Wildlife Center of Venice Inc. d/b/a Venice Wildlife
3252 Border Rd
Venice FL 34292
Mission
The Wildlife Center of Venice mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. To educate the public about our native wildlife and proper procedures upon discovery of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Kevin Barton
Board Chair Kevin Barton
Board Chair Affiliation CEO/Director
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Venice Wildlife
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2004
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $240,000.00
Projected Expenses $240,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Funds have been raised and construction has been completed on 2 more 48x20x14 foot aviaries.  We now have (5) 48x20x14 foot and (1) 40x20x14 foot aviary for the flight conditioning of injured Florida shorebirds and seabirds.  Area Eagle Scouts have also completed  (12) 10x10x8 foot wood slat flight mews and a 60x12x12 foot flyway for recuperating birds of prey.   Future growth and plans for an upgraded laundry, upgraded medical facilities, and a 100 foot flight aviary are underway. 
 
Needs Statement
  • Property purchase
  • Employment of a rehabilitator ($18,000)
  • Upgrade of current hospital facilities ($50,000)
  • Laboratory upgrade (12,000)
Background Statement
The Wildlife Center of Venice was established in January, 2004. It was jointly founded by Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader. What first started as a dream has now turned into a reality. The WCV continues to grow every year, helping more sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife return home.  Now the largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility for wild birds, mammals and reptiles in our region, we served over 4,500 patients last year alone.  The organization operates lean and mean with a small dedicated Board of Directors, an experienced and passionate staff of 5 employees, and the best volunteer base anyone could ask for, with an in season roster of over 150 volunteers.  We are especially proud of our loyal supporters that follow our newsletter, website, Twitter and Facebook Pages, as we strive to better serve our community's wildlife.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments

We rescue and care for sick injured and orphaned wildlife found throughout Sarasota County, and West Charlotte County on a daily basis and often assist our neighboring networking partners with rescue and patient care from surrounding Manatee, Lee, Hardee and Desoto Counties.  On rare occasions we are brought patients from further away including out of state, although we would usually recommend closer facilities.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Our biggest problem from a governance perspective relates to growing pains & budgetary shortfalls. Continuous growth in patient counts directly affects operational costs, such as food, medical, staffing and infrastructure. A real challenge as our volunteer manpower & donations are strongest in Fall/Winter & our annual busy season is in Spring/Summer. Seasonal influxes cause a need for a rainy day fund and additional staffing for baby birds and mammals.

 

Because we currently cannot afford the additional staff desired, we are identifying & training volunteer shift leaders & are working with the State College Of Florida & other schools to acquire externs in our time of need. By focusing on students pursuing wildlife careers in rehabilitation veterinary medicine, law enforcement, conservation, zoo keeping, & education, we hope to fill staffing voids while training future generations. Oversight & efficiency in patient care, however, is best achieved by a full time staff rehabber who works side-by-side with volunteers & externs, teaching techniques & methods needed on a case by case basis.

 

Thanks to a Boost Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County our office went from a desk with a dispatch line answered by Rehabilitators to a department now run by Ivy Smart.  Volunteers now handle dispatch, data entry, donor relations, volunteer orientations, mail outs & media correspondence etc… This was a big step in the right direction for WCV’s growth, I hope to maintain & build upon this foundation.

 

Beyond keeping current staff & dreaming of a rehabber for baby season, the WCV needs to increase its infrastructure including renovations on the hospital utility building (or HUB).  Thanks to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County a walk in freezer/refrigerator has been installed. Other large items still needed include electrical upgrades, a laundry facility, a food prep area, and structural repairs and improvements.

 

Building a rehab facility to meet the needs of all area wildlife is a daunting task, especially when you need it now & money is tight. Aviary construction is a big part of the demand. We have more large animal enclosures dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation than our local peers, however more are still desperately needed. For instance we need a 100’x20’x20’ Eagle Flyway.  Having treated 14 Bald Eagles, 31 Osprey, 30 Black Vultures, 2 Turkey Vultures, and 1 Crested Caracara last year alone. Such an aviary is required by US Fish & Wildlife for the above species and our community no longer has one. The Sarasota Bay Parrot Head Club is raising money for the project, but has a long way to go. They will do the labor but need a wealth of materials including wood, wire & hardware. Heavy equipment will also be needed.

