CRC is a 501c3 non-profit nature center and wildlife hospital founded in 1987, incorporated in 1990, and funded by public donations and grants. CRC receives no government support beyond an occasional small grant through the US Forest Service in support of its education programs.
Cascades Raptor Center is very much dependent on public support. Annual revenues over the last five years (2003-2007) have averaged just over $180,000 per year, with an average of 33% of cash income coming from grants, 48% from donations and memberships, 15% from admissions and education programs, and 5% from retail sales, fund-raising, and other miscellaneous sources. Professional services such as web site maintenance, bookkeeping and accounting, and other in-kind donations from animal food to gravel and lumber average in value over $45,000 per year, thanks to our generous community of supporters. Volunteers contributed over 16,000 hours in 2007 which, at even minimum wage, constitutes a value of nearly $125,000 that is not reflected in our financial statements. These hours are contributed by animal care volunteers, artists, mainstream and at-risk youth doing community service and job skill development work, and friends and supporters doing such things as building trails and cages, organizing and staffing fund-raising events and our educational display booths. On the expense side, an average of 82% goes to program services (education, rehabilitation, and the Hotline information service), 9% to management and general expense, and 9% to fund-raising.
CRC expands its capabilities each year, with a fantastic team of volunteers and very few staff. Over 10,000 people visited the Center during the first nine months of 2008 and over 50,000 lives were touched with an up-close look at the majesty of our native birds of prey. But we need your help. Donations, adoptions and annual memberships are all tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Your support will mean more students having Raptor Experiences in their classrooms or on visits to the Center, more and more varied learning programs at the Center, and more rescues to a broader area of the state. Our IRS 990 statements are available to view at www.guidestar.org and we'd be happy to provide a copy of our latest financial statement at your request.
Please visit our Donation and Support pages and see how you can support our work, through direct contributions, donations of your old cell phones, or even when you shop! Thank you for your interest in Cascades Raptor Center.