Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue Inc
17020 Waterline Road
Bradenton FL 34212
Mission
Our mission is to create an ecosystem where captive parrots thrive in a stable environment uniquely tailored to their characteristics and needs. We accomplish this mission by providing a safe haven for abused or unwanted exotic birds, regardless of species, age, special needs or behavior issues; re-socializing and rehoming eligible companion parrots; and providing educational resources to the avian community.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Debra Huckaby
Board Chair Debra Huckaby
Board Chair Affiliation Executive Director
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2013
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
 
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

We measure our impact in our ability to:

  • Establish preeminent standards of care by operating a model sanctuary that provides a safe, organic, nurturing and permanent home for relinquished parrot’s ineligible for rehoming;
  • Re-socialize and rehome bird’s that will flourish as companion parrots in a home environment; and,
  • Provide comprehensive programs to educate the masses about the plight of parrots in captivity.

 Our prior year accomplishments include:

  • Providing food, nurturing care, veterinary care and shelter for 350 parrots
  • Partnering with Sysco food services to provide fresh foods for the parrots
  • Organizing an Advisory Board to provide a broader scope of working knowledge and ideas
  • Establishing a relationship with Chris Armstrong, a leading parrot behaviorist, to resocialize and rehome 40 parrots
  • Implementing an educational program with Palmetto High School Special Needs Class and establishing a program to work with Veterans as therapy for PTSD

 Our current year goals include:

  • Constructing micro shelters attached to each multi-bird dwelling to protect our parrots from critical situations by sustaining a flock with a week's worth of food, water and self-generated electricity
  • Completing our BOPS Flight Arena to provide companion bird owners with a facility for flight training exercises and implementing a program to educate the avian community about its fundamental impact to parrot health and companion bonding
  • Constructing additional multi-bird aviaries to meet the demands of a growing base of relinquished birds
  • Increasing the quantity of re-homed birds by constructing an adoption & boarding center that provides a residence for adoptable birds and a space for eligible parties to build a strong/ trusting bond over a visitation period
  • Expanding our educational and outreach programs to more children’s and veterans' groups

 

Needs Statement

1. Daily Care, Feeding, Toys and Perches - $50,000. Support for the daily care of birds including a balanced diet per species, treats & fresh fruits/vegetables. Enrichment toys & perches to meet our standard of care.

2. Routine & Emergency Veterinary Expense Fund - $10,000.

3. Four Micro Parrot Shelters - $32,000. Post 2017’s Hurricane Irma, we need to construct micro hurricane/natural disaster shelters attached and accessible from each multi-bird aviary. This protects our parrots and eliminates capturing/transporting birds while allowing efficient execution of Critical Event Plans. Each shelter sustains a flock with a week of food, electricity and water without external support.

4. Construction of 10 Aviaries - $120,000. We need to construct new aviaries to house parrots by species in a flock environment. Units must afford protection from theft/predators and provide misting, cooling & heating.

5. Adoption Center Facility - $80,000. A fundamental part of our mission is to re-socialize and rehome eligible companion birds. We need to construct an adoption and boarding center that provides a residence for adoptable birds & a space for eligible parties to build a strong/ trusting bond over the visitation period.

Background Statement

Established in 2011 as a sanctuary facility, Birds of Paradise Sanctuary (BOPS) has evolved into a model exotic bird sanctuary where parrots enjoy tropical ambiance and nurturing care. BOPS is the vision of Debbie Huckaby, its founder and executive director, who astutely recognizes the dire need to aid in the overpopulation issue with parrots in the United States and subscribes to the notion that “we soar or plummet together.”

No stranger to the business, Ms. Huckaby has been involved with Parrot Rescue for over 10 years, during which she toured many facilities—assisting with strategic development and strength/ weakness assessment.

In August of 2011, she encountered a heart-breaking situation that would change the course of her life. Dozens of parrots in Troy Ohio had been abandoned and were living in filth and extreme heat with no food and water. Tragically, many of them died of starvation and disease, while the remainder resorted to the unthinkable—eating other dead or dying parrots simply to survive. The parrot community sprang to action and Ms. Huckaby was chosen to provide a nurturing lifelong habitat for these parrots. She partnered with Golden Gait Trailers in Concord NC—who supplied transportation and funded the rescue—to transport these birds to the sanctuary and provide them with the love and dignity they deserve.

