How does the Fund work?
Membership is open to anyone and the only requirement is to pay the minimum tax deductible donation ($200) by 31 March to be able to vote in the following April. While we encourage members to be long-term, members can come and go without any obligation or liability.
Tax deductible donations of any amount are also welcome, but do not receive a vote. Business sponsorship also doesn’t receive a vote.
Memberships, business sponsorships and donations are made to our host organisation, Wildlife Conservation International Limited.
Wildlife Conservation International Limited provides tax deductibility status for your contribution, which is quarantined until our group choses the project(s) to support. The proposed projects are provided by Wildlife Conservation International Limited on behalf of its many NGO partners.
All members are invited to collectively decide how and where the funds will be dispersed by voting online each year in April to select community-led conservation projects to support. The highest rated project(s) will be funded (going down the list until funds for that year are exhausted).
As a member you are welcome to get involved and volunteer to help run the group, recruit new members, organise or attend networking events, and help guide our group into the future.
What sort of projects will the group support?
Project proposals might include: education facilities in a remote village, development of sustainable agriculture, womens’ economic development, training/employment for rangers and technicians, or postgraduate scholarships in the fields of biology and vet science. The activities will support the conservation of endangered wildlife in Indonesia (such as orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos, gibbons or bears), and environmentally-sensitive landscapes.
Here are some examples of existing community-led conservation projects supported by Wildlife Conservation International Limited and its partners:
- Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Unit https://www.orangutan.org.au/projects/projects/ketapang-orangutan-rescue-unit/
- Elephant Conservation and Monitoring Units http://www.elephant.org.au/what-we-do/ecmu
- The Orangutan Caring Scholarship program https://www.orangutanrepublik.org/programs/education-initiatives/orangutan-caring-scholarship-program-14352
Training on organic farming techniques, Sumatra.
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