WildCare Foundation
7601 84th St.
Noble OK 73068
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement WildCare provides people a place to bring native wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back into the wild.
Contact Information
Contact Name Rondi Large
Contact email info@WildCareOklahoma.org
Address 7601 84th St.
Noble, OK 73068
Phone (405) 872-9338
County Cleveland County
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Checks can be mailed to: WildCare Foundation, 7601 84th St, Noble, OK 73068. In-kind donations are accepted by calling: WildCare (405) 872-9338. Want to join the WildCare family of volunteers: email info@WildCareOklahoma.org.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $360,000.00
Projected Expenses $340,000.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1995
IRS Ruling Year 1995
State Registration Expiration July 2015
Statements
Mission WildCare provides people a place to bring native wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back into the wild.
Background

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation granted our first wildlife rehabilitation permit in 1984. The Fish and Wildlife Service has since granted WildCare permits for wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife education, eagle rehabilitation and eagle exhibitor’s permits for migratory birds and eagles. WildCare received IRS 501(c)(3) status in 1995. Although licensed and regulated by state and federal agencies, WildCare does not receive any government funding. The foundation is a public charity supported solely by donations from caring individuals and businesses.

WildCare director and co-founder Rondi Large began what became her life’s work of animal rehabilitation when she starting saving injured and distressed wildlife at her home in central Oklahoma. Early on it was a songbird, a house sparrow. A little later, while still holding down a full time job in the early 80’s Large began taking rescued babies to work to keep up with the rigorous around-the-clock feeding schedule for newborns while fulfilling her professional responsibilities. Then one day with a menagerie of six baby birds, a litter of opossums and a litter of raccoons deposited behind her desk, a choice had to be made. WildCare was the outcome of a decision to pursue a passion for wildlife rehabilitation, and, in the face of a dearth of wildlife rehab centers, a commitment not to turn a blind eye to wild animals in need. Thirty years after that decision was made, WildCare has taken in 60,000 animals.

Unfortunately, the sad reality of wildlife rehab is that not all animals can be saved. But our commitment is to do our utmost to provide all incoming animals with a thorough health assessment, a high level of care and comfort.

WildCare is situated four miles east of Noble, Oklahoma on seven acres of wooded area owned by the foundation. WildCare manages approximately 40,000 square feet of outdoor enclosures capable of housing all species of Oklahoma wildlife. These enclosures include flight areas for songbirds, a pond and flight for ducks and geese, and flights for raptors, including a 100’x60’x20’ flight space for eagles. WildCare is capable of housing mammals with special housing requirements like bobcats, raccoons, and beavers in outdoor enclosures. The current 2,500 square feet of indoor space accommodates our nursery, kitchen, laundry, admissions, clinic, education area and office was once the garage and porch of Large’s private home.
Impact WildCare accepts 5,000 injured or orphaned wild animals each year that are found by people of Oklahoma who care about the environment. In 2013 WildCare was capable to handle an additional 840 wild animals that arrived in the 3 weeks following the tornadoes that destroyed homes and habitat of thousands of Oklahoma's wildlife. WildCare gives 30 programs a year to civic groups encouraging 2,000 children and adults to care about wildlife. 4,000 visitors a year bring animals to WildCare seeking help. Volunteers work 11,000 hours annually providing care until the animal can be released. WildCare is currently in a capital campaign to build a 5,200 square foot Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center at WildCare. This unique center will use cameras to view the animals in the nurseries and outside enclosures without disturbing them. This approach to educating the public about the natural behaviors of Oklahoma's wildlife while keeping intact the wildness these animals inherently possess. 
Needs
  1. WildCare Rehabilitation and Education Center: total cost $375,000. WildCare does not have an animal-dedicated facility building to accommodate the needs of the organization. The current indoor facilities are simple inadequate for optimum care of 5,000 plus animals annually. WildCare has restricted funds totally $250,000 towards this capital campaign.
  2. Additional Board members are needed to assist with administration and fund raising.
  3. Paid assistant director for administrative duties: $30,000.
  4. Increase WildCare's social media presence and involvement with people in the community. This is currently being preformed by interns.
  5. Develop and implement video educational programs using footage from the WildCare camera's. Equipment and development $30,000.
CEO/Executive Director Statement Every day we get to see a unique side of Oklahoma's wildlife. We see them weak and vulnerable. With our labor we watch them grow strong. Then one day we will be rewarded by releasing our hold on them as they take their first steps back to freedom. This is such a life changing moment that we want to share every step along the way with the public but we must not add the stress that public presence would provoke. Remote cameras are the answer. This footage will tell the animals stories and allow the public to be part of their healing process.
Board Chair Statement

As a founding board member it gives me great pride and satisfaction knowing that WildCare Foundation has survived the fickle economy and is still financially stable and fulfilling its mission  30 years since our founding.  In addition to seven non-paid working Board members WildCare is now staffed by three salaried full time employees and 10-12 paid seasonal employees. WildCare is also able to participate in the University of Oklahoma Work Study program allowing us to employ 3-4 students annually in collaboration with the University. Moreover, WildCare is fortunate and grateful to have many volunteers throughout the year who contribute more than 13,000 hours annually.

One of many things WildCare is most proud of is that we provide large outdoor habitats where different species have seclusion and adequate space for natural behaviors as they progress towards their recovery and eventual release.  WildCare Foundation owns seven acres of land and our facility consists of 40,000 sq ft of outdoor enclosures capable of housing all species of wildlife.