Fast forward to 2018, and you see a highly engaged community of volunteers and sustainers that support Ms. Huckaby in developing a working sanctuary with a sustaining business model, fueled by passion and poised for growth.

Over 350 parrots now call BOPS home, with many of them enjoying permanent residence or re-socialized and eligible for rehoming as a companion bird. As Ms. Huckaby espouses, “There is no denying the impact of giving a second chance to an amazing and intelligent creature. Some birds simply belong with people and for them we place an emphasis on finding people for birds, not birds for people.”

Birds of Paradise Sanctuary has flourished in the last 7 years through grants, donations, memberships, programs and public and volunteer support and anticipates a future of staying on course through smart and steady growth.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
FL-Pinellas
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments

Our sanctuary is centrally located in Bradenton Florida and provides statewide and South east US support for parrot homing.

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

As the chair of this organization, I’m often asked why the plight of captive parrots is so important and I love this question because a large part of my role is to be their voice in the sanctuary sector of the avian ecosystem. Perhaps the most direct answer is that parrots are absolutely ill-suited for captivity and with lifespans of up to 80 years they are more than a lifetime commitment for their owners. And this deeply concerns me as just these two factors force these beautiful, intelligent—and yet instinctively wild—animals to struggle through the constraints of captivity and face anxiety from broken bonds with their companion owners. In short, from a captive parrot’s perspective, we take far more than we can possibly give back to them. Legislation has not yet begun to catch up to the billion-dollar pet bird trade and estimates say there are more than 40 million parrots kept as pets in the US alone.

Although Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue cannot solve this global issue, we can make a positive impact in the lives of captive parrots by providing a safe haven for abused or unwanted exotic birds, regardless of species, age, special needs or behavior issues. We can resocialize and rehome the parrots that will flourish as companion birds—making sure no breeders or resellers can adopt them. We can make sure our birds receive proper medical care and behavioral evaluations on a regular basis. We can shelter them in ambiant, tropical aviaries where they can fly free, with natural vegetation, fresh air and sunshine—allowing them to live as close to free as possible while in captivity and still enjoy the daily interaction of only the most loving caregivers. We can work in partnership with these birds to provide rehabilitation for those that have suffered due to neglect and abuse—and we can teach them to trust humans once again through a gentle process of daily interactions and by providing them with loving communication and positive reinforcement.

And lastly, we can partner with other parrot rescues and sanctuaries throughout the US and educate the avian community. As the overpopulation crisis grows and rescue facilities in every state have to turn away birds daily or take in more than they can adequately care for, we will support them as best we can. We will also provide educational resources and professional advice for all those wishing to learn the proper care of exotic birds. We hope to help dispel the myths that have been spread by the pet trade industry that has led to the suffering and over population of these magnificent creatures.

In short, the Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue team can create an ecosystem where captive parrots thrive in a stable environment uniquely tailored to their characteristics and needs.

Programs
Description

This fundamental program aligns with our mission is to create an ecosystem where captive parrots thrive in a stable environment uniquely tailored to their characteristics and needs. It accomplishes our mission by providing a safe haven for abused or unwanted exotic birds, regardless of species, age, special needs or behavior issues; re-socializing and rehoming eligible companion parrots; and providing educational resources to the avian community.

This program recognizes that while some birds can be re-socialized and rehomed as a companion bird, others are best suited to live out their lives in our ambient tropical sanctuary. Regardless of where a birds’ forever home will be, Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue (BOPS) always places the emphasis on the unique circumstances and needs of each individual bird. Unlike many other parrot sanctuaries, NO BIRD is ever denied access to BOPS due to financial or special needs circumstances.

Budget $85,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short Term Success

  • We will provide aviary enclosures, balanced diets and veterinary care for 400+ parrots
  • Train and re-socialize 40 parrots per year
  • Complete adoptions of 40 parrots per year
  • Secure adequate donor funding to support relinquished birds with no financial backing

 

Long Term Success

  • Provide aviary enclosures and care for 1,000 parrots
  • Train and re-socialize 100 parrots per year
  • Complete adoptions of 80 parrots per year
  • Establish an onsite avian veterinary training program for college students to reduce veterinary expenses and increase quality of care for the birds

 

Program Success Monitoring

Several categories of monthly statistics are gathered and assessed, including:

  • Quantity of new relinquished birds
  • Circumstantial data from surrendering owners (age, location, income, health)
  • Quantity of trained/ re-socialized birds
  • Quantity of adopted birds
  • Food costs
  • Aviary construction costs
  • Veterinary costs
  • Toys & Perches costs
  • General sanctuary operating costs
  • Cash donation amount
  • Gifts in kind (assessed valued amounts)
Program Success Examples

In 2011, our sanctuary was chosen among the avian sanctuary network to receive 15 abused and abandoned parrots from Troy Ohio. A new aviary for these birds was constructed and veterinary care afforded to them.

