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Saving Belize's Birds

by Belize Bird Rescue
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Saving Belize's Birds
Finally getting the gifts in the mail
Finally getting the gifts in the mail

Dear all,

2016 finished on a super high note thanks to your amazing generosity coupled with the match-a-million from the Gates Foundation.

In the last quarter of 2016 we raised just a few dollars short of a fabulous $5,500US. A respectable figure that will cover food expenses and pay the wonderful Oscar’s wages for two complete months! That is a great relief to us, I can assure you.

I have finally sent out our (embarrassingly belated) thank you packages today, and want to say once again a heartfelt thanks to all of you who contributed and have been so patiently waiting for your gifts. We hope you like them! Also a huge thanks to those of you who declined your gifts in favour of additional funds for BBR, or who asked to have them re-gifted. If you haven't received the package you expected within a month, please let me know: its either gone astray or there has been an administration error (me!)

All in all it’s been an amazing experience to see so many people helping us to help the birds of Belize. We are fast approaching baby season and will be on the campaign trail once again to raise precious funds to get us through those early expenses of baby food and intensive care for any and all species that may come our way.

Bless you all for your help, and please, please, please continue to spread the word: our 2017 goal is to cover the $2000US monthly food bill and Oscar’s $890 per month wages with donated funds. With your help and support, we are sure we can do it!

Thank you!

Nikki

Thank you!!!
Thank you!!!
You're helping me
You're helping me
and us!
and us!
and me - and Oscar!
and me - and Oscar!

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Sancho feeding one of our babies
Sancho feeding one of our babies

Fundraising is a recent challenge for us. For over 12 years we had managed to fund our entire operation using our private income. But circumstances change, and we have had to change with them.

Our first hurdle was to find a way to reach donors and offer incentives to give. Enter Global Giving: a fabulous means to connect with donors by offering rewards such as tax-deductible donations and matching donations on double-up days.

Thanks to our engaging subjects of over 200 rehab parrots, we already had a fabulous facebook following, so we decided to use them to tell their own story – “Hello, my name is Sancho and I am a white-fronted parrot. Belize Bird Rescue rescued me from an unpleasant situation: I was sick and miserable and boy, just look at me now! Thanks to my rescuers I will soon be enjoying a free life in the wild” This approach was nothing new for our Facebook posts, but we decided to add a special little fundraising one-liner at the end: “if you would like to help other birds like Sancho, please support Belize Bird Rescue by donating here” (click to Global Giving…)

We got our usual 50,000 likes and 200+ shares and yes, even a few donations, (and we thank you all!), but in among the standard comments of “oh poor baby” and “thank you for all you do” we got The Troll. “Scam, Scam, these people are pulling at your heart strings and bleeding you dry for their own end” This guys went on and on, posting everywhere he could. We were mortified that someone would think of us in this way. We answered each and every one of his comments, tried to reason with him but he would not quit. In the end we posted several more stories to try and ‘bury’ this one. We didn’t mention fundraising at all, and eventually he went away, probably moving on to another unsuspecting organisation that is just trying to make a difference. We still have a very raw nerve when it comes to asking for money. Every time we mention it, in the back of our mind we wonder if people are thinking ‘scam’. It makes us question everything we say or do. It’s certainly a delicate skill, getting the right balance of sympathy to promote action without driving people away by making them feel guilty or annoyed at you for asking. We know exactly how that feels! 

We learned from our mistake and are slowly developing better approaches. We have developed a few different tactics: we have written a children’s book and produced T-shirts, both of which are used as incentives to give donations.  We have several of our projects listed with Global Giving, which hopefully brings a level of understanding of what we can achieve with limited resources. And more than that, we no longer play the sympathy card. Instead, we are matter of fact about things, informing potential donors how much it actually costs to put Sancho through the rehabilitation programme to release, how many staff we are responsible, our weekly fuel bill, vet bill, feed bill. We try to show people the reality of our day to day struggles in a practical and undramatic way.

This strategy is working slowly. We thank people like yourself for standing by us and believing in us. We tripped and fell and failed. We still have some bruises and, oh my goodness it was embarrassing. But at least we failed forward!

Oliver
Oliver
Alice Withaspoon
Alice Withaspoon

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Baby white front
Baby white front

Dear All,

Well, unfortunately haven’t really progressed since the last report. This is entirely to do with simply being too busy to concentrate on fundraising. We received 68 new birds since the last project report, 37 of which are confiscated or surrendered parrots now in long-term rehab care (approx. 2 years) which is a huge commitment on food, care and enclosure upkeep, not to mention medical care and the costs of the release process when the time comes.

We are not complaining! The majority of these birds are already 100% better off than they were in the pet trade, and in time will be released back into their natural habitat to boost the wild populations, as they should.

But, we still need help. A lot of help. So if you could share our fundraiser here on Global Giving, maybe consider us for you annual tax-deductible donation, we would be so very grateful.

Thank you for your continuing support, look out for our new fundraising drive, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Nikki & the Belize Bird Rescue Team

Babies getting an upgrade!
Babies getting an upgrade!
60 white fronts with release more than a year away
60 white fronts with release more than a year away
Baby toucan
Baby toucan
Parakeet youngster
Parakeet youngster

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Red lored baby with a broken leg
Red lored baby with a broken leg

Just a quick line to say thank you so much for your generous donation toward the running costs of our facility. You have no idea how much we appreciate your confidence in us. This is the most essential of all of our projects, for without the monthly running costs being covered, BBR would eventually be forced to scale back or even close altogether. 

Amongst other things, this month your donations helped with the medical costs for 5 birds with fractured legs or wings and the gas for many rescue trips.

We (the founding Directors) are still using our private funds to cover the majority of the day-to-day costs, especially wages and food, but we have to admit we are struggling. We will be pushing this project more often this coming month, so if you have 5 minutes to share our fundraising messages amongst your friends, we would be very, very grateful.

Thank you again for your donation and support, and please spread the good word!

Best regards,

Nikki Buxton
Managing Director and Project Leader

Parakeet with a broken leg
Parakeet with a broken leg

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Belize Bird Rescue

Location: Belmopan, Cayo - Belize
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Twitter: @BirdBelize
Project Leader:
Nicola Buxton
Belmopan, Cayo Belize
$53,117 raised of $112,000 goal
 
1,009 donations
$58,883 to go
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