Florida Wild Mammal Association, Inc.
198 Edgar Poole Rd
Crawfordville FL 32327-4264
Contact Information
Address 198 Edgar Poole Rd
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Telephone (850) 363 2351
E-mail choppaotta@aol.com
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://fwma.org/donate/

At A Glance
Organization DBA
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 65-0508616
Year of Incorporation 1994
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $221,400.00
Projected Expenses $239,597.00
Mission Statement
FWMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. We strive to provide excellent medical treatment and care for every animal brought to our facility with the goal of releasing and returning it to the wild.
FWMA is equally dedicated to educating the public on local wildlife issues. We believe education is the key to our success and to the future of wildlife and their habitat. FWMA offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the community in order to promote awareness and appreciation of wildlife and the environment.
FWMA provides young people in this area with the opportunity to develop educational, therapeutic and vocational skills by caring for wildlife in a safe, structured setting. Through the Youth Education Program, FWMA provides hands-on training and employment opportunities to young people from diverse backgrounds, with a special emphasis on economically disadvantaged and developmentally disabled youths in our community.


Needs Statement

1. Animal care staff in baby season:  2 full time med room supervisors and 1 student employee for 2 months - $10,000.

2. Acquisition of land to relocate FWMA - $80,000.  (Or donated land)

3. Animal feed, cleaning and vet care in baby season for 2 months - $9,000.
Impact Statement
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION. FWMA provided clean safe facilities, food and medical care last year for 953 animals during 2015.  Animals included 15 native reptiles, 468 wild mammals, 407 native birds, 39 exotics or domestics, and 24 educational animals.  Of these animals, 63.7% were rehabilitated and returned to the wild, 2.9% were adopted, 3.2% were sent to other education facilities, and 7.9% remained in care at the end of the year.
YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM.  During the school year there were 6 ESE participants (special needs kids) who came to the facility once weekly and 3 WHS High Tech Club (disabled students) who came during the summer school program.  We had 12 participants in the Juvenile Justice and Second Chance Programs for at-risk youths to earn community service hours. There were 5 students who earned service hours towards a scholarship.  We provided 2 full time positions for young people to supervise the Youth Education program, and participated in 22 events through our outreach programs.
GOALS IN 2016.
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION.  Provide quality care for the 800-1000 wildlife patients that we expect to receive this year.  Provide a wide variety of diets to ensure that the animals are provided with the proper nutrition and their diets simulate to the best of our ability their natural food sources.
YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM.   Continue to educate the public by providing outreach and in-house programs that utilize our permanent animals to act as ambassadors of their species
FACILITY MAINTENANCE.  Maintain the center in a manner that is safe for the animals being kept and cared for by FWMA.  Also ensure that all staff, volunteers and visitors are protected from injury while at the facility.
BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE.  To find land and start construction of the new center and medical building.
Background Statement

FWMA was incorporated in 1994 and is located on approximately 6 acres in rural Wakulla County, Florida. It was founded by Chris and Mike Beatty as a place to bring sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in need of treatment and care until recovered and subsequently released back into their natural habitat. The property was rezoned in 1996 as a wildlife hospital. Chris Beatty (the Executive Director) has been licensed since 1987 as a wildlife rehabilitator and has nearly 30 years of experience. She and her family own and live on the property and are the main caregivers of the animals.

In 2003, FWMA formally established the Student Work Program. Through the financial generosity of grants from a private foundation, the program was completely financed for the first four years. Since then, partial funding for the program has come from two other foundations. The program has evolved over the years to incorporate a diverse number of opportunities for the young people in our community, and in 2010 the program title was changed to the YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM to more accurately reflect the scope of the program - it involves young people in various facets of their lives, not just school students.

FWMA has operated continuously for 21 years and has rehabilitated more than 15,000 injured or orphaned wildlife patients during that time. The volume of animals brought to the facility for care annually has increased considerably -- from only 73 in 1995 to over 1000 in recent years. We have added more outdoor cages and today there are 28 enclosures (habitats) including 3.5 acres of deer pens, a medical room for incoming and acute care wildlife patients, a nursery room for baby birds, and an isolation room.

It is our eventual goal to open up a wildlife education center (to be called the Wakulla Wildlife Sanctuary), and we are seeking land and funding to move forward with this project.  Currently FWMA is a wildlife rehabilitation center complete with the required state and federal permits necessary to carry out its mission but permit restrictions do not allow us to publicly display rehabilitating animals, therefore the facility is not open to the public. 

