CROW Staff and Board of Directors are thankful for everyone who donated to meet the challenge of raising $50,000 for the Endowment Fund.
CROW Staff and Board of Directors are thankful for everyone who donated to meet the challenge of raising $50,000 for the Endowment Fund.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is excited to announce that the challenge to raise $50,000 to match a gift to CROW’s Endowment Fund, made anonymously in January, has been met.

Nearly 50 contributions from across the country helped to reach the goal. Thanks to The AWC Family Foundation, whose donation on Sept. 17 reached the mark needed to complete the challenge. Throughout the decades, the Foundation has supported CROW’s mission through funding, particularly for education. Following Hurricane Charley, the Foundation was instrumental in the construction of CROW’s public building, The AWC Family Foundation Visitor Education Center.

Thank you to all that are a part of reaching this goal,” says Linda Estep, Executive Director at CROW. “The donations to our endowment will ensure CROW has a future in saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine.”

The challenge gift of $50,000 was made anonymously by long-time supporters of CROW to mark its 50th Anniversary of service to Southwest Florida wildlife. As part of the gift, they challenged other supporters to give their version of 50 within 50 weeks with the goal of raising CROW’s Endowment Fund by $100,000. In directing their gift to the endowment, they are looking forward to CROW’s next 50 years.

CROW’s Endowment Fund was established in 2016 with an initial gift from Roberta and Philip Puschel. Endowments are strategic, long-term views which enable our continued support of programs that are making a lasting impact. Income from this endowment will supplement funds that are raised annually to ensure continuous service delivery of environmental education and patient care.

Anyone who would like to contribute to CROW’s long-term future through the Endowment Fund, can visit www.CROWClinic.org/donate/endowment-fund.