Managed growth in placement and adoptions and support for other bird sanctuaries. In 2017, 66 new parrots were relinquished to our sanctuary and over 40 were re-socialized and rehomed. Included in the 66 new parrots were all the birds from 3 other sanctuaries that could no longer continue operations.

Description

Avian-related volunteer opportunities are available at the Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue (BOPS) for all ages and skill levels. General duties include cage cleaning, yard cleanup, feeding the birds and socializing with the birds. Sanctuary Maintenance includes help with repairs, yard work and avian enclosure maintenance. For special events, volunteers help with marketing and setting up fundraising events as well as working the events. BOPS provides training for anyone that would like to work with the birds directly and has volunteer hours for students, to fulfill their school volunteer requirements. Additionally, BOPS works with local schools and agencies that give individuals with disabilities opportunities to acquire job skills.

The BOPS Organizational Impact arm of the volunteer program uses donated special skills including marketing, social media & website development and fundraising. From a fundraising perspective, BOPS trains volunteers in how to create impactful peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives using social media. From a bird socialization perspective, BOPS engages a leading bird behaviorist that donates time working onsite at the sanctuary.

Budget $1,500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
  • Volunteer engagement & retention: Grow to 100 hours per week of combined avian volunteer hours
  • Two schools or organizations offering BOPS as a volunteer activity for credit hours
  • Two volunteer managed capital campaign fundraisers per year
  • 5% year-over-year increase in social media impact
Long Term Success
  • Improved volunteer engagement & retention: 200+ donated hours per week from a base of 12-20 volunteers
  • Twelve schools or organizations offering BOPS as a volunteer activity for credit hours
  • Four volunteer-managed capital campaign fundraisers per year
  • 5% month-over-month increase in social media impact
Program Success Monitoring

Several categories of monthly statistics are gathered and assessed, including:

  • Volunteers: Total number
  • Volunteers: Total hours donated
  • Volunteers: Average number per day/month
  • Volunteers: Average hours per day/month
  • Return on Investment: Monetary value of hours donated (assume $10 hour)
  • Return on Investment: Number of paid staff hours saved by volunteer coverage
  • Return on Investment Monetary value of volunteer hours minus the cost to recruit and manage
  • Return on Investment Net revenue saved per month
  • Return on Investment Average net revenue saved per volunteer hour worked
  • Social Media and Fundraising: Growth of social media presence (e.g. “likes on Facebook” and twitter followers)
  • Social Media and Fundraising: Quantity of and amount of funds generated from peer-to-peer fundraising
  • Social Media and Fundraising: Quantity of and retention length of “Pick Me” sponsors

Volunteer Feedback: Collected through in-person surveys and annual surveys emailed to volunteers.

Web Presence and Social Media impact are measured:

  • Google analytics is used to measure traffic to the BOPS website
  • Twitter Analytics is used to measure how many Twitter users have seen, retweeted, liked and replied to each BOPS Tweet and composition of the BOPS Twitter audience (interests and demographics)
  • Measured Facebook metrics include fan reach, organic reach, engagement, click through rate and negative feedback
Program Success Examples

Individuals with Disabilities Job Skills: Palmetto High School in Bradenton Florida has a volunteer special needs class that has worked to cook a meal for the birds weekly since the beginning of the school year. This provides an enrichment opportunity for the students, to learn a life skill, as well as a favorite hot meal for the birds. This program will be ongoing for the school year.

Volunteer Engagement & Retention: BOPS currently has a dedicated team of volunteers that work Monday thru Sunday for a combined 80+ hours per week. These volunteers have been with the organization for an average of 3 years each.

Organizational Impact: BOPS currently has a team of web and social media experts that donate an average of 20 hours per week on site development/ management and social media presence.

