St. Francis of Assisi Wildlife Association, Inc.
5580 Salem Road
Quincy FL 32352
Contact Information
Address 5580 Salem Road
Quincy, FL 32352
Telephone (850) 627-4151
Alternate Address PO Box 38160
Tallahassee, FL 32315
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-1888022
Year of Incorporation 1978
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $199,240.00
Projected Expenses $199,239.12
Mission Statement
The St. Francis Wildlife Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of native wildlife in North Florida through the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, and through public education.
Needs Statement


  • Driveway -- Our dirt driveway is long and steep. It needs constant repair, especially after bad weather when it sometimes becomes impassable. Permanent repair is needed.
  • Improve animal indoor and outdoor housing -- Improve lighting and heating features in the reptile room with the addition of timers and customized electrical outlets. Build a bigger flight cage to test  the flight capabilities of the bigger raptors admitted and to be able to keep bald eagles during the whole rehabilitation process. Right now eagles are transferred to a facility more than 3 hours away when they are stable and ready to go to an outdoor cage. According to federal regulations the outdoor cage must be 100 feet long.
  • Improve medical care -- by obtaining an anesthesia machine to be able to perform certain procedures onsite instead of sending the animals to veterinary clinics.
  • Improve building plumbing -- Some indoor sinks are served by outdoor hoses. Buried piping is needed.
  • Hire -- a volunteer coordinator, a grant writer/fundraising expert, and a part time veterinarian.



Impact Statement
Accomplishments from the past year:

• Over 2700 wild animals have been admitted/rescued so far in 2014.
• A volunteer brochure and a volunteer manual were designed and printed. A video to recruit volunteers was made and added to our website.
• About 100 educational programs with live non releasable animals were offered.

Goals for the current year:
Goal #1: To provide excellent animal care for the wild animals admitted.
Indicators of success:
• Evaluation of the facility, equipment, and procedures based on the checklist provided by NWRA and IWRC to be used in conjunction with the Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation.
• Evaluation of the facility by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
• Evaluation of operations by the wildlife rehabilitator in charge.

Goal #2: To achieve a release rate of at least 50% to match the national standard release rate, and try to increase it.
Indicator of success:
• Release rate of 50 percent.
Goal #3: To provide full time, regular, qualified and reliable staff for the operation.
Indicators of success:
• Number of staff
• Number of staff hours
• Adding new positions as needed
• Yearly evaluation of staff based on job descriptions
• Number of volunteers
• Number of volunteer hours
Goal #4: To assist as many people as possible regarding correct protocols for helping wildlife in distress and promote a responsible concern for living beings and the welfare of the environment.
Indicators of success:
• Number of phone calls answered
• Number of animals received
• Number of presenters (people bringing animals for care)
• Number of educational programs and number of participants
• Amount of educational material distributed
Background Statement
St. Francis Wildlife has been a haven for healing for more than 34 years. In 1970, people brought sick, injured and orphaned wildlife to Mary Jane Shaw’s backyard near Leon High School. In 1978, Mary Jane and her husband Craig Shaw incorporated their facility as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and named it the St. Francis Wildlife Association.
As Tallahassee grew, so did the number of animals in trouble, so in 1987, the Board of Directors hired St. Francis Wildlife’s first full-time wildlife rehabilitator. When 35 acres of wooded land in Gadsden County was donated to St. Francis Wildlife as a memorial gift, we fixed up the old hunting cabin on the property and turned it into a wildlife hospital. In 2001, with volunteer labor and mostly donated building supplies, we built a 3,600 square-foot hospital building and dozens of animal enclosures scattered throughout our property's woods and fields.
In 1989, Sandy Beck became St. Francis Wildlife’s Curator of Education. With grant funding from the Florida Advisory Council on Environmental Education and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, she created unique classroom programs and instructional materials: Conserving Florida Wildlife, an interdisciplinary curriculum guide, and Wild Words for Wild Wings, which combines wildlife viewing and appreciation with poetry, visual arts and technology. Our permanently disabled birds of prey, mammals and reptiles have visited almost every school in Leon and surrounding counties, teaching children not only to appreciate and care about wildlife, but also what they can do to help.
Service Categories
Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Educational Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Leon County and the City of Tallahassee are the primary areas served; St. Francis also receives wildlife from outlying areas such as Carrabelle and Georgia border cities.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement

