An Open Letter to Business Owners
Updated January 2016
Dear Business Owner,
I am writing today on behalf of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society (DOAS) to seek financial support for our operations. We are an independent Chapter of the National Audubon Society since 1977. Our mission is to educate, improve environmental quality, protect and maintain ecological systems and wisely utilize and conserve natural resources. To get an idea of our what we do each year, I have included details below. Almost all of our programs are made possible through the efforts of our board and member volunteers – with the exception of hiring a director and assistant for our summer day camp program.
Membership in DOAS is likely the most affordable of any non-profit in our region (Individual: $15/year or $25/two-years). Our board would like to maintain membership at this rate in order to make sure that the opportunity to participate remains within the means of the regional population. In order to expand programming opportunities it is critical for us to raise the funds to offset additional costs. Our goals include enhancements to our Fall Open House event to bring a live animal program for families to enjoy; increasing the number of students served in our region through sponsorship of Audubon Adventures curriculum program materials; increasing the number of grants and amounts awarded to educators for environmental education projects and activities in schools; and continuation of the John G. New Audubon Summer Camp scholarship program.
Business Sponsor Opportunities are available only to businesses that hold conservation positions that are philosophically consistent with our own policy statements, including those on Natural Gas Drilling, the proposed Constitution Pipeline and Wind Development (available for viewing at our website at www.doas.us).
Thank you for your time and consideration in becoming a DOAS Business Sponsor. We look forward to the opportunity to work with your business now and in the future to make our relationship a meaningful one for both your business and our organization. Details about the DOAS Business Sponsor opportunity is enclosed for your review. Should you need any additional information or if you would like to arrange to meet, please feel free to contact me at your convenience to coordinate. I can be reached by email through firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 607-643-5680.
Susan M. O’Handley
Co-President, Delaware Otsego Audubon Society
Education Committee Chairperson
Each year, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society provides:
- Eight educational programs on a variety of pertinent topics at member meetings, monthly from September through May each year (Free and open to the public)
- Approximately 30 Regional Wildlife & Ecology Field Trips each year led by Board Members and Member Volunteers (Free and open to the public)
- Christmas Bird Count in two regions – coordinated by DOAS (Free/annual event)
- Franklin Mountain Hawk Watch – coordinated by DOAS Board Members and operated by DOAS Member Volunteers every day Fall/Winter Months
- Appalachian Region Golden Eagle Project – coordinated by DOAS Board Members and operated by DOAS Member Volunteers each Winter
- Fall Open House Event at Franklin Mountain Sanctuary (Free Annual Event/October)
- John G. New Summer Camp Program (Two weeks of programs based on grade level) with scholarship opportunities by request
- Audubon Adventures classroom curriculum sponsorships
- Environmental Education Grants to regional educators
- May Big Day Bird Count
- Property management at Franklin Mountain Sanctuary and Burlington Wetlands
- Annual Fall Bird Seed Sale for locally grown sunflower and premium blends
- Promotion and sale of certified Bird-friendly coffee
- Involved leadership on regional conservation and advocacy initiatives (policy statements are available for viewing at our website at https://doas.us)
- Regional representation at Audubon New York Council Meetings