2022 Revenue & Expenditures
Government funding does not cover all that is necessary to manage a refuge. As a result, wildlife refuges depend on “Friends” groups like Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (FONWR) to fill in the gaps, providing financial and volunteer support. In 2022, support of Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge through all revenue streams totaled $593,816.
About $378,616 of FONWR expenditures went directly to helping the Refuge Complex and community in the areas of conservation, wildlife protection, research, law enforcement, and education. Refuge support includes items such as visitor access and maintenance projects, intern stipends, and field trip transportation. This year refuge support included $274,569 from grants and cooperative agreements for new projects such as the Career Pathways Program, an H2Ohio project and restoration agreement through the Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program.
About 36% of assets are set aside for restricted refuge projects that will further our impact on the refuge & our community.
Summary of Friends Accomplishments in 2022
Without the generous donations that we receive from the Friends group, and the work performed by countless volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish our mission! By working together, we have successfully installed ADA accessible fishing platforms, made improvements to our wildlife drive, repaired our boardwalk, added water recreation access, as well as installed interpretive signage, and increased trail maintenance at some of our satellite properties. All of these tasks are completed with the help of our Friends group and volunteers, working side by side with refuge staff. Thank you all for your support of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge!
Here is the breakdown of the expenditures for 2022: