$1.8m Challenge Grant
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BIG NEWS!

The Foundation has received a $1,800,000 challenge grant from a family who wishes to remain anonymous. It is the donor’s desire to have as much of the challenge matched by the end of the year. The donor is willing to extend into 2014 if progress and momentum to raise $1,800,000 is evident.

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(The California Wildlife Officers Foundation is a 501-c-3 organization, Fed ID # is 20-8449229)

The California Wildlife Officers Foundation is excited to announce that an anonymous donor has made an extraordinary challenge pledge of $1.8 million on the condition that it is matched by other contributions. If we can raise the matching $1.8 million it would bring the Foundation almost to its goal of $5 million as a permanent fund to support our Wardens.

At this level, the Foundation could increase its annual grants by over four times, providing invaluable support at a critical time of uncertainty, severe budget constraints, furloughs and layoffs. Besides the obvious financial implications, this expression of support would provide a huge boost in morale to the men and women who compose “The Thin Green Line” and protect our natural resources for future generations.

Major donors to this challenge will be recognized on a special plaque to be displayed at the headquarters of the Department of Fish & Wildlife in Sacramento.

Please help us meet this challenge with your generous donations and by spreading the word as quickly and broadly as you can. Help share the challenge on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ CalWOF) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/ CalWOF) where we will keep you posted with news and updates. Dollar by dollar, together we can reach our goal.

With the expansion of our Endowment to a minimum of $5,000,000, the Foundation will be able to make a huge difference in several of the Law Enforcement Division’s major unfunded projects. One example where we can have a major impact might be: only seventeen of our Wardens statewide have a warden K-9. The immediate target is twenty-four dogs, all of whom would be trained in detection and some in tracking and apprehension as well. One trained dog can save up to 800 personnel hours per year. According to the DFG, K-9 web page, the scenting capabilities of a dog are thousands of times greater than that of a human. A trained dog will protect the handler, track suspects, locate concealed evidence, perform area searches, detect weapons, assist in the arrest and perform valuable educational demonstrations. Depending on the deployment location, the dogs are trained to detect quagga mussels, firearms, bear gallbladders, deer, fish, elk, abalone, and waterfowl. Annual veterinarian bills can run as much as $2500 per dog and food costs are in the neighborhood of $700 per dog, even with special discounts provided by a generous manufacturer.

Another critical area where there is a need for help centers around training, both for the seasoned undercover units as well as new cadets going through the Academy. The Foundation can assist Wardens with travel expenses, materials, supplies and equipment when Budgets cannot cover these type of critical items.

Sincerely,

California Wildlife Officers Foundation Board Members:

Ellen Baker

Gary Bechtel

Nancy Foley

Jack Edwards

Howard Ellman

Judd Hanna

Steve McCormick

Ned Spieker

Peter Stent

Ryan Broddrick