Service Categories
Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Areas of Service
Areas Served

We are the only licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility physically located within the four county coastal area covering Wakulla, Franklin, Jefferson and Taylor counties.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Program at FWMA is at the heart of our mission. As the only licensed wildlife rehabilitation center physically located within a three-county coastal region, our services are critical for an area that is in large part natural, undeveloped and government protected land teeming with wildlife. Animals in distress are brought to our facility for many reasons, most often the result of adverse interaction with humans. Others are orphaned or sick and in need of medical attention. Fortunately FWMA offers an option for these animals by providing medical treatment and rehabilitation in a safe and secure environment until they can be returned and released into the wild.
Budget $61,374.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success
Our success is measured when we return animals back to their native environment. Wildlife rehabilitation offers unique challenges in many ways. Each animal brought to our center has its own specific needs with regard to diet, medical care and habitat. Our wildlife patients come to us with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries and each of these need to be treated with specific drugs and medical techniques. Housing and habitats also need to be diverse as the wildlife patients move through the facility. All of our animals must have adequate space, specific perching and cage construction that does not impair or restrict the conditioning process. Attention to such meticulous details by our dedicated staff members is what helps us to maintain our high release rate.
We use the release rate as a guide to measure our program results. FWMA sets its goal at the rate of at least 50% every year.
Long term Success

The long term success of our program will ultimately be determined by the diversity and health of wildlife in our surrounding environment in the coming years. The challenges of operating a facility that is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year can be overwhelming at times, but the results are worth it. At FWMA we truly believe that with all of our combined efforts focused on the protection and welfare of the wild animals, we are making a real difference.

Program Success Monitored By
FWMA uses various spreadsheets to track and monitor the progress of the program. Immediately after each animal's arrival, an intake record is set up with key descriptive and statistical information about the animal. Our staff members oversee the feeding and care of the animal while also training and mentoring young people who are participating in the Youth Education Program. As the rehabilitation period reaches its conclusion, the record is updated to reflect the final disposition along with any notable facts that may be useful for handling other wildlife patients.
Examples of Program Success

The Youth Education Program is a secondary but equally important mission of FWMA. Young people from highly diverse backgrounds are given the opportunity to learn about different animals and the specific care they require in order to recover and successfully rehabilitate while they also develop important job and life skills.
This program is supervised by the animal care giving staff, the skilled staff members that keep the facility running every day. Although volunteers are vital to our program, it takes special knowledge, skill, diets, caging, facilities, licensing, and appropriate veterinary medical care to provide the wild animals with the best chance for recovery and release to their native habitat. FWMA does not have any paid administrative positions so all of the employees are focused solely on animal care and on oversight of the many young people who participate in the Youth Education Program.
Budget $53,415.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success
Within the Youth Education Program, a milestone is marked for each and every child that benefits from the services that we provide. Regardless of their background, they are all equally and vitally important within our program and our community. As an example, WEST program participants (special needs kids) who may have an IQ as low as 75 or 80 are able to develop sufficient organizational and "people" skills to get a job at a store such as Walmart. And other youths such as scholarship program students receive an advanced level of training and education that can be applied toward a future career as an environmental lawyer or a veterinarian.
Whether disabled, economically challenged, at-risk youths with behavioral issues, or academically gifted and seeking a scholarship, every youth has the opportunity to develop the type of skills that allow them to maximize their individual potential.
Long term Success
The end goal is to educate our young people about animal welfare, compassion for life and basic job skills. Being a part of FWMA gives these youths unique hands-on experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation thereby enhancing their knowledge of biology, ecology, zoology, and the natural world. Self esteem and basic job skills are learned through routine schedule and constant support by FWMA staff, creating an ethical community and team attitude. We also believe education is the key element in preventing undue harm to wildlife and is essential for the overall protection and sustainability of our environment.
Program Success Monitored By
The success of the Youth Education Program is evaluated in a variety of ways. ESE students (these are special needs kids) and some of our other programs are graded on a quarterly basis through evaluation forms that are submitted to their high school. Scholarship, Juvenile Justice, and Sheriff's Department programs all provide evaluation forms that must be completed by an FWMA supervisor before their hours can be considered complete and creditable.
After completing our program many of our students go on to continue their education in environmental or medical studies. Others are able to find work in animal-related fields such as vet techs, animal care specialists and zoo keepers.
Examples of Program Success
There are many young people that have benefited from our program since it began nearly 10 years ago, including these sisters. In 2005, Tabitha Watkins was selected for a paid position at FWMA to learn basic job skills. She was in high school and an ESE student, a program that supports developmentally disabled children. Tabitha exceled in handling various responsibilities and became a full time staff member after graduation. Her younger sister Christine was also an ESE student and was hired part time. Recently Tabitha left FWMA to start a new life and raise a family, and Christine now works full time as a medical room supervisor overseeing training of new student positions, community service workers, and volunteers and also caring for animals in the medical room. We watched both sisters blossom into outgoing and intelligent young women who are a tremendous asset to FWMA and this community and are proud of the part that our organization has played in their lives and many others.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Michael Beatty
Company Affiliation Board Chairman
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2015
Email choppaotta@aol.com
Board Members
Christine M. Beatty Executive Director
Michael Beatty Vice President
Gillian C. Hepple Treasurer
Jeff True President
Nancy A. Wood Secretary
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Additional Board Members
Ms. Jessica Beatty
Dr. Otfried Guhrt Veterinarian
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Christine M. Beatty
Term Start Aug 1994
Email choppaotta@aol.com
CEO/Executive Director Current Compensation 0