Description

It takes on average $600 a year to support one parrot that could be at the Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue (BOPS) for a few years-or indefinitely. As BOPS is completely donor funded, we have two components in our Parrot Sponsorship program, one targeted at any individual and the other targeted at schools.

"Pick Me" Monthly Sponsorship Program: This program allows individuals to select their favorite BOPS parrot and improve their quality of live with a recurring monthly donation of $25 or $50. We have found that many individuals who long but are unable to provide a parrot with a life-time home find sponsorship as a rewarding option. Perhaps best of all, we encourage our sponsors to visit their bird whenever possible and follow them on our social media.

Classroom Parrot Sponsorship Program: This program (currently in pilot discussions with one school) allows students to get involved in raising awareness of the plights of captive parrots while raising self-esteem as they learn the value of making a difference in the world. Through hard work and dedication students garner community support to help them raise the funds needed to sponsor a Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue classroom parrot or adopt one as a mascot. Each BOPS sponsorship has a donation goal set by the school (typically $600 per year) which students raise using BOPS provided social media and fundraiser kits.

Budget $3,500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
  • 20 Pick Me monthly sponsorship members - $25/month; $6,000 annually
  • 20 Pick Me monthly sponsorship members - $50/month; $12,000 annually
  • 12 classrooms engaged in the Classroom Parrot Mascot program; $7,200 annually
Long Term Success
  • 50 Pick Me monthly sponsorship members - $25/month; $15,000 annually
  • 50 Pick Me monthly sponsorship members - $50/month; $30,000 annually
  • 60 classrooms engaged in the Classroom Parrot Mascot program; $36,000 annually
Program Success Monitoring

Several categories of monthly statistics are gathered and assessed, including:

  • Pick Me Sponsorship: Quantity of new sponsors
  • Pick Me Sponsorship: Quantity of retained sponsors
  • Pick Me Sponsorship: Monthly Revenue
  • Classroom Parrot Mascot: Quantity of new classroom initiatives
  • Classroom Parrot Mascot: Target versus actual donation amount
Program Success Examples

A sanctuary supporter started a peer-to-peer campaign that resulted in five $25.00/ month and two $50.00/month parrot sponsorships'.

BOPS media team volunteers have revamped the organization's Facebook and web presence to feature both the Pick Me and Classroom Parrot Sponsorship programs.

Description

More parrots are being surrendered by their owners than are adopted. The goal of this Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue (BOPS) program is to provide the education needed to keep parrots in their homes by sharing our expertise on parrot behavior, diet and general care. Executive Director Debbie Huckaby and an avian expert volunteer from BOPS make themselves available as guest speakers at local bird clubs and shows.

BOPS also embraces opportunities to speak at community functions amenable to bringing parrots, discussing their plight and providing educational materials on bird care. The sanctuary currently provides private tours to a senior classroom on wheels program.

BOPS's organizational impact volunteers regularly contribute to informative think pieces showcased as blogs that cover subjects ranging from self-sustaining avian hurricane shelters to how avian flight is informing the new wave artificial intelligence drone and robot flight. And lastly, BOPS informs our social media followers about parrot adoption and standard of care through video-based stories as told from the perspective of a parrot.

Budget $1,500
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Ownership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success

Reduce the quantity of surrendered birds and increase the quantity of rehomed birds by:

  • Increasing the knowledge of parrot owners in the standard of care and associated costs required for a companion parrot
  • Increasing awareness of parrot owners of the challenges associated with companion parrot ownership
  • Increasing awareness of parrot owners of the lifespan of and the long-term estate planning required for a companion parrot
  • Increasing social media participation of parrot owners (people commenting on, watching, sharing BOPS digital educational materials)
  • Increasing the adoption rate of companion parrots to suitable homes
Long Term Success

Reduce the quantity of surrendered birds and increase the quantity of rehomed birds by:

  • Increasing the knowledge of parrot owners in the standard of care and associated costs required for a companion parrot
  • Increasing awareness of parrot owners of the challenges associated with companion parrot ownership
  • Increasing awareness of parrot owners of the lifespan of and the long-term estate planning required for a companion parrot
  • Increasing social media participation of parrot owners (people commenting on, watching, sharing BOPS digital educational materials)
  • Increasing the adoption rate of companion parrots to suitable homes
Program Success Monitoring

We keep statistics on:

  • The number of birds that have been kept in their homes from individual consultations with BOPS team members and available feedback from the community
  • The quantity of rehomed (adopted) BOPS parrots
  • The measured impact of our social media-based educational materials
Program Success Examples

One example of community education preserving a parrots home is a parrot owner who had to have surgery and would be in a rehabilitation facility for several weeks. The owner wanted to surrender the bird as she had no one experienced to turn the bird over to and could not afford to pay its care. A BOPS volunteer worked with family members to provide the education needed to keep the bird in the home during this short-term illness.

