Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day dedicated to giving back to your local community. Playing on the consumer-driven “Black Friday” and “Cyber-Monday” marketing tactics, nonprofit organizations seized the concept to remind people that the holiday season is not just a time to buy gifts, but a time to give to local organizations working on issues they care about.
Here at Maine Audubon, 95% of the donations we receive come from individuals. We rely on the generosity of our members, supporters, summer visitors and others who care about helping Maine wildlife surmount the many obstacles they face: development, sprawl, pollution and most importantly, climate change.
And though Maine Audubon’s mission is wildlife conservation, the magic of Maine Audubon is found in its people – people who make financial donations and people who volunteer their time. It’s when people unite, donate and commit to wildlife conservation that change starts to happen.
Maine Audubon is fortunate to have a mission and programs that engage a broad array of people at all stages of their lives. Whether you’re young or old or somewhere in-between, and whether you’re a bird watcher, an angler, a hunter, or just someone who respects nature for what it is, there’s something here for you. If you don’t know us, I encourage you to visit us at Gilsland Farm or one of our other locations, explore our website and sign up for email updates. I think you’ll like what you see. And please remember – Maine Audubon cannot accomplish its mission without your generosity.
Charles Gauvin started at Maine Audubon in 2014. Gauvin brings more than 25 years of experience in conservation leadership, much of it as the president and CEO of Trout Unlimited, the nation’s leading river and fish conservation organization.Gauvin most recently served as Chief Development Officer at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. He collaborated with Carnegie scholars worldwide to develop program strategies and support in the United States, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Asia and South Asia.