An example of WildCare’s success is the fact that the same facility where once only a few hundred animals were cared for now accommodates more than 5,000 yearly! This accomplishment gives us great satisfaction but also creates our greatest challenge: the current facility is not adequate to keep up with this need. We desperately need additional space for animal intake, nursery rooms for the babies, and medical clinic room. Additionally, space is needed to expand our educational efforts to broaden the public’s understanding of their role they play in the survival of Oklahoma’s wildlife.

To this end in 2012 WildCare launched a capital campaign to erect a new purpose-built 5,200 sq ft facility building that will serve as a state-of‐art rehabilitation and education center where programs will be tailored not only for the public at large, but for students and volunteers from across the country that come to WildCare to develop their skills in wild life rescue, rehabilitation and release.   Through this initiative, WildCare wants to play an active role in educating and growing the next generation of wildlife rehabilitators who will save wildlife across the country.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Animal Related/Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Tertiary Organizational Category Environment/Environmental Education
Programs
Description

Dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation, WildCare’s mission is simple: WildCare provides people a place to bring wildlife struggling to survive with the goal of releasing healthy animals back to the wild. At WildCare these vulnerable creatures receive a high standard of individualized care based on nationally recognized best practices and protocols for wildlife rehabilitation.

Since our beginning in 1984, WildCare Foundation has admitted and provided care for over 60,000 injured and orphaned native wildlife. WildCare Foundation provides an important public service for concerned and caring citizens of central Oklahoma by providing a place where orphaned, distressed, injured, or displaced wild animals get another chance to return and thrive in their natural habitats.  Almost 3,000 people that rescued an animal arrive at WildCare each year wanting to know that the one precious life they found will get the best possible care until it can be released.
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

A near term success will be meeting our capital campaign program goal of $375,000 and the completion of our new facility building!

Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. The long term success of WildCare will be evident by our continued existence in ten years, by our continued ability to accommodate100% of the ever increasing number of animals in need, and our continued ability to provide this important public service for concerned and caring citizens of central Oklahoma. In addition, completion of the new Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will allow us to improve the number and quality of our education and specialist training programs for our volunteers, new rehabilitators, interns and staff members as well as for the public.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. WildCare tracks number of animals admitted, number survived and number released. In addition we keep track of the number people bringing us animals and the number attending our two annual open houses.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Between 1984-1992, WildCare took in 41 animals, an average of five animals on an annual basis. Today, the foundation accepts more than 5,000 animals every year. We have admitted 60,000 rescued animals since 1984.

“WildCare is truly a shining star in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and your dedicated work is most deserving of the support of those who recognize the beauty and wonder of creatures who share our world.” Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

 

Disaster Programs
Description WildCare responds to any emergence not matter how large or small if there are wildlife impacted in Oklahoma. WildCare clinic and personal are trained and ready to treat trauma cases daily. When larger disasters occur we call on our volunteers to help in the work load.
Previous Disaster ExperienceHelpOrganization's previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster. WildCare has been the sole agency to respond to wildlife impacted by disasters in central Oklahoma. We were called to assist wildlife from the bombing in OKC, the tornadoes from various years, and assisted with Hurricane Ike and Katrina.
Resources and/or Services Offered in Disaster Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments WildCare is currently still working in the same inside space that we once accepted a few hundred animals a year and now we accept over 5,000. The Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will provide us with the inside space so people will be able to witness the transformation these animals go through. They will fully understand that their decision to help an animal will mean its entire life.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Rondi Large
Start Date Jan 1984
Email RondiLarge@yahoo.com
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Laura KintzNursery Team Leader
Karyn LesinskiNursery Team Leader
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 11
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 80
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 11
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 13
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Humane Ethics AwardSecond Chance1998
Volunteer of the YearOklahoma Wildlife Federation1997
Heart & Soul of NormanNorman Chamber of Commerce2006
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? Yes
Board Chair
Name Rondi M Large
Company Affiliation WildCare Foundation
Term Mar 2013 to Mar 2015
Email RondiLarge@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Aug 01, 2016
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Kelly Arnold University of Science and Arts of OklahomaVoting
Joe Carter DVMOklahoma Equine HospitalVoting
Cheryl Clayton P.C.Clayton Attorney At LawVoting
Rondi M Large WildCareVoting
Marlys Lipe Ph.D.University of OklahomaVoting
Paula Picek CPAPicek & Hollingsworth, PCVoting
O.T. Sanders Ph.D.RetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 7
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014-Dec 31, 2014
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $360,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $340,000
Financial Documents
Audit2013
Audit2012
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$405,393$352,352$247,088
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$6,416$6,182$9,324
Investment Income, Net of Losses$6,163$2,499$3,953
Membership Dues$475$974$2,920
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$63,750$105,101$110,658
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$311,336$296,476$264,098
Administration Expense$8,387$5,814$9,421
Fundraising Expense$11,161$10,538$11,627
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.461.491.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%95%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%3%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$599,616$464,743$326,685
Current Assets$426,226$311,636$184,758
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,004$17,444$33,666
Total Net Assets$598,612$447,299$293,019
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities424.5317.865.49
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $405,393Individuals $352,352Individuals $247,088
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue-In-Kind $63,750Revenue In-Kind $105,101Revenue In-Kind $110,658
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $6,416Earned Revenue $6,182Earned Revenue $9,324
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Building of a 5,200 square foot Wildlife Rescue and Education Center
Campaign Goal $375,000
Campaign Dates Jan 2013 to Dec 2014
Amount Raised To Date $250,000 as of July 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All financial information for 2012 is from audited financial statements.  Financial information for 2010 and 2011 is from IRS Form 990s.
Address 7601 84th St.
Noble, OK 73068
Primary Phone 405 872-9338
CEO/Executive Director Rondi Large
Board Chair Rondi M Large
Board Chair Company Affiliation WildCare Foundation