Environmental journalist John Platt has written about SAVE THE FROGS! in Scientific American in the past, and was a guest lecturer during the SAVE THE FROGS! 90-Day Challenge in 2016. His Extinction Countdown column has run continuously since 2004 and has covered news and science related to more than 1,000 endangered species. Now John is … Continue reading How do you stay positive in the face of the ongoing extinction crisis?
Frogs are an integral part of the food web
Tadpoles keep waterways clean by feeding on algae. Adult frogs eat large quantities of insects, including disease vectors that can transmit fatal illnesses to humans (i.e. mosquitoes/malaria). Frogs also serve as an important food source to a diverse array of predators, including dragonflies, fish, snakes, birds, beetles, centipedes and even monkeys. Thus, the disappearance of frog populations disturbs an intricate food web, and results in negative impacts that cascade through the ecosystem.
“Insect masses like fireworks explode.
Dengue, Malaria, West Nile Virus:
Discomfort, despair will fill your abode.
This is what your life will be without us.”
—Frog Poetry by Michael Dutton
Photo from Borneo courtesy David Dennis.
Watch The SAVE THE FROGS! Ted-ED Video Amphibians are in danger — worldwide, nearly one-third of amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger teamed up with TED to produce the video below, which has been viewed over 175,000 times. Please watch and enjoy exploring our website and … Continue reading SAVE THE FROGS! TED-Ed Video
SAVE THE FROGS! accomplishes an incredible amount on a very small budget: on average our annual revenues are less than one thousandth of what The Big Guys bring in each year. While it is fabulous that SAVE THE FROGS! accomplishes so much with every dollar we raise, we are limited by our total revenues, which from 2008-2015 averaged only $118,847 per year.
Egg masses of the Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica). Photo courtesy Kristiina Hurme.
Have you ever been curious about the charities you support spend your donations? Would you like to ensure your donations get used for the greatest good? If you are like most donors, the answers are YES and YES!
I chose five of the largest and most well-known environmental charities (we will refer to them as The Big Guys) and I compiled their relevant financial data to compare it to that of SAVE THE FROGS!. My goal was to determine how SAVE THE FROGS! is doing in regards to wise use of donor funds. The five charities I chose all have annual revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and all five have average revenues over 1,000 times greater than does SAVE THE FROGS!, so it is safe to assume these charities collect a significant proportion of the world’s environmental donations.
Meet The Big Guys:
- World Wildlife Fund
- The Nature Conservancy
- Greenpeace International
- Conservation International
- Natural Resources Defense Council
The Big Guys all do fabulous things for the environment; this article is only intended to examine how their supporters’ donations are spent. Read on to find out what I found out!
Frog art by SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Alyssa Castelluccio. Volunteerism is one way SAVE THE FROGS! reduces our expenses. Thousands of frog enthusiasts worldwide have volunteered for SAVE THE FROGS! over the years.
Just before Save The Frogs Day 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger was interviewed by Alison Cole on the Animal Voices radio show, western Canada’s only radio program on animal advocacy and compassionate living. Frogs and other amphibians are crucial to the health of our planet and we can all do more to protect them from extinction.
SAVE THE FROGS! seeks your feedback! Please let us know what you love about our organization…and how can we improve. Give us your thoughts on our programs, our website, our methods, or anything that’s on your mind. Your feedback will help us save as many amphibians from extinction as possible AND help ensure that we provide you with the best experience possible. Please submit your feedback using the form below. We appreciate your input!
Scinax fuscovarius, Pico das Cabras, São Paulo, Brazil
In late 2012, The Estate of Marie Kirchberger sent SAVE THE FROGS! a check for $75,000, the largest donation we have ever received. The donation was a bequest from the late Marie Kirchberger, who included SAVE THE FROGS! in her will based on her love of frogs and her appreciation of our efforts on behalf … Continue reading The Largest Donation We Ever Received
Thank you to all our supporters who are an integral part of the SAVE THE FROGS! community and help us create a better world for humans and wildlife. I founded SAVE THE FROGS! in 2008 with a vision of spreading amphibian awareness and connecting the worldwide community of amphibian biologists and enthusiasts. What was once merely a vision has become a worldwide organization that has transcended cultural and geographical boundaries to create a significantly better planet for amphibians and for humans. Read on to learn about our multitude of accomplishments!
Photo of Plectrohyla exquisita from Honduras courtesy of Tom Brown.
SAVE THE FROGS! is proud to announce that in 2013 we used over 90 percent of our incoming donations on amphibian conservation programs. That is much higher than the average nonprofit! We’ll have our 2014 financial data posted online soon. To help continue these programs, please donate and consider setting up a monthly recurring donation. The frogs … Continue reading Using your donations as efficiently as possible