Why Private Support is Important
The National Audubon Society, like many other conservation
organizations, began as a purely volunteer operation. Volunteers still play an
important role in Audubon, principally through the work of our 19 active
chapters in Ohio, none of which have staff. Over time, however, Audubon learned
that there are limits to what can be achieved solely through volunteers. A
state office with a full-time staff has allowed us to expand our programs and
substantially increase our effectiveness across the whole range of those
programs. It also gives Audubon a permanent office in our state capital, from
which we can lobby to affect government actions.
Audubon Ohio accepts government grants, but the vast majority of our support comes through private donations, including support from individuals, corporations and foundations. By maintaining a diverse private funding base we are able to preserve our independence and assure our effectiveness.