Donation FAQ

Where do I go to Donate?

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What is "Friends of PBOT"?

Friends of PBOT was created to accept donations directly from PBOT volunteers and others who would like to support our program.  

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Who created Friends of PBOT?

The PBOT staff - especially Dr. Jamie Rotenberg from the Department of Environmental Studies at UNCW, John Gerwin from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and Laurel Barnhill from SCDNR - realized that during these difficult economic times, our PBOT program may be in jeopardy of losing its funding.  Therefore, we created Friends of PBOT to receive donations in support of the program. 

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Why does PBOT need donations? Don’t the states or federal government support the PBOT program?

Yes, PBOT currently receives funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the SC Department of Natural Resources, UNCW, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  However, the program no longer receives funding from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and has never received funding from the State of Florida.  The current funding will run out in 2012 without much prospect for renewal, even though there are many unanswered questions about the Painted Bunting that could be addressed by continuing and expanding the citizen-science based work of our PBOT program.

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What will my donation be used for?

We are asking for donations to fund aspects of the program that our current grant funding will not fully support.  These include, for example, helping us fund our Program Coordinator position (Leah), additions and upgrades to our PBOT website, and maintaining our “public” state park sites with feeders and millet during the breeding and/or wintering seasons.  Future funding will be very difficult to receive.  Thus, in order to maintain and even expand our activities, we are soliciting your direct support at this time.

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How much should I donate to Friends of PBOT?

All of us at PBOT would welcome donations of any size.  To provide you with an idea of our costs, a large bag of millet for one of our “public” state parks sites cost about $25, and a new feeder costs $75.  Our annual budget for the PBOT program is approximately $50,000 and includes our citizen science and banding programs.  Your generous gift at any level will be most welcomed, and is tax deductible.

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How does the donation process work?

By selecting our donate button, you will be taken directly to the University Advancement website at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).  The actual link is https://tswww.uncw.edu/giving, and looks like this:

Give to UNCW

Next, you will need to choose your transaction type, such as using a credit card or check.  If you choose to pay by credit card, the site will move you to the “Gift for Annual Campaign” page.  Under Gift Designation, you will see: “I would like to designate my gift to”.  Please use the drop-down menu to select “Friends of PBOT (Painted Bunting)”.  Note: there are quite a few entries on the drop-down menu, just move down until you get to “F” for Friends of PBOT.  If you choose to use a check, the page will take you to a form that you can print out and send directly to University Advancement at UNCW.  Just be sure to write Friends of PBOT on the bottom under “Enclosed is my/our gift of $______________ for:”

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Can I get documentation of my donation for tax purposes?

Yes!  University Advancement at UNCW will send you an official letter in acknowledgement of your gift to Friends of PBOT that can be used for tax purposes.

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I have additional questions that I would like to ask before I make my donation, who can I ask?

Please direct your questions to our Program Coordinator, Leah Fuller, by clicking here.

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