Champions of biodiversity
Each year, the board of directors of Endow-Bio, with the input of our advisory council, selects a group of organizations and then raises money to help these selected organizations further particular projects. We raise money all year, using 70% of every member's donation to build our Program funds, and this pool of money is divided among these chosen organizations at the end of each year.
What makes Endow-Bio unique is that it is our members who decide what percentage of our total Program funds on December 31 that each of these organizations will receive. The essential right of membership is this right to vote, allocating a total of 100 percentage points to the various organizations on our ballot. Membership is by calendar year. The ballot of chosen organizations changes every year. We expect to further the good works of hundreds of organizations this way, over time. We support only tax-deductible charities and government agencies operating in the United States.
In 2014 Endow-Bio is raising funds for the following organizations.
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Nearly 300 species of mussels inhabit freshwater rivers, streams and lakes in North America. This is the richest diversity of mussels found anywhere. Historically, the Midwest supported the most diverse assortment of mussels in the world, but today the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio list more than half of their 78 known species as endangered, threatened, or of special concern. Due to human agency, today native mussels are the most endangered freshwater fauna in the United States.
The Genoa National Fish Hatchery on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin has been raising fish for fisheries management programs since its founding in 1932, and currently produces up to 14 species of warm, cool, and cold water fish annually. The life cycles of most freshwater mussels require a host animal, usually a fish, to complete their larval development. This process involves the physical attachment of the mussel larvae or "glochidia" to a host fish's gills, skin or fins for a period of time ranging from days to months depending on the mussel species and other variables. Genoa National Fish Hatchery, with its varied fish production capabilities, has efficiently incorporated the production of a wide range of mussel species into existing restoration programs. The advantages of large scale fish production and the ability to inoculate thousands of fish annually with multiple species of mussels makes Genoa National Fish Hatchery a valuable tool in mussel restoration and recovery in the Midwest. This program began in 2000, and since then the hatchery has released about 15,000,000 juvenile mussels of 12 species, including 10,000,000 of the federally endangered Higgins' eye and winged mapleleaf mussels, into four watersheds in the Upper Midwest.
Funds procured through Endow-Bio, Inc. will augment and enhance the hatchery's efforts to restore native mussel populations within and beyond the Upper Mississippi Basin.
Learn more at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/genoa/
and at http://fws.gov/midwest/mussel/index.html
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Endow-Bio, Inc. is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) public charity practicing grassroots philanthropy — anyone can participate fully in our work with a donation of as little as $1.00.
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