visitation and new public programming, our existing small building has reached all capacity. Thus we are poised to break ground on a new facility. Once completed, the 4,400 sq. ft. Avian Conservation Science Center and surrounding public spaces, trails, outdoor classrooms, community conference room and volunteer work spaces will introduce visitors to the natural world of birds and bird migration through interpretive programming which will benefit not only the communities in the Gulf region, but visitor's from far and wide. Thus GCBO's Avian Conservation Science Center will serve as an internationally recognized research, education, habitat protection, ecotourism facility. 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 and office building as well as the salaries for the staff who deliver our programs. Our property consists of 34 acres of coastal habitat that was donated by the Dow Chemical Company in 2003 and is open to the public daily. Developed into a nature tourism destination, the sanctuary features wetlands, native gardens, trails, an observation tower and a photography blind for our many visitors. Monthly bird banding is a popular public program. Donate online or e-mail us for other donation options.

  • Site Partner Network. Our flagship program, the Site Partner Network provides support to 70 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. Currently our conservation research program is focused upon the American Oystercatcher. Dr. Susan Heath and her student/volunteer team are working to restore American Oystercatcher populations by 10% within 10 years. Their efforts are currently funded in part by a challenge grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. Your support will help us meet this challenge. 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. 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 $500,000, and is expected to reach $1,000,000 within three 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 volunteers� 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�s 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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