Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team

Wildlife Center Timeline

Our Vision... 
To open a Wildlife Center where all kinds of New England animals and plants are represented.
We will build an interactive and educational nature study center.

Wildlife Center Timeline

November 1, 2017
Strategic Planning Meetings begin to draft and ready plans for the Wildlife Center on Cape Ann. A fundraising priority goal of $100,000, for FY 2018, is developed in order to pay for an Operations and Programs Manager and a Financial and Planning Manager. Tasks are distributed and a collaborative plan has been established to begin raising money for these two positions. Potential donors are identified and donor package preparation begins. Immediate and long term benefits are identified for both the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and the Wildlife Center. Drafted drawing of the Wildlife Center is made in addition to documents describing features of the facility.

December 11-30, 2017
Donor package, donor lists, and appointments are made to solicit funds. Potential donor meetings are made through the end of the year... but may continue into January 2018 if required.

FY 2018
Fundraising is the critical priority this year

  1. January Guidestar and Giving Common are updated
  2. January Visit/coaching by NEWC for purpose of building knowledge and fundraising
  3. February Plans made for yearly fundraiser
  4. February-December Donations from individuals and companies, and grants from foundations are solicited and applications are filed
FY 2019
Architectural drawings created along with site visitations. Facility features and requirements delineated. Internal features and requirements concretely articulated. Board expanded to meet our future needs. Building contractors further researched and selections prioritized.

FY 2020
Site purchase and applications and permits completed. Building plans finalized. Ground breaking and building started. Equipment, employee, animal and plant acquisition planning prepared.

FY 2021
Building completed. Items purchased and building outfitted and equipped. Employee search process activated.

FY 2022
Wildlife Center open and operational.


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