Peace River Wildlife Center Inc
3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway
Ponce de Leon Park
Punta Gorda FL 33950

Assist in the survival of native Florida wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and education.

CEO/Executive Director Callie Stahl
Board Chair Pat Campagna
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1987
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2018
State Registration Yes Jan 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Risk Management PolicyView
Impact Statement
In 2017, we admitted nearly 2500 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%.  We have started a Capital Campaign to relocate the Center which will give us the opportunity to build an indoor education center, update our hospital and surgical abilities and expand our resident habitats.
Needs Statement
  • Donations to our Capital Campaign Fund to help relocate the Center and build a new facility, enclosures and education center ($1,500,000 goal, $1,200,000 already raised)
  • Funds to cover food costs for resident animals ($75,000/yr)
Background Statement
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. Unfortunately, problems have arisen with the property the Center has resided on for the last 30 years and we are forced to move to a new location. We are undertaking this endeavor with a positive outlook and hopes of creating a bigger, better PRWC. Which would include upgrading our resident habitats, adding additional habitats for mammals and creating an education center for the public.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Lee
FL- DeSoto
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments We serve all of SW Florida and work with other rehabilitation centers nationally to place permanently injured animals.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Environment
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Although I have been Board President since only February 2015, I am no stranger to the Peace River Wildlife Center. I began volunteering at the Center in 2006 and continue to clean habitats for our residents and assist rehabbers in the hospital. I have 23 years of not-for-profit experience with non-volunteer and volunteer supported agencies.  My experience includes grant writing, networking, supervision of staff, budgets, strategic planning and establishing linkages with key governmental entities and community agencies.  Pat Campagna

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Peace River Wildlife Center is a place like no other.  I began working at the Center in 2009 as a part-time rehabber and have seen many changes in the years since. The Center has a stellar reputation and our care has been sought out by other facilities around the country. We have developed relationships with local agencies such as Florida Fish & Wildlife, Punta Gorda Police Deparment, Charlotte County Sheriff's Department and Charlotte County Animal Services in order to expand our abilities to respond to wildlife emergencies. We have a small, dedicated paid staff and an army of volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time to our mission. Our outreach programs have expanded to include educational ambassadors who frequently go out into the community to raise awareness for the Center and our cause. Our motto is rescue, rehabilitate and educate. This is our passion and we strive every day to serve our community to the best of our ability.

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 Monitoring
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.
Program Success Examples
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 Monitoring 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.
Program Success Examples 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 Monitoring Frequency of requests for our presence.
Program Success Examples 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.   We are in the midst of a Capital Campaign to move the Center to a new location and rebuild it completely. We have a diverse and dedicated Board of Directors working diligently to ensure the future of PRWC. 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
CEO/Executive Director Callie Stahl
CEO Term Start Aug 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email
I began working at the Center in 2009 as a part-time rehabilitator and 3 years ago was asked to come into the office as the Operations Manager. It was so wonderful to become much more involved in the workings of the Center and to help bring it into financial stability by raising awareness of our mission. I am very excited to now hold the position of Executive Director and continue to work with the staff and volunteers to create a new beginning for PRWC. We have an arduous task in front of us to build a bigger and better Center that can increase its public education and treatment of injured wildlife. We are all up for the task and cherish the continued support of our volunteers and donors.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Dr. Robin Jenkins DVMAug 2013 - Aug 2016
Senior Staff
Cara Brown Lead Rehabilitation Specialist
Dr. Robin Jenkins Director of Veterinary Services
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 75
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
  • Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center
  • Charlotte County Animal Services--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
  • City of Punta Gorda Police Department
  • Charlotte County Sheriff's Department
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Non-Profit Business of the YearPunta Gorda Chamber of Commerce2013
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Special Event Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Receiving no federal or state funding, we operate by donation and volunteer labor.  Our volunteers worked over 15,000 hours in 2017, averaging 1,256 hours each month.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization PRWC utilizes it's social media to promote awareness of it's mission. We currently have nearly 11,000 followers on Facebook alone.
Board Chair
Board Chair Pat Campagna
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Feb 2015 to Feb 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
John Benande Member
Pat Campagna BOD Pres, Hospital Volunteer
Paul Clark Member
Eileen Glassman Tour Guide Volunteer
Jay Glynn Member
Jerry Jones BOD Secretary
Jerry Platt Volunteer
Bob Prier BOD Tres, Maint Vol
Russ Weston Realtor
Steve Widmeyer BOD VP, Hospital Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 87
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Board Development / Board Orientation
Capital Campaign
Governance Comments by Organization PRWC has a diverse and motivated Board of Directors dedicated to the success of the Center's mission.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month May
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Apr
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $413,000.00
Projected Expenses $413,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $270,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose To rebuild the Center in a new location.
Campaign Goal $1,500,000.00
Campaign Dates Sept 2016 to Sept 2018
Amount Raised To Date 1200000 as of Dec 2017
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902017
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
Form 9902008
Audit/Financial Documents
INC / EXP2013
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$407,184$254,458$286,319
Administration Expense$13,379$8,091$5,306
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.542.041.68
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%97%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,881,885$957,150$676,941
Current Assets$1,723,934$812,661$537,925
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,416$0$0
Total Net Assets$1,876,469$957,150$676,941
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $478,758Contributions, gifts, grants $462,648Contributions, gifts, grants $365,840
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $87,682Net Income from Sales of Inventory $78,674Net Income from Sale of Inventory $65,308
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $62,992Fundraising $19,003Fundraising $56,831
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities318.30----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
A 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.  We also have a gift shop at the Center and all proceeds are used for the care of our residents and patients.
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.
This year we were selected to participate in the No Margin, No Mission Ignition and are in the process of implementing the business plan written for an online gift shop. 
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
Phone 941 637-3830