Durham Conservation Group SavingSpecies Receives 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status From IRS

Official I.R.S. designation allows donors to deduct donations to SavingSpecies, furthering SavingSpecies’ environmental restoration and carbon offsetting work around the world

Online PR News – 17-May-2012 – Durham, NC – Today, Dr. Stuart Pimm, distinguished conservation ecologist and President of SavingSpecies, announced that he received official notification from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that SavingSpecies, based in Durham, North Carolina, is now a recognized non-profit organization.

Because SavingSpecies is a 501(c)(3), contributions are now fully tax-deductible as allowable by law. Accordingly, SavingSpecies will begin vigorously seeking financial support from companies, foundations, organizations and individuals dedicated to achieving carbon neutrality and protecting endangered wildlife and biodiversity around the world.

“I am so proud that our young organization has achieved this significant milestone,” said Dr. Pimm, President of SavingSpecies and Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Dr. Pimm sees the non-profit status as the next stage in the growth of his start-up conservation organization. “After just a few short years and relying only on a shoe string budget, SavingSpecies has already made a significant contribution to restoring wildlife habitat and offsetting carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere to mitigate global warming,” he said. “With the non-profit status, our donors’ contributions to support our science-based conservation work are now fully tax-deductible. Thanks to their generosity, we will have the resources necessary to restore the natural habitat of spectacular wildlife around the globe, while helping to reduce the carbon footprints of businesses, organizations, and individuals.”

Prior to today’s official announcement, SavingSpecies had partnered with the Environmental Media Association to assist with tax-deductible donations. Supporters can now make their donations directly to SavingSpecies on its website.

“I want to thank the Environmental Media Association for its tremendous help over the last few years in helping SavingSpecies initiate our important work.” Dr. Pimm emphasized how the EMA’s support had enabled SavingSpecies to grow and succeed. “Head of the EMA, Debbie Levin, has been an ardent supporter of SavingSpecies, and her involvement has proved invaluable to SavingSpecies’ growth and success. I am personally very grateful for her support of SavingSpecies,” said Dr. Pimm. "We plan to continue our strong relationship with EMA and to develop partnerships with other organizations that share our goals and vision to provide solutions to the world’s loss of species.”

About SavingSpecies
SavingSpecies, Inc. was founded by senior conservation professionals committed to preventing species extinctions. Preventing species extinctions is SavingSpecies’ only objective. SavingSpecies scientifically evaluates projects and then provides funding for land purchase via individual donors. SavingSpecies connects local conservation programs to donors, helping donors reduce their carbon footprint. The projects that SavingSpecies supports restore degraded habitats in areas of the world’s greatest biological richness. SavingSpecies clearly distinguishes all donations for project work from those needed to support administration and operations. SavingSpecies is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations to SavingSpecies are tax-deductible.

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