Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the Wildlife Center.

Our generous supporters help us fulfill our mission to “teach the world to care about, and care for, wildlife and the environment.”

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Supporters of the Wildlife Center can visit our secure online donation form to contribute now. Other ways to give include designating a donation for a wish-list item, including the Center in estate plans, and more.

Become a Sustaining Donor

Cottontail JuvenileThe Wildlife Center’s year-round, life-saving work never takes a holiday. We admit and treat patients 365 days a year. Our vets are on call 24 hours a day. About 3,800 animals will come through our doors during the course of the year.

Becoming a sustaining donor, by making a convenient automatic weekly or monthly gift, helps us to save lives every day.

To make a recurring, sustaining gift, visit our online donation form, select Recurring donation type, and set the frequency you would like to make your donation.

Sustaining donors receive an electronic acknowledgement that their gift has been set up, as well as individual donation receipts for each donation that is made. You can change or suspend your recurring gift at any time.

Wishlist 

The cutting-edge veterinary medicine practiced at the Wildlife Center requires specialized equipment. Click our wishlist items below to learn about the life-saving equipment that can make a difference in the Center’s work.

Eagle Gloves

Handling gloves are an important part of our daily work with eagle patients to help keep both patients and humans safe. With eagle admissions on the rise, along with extra disinfection protocols with the continued threat of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, our current stash of eagle gloves has taken a lot of wear and tear. Cost: $120 per pair of eagle gloves. We'd love to have anywhere from one to eight new pairs! 

Continuing Education Fund

The Center is very proud to have licensed and certified professionals on our staff. Each year our veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and wildlife rehabilitators are required to attend recognized conferences in order to maintain their credentials. In addition to obtaining continuing education, our staff members, whenever possible, try to present at these conferences to help educate others and share our experiences. While this is not a physical item for our hospital, we are seeking ongoing funds to help support our professional staff and their ability to contribute to wildlife health. This year, we have a particularly large cohort who will be able to attend the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association conference in February.  Cost: $2,000

Biochemistry VetScan VS2 Rotors

The Center has an Abaxis VetScan VS2 biochemistry analyzer, which determines a patient's specific organ function from the tiniest blood sample. Traditionally we required between 1 -2 mls of blood to send to an outside lab with expected results in 48 hours. Now all we need is 0.1 mls of blood and we can get our answer in three minutes! This means we can quickly assess a patient's health and respond accordingly. Each analysis requires a rotor that contains chemicals to sample the blood. While we will continue to use our traditional (and much cheaper) means of obtaining biochemistries for larger animals in stable health, this new tool will be used for patients of all sizes requiring emergency care. Cost: $300 per package of 12 rotors.

Medical Textbooks

The literature on veterinary medicine is scant in comparison to published textbooks on domestic species. New resources are being published each year and it is vital that our veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students stay up-to-date on the latest findings. Our hospital would like to update our current selection of textbooks with newer editions so that we can continue to provide the most updated medical, diagnostic, and surgical care to our patients. Cost: Textbooks vary in price between $100 - 200.

Bequests and Estates

Gus photoThe Wildlife Center has a decades-long record of responsible stewardship, with a demonstrated commitment to programmatic and financial integrity.  Caring individuals who have included the Center in their estate plans provide critical financial support to help us meet current challenges and advance our life-saving work for years to come.

The Wildlife Center is large enough to make a difference around the world, but small enough that these gifts make a real difference.

There are many ways to support the Center through estate planning – and some may be easier than you imagined!

Beneficiary

You may help support wildlife by naming the Wildlife Center as the beneficiary of your:

  • Life insurance policies
  • IRAs or other retirement accounts
  • Stocks, bonds, or other securities
  • Mutual funds or bank accounts

In many cases, these beneficiary designations may be made online or with a quick telephone call. And these designations may be easily changed or updated as life situations change. 

Bequests

You may also support the life-saving and life-changing work of the Wildlife Center of Virginia by making a bequest through a will.

Through your will, you may give a specific dollar amount or a particular asset to the Center, or give a percentage of your estate. You may also update and amend your current will with a codicil to designate a gift to the Wildlife Center.

Sample Language for Specific Amount or Asset

“I give $________ [or describe asset] to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a nonprofit corporation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to be used for general purposes as determined by the Board of Directors.”

