Central Oklahoma Quail Forever 89er Chapter
5937 N Redmond Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73122
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Pheasants Forever
Quail Forever
Mission Statement Quail Forever is dedicated to conservation: the promotion, preservation, and dedication of quail habitat with also the mission of reaching out to engage and educate our youth, the backbone of our future.
Contact Information
Contact Name Laura McIver
Contact email info@centralokquailforever.org
Address 5937 N Redmond Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73122
Phone (907) 750-2600
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address 3838 NW 36th St, Ste 104
Oklahoma City OK 73112
Alternate Phone 405 415-5724
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.centralokquailforever.org
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Donations are received throughout the year via snail mail, our website, donations of product and/or services for any of our events.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,000.00
History and Background
Supported Organization Quail Forever
Year Founded 1982
IRS Ruling Year 2005
Statements
Mission Quail Forever is dedicated to conservation: the promotion, preservation, and dedication of quail habitat with also the mission of reaching out to engage and educate our youth, the backbone of our future.
Background
Central Oklahoma 89ers Chapter of Quail Forever was formed in October 2005 and was the first Quail Forever chapter formed in Oklahoma, and was one of the first chapters formed in the nation. We founded our chapter in a concern for declining populations of quail for not only in Oklahoma, but nationwide as well.
 
Populations of quail have declined in excess of an astounding 60% since measurements taken of quail populations from the early 1990's. Though the various reasons for the declines have been soundly debated and researched, most researchers agree that loss of quail habitat is the most significant reason for the decline of quail populations.

As a Quail Forever chapter, we are dedicated to the conservation efforts of promoting, preserving, and dedicating quail habitat. We are part of the national Quail Forever (QF) non-profit conservation organization founded in August 2005 by Pheasants Forever - who has top 4-star ratings (out of 4 possible) with Charity Navigator, America's foremost independent charity evaluator.

Quail Forever uses the same successful fundraising model developed by Pheasants Forever that allows local chapters to determine 100% of how their locally raised conservation funds will be spent. In other words, all the fundraising dollars that we raise in Oklahoma stays in Oklahoma to further our efforts to protect and enhance all efforts for quail habitat and related wildlife species. Our national organization survives on membership dues, product sales and national corporation donations.

Join us in our Quail Forever mission! We work to accomplish our goals through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, education, youth programs and conservation advocacy.
Impact Since 2006,Central Oklahoma QF has been making a difference for quail. Habitat projects –$47,651 spent to generate $103,176 worth of projects:

1)     Our 1st project: A donation of $4,000 that created an $8,000 habitat improvement project on Packsaddle WMA, Ellis County, OK (Removed Old World Blue Stem, replaced 50 acres of native grasses on the Packsaddle public hunting area along with removing 3.77 miles of fencing).

2)     Habitat donation of $8000 to Cross Timbers WMA,Love County,OK. The money donated will generate a $32,000 project to purchase an offset disc necessary to create, maintain firebreaks to facilitate prescribed burns along with restoration of native grasses & shrubs in areas that need it. ETA for project to begin is January 2014.

3)     Donation to ODWC for Cooper & Fort Supply WMAs for purchase of a V-cutter grapple bucket attachment & completion of a portable fire suppression skid unit. Both to help eradicate Eastern Red Cedar, help utilize prescribed burning to manage, improve habitat for wildlife for the NW & Western OK.

4)     Donation to the Drummond Flats NAWCA Phase 1 acquisition, purchased in 2006 through a coalition of numerous partners including Quail Forever.

5)     Assisted in purchase of a skid steer, tree cutter attachment and trailer to be used for cedar tree removal on western OK WMAs.

6)     Purchased 2 prescribed burn trailers for the OK Prescribed Burn Association to be used throughout the state.

7)     Purchased burn equipment to be used on Beaver WMA as part of ODWC quail research project,Beaver County,OK. The equipment has already assisted with 5 burns in 2013 at Beaver River, Cooper and Packsaddle WMAs totaling 3,200 acres. 

Research projects –$2750 donated for research not including time spent. Youth Education, Events & Shooting –$8737 spent. Public Awareness Education, Events & Shooting –$3885 spent. $63,023 has been spent generating $118,548 in projects, education, research & public awareness in just 8 years!

