Peace River Wildlife Center Inc
3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway
Ponce de Leon Park
Punta Gorda FL 33950
We are dedicated to the care, preservation, and protection of Charlotte County's native wildlife. Peace River Wildlife Center is the only facility in Lee, Charlotte, and Collier Counties that rehabilitates wildlife and has over 100 permanent wildlife residents for viewing by the public.
CEO/Executive Director Robin Jenkins DVM
Board Chair Bob Prier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1987
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $500,000.00
Projected Expenses $390,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Letter of Determination
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2014
State Registration Yes Nov 2013
In 2013, we admitted over 1900 injured and displaced wildlife patients, including mammals, birds, and reptiles. Our release rate last year was 40% and we found or made forever homes for nearly 10%. So far this year we looking at record numbers of intakes.  We are anxious to start a Capital Campaign Fund soon to help us realize the dream of building a better hospital and surgical suite and bigger habitats for our resident animals.
Peace River Wildlife Center has been serving the needs of injured and orphaned native Florida wildlife since 1982.  Originally confined to the lanai of one of its founders in 1978, the Center quickly gained credibility as citizens learned from successes in wildlife rehabilitation.  Today, we offer a high level of skilled care provided by trained wildlife rehabilitation specialists with years of experience dealing with native animal disease and trauma. In addition, we house over 100 injured animals as residents to serve as education for the public.
  • Board members with varied professional backgrounds
  • Additional volunteers to help us with Educational Outreach.
  • Walk-in freezer to store food items
  • Funds to cover food costs for resident animals.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Peace River Wildlife Center is a place like no other.  I have been a volunteer here for over 9 years and have recently been awarded the Executive Director position.  It is an honour I do not take lightly.  It means that now even more than ever, I am the voice for those injured and orphaned wild animals that cannot speak for themselves.  We are privileged to live in an area of southwest Florida where we are still surrounded by the flora and fauna that is native to this region.  We must protect it for ourselves, for our children, and for the animals.  Dr. Robin Jenkins, DVM

Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Being president of the board of directors at Peace River Wildlife Center is probably the most challenging and yet rewarding position I have ever encountered.  I came on the board at a time of transition of the Board of Directors and hopefully have kept the board members focused on their objectives and prompted action.  With the support of the other board members and staff we have focused our goals and promoted them to the public in every media outlet possible.  The best reward of these efforts has been the overwhelming public support over the past year after learning of our critical needs.  It has revitalized me in my retirement and filled me with a sense of joy whenever I hear a visitor thank us for saving the injured animal that they rescued and brought to PRWC.  Bob Prier
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Lee
FL- DeSoto
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Animals (birds, mammals and reptiles) that are injured, orphaned or displaced are brought to our Center for immediate care by professionals. Many of our patients are rehabilitated and released back to their native habitat. 
Budget $200,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
In the short-term, our goal is to treat and release injured wildlife into their natural habitats to decrease mortality of individuals that contribute to the environmental well-being of Southwest Florida.
Long Term Success
With increased urbanization and habitat destruction in Southwest Florida, we must have a long-term strategy of helping wildlife recover after inevitable collisions with humans. The long-term health of mammal, bird and reptile populations partially depends on the availability of care for injuries. Our goal is to return as many injured animals to their natural habitats as possible.
Program Success Monitored By
Extensive medical records are kept on every admission to Peace River Wildife Center.  Patients in the hospital section are weighed at least every other day. In 2013, 1946  patients came to Peace River Wildlife Center, we had 763 releases with a 40% release rate.
Examples of Program Success
On January 13, 2013 we were called to rescue and American Bald Eagle that had been shocked by an exposed electrical wire or transformer. His face and right foot had suffered burns as well as most of the feathers on the right side of his body, including his primary flight feathers. Having been dubbed "Phoenix", for literally rising from the ashes, his rehabilitation began and the damaged tissue on his face and foot healed. It was estimated that it could take up to 3 years to regrow his flight feathers, IF the follicles hadn't been irreparably damaged. Miraculously, within 8 months, "Phoenix" had fully recovered and was ready to be returned to the wild. On August 21, 2013 a crowd of staff, volunteers and supporters watched as he was released and flew off to begin his life anew. Since then we believe that there have been several sightings of "Phoenix", wearing his silver Florida Fish and Wildlife ankle band, in our area and he has even been spotted sitting atop a pole just outside our Center looking down upon his rescuers.
Description Birds that have suffered such extensive injuries that they would not be able to care for themselves in the wild are given a permanent home at PRWC.  They are on display to the public 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Budget $100,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Exhibitions & Shows
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success By keeping these injured animals on view to the public in natural habitats, visitors get a better understanding of how to peacefully coexist with the broad spectrum of wildlife we have in this area.