While most people’s attitude towards wildlife rehabilitation is one of sympathy and appreciation, some people have expressed the opinion that wildlife rehabilitation has no impact on species populations, mostly involves common backyard species not considered environmentally important, and is done only for sentimental reasons.
I do wildlife rehabilitation because I love to do it. And all the successful wildlife rehabilitators that I know do it for the same reason. So, I do agree that is done for sentimental reasons! I also considered the following:
1) Each individual wild animal has a right to live, even if the individual is a member of a common species.
2) Humans are usually responsible for the animal’s distress, either directly or indirectly, and we should take responsibility and attempt to fix the problems we create for wildlife.
3) Skills and experiences obtained by treating common species are applicable to the treatment of endangered and threatened species.
4) When the animal found is an endangered or threatened species, where every individual counts, there is a clear impact at the population level.
5) A common species can become endangered or threatened anytime due to environmental disasters, and species that are common in certain areas could be considered endangered or threatened in others.
6) The impact on many of the people that get involved in the rehabilitation process is positive; the experience of helping a wild animal in distress gives people the opportunity of getting close to nature, and may be crucial to the way that person views wild animals and conservation problems thereafter.
7) Wildlife rehabilitation provides a unique opportunity to expand the concern that people have for an individual animal to one that encompasses all wild populations, and to educate about the real dilemmas facing wildlife today, such as habitat loss.

To admit injured, ill, orphaned, or displaced wild animals; to diagnose, treat, and provide temporary care; and to release back into the wild those animals that will be able to truly function as wild animals. Each year we provide care for more than 3,000 mammals, birds and reptiles.
Budget $135,000.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Population Served US, US, US
Short Term Success
Releasing wild animals back into their wild homes.
Long term Success
Contribute to the preservation of all native wildlife species including protected Florida wildlife and their habitats.
Program Success Monitored By
Providing excellent animal care for the wild animals admitted. Achieving a higher release rate every year. Providing full time, regular, qualified and reliable staff for the operation. Assisting as many people as possible regarding correct protocols for helping wildlife in distress. Maintaining a database of patient records that would be useful for national and international wildlife rehabilitation statistics. Earning a reputation as positive role models and excellent caregivers in dealing with wild animals.
Examples of Program Success
Evaluation of the facility based on wildlife rehabilitation standards. Excellent experienced staff caring for the animals every day. Upgraded rehabilitation and medical protocols to care for all animals admitted.
To educate and promote a better understanding of the native wildlife of Florida, and the environment that they occupy; to keep records and statistics that will help wildlife rehabilitation as a whole, complementing a national database; and to work with governmental agencies regarding wildlife diseases.
Budget $14,239.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short Term Success
We are in touch with the public every day through phone calls, when admitting animals into the hospital, and during educational programs. Educational materials such as newsletters/ brochures/handouts, a website, and other networking sites such as Facebook provide information  topromote a responsible concern for living beings and the welfare of the environment.
Long term Success
Create a society that appreciates and respects wildlife and their natural environment.
Program Success Monitored By
Number of phone calls answered
Number of animals received
Number of presenters (people bringing animals for care)
Number of educational programs and number of participants
Amount of educational material distributed
Examples of Program Success
In 2012, St Francis Wildlife spent 107 hours doing 51 class room programs for a total of 4,804 students. We held four public events attended by approximately 3500 people. We held 12 educational programs on-site where success is gauged by donations and volunteer recruitment. We held two television interviews (WCTV morning news program and WFSU Dimensions program) which were broadcast to thousands of people in North Florida and South Georgia. We answer approximately 10,000 phone calls in a year that are animal related questions.
To serve as a resource to the community for wildlife care/rescue and information. We respond to rescue calls about wildlife in distress in our region 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Budget $50,000.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Population Served US, US,
Short Term Success
Successful wildlife rescues; wildlife releases; educational programs upon request.
Long term Success
Create awareness of the public services we provide: rescue, rehabilitation, and education.
Program Success Monitored By
Number of phone calls, rescues, animals admitted, and programs offered.
Examples of Program Success
We had approximately 130 rescues by St. Francis Wildlife personnel in 2012. Even if people are encouraged and directed to handle some animals under certain circumstances, such as handling a nest with baby birds, there are other times when dangerous animals or difficult situations are involved that St. Francis Wildlife trained personnel must intervene to successfully help the public and the animal.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Laura Phipps
Company Affiliation President
Term Mar 2002 to Mar 2015
Board Members
Barbara Barnett Member
John L. Brennan III, EsqMember
Judy Gillan Member
Elenita Gomez Esq.Secretary
Pat Simmons Treasurer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 79%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 83%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Teresa Stevenson
Term Start June 2014
CEO/Executive Director Current Compensation $34,500


