For the birds

By the numbers: Every year, The Raptor Center (TRC) at the University of Minnesota treats more than 1,000 sick and injured birds, reaches more than 20,000 people through outreach and education events, and provides training for veterinary students and veterinarians from across the globe. Last year, TRC treated 1,075 wild birds of all species—the most in the center’s 44-year history. 

Why gifts matter: Every gift is critical as the center prepares for the spike in raptor admissions that takes place every winter due to harsher weather. Gifts from donors make up about 65 percent of the center’s operating budget and pay for 100 percent of the clinical services for sick and injured birds.

How one day makes a difference: The Raptor Center raised more than $68,000 on Give to the Max Day on November 15, 2018. The center received a generous $54,000 match from three loyal donor families: the Nielsen family, the Hollstadt family, and the Sarah J. Andersen Fund of the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation.  

The impact of giving: Maxime, one of TRC’s winged ambassadors, helps educate nearly 600 children and adults each year and costs around $75 per month to feed. Thanks to gifts from donors, Maxime can keep teaching the community on a full stomach, and TRC can better prepare for the December rush.

(Photo by Brady Willette)