Sample Language for Specific Amount or Asset

“I give to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a nonprofit corporation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, all [or ____ percent] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be used for general purposes as determined by the Board of Directors.”

Sample Codicil 

“Codicil to Last Will and Testament of [name]

“I, [name] of [city, state], declare this to be my Codicil to my Last Will and Testament.

“My Last Will and Testament is to be amended to add the following provision:

“I bequeath the sum of [dollar amount]/[specific asset] to the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a nonprofit corporation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to be used for general purposes as determined by the Board of Directors.

“Except as modified by this Codicil, I republish my Last Will and Testament.”

For more information on drafting a codicil, please visit this website. 

Other planned-giving vehicles

Through wise estate planning, you may be able to receive significant tax and income benefits during your lifetime, through remainder trusts and gift annuities.

We encourage you to consult your attorney, financial advisor, or bank trust officer for information about which option might be best for you.

For additional information about including the Wildlife Center in your estate plans, please contact Randy Huwa at rhuwa@wildlifecenter.org. All inquiries will be treated in strict confidence.

We strongly encourage individuals considering making or changing their estate plans to contact their attorney and tax advisor.

The Wildlife Center has established the Legacy Society to honor and recognize individuals who have informed us that they have included the Center in their wills or estate plans. If you would like to have your name included in the roster of Legacy Society members, please contact Randy Huwa at 540.942.9453 or rhuwa@wildlifecenter.org.

Contribute at Work Through a Combined Federal or State Campaign

Bears in treeThe Wildlife Center of Virginia is proud to be a part of two of the largest workplace-giving programs in Virginia. These programs enable federal or state employees to make donations to their favorite charities through a payroll deduction system.

The Center participates in the Combined Federal Campaigns — charitable giving by federal employees across the nation! The Center's CFC identification number is 53001.

The Center is also part of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, for charitable giving by state employees. The Center’s CVC identification number is 3962.

The Center isn’t a federal or state agency — we rely on the generous support of caring individuals to provide quality veterinary medical care to thousands of animals in need each year.

Contributions the Center receives through these campaigns can help provide many of the materials and supplies we need for animal treatment every day … from antibiotics and anti-fungal medication for a Bald Eagle, to shell repair for an injured turtle, or food for a malnourished and orphaned Black Bear cub.

IRA Required Minimum Distribution

Turn your RMD into a QCD … another way to support the Wildlife Center of Virginia!

The Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA can become a Qualified Charitable Distribution, by donating it directly to the Wildlife Center. This can save you taxes, and benefit the Center at the same time.

Under current tax law, as modified in December 2022, individuals who have a traditional IRA and have reached the age of 73 must take a distribution from that account every year. The amount of that Required Minimum Distribution, or RMD, is set by the Internal Revenue Service, based on life expectancy.

These distributions are taxed as regular income.

Some individuals may find that this RMD places them in a higher tax bracket or affects other benefit programs (Social Security, Medicare). Others may be looking for alternate revenue sources to continue their lifelong habit of charitable giving.

In these cases, the IRA holder may decide to send that RMD directly to a charitable organization—through a Qualified Charitable Distribution—the QCD. In this case, the individual instructs the custodian of her/his IRA (usually a bank or mutual fund) to make the distribution directly to a qualified charity—like the Wildlife Center of Virginia!

To decide if a QCD to the Wildlife Center of Virginia makes sense for you, please consult your tax professional and/or IRA custodian.

Contribute Through a Corporate Partner

Some corporations have established matching gift programs to encourage and reward charitable giving by their employees. Many of these companies will match an employee’s gift dollar-for-dollar – doubling the value of the contribution.

Check to see if your employer has a matching gift program.

In addition:Kroger logo

  • Kroger Community Rewards. Sign up online and then use your Kroger Plus Card when you shop at Kroger. The Wildlife Center will receive a percentage of your eligible purchases. In 2023, we received $2581.69 in donations through the Kroger Community Rewards program. The Center’s account number is VW002.
  • Thrivent logoThrivent Choice. Eligible Thrivent members may recommend where Thrivent Financial’s charitable outreach funds are donated. Direct Choice Dollars to the Wildlife Center and we may receive a monthly donation!