Needs
The need for habitat conservation is greater than ever before. With 79% of our prairies gone, it is imperative that a coalition of partners between Quail Forever, ODWC, other state and city agencies and/or governments, and landowners work together to create solutions for at least maintaining what little habitat remains for quail and other upland wildlife.
Primary focus:
1. Eastern Red Cedar eradication
2. Funding for habitat projects all throughout the state
3. More land being set aside to create bigger tracts of habitat
4. Public corridors between state/county/city holdings maintained for better quail habitat
5. Public awareness campaign for both quail conservation and Eastern Red Cedar eradication.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
We are the only national conservation organization that allows local chapters 100% control over the funds raised - not a single dime goes to the national office for salaries or overhead, unlike the other national conservation organizations. Thus, we get to see direct results of our work because all the monies raised stays in Oklahoma!
Board Chair Statement I got hooked on saving quail when introduced to quail conservation by my other half after being taken quail hunting in Western Oklahoma. I’m passionate about quail because I love walking the prairie to hear the rustling wind carry a whistling quail call while following my Brittany with her nose to the ground in pursuit of Gentleman Bob. And love the anticipation of walking in to flush a covey of quail, giving myself a momentary jolt and thrill to see these magnificent birds rise with their characteristic thundering of wings carrying them to safety. 

It’s much bigger than that. It’s about the fact that a region of North America, that was once considered a mecca of wildlife, is now in peril of disappearing – due to converting prairies to croplands that utilize destructive farming and ranch techniques, shortsightedness on the part of land policymakers, aggressive urbanization, and fragmentation of our grasslands. In fact, most people don’t realize that the Great Plains ecosystem is now considered to be one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the world. There are astounding numbers of both plant and wildlife species that are threatened, endangered or on its way to that level. In the words of Candace Savage:“Over the last two hundred years, human beings have hit the prairies with the force of a major geological crisis...”

No wonder then Bobwhite quail populations have declined 65% in the past 30 years. If 79% of the prairie is gone, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that no wildlife can sustain its previous population numbers with just a fifth of the land they had before. There are a number of factors that make a solution to this problem quite complicated. Bobwhite quail need a complex system of plants around them to provide food, shelter, nesting, brood rearing, and roosting habitat. Compounding the problem is the invasion of native grasslands by Eastern Red Cedar trees which destroys habitat necessary for prairie wildlife to survive. So we’re also involved on a regional level to help combat this very serious threat to our prairies. With 95% of the land in Oklahoma privately owned, we’re challenged to create solutions that can only be solved by working together on a local, regional and national level to bring about long term change.

What are we to do? Outdoorsmen, being the number one conservationists, can’t do this alone. It must become engrained upon the minds of everyone to facilitate solutions. But it’s going to take more than that – you have to get involved too.

How will you tell your grandkids there used to be a time when families and friends gathered together with their beloved bird dogs, favorite shotgun and stories of yesteryear to walk a crisp, cold morning seeking the thrill of the flushing rise of a majestic covey? Will you tell them that opportunity doesn’t exist because not enough people heeded that call to action?

They say it takes a village to raise a child or in this case, it takes a coalition of committed volunteers and partners to work together and create a future for those generations ahead of us. We must take up that mantle and stand resolute in our commitment to all forms of conservation if we wish to accomplish those goals. Together we can make a difference. 

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Weatherford
Stillwater
Enid
If you read our summary of where we have spent our fundraising dollars in Oklahoma, you will see that it has been spent all over the state. Even though our focus is more towards the western half of the state, we still have a great interest in any area of Oklahoma that shows promise of rehabilitation for quail habitat.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Animal Related/Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Tertiary Organizational Category Education/Alliances & Advocacy
Programs
Description The POWER (Private Owners Working for Ecosystem Restoration) program increases Quail habitat by restoring high line right of ways with native grasses.  The POWER program also provides technical assistance to landowners through coordination with biologists from Quail Forever. The management practices implemented through this program promote the restoration of native vegetation, rather than simple food plots, to provide both nesting and brood rearing habitat for bobwhites. The heterogeneous mixture of native grasses and forbs provide added benefits for numerous wildlife species and promotes diversity.
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description

Youth Education, Events & Shooting – a total of $8737 spent on youth:

1)     Host & Funded 8 yrs of annual youth education shoots free to participants that includes shooting clays, shells, safety instruction lunch and Quail Forever Whistler memberships

2)     Donations to theOklahomaYouth Hunter Education Challenge OKYHEC

3)     Donations to Pass it On, Outdoor Mentors Program

4)     Sponsor scholarships to the Leopold Education Project (LEP) annual conference

5)     Donation to the ECU Shooting Team competition

6)     Donation to the NOC Shooting Team competition

7)     Forever Shooting Sports Youth Program

How do you put a value on youth education and outreach? It’s priceless! We have reached out to and/or supported more than 2850 kids since the beginning.

Strategy
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
This has been a resounding success with virtually all kids excited about the things they've learned by the time they have completed their instruction and participation.
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 object of the program is to introduce kids to the outdoors, to the topic of conservation, gun safety, and to the sport of clay shooting.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program success is measured by talking with each of the participants and their parents before leaving.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Parents report back that kids have a new respect for firearms and especially for being able to counter peer pressure with the tips they've learned on how to stand up to their peers if firearms are in the home.
Description Public Awareness, Education, Events & Shooting – a total of $3885 spent:

1)     Host & Funded 5 yrs of annual military appreciation family shoot and picnic free to participants that includes lunch – reaching more than 300 military & family.