 

Another group that has helped us is the Eagle Scouts. The Scouts recently completed a 12 stall horse barn shaped, flight training compound, begun in 2007. This compound has (6)10’x10’ aviaries on each side of a 60’x12’x12’ flyway, meeting the 2nd biggest flyway requirements for red-tailed hawks, great horned owls and others. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Simply put, The Wildlife Center Of Venice (WCV) goal is to help our sick, injured and orphaned wildlife return healthily to their territories by any means possible while educating the public every step along the way. The WCV dispatchers field over 20,000 calls annually, rectifying many problems over the phone. For those that need a rescuer, our all volunteer team is ready to serve from the Sarasota/Bradenton line, south to North Port, Englewood and Boca Grande, 365 days a year. Similarly our experienced rehabilitators, rehab assistants and homecare “moms” are on standby for walk-in patients and ambulance deliveries daily from 9am to 8pm, or after hours call our emergency line, County Animal Services or the Sarasota Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center. Not to be forgotten, our area wildlife veterinarians are top notch, and make our work possible with discounted rates, donated time and miracle care. For those that can’t be released, many find homes with zoos and nature centers all over the country.

 
In order to best serve our communities wildlife, we network regularly with our peers at the local, state, national and international levels. Locally we have long worked with Wildlife Inc and Wildlife Rescue of Manatee County, Save Our Seabirds of Sarasota and Peace River Wildlife Center of Charlotte County to make sure all rescue and rehab needs are met, and to make sure patients don’t slip through the cracks. The WCV also regularly networks with Mote Marine, Turtle Patrol, Wildlife Trapping Firms, County Animal Services, Florida Fish and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife, Audubon Societies, Humane Societies, and all other area conservation and animal welfare groups to get the job done.
 
As a longtime member of the Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Assoc. (FWRA), National Wildlife Rehabilitators Assoc (NWRA), & International Wildlife Rehabilitators Council (IWRC), the WCV receives continued education opportunities as well as a forum to teach our distant peers what works for us in SW Florida. Our educational focus is always on why we do and how we do, what we do as wildlife rescuers, rehabilitators and local stewards with past successes and failures, to learn from as we struggle forward. We certainly have a wealth of beautiful habitats and bio-diversity, as well as several iconic species worth fighting for in our community. Let’s give it all we got!
Programs
Description Teaches interested individuals how to recognize an animal in distress and the appropriate action needed to get the animal to qualified help.
Budget $500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wild Animals Preservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success We have signed up numerous volunteers through this program, and used it as supplemental training for current volunteers.
Long Term Success People who have taken our class are more able to recognize a wild animal in distress and are often comfortable bringing the animal to us,  and they know that our rescue team is available when needed.
Program Success Monitoring
Success is evaluated by the number of class attendees and direct feedback.
Program Success Examples Class attendance has been growing fairly steadily for the last three years and we have been asked to hold more courses throughout Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Current economic conditions have enhanced the challenges of raising funds for charitable agencies.  To combat the situation we have increased and diversified our fund raising events to include yard sales, more fundraisers, and donation cans.  Local businesses and communities have also helped raise money and awareness of our organization. We are increasing our advertising efforts in hopes of reaching out to more people willing to donate.  Our volunteers have been concentrating their construction efforts towards our main goal of upgrading the hospital. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kevin Barton
CEO Term Start Jan 2004
CEO/Executive Director Email thewildlifecenterofvenice@hotmail.com
Experience
  • Volunteer at Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary for 6 months
  • Volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory for 6 months
  • Veterinary Assistant at Bayshore Animal Hospital 1 1/2 yrs
  • Rehabber at Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary for 5 1/2 yrs
  • Director of Wildlife Center of Venice since 2004
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Pamela DeFouw Wildlife Rehabilitator
Adrianna DeFouw Rehab Assistant
Kevin Lindberg Nursery Supervisor
Ivy Smart Office Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 150
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
Assistance in rescue and transport of injured, sick or orphaned animals:
USFW Service
FL State Fish and Wildlife
Venice , FL Police Department
Sarasota County Animal Services
Charlotte County Animal Services
Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
 
