Why People Donate to SAVE THE FROGS!

My number one rule of fundraising is that “Fundraising is critical to mission success”. Over the past decade I have helped raise more than $1,500,000 for worldwide amphibian conservation efforts. As most of SAVE THE FROGS! funding comes via donations from individuals (rather than the government, corporations, foundations or other nonprofits), it is important to know what actually motivates people to donate. I can think of a multitude of reasons people should donate to SAVE THE FROGS!. For instance:

  • Your donation funds efforts that protect amphibian habitat and make our environment cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful.
  • Your donation helps SAVE THE FROGS! staff and volunteers educate thousands of people about amphibians, in a time when the schools and universities are severely lacking in terms of environmental education.
  • Donating fulfills a general human desire to do good, and thus makes you feel good.
  • Donating provides you a potential tax deduction, ensuring that more of your hard earned money gets used for environmental protection and less goes to governmental waste.

But why do people actually donate to SAVE THE FROGS!?

Read on to find out!

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Frog art courtesy of Raikoumoon

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Toad-ally Cool Math and Science Integration

This article written by:
Catherine E. Matthews, Professor Emerita, University of North Carolina Greensboro 
Melony Allen, Teacher, Andrews Elementary School, Burlington, North Carolina 
Lacey Huffling, Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University 
Katie Brkick, Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University

We think toads are toadally cool!

We teach participants in The HERP Project* programs to catch, identify, weigh and measure toads and other frogs as well as salamanders, snakes, lizards and turtles. We have found toads to be common, easier to catch and hold than frogs, and hardy animals to use with novices. Our participants enjoy asking and answering such questions as:

(1) Which toads of the same species are bigger, adult males or adult females?
(2) How can you tell toad species apart?; and
(3) How can you tell male toads from female toads?

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Gilbert Adum Attending University of Cambridge

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director and Co-Founder Gilbert Adum has gained admission to the University of Cambridge to pursue a Masters degree (MPhil) in Conservation Leadership. Cambridge University is one of the world’s top universities and the alma mater of luminaries like John Harvard (founder of Harvard University) and Charles Darwin (father of evolutionary biology). The Masters program is to equip Gilbert with the strategic leadership skills he needs to enable him to realize his long-term objective of making SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana a model and inspiration for conservationists throughout the African continent. The one of a kind program combines university lectures with nonprofit management practices and covers both the theory and practical aspects of conservation. The program also brings together passionate conservation leaders from around the world. This gives Gilbert an excellent opportunity to make contacts with like-minded conservationists and develop lasting collaborations.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder Gilbert Adum speaks in Germany during his 2015 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship

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Amanda Cooper on empowering students to save frogs

Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,

It has been said numerous times that “Our future is our children,” and even with the constant repetition of that saying, the words still ring true. Students and children are the future of this world. We will one day be the grown ups and we will have to make decisions about this world. That is why it is extremely important that the youth are not only are educated, but passionate about the world around us. This not far off future is one that we all need to work together to achieve.

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Volunteer Position: Social Media Coordinator

SAVE THE FROGS! is the world’s most effective amphibian conservation organization. We work in California, across the USA and around the world to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. SAVE THE FROGS! seeks a Social Media Coordinator to help us permeate the internet with environmental education and to represent and promote our brand on social media sites. As Social Media Coordinator, you would manage at least one social media channel and independently study social media strategies.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Volunteer Artist Jordan Aucoin representing in Florida.

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SAVE THE FROGS joins 425 conservation groups in supporting the Endangered Species Act

Four hundred and twenty-five national, state, and local conservation groups – including SAVE THE FROGS – recently sent a letter to