There are two major ways you can support wildlife this tax season. It’s an easy opportunity to help wildlife rehabilitators around Colorado. This will aid their efforts to protect and preserve this state’s precious wildlife.
You can use a simple form called the Voluntary Contributions Schedule in your regular state tax documents to donate a portion of your refund to the “Colorado Nongame Conservation and Wildlife Restoration Cash Fund”. Write in the amount you would like to donate to the fund in the box to the right.
This pool of funds is utilized by wildlife rehabilitators that often take money out of their own pockets to ensure orphaned and injured wildlife get the care they need. Last year, one of the fund’s recipients was able to build a bobcat pen! This increases Colorado’s capacity to help these special cats when in need.
Since Greenwood is a well established nonprofit with multiple sources of funding, we have opted out of receiving these grants. As treasurer and grant committee member, our Executive Director Linda Tyler plays a pivotal role in decisions about disbursement of these funds. We hope that, by bringing attention to the simplicity of voluntary contributions to nongame wildlife, more grants will be made to small rehab centers.
You can also choose to donate directly to Greenwood in the same Voluntary Contributions Schedule. On line 19 of the form, you will need to write in “Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center” along with our ID number, “20033002513“.
Your contributions to Greenwood could be used for medicine, vaccines, food, and enrichment for wild animals that came to our center for a second chance.
For example, in Spring, Greenwood gets our first round of orphaned squirrels for the year. While we encourage the public to try to reunite orphans with their mothers, sometimes mama squirrel doesn’t come back. In that case, Greenwood is here to help. We buy formula, tissues, nuts, medicines, and more for these babies in just the first few months of the year. All the while, we are wrapping wings for injured birds or perhaps treating a fox with mange. These are the things Greenwood does for wildlife. Money for these services could be provided easily when you are doing your taxes.
We hope you utilize either one (or both) of these giving tools to help wildlife and THANK YOU!