Vista-based non-profit doubles
membership every quarter for past six months
"I was impressed by the African Conservancy's mission, values and holistic approach," said Davis. "The educational safaris the organization conducts are particularly valuable because they provide an opportunity for people to experience these magnificent creatures in their natural surroundings to better understand the urgent need for environmental preservation."
Since achieving 501(c)(3) non-profit status in August 2001, the Conservancy has seen membership growth of 25 percent monthly. In partnership with African communities, it has implemented ventures that further economic development in Africa as well as create revenue streams beyond traditional fundraising. These ventures include educational African safaris and art and textile imports. All benefits are channeled back into the organizationís projects in Africa.
"A strong belief in sustainability for the organization and our African constituents has set us apart from other non-profits, and contributed to people's enthusiasm to engage with our vision, " said Corinne Waldenmayer, president and co-founder of the African Conservancy.
Because its administrative offices are 100 percent volunteer-run, the African Conservancy is able to apply 75 cents of every donation dollar to projects taking place on the ground in Africa. Such projects include wildlife education, anti-poaching, and subsistence farming and ranching.
"In the current climate of non-profit distrust, donors need reassurance that their monies are being used towards the cause to which they donated," said Waldenmayer.
About the African Conservancy: The
African Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission
is to preserve African wildlife and traditional cultures through environmental
and cultural conservation programs in both Africa and the United States.
The African Conservancy provides educational opportunities, travel programs
and art acquisition services to its members. The organization is headquartered
in Vista, Calif., with a base of operations in Lusaka, Zambia. Its administrative
offices are 100 percent volunteer-run, and its paid project staff is composed
primarily of African locals. For more information about the African Conservancy,
please visit its Web site at www.africanconservancy.org.