Another example is community education and interaction that led to a parrot adoption. A blue and gold macaw parrot named Scarlet was relinquished to BOPS in 2012. BOPS invested five in training and resocialization of this parrot prior to making it available for adoption. Over a three month period, a prospective adoptee visited Scarlet at our sanctuary, working with staff and volunteers to learn the parrot's characteristics and forming a tight bond. In November of 2017 the adoption was completed, and the new owner posted pictures and their story on BOPS social media.

Comments
Program Comments by Organization

At Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue (BOPS), the fundamental underpinnings of our programs are sustainability, adherence to core values and transparency.

From the sustainability perspective, it is vital to fully understand how much it costs to deliver each of our programs, so we can raise enough money to cover those costs, while continuing to invest in sanctuariy infrastructure.

From a core value perspective, it's vital that BOPS has a set of core values, beliefs and perspectives that are represented, protected and demonstrated in every program. Our organizational culture drives our team's collective understanding of how BOPS operates, generating contagious excitement and commitment, which ultimately impacts donor satisfaction.

We also believe in transparency of our programs and clearly communicate with our team about program goals and progress-and most important, always welcome honest feedback from both the team and our supporters.

We believe in a holistic approach to program planning and development and never expect to develop a "perfect" program out of the gate-rather we focus on organic growth. Having said that, we do apply proven methodologies to each program with well-defined methods and practices, including:

  • The program must be aligned with our mission
  • The program must have clear priorities, an implementation plan and measurable outcomes
  • Program planning is conducted as a team with Board involvement
  • Program planning at a minimum includes: Definition of and/or alignment with outcomes, goals, strategies and objectives; Identifying required team and volunteer resources; Identifying fundraising or sponsorship methods for program promotion (advertising, public relations and sales) when applicable; and Identifying service delivery methods when applicable
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Debra Huckaby
CEO Term Start Nov 2011
CEO/Executive Director Email debbie.huckaby@yahoo.com
Experience

Established in 2011 as a sanctuary facility, Birds of Paradise Sanctuary (BOPS) has evolved into a model exotic bird sanctuary where parrots enjoy tropical ambiance and nurturing care. BOPS is the vision of Debbie Huckaby, its founder and executive director, who astutely recognizes the dire need to aid in the overpopulation issue with parrots in the United States and subscribes to the notion that "we soar or plummet together."

No stranger to the business, Ms. Huckaby has been involved with Parrot Rescue for over 10 years, during which she toured many facilities-assisting with strategic development and strength/ weakness assessment.

Her compassion for exotic birds is simply palpable. In August of 2011, she encountered a heart-breaking situation that would change the course of her life. Dozens of parrots in Troy Ohio had been abandoned and were living in filth and extreme heat with no food and water. Tragically, many of them died of starvation and disease, while the remainder resorted to the unthinkable-eating other dead or dying parrots simply to survive. The parrot community sprang to action and Ms. Huckaby was chosen to provide a nurturing lifelong habitat for these parrots.

Fast forward to 2018, and you see a highly engaged community of volunteers and sustainers that support Ms. Huckaby in developing a working sanctuary with a sustaining business model, fueled by passion and poised for growth. It's no surprise Ms. Huckaby has cultivated such a devoted base of volunteers due to her day-to-day involvement in the care and operations of the sanctuary. She works side by side with her team members and volunteers during feeding and cage cleaning-and performs other tasks such as ordering food & supplies and getting birds to the vet when required. And that's just the operational part of her day. She also provides strategic guidance for all BOPS programs-with thoughts of the longevity and sustainability of the sanctuary never far from her mind.

Over 350 parrots now call BOPS home, with many of them enjoying permanent residence or re-socialized and eligible for rehoming as a companion bird. As Ms. Huckaby espouses, "There is no denying the impact of giving a second chance to an amazing and intelligent creature. Some birds simply belong with people and for them we place an emphasis on finding people for birds, not birds for people."