2)     Hosted Wounded Warrior Quail Hunt

3)     Donated to the Quail Forever Legislative Action Fund

4)     Help fund Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) Ranch Conversation seminars held by the High Plains RC&D Council

5)     Donation to the South Eastern Quail Study Group meeting held atQuartzMountainin southwesternOklahoma

6)     Donation to the Red River Quail Symposium hosted by Fred Guthery ofOklahomaand Dale Rollins ofTexas

Strategy
Population Served Families Other Named Groups People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Description The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever has sought out habitat projects and activities that have the most positive impact on Oklahoma’s quail population –  through fundraising efforts or direct donations to support the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s quail habitat projects that perpetuate future generations of habitat efforts, or working with private landowners and corporations.
Habitat projects can be as little or big as we have the funds to allocate for each project, whether it be $1000 or $20,000. So far, for Habitat projects – a total of $47,651 has been spent to generate $103,176 worth of projects since 2006.
Strategy
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Short-term success is the continual progression of adding more protected lands, halting the progression of Eastern Red Cedar, and continually adding projects that help quail.
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.
Long term success has to be based on survival of the Bobwhite Quail. If Bobwhite Quail end up on the Endangered Species List, then we will have failed in our mission to save them.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Are we continuing to add habitat projects to help quail? If not, then we are not being successful. Is Eastern Red Cedar infestation continuing to march across our prairies? If not, then we are not being successful. Are we getting land owners on board with managing their lands for better quail habitat? If not, then we are not being successful. Only by continually working towards the above goals will we be able to achieve that success.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Quail populations will not determine the success of our mission. Only a 20% increase or more in improved habitat for quail can there be hope for long term survival. That must be paired with at least a maintaining and not increasing lands being taken over by Eastern Red Cedar.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Laura McIver
Start Date Jan 2009
Email info@centralokquailforever.org
Experience
Laura McIver has an extensive background in Marketing, Management and Merchandising with a particular interest in health, research, healthy living and the outdoors. As a graduate of Arizona State University, she has utilized her Business Management degree in a variety of positions for Price Club, Costco, Fancy Publications, URB magazine, Studio Productions, Active 8 Health and for many philanthropic, non-profit organizations.
 
Currently, she is serving her 4th term as President of Central Oklahoma Quail Forever as well as a board member for Single Parents Support Network (completed the Oklahoma Standards of Excellence certification for SPSN).
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 17
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? N/A
Management reports to board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 17
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 5
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Collaborations
We have been blessed with a great partnership and relationships built with the Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife, Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association, OSU Natural Resource, Ecology and Management Department, various local youth organizations, representatives at the Capitol, Oklahoma Conservation Coalition, ODWC Commission, and many local businesses.
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Nominated as one of six finalists for Heroes of Conservation ProgramField and Stream2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
All of our work is strictly volunteer based. No one gets paid a salary, thus keeping a working board of volunteers can be challenging. We are only limited by our time and money; our most pressing need being the need to develop those community based relationships for long term sustenance and financial support.
Insurance for our events is provided by our national office.
Other Documents
Board Chair
Name Laura McIver
Company Affiliation Active 8 Health
Term Jan 2009 to Dec 0
Email info@centralokquailforever.org
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2014
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Jim Bare Voting
John Bellah Voting
John Brinska Voting
James Dietsch Voting
Keith Inman Voting
Beverly Inman Voting
Keith Knipp Voting
Paulette Knipp Voting
Laura McIver NonVoting
John Meyer Voting
Mitchell Miller Voting
Mickey Raney Voting
Terry Timmons Voting
Clyde Vallion Voting
Connie Vallion Voting
Tim Wenner Voting
Treka Wenner Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 17
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1 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? No
Standing Committees
Distributions / Grant Making
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
There are no limits to how long someone can serve on our board. Generally, board members are expected to serve at least one year. We currently have 7 board members who have served since inception Oct 2005.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2013-June 30, 2014
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $20,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $15,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$13,218$38,419$3,459
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense$15,809$15,464$14,316
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.150.961.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses46%71%19%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue47%30%61%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$18,779$14,366$16,366
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$18,779$14,366$16,366
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $31,202Special Events $27,813Special Events $16,210
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $2,110Individuals $23,395Individuals $7,132
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $115Other $445Earned Revenue $188
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from compilations provided by the organization. 
Address 5937 N Redmond Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73122
Primary Phone 907 750-2600
Give with Credit Card http://www.centralokquailforever.org
CEO/Executive Director Laura McIver
Board Chair Laura McIver
Board Chair Company Affiliation Active 8 Health