Long Term Success Ideally we would like the education provided by these displays to cut down on the number of animals injured by the community.
Program Success Monitored By Every year we see an increase in the number of people coming through PRWC and the number of animals brought to us by people who were previously unaware of our existence.
Examples of Program Success By viewing the birds that are on display and listening to our educational talks, many people are better prepared to help an animal when they encounter one in distress.  Fishermen are more likely to remove their line has been caught in a tree instead of leaving it for a bird to get entangled in.  Baby birds and mammals are being returned to their nests whenever possible to be raised by the parents.  People are less likely to litter after seeing some of the devastating effects it can have on wildlife.  
Description Volunteers and special resident animals travel to schools and community events to raise awareness of our Center and to educate the public about our local native Florida wildlife.
Budget $2,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) General/Unspecified
Short Term Success To encourage the public to visit our facility and help support our cause and mission.
Long Term Success  The goal of our Educational Outreach program is to increase the public's awareness of the threats to our native wildlife and ensure that they utilize our facility's ability to rehabilitate injured or displaced animals.
Program Success Monitored By Frequency of requests for our presence.
Examples of Program Success We have many visitors who come to our Center and contribute because they or their children saw one of our Educational Ambassadors at their school or an event. We are frequently contacted by local schools and community organizations to schedule appearances or set up informational booths.
Program Comments by Organization
Peace River Wildlife Center has been serving the Charlotte County community and beyond for over 30 years.  In that time the number of patients seen has increased, as has the number of programs offered.  We now take animals into the community for outreach programs as well as educational programs on site.  Some of our older buildings need renovations or to be completely rebuilt.  We are in the process of embarking on a Capital Campaign Fund Drive to start working toward the goal of replacing our infrastructure including bigger and better habitats for the animals.
Many fresh faces on the board of directors this year have infused PRWC with a new vitality.  We have raised more money, enticed new volunteers to join us, and started new programs that have been warmly welcomed by the community. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Robin Jenkins DVM
CEO Term Start Aug 2013
Experience I have been a volunteer with PRWC for over 9 years.  During that time I have worked in every aspect of the organization.  My degree in veterinary medicine and experience in private practice and shelter medicine have helped me to keep PRWC's mission focused.
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 75
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
  • Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
  • Charlotte County Animal Control--may bring injured wildlife to the center or call us when injured wildlife is sighted
  • Wildlife Center of Venice
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • FWRA
  • NWRA
  • IWRC
Non-Profit Business of the YearPunta Gorda Chamber of Commerce2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Leadership Comments by Organization
Our volunteers work on average 575 hours each month collectively.
Board Chair
Board Chair Bob Prier
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Feb 2013 to Feb 2015
Board Members
Board Members
Pat Campagna Hospital Volunteer
Karen Davis Hospial Volunteer
Jim Knoy Tour Guide Volunteer
John Ledford Board Treasurer
Bob Prier Committee Chair
Kim Walling Hospital Volunteer, Fundraising Chair
Steve Widmeyer Lawyer/Mediator
Larry Yerger Retired
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Board Development / Board Orientation
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2013
Projected Revenue $500,000.00
Projected Expenses $390,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$5,000$0$0
Individual Contributions$112,109$117,424$66,412
Investment Income, Net of Losses$196$706($45,630)
Membership Dues$16,765$18,591$11,185
Special Events$3,893$4,456$6,287
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$187,879$184,007$195,842
Administration Expense$4,749$5,874$5,187
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.890.900.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%97%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$166,276$187,168$197,417
Current Assets$91,361$109,797$117,592
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$166,276$187,168$197,417
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $112,109Contributions, gifts, grants $117,424Contributions, gifts, grants $66,412
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet income from sale of inventory $33,773Net income from sale of inventory $29,316Net income from sale of inventory $27,072
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $16,765Membership Dues $18,591Membership Dues $11,185
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Build new hospital/surgery/office and more habitats for resident display animals.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
A substantial part of our funding is derived from our recycling program. Individuals drop off aluminum cans 7 days a week to help our planet and our Center at the same time. 
Many of our expenses--supplies, food, paper towels, high efficiency laundry detergent--have been donated in mass because of our excellent media coverage.  We constantly revise our wish list to reflect current needs so that in-kind contributions help deflect costs in our budget.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as reported on Form 990. 
Nonprofit Peace River Wildlife Center Inc
Address 3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway
Ponce de Leon Park
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Primary Phone 941 637-3830
CEO/Executive Director Robin Jenkins DVM
Board Chair Bob Prier
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1987