Placement of non-returnable to wildlife animals are coordinated with various zoo and wildlife sanctuaries throughout the United States
 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Best Wildlife Group for AnimalsSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2013
Best Wildlife Group for AnimalsSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2012
Best Wildlife Group for AnimalsSarasota Pet's Choice Awards2011
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2013
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2012
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2011
Favorite Wildlife RescueNatural Choice Awards2010
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Our biggest challenge right now is obtaining enough funding to keep us operational and growing.  We have initiated numerous plans to reach out to the public for donations and have increased our grant solicitation.  We have also increased our educational outreach to try to educate the public on correct procedures to take when dealing with wildlife animals in hopes that this will reduce the number of people vs animal incidents.  Yet our patient load continues to increase.  In 2010 we serviced approximately 3500 animals.  This past year (2016) we served over 4,500 birds, mammals and reptiles.  We constantly strive to come up with new and innovative ways to raise funds to try to stay ahead of our rising costs.  With the increase of patients comes a greater demand for facilities to handle them.  Our hospital project is a vital improvement that is needed to render first class treatment of our patients.  Our current hospital is in desperate need of renovation and our volunteer staff has done a terrific job of keeping up the maintenance of the facility.  With the improved facilities we will be better equipped to offer the best treatment, give the patient the best recovery area and get them back to to wild for people to enjoy.
Board Chair
Board Chair Kevin Barton
Company Affiliation CEO/Director
Board Term Jan 2004 to Dec 2020
Board Chair Email thewildlifecenterofvenice@hotmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kevin Barton CEO/Director
Linda Barton Secretary/ Treasurer
Larry Corl Vice President
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Volunteer
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

Being that The Wildlife Center of Venice is the only state & federally permitted wildlife rescue & rehabilitation facility remaining on private land in Sarasota County, it is not possible for us to be open to the public, beyond patient drop-off and volunteer access. Although this allows the WCV to focus on its mission of rescue, rehabilitation & release of our native wildlife;  we do not get the exposure or funding opportunities that may be afforded to our peers by a small zoo or wildlife museum.

Despite this hurdle, the WCV has grown to be the largest wildlife rescue & rehabilitation facility of its type in the tri-county area, & the second largest in Sarasota County history, behind only the former Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary which closed in 2006. As the last head of rehabilitation under PMBS founder, Dale Shields, without whose help the WCV would not exist, I’m acutely aware of the high bar they set. 

Founded in 2004, the WCV treats over 4,500 sick, injured or orphaned, birds, mammals and reptiles annually on roughly $200,000. Run by a staff of 5 and nearly 150 volunteers, our rescue fleet is over 80 strong & covers all of Sarasota and West Charlotte counties daily. To meet the challenges of such a large patient load & rescue range on a meager staffing and advertising budget we again make use of our wonderful volunteers.

Thanks to a recent grant from the Community Foundation at Venice Golf & Country Club, the WCV was able to equip much of our rescue fleet (over 40 volunteer vehicles) with rescue magnets brandishing our name, logo, emergency phone # and mission statement, as well as needed safety & capture equipment. This effort has already paid off in spades, by bringing awareness and action to those in immediate need. We have long been the largest area wildlife rescue team and this continues to be our focus.

Other ways we have addressed the WCV’s lack of exposure has been to increase the frequency of our public speaking engagements and participation in area booth events and parades.  Thank you Peg Magee. The WCV now hosts a monthly rescue training class. The center has also done more newspaper, radio and television interviews than ever before, in addition to continuously expanding our mailing list and Facebook following. 

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $240,000.00
Projected Expenses $240,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Purchase of the property currently rented by the Wildlife Center
Campaign Goal $400,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2016 to Dec 2020
Amount Raised To Date 85000 as of Dec 2016
IRS Form 990s
9902015
990EZ2014
990EZ2013
990EZ2012
990EZ2011
9902010
9902009
9902008
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$207,506$175,942$207,043
Administration Expense$7,304$34,037$9,781
Fundraising Expense$5,603$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.260.830.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%84%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$140,886$89,966$120,925
Current Assets$87,511$43,243$67,848
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$65$6,231$565
Total Net Assets$140,821$83,735$120,360
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $247,551Contributions, gifts, grants $173,310Contributions, gifts, grants $156,794
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $29,785Investment Income $44Investment Income $177
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRecycling Income $1840 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1346.326.94120.08
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990s. 
Nonprofit Wildlife Center of Venice Inc. d/b/a Venice Wildlife
Address 3252 Border Rd
Venice, FL 34292
Phone 941 484-9657

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY, INC. IS A REGISTERED 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT CORPORATION. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA) OR FROM THE WEBSITE: WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (100%) OF EACH CONTRIBUTION IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY. REGISTRATION #SC-02471.