Gift Making Guidelines & Requirements
The Aiken Audubon Society’s (AAS) mission is to promote the enjoyment, study and conservation of the birds of the Pikes Peak Region.
AAS supports projects that are educational and scientific in nature, and related to birds and their habitats. Projects requesting gifts/grants from AAS must be of benefit to the general public. Examples of past projects receiving gifts/grants from AAS include the bird banding station at Chico Basin Ranch (run by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies), educational programs at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers, and the Colorado Bird Breeding Atlas. A typical gift is from $150 to $200, but the amount is tailored to each specific request that is approved by the AAS board of directors. AAS does not generally provide sponsorship for events.
To be considered for a gift or grant, please submit a written request. The request should include:
- Name of the project.
- A brief description of the project no more than two pages in length. This description must include the nature of the project and how the project relates to birds and their habitat.
- Location and timeframe of the project.
- Amount requested and the total budget, including other organizations supporting the project.
- Contact person and contact information.
If granted, a final report will be required upon completion of the project, detailing how the project was accomplished and any research results (if appropriate). If support is for an ongoing research project, a report will be required of the project-to-date and results.
In addition, an article of approximately 300 words will be requested for publication in Aikorns, the AAS newsletter. The article should be aimed at the general public and photos would be desirable to enhance the article.
Requests can be emailed (as a single PDF document) to [email protected] or mailed to Aiken Audubon Society, 6660 Delmonico Drive, Suite D-195, Colorado Springs, CO, 80919. Requests will be considered at the AAS board meetings held in September, November, January, March, and May.
See below for an example of a request:
Goal: This project will increase bird conservation practices in urban areas.
Objectives: For example, change behavior, increase activity, enhance performance, establish a process, create a product, etc.
Outcomes: For example, increase citizen awareness, establish annual programs, set benchmarks for future comparisons.
Project Evaluation: This section describes how success will be measured. It should be an objective analysis of quantifiable and qualitative factors. Make sure evaluation techniques are realistic and scaled to the program’s plan.
Project Budget: This is where you place a dollar value on the project plan, and what part of the budget AAS is being asked to contribute. Try to be as accurate as possible with budget forecasts.
Sustainability: Where applicable, this section demonstrates the viability of the proposed project. Why is this project important? How does it relate to the AAS mission statement? What are the benefits for the future of birds and their habitat?