Under Ms. Huckaby's watchful eye and guidance, Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue has flourished in the last 7 years through grants, donations,  well defined & executed programs and public and volunteer support and anticipates a future of staying on course through smart and steady growth.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
  • Sysco food services (fresh food for the birds)
  • Girl Scouts of America (toys for the birds events)
  • Bird Lovers Club (community education and support)
  • Dr. Michael Bonda (board certified avian vet)
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission2011
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2018
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
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

Effective management continues to be a top priority for Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue (BOPS) as we recognize it as a vital component of scaling our organization for optimal impact. We have adopted a focused strategy to address several key management/ leadership areas in 2018 that include:

  • Strengthening our board governance and monitoring their commitment by the time and finances they invest in BOPS
  • Cultivating a variety of characteristics and skills by continuing to recruit advisory committee members with strong experience with mission alignment, strategy and impact evaluation
  • Reviewing long-term and short-term goals regularly with all members of the organization
  • Implementing board members operations and trainings materials
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization

Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue (BOPS) is currently creating the following strategic and other plans:

  • Communications Plan (projected completion with Board approval is April 2018)
  • Management Succession Plan (projected completion with Board approval is June 2018)
  • Continuity of Operations Plan (projected completion with Board approval is August 2018)
  • Critical Event Plan (projected completion with Board approval is April 2018)
Multi-Media Comments by Organization

In August of 2011, Debbie Huckaby from Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue encountered a heart-breaking situation that would change the course of her life. Dozens of parrots in Troy Ohio had been abandoned and were living in filth and extreme heat with no food and water. Tragically, many of them died of starvation and disease, while the remainder resorted to the unthinkable-eating other dead or dying parrots simply to survive. The parrot community sprang to action and Ms. Huckaby was chosen to provide a nurturing lifelong habitat for these parrots. She partnered with Golden Gait Trailers in Concord NC-who supplied transportation and funded the rescue-to transport these birds to the sanctuary and provide them with the love and dignity they deserve.

Board Chair
Board Chair Debra Huckaby
Company Affiliation Executive Director
Board Term Nov 2012 to Nov 2018
Board Chair Email debbie.huckaby@yahoo.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Michael Bonda DVMRiver Landings Animal Clinic
Jennifer Budrock Board Member
Brandi Campbell Treasurer
Mr. Ira Grosnin Retired
Joseph Hendricks Secretary
Ms. Debra Huckaby Executive director
Lynda Lewis Board Member
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 90
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 90
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Marketing
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

Governance Need/Opportunity: Whistleblower Protection Policy

There are numerous challenges associated with caring for exotic birds, with some of the key items being feeding, cage hygiene, veterinary health and injury to a bird from another bird. In alignment with our transparency core value, BOPS will work with our Board to implement a policy that openly accepts constructive criticism from team members, volunteers and sanctuary visitors that is backed up by a documented remedial action plan.

Governance Opportunity: Enhanced Outcome Measurement

BOPS has implemented comprehensive outcome measurement at a sanctuary level that provides adequate information on how efficiently we are fulfilling our mission and executing our programs. In 2018, we will work with our Board to establish an outcome measurement program that allows us to compare our sanctuary performance against similar organizations.

Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $120,000.00
Projected Expenses $120,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose

Construction of micro hurricane & natural disaster shelters attached and directly accessible from each multi-bird aviary & flight cage dwelling.

Campaign Goal $32,000.00
Campaign Dates Feb 2018 to Mar 2018
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$92,525$79,226$47,175
Administration Expense$0$7,142$2,685
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.951.300.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%92%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$60,846$71,168$0
Current Assets$1,291$783$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$57,177$0
Current Liabilities$54,604$3,000$0
Total Net Assets$6,242$10,991$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $60,803Contributions, gifts, grants $109,289Contributions, gifts, grants $42,525
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $20,043Adoption Fees $3,200Adoption Fees $3,635
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $6,9300 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.020.26--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%80%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information for 2014 taken from unaudited P&L compilation. No balance sheet information was available at time of review. Financial information for 2015 taken from 990-EZ and unaudited P&L.
Nonprofit Birds of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue Inc
Address 17020 Waterline Road
Bradenton, FL 34212
Phone 727 366-9997

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