Frequently Asked Questions

What does Waterfowl U.S.A. do?

Waterfowl U.S.A. funds waterfowl habitat management programs that also benefit other species locally, statewide, and nationally. Waterfowl U.S.A. funds habitat projects in your local area and in your state with the funds raised by your local chapter.

How are the funds used?

70% of the net profits from fund-raising, not including Waterfowl U.S.A. memberships, goes into that local area and into that state, 15% is used to develop additional chapters in that state and the remaining 15% will be allocated for National administrative costs.

How do chapters promote their local events?

Waterfowl U.S.A. Chapters promote their local events through local media, using promotional news releases. Television and radio stations usually give chapters free air time when asked. News releases are provided by National Headquarters. Some chapters also get the use of a local billboard donated.

How do Waterfowl U.S.A. Chapters obtain auction items for their banquet?

Waterfowl U.S.A. Chapters obtain items by purchasing them through National Headquarters, soliciting local merchants and writing letters to those companies who might donate items.

What are some ways Chapters can promote Waterfowl U.S.A.?

  • By sales of memberships
  • By holding an annual fund-raising banquet
  • By holding other fund-raising events
  • By placing posters and brochures (provided by National) in sporting goods stores
  • By setting up a booth at local outdoor or wildlife shows

Who controls the funds raised by Chapters?

A finance committee made up of members from local chapters controls the funds. They allocate funds for projects from National Headquarters from the funds raised through events held by local chapters.

How are the projects selected?

It is entirely up to local chapters or state committees to determine the most worthwhile projects for which the net proceeds are spent.

What degree of freedom do chapters have with National as the parent organization?

The chapter will make their own decisions unless they request assistance from National, whereby a representative will be available for help on any problem that may arise.

Why is there a need for a National organization?

In order for any local effort to survive for more than a couple of years, there needs to be a highly organized group containing contacts with clout and a voice to represent the chapters and the committee behind it. The local groups must have a national image and a national media magazine in order for the membership to be held together year after year and in order for the local merchants and supporters to know that the chapter efforts are legitimate and for a worthy local cause.

National Headquarters stands ready to provide each and every chapter the continuing support needed to ensure the growth of their local chapter. The officers and staff of Waterfowl U.S.A. are available to help chapters, new and old, with questions or problems they may encounter.

The funds raised by each chapter are set up on a 70 - 30 split with the chapters retaining 70% of the net raised. This enables each chapter to have an excellent start on future projects they may undertake.

National Headquarters provides chapters with information on how they may acquire matching funds from the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (under the National Memorandums of Understanding with these government agencies).

By utilizing these agreements, a chapter may take the 60% of the net funds they retain and double it. This will give the chapters 120% of the original net.

Additionally, National Headquarters provides chapters with:

  • Media Kits (News Release, Art Work, Logo Slicks, etc.)
  • List of members in the local area
  • Variety of merchandise in our auction and raffle packages
  • 501 (C)(3) status allowing all donations to be tax deductible
  • Membership art prints for a nominal fee to be distributed with tickets.

Address: PO BOX 500, Oak Forest, IL, 60452
Phone: +1 (803) 637-5767

National Waterfowl U.S.A. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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