Teresa Stevenson is a biologist who began volunteering at Wildlands Conservancy’s wildlife rehabilitation center in Emmaus, Pennsylvania in 1998. When that center closed she obtained her state and federal permits and became the founder and director of her home based center, Lehigh WildCare, that operated from 2002 to 2008 in the same area. Lehigh WildCare was a non-profit, all-volunteer, tax-exempt organization, where 1000 animals per year were cared for, and educational programs with live wildlife were offered upon request. Teresa was Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (PAWR) from 2003 to 2008. She also authored several reports and articles for the quarterly PAWR newsletter. In 2008 she moved to Florida and worked at St. Francis Wildlife as Director and wildlife rehabilitator for 4 years. She left for a couple of years and now is back at St. Francis Wildlife as Manager and wildlife rehabilitator. 

Teresa has been a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA), the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC), several state organizations, and several email forums since her initial involvement with wildlife rehabilitation. She has attended national and state symposiums, and taken several pertinent classes, including a seminar in oiled wildlife by Tri-State Bird Rescue and International Bird Rescue, during the last 16 years.

Former CEOs
Daniela Castillo Mar 2012 - Jan 2013
Stephanie Neumann Jan 2013 - June 2014
Senior Staff
Title Animal Care Technician
Michelle has worked for St Francis Wildlife since 2005 as a full-time employee.  She has advanced from kennel technician to her current position.  She has attended two FWRA symposiums to expand her knowledge and improve her rehabilitation skills.  She also trains new volunteers and staff since she is able to handle all intake species.  She is trained to do rescues in the wild, patient diagnosis and medical treatment.
Title Animal Care Technician
Kelley has worked for St Francis Wildlife since 2005 as a full-time employee. She has advanced from kennel technician to her current position. She has attended two FWRA symposiums to expand her knowledge and improve her rehabilitation skills. She also trains new volunteers and staff since she is able to handle all intake species.
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments
St. Francis Wildlife also holds a state Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
St. Francis Wildlife collaborates with local veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, wildlife rescuers, Florida Fish and Wildlife, animal shelters and the humane society, parrot society, Tallahassee Museum, local petstores, Costcos, Boy Scouts of America, Native Nurseries, Wild Birds Unlimited and other parties interested in the rehabilitation of wildlife.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $199,240.00
Projected Expenses $199,239.12
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$88,225$52,600$106,250
Individual Contributions$107,920$239,246$88,946
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,716$2,873$711
Membership Dues------
Special Events$18,084$17,503$24,365
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$178,229$200,141$199,952
Administration Expense$32,386$29,274$17,719
Fundraising Expense$0$625$5,767
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.360.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%87%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$371,458$366,128$318,137
Current Assets$252,677$244,015$195,008
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$371,458$366,128$318,137
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Organization Comments

Historically, in addition to private donations from supporters, St. Francis received a portion of its budget from Leon County.  In 2013, the City of Tallahassee learned that the ASPCA was withdrawing approximately $300,000 of funding from the Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center.  Faced with dire funding issues the City eliminated the entire annual grant given to St. Francis Wildlife (approximately $35,000).  Additionally, nonprofits as a whole have seen a decrease in donations in recent years. 

Despite these challenges, St. Francis is excited about the future.  We have applied for and received several grants this year and have plans to expand our facility in order to better serve our community’s needs.  Donations like yours help make a difference to our native Florida wildlife.

Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the 990's.
  • Contributions from foundations, corporations, governments and indirect support are included with total for individuals in 2009, as they are not separated in 990EZ.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals in 2010 and 2011, as they are not separated in a 990.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in a 990.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit St. Francis of Assisi Wildlife Association, Inc.
Address 5580 Salem Road
Quincy, FL 32352
Primary Phone 850 627-4151
CEO/Executive Director Teresa Stevenson
Board Chair Laura Phipps
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Year of Incorporation 1978