Christine Beatty worked for the Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale and became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in 1987. In 1993, she was a founding member and President of Rascals Orphan Care Network, a nonprofit in Broward County that specializes in raising orphaned baby animals.

In 1994, Chris and her husband Mike established the Florida Wild Mammal Association and moved to Wakulla County the following year. She is currently the Executive Director of FWMA which has been in continuous operation for 20 years.


Senior Staff
MEDICAL ROOM SUPERVISOR  - am shift. Oversees training of community service workers, new student positions, and volunteers that work in the mornings. Joined FWMA in 2006.
MEDICAL ROOM SUPERVISOR - pm shift. Oversees training of community service workers, new student positions, and volunteers that work in the mornings. With FWMA since inception.
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 50
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments

FWMA is a fully permitted wildlife rehabilitation center which carries the Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Permit and the Migratory Bird Special Purpose Possession Permit, both from the US Fish and Wildlife Services (federal). We also carry a Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit and a License to Exhibit Class 3 Wildlife from the Florida and Wildlife Commission (state), as well as a Cervidae Permit through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (state).  

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Almost every aspect of the Youth Education Program involves collaboration with another organization or entity with a mission different from ours, but with the same goal: provide expanded learning opportunities for young people in our community. These organizations and events include: 

  • Wakulla High School - Wakulla Employability Skills Training (WEST) Program (exceptional student education for developmentally disabled children) and WHS High Tech Club (Students with physical disabilities)

  • Wakulla County Sheriff's Department - Second Chance Program

  • Florida Department of Juvenile Justice - Juvenile Justice Program

  • Wakulla High School -- Bright Futures Scholarship hours

  • Medart, Crawfordville and Riversink Elementary Schools -- Project Learning Tree

  • Tallahassee Museum of Natural History – How to be a Zookeeper summer camp program

  • Wakulla Wildlife Festival (at Wakulla Springs)

  • Florida Seafood Festival (at Apalachicola)

  • Estuaries Day (at Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve)

  • Sharks and Chablis (at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab)

  • Sustainable Living (Green Living Expo)

Business Excellence Award: Non-Profit Organization of the YearWakulla County Chamber of Commerce2006
TCC Women's History Month AwardTallahassee Community College2006
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $221,400.00
Projected Expenses $239,597.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$134,562$128,996$138,896
Administration Expense$862$827$346
Fundraising Expense$2,195$3,631$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.030.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%97%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%3%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$75,078$50,266$46,106
Current Assets$41,366$12,930$7,084
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$682
Current Liabilities$611$828$0
Total Net Assets$74,467$49,438$45,424
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities67.7015.62--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%1%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Relocate FWMA to its own property (acquired via donation or purchase) and build a new medical facility.
Goal $187,850.00
Dates Apr 2014 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 79000 as of Feb 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the 990's
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals as they were not separated in the 990
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in a 990 
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Florida Wild Mammal Association, Inc.
Address 198 Edgar Poole Rd
Crawfordville, FL 323274264
Primary Phone 850 363 2351
Website http://fwma.org
Donate with a credit card http://fwma.org/donate/
Contact Email choppaotta@aol.com
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Christine M. Beatty
Board Chair Michael Beatty
Board Chair Company Affiliation Board Chairman
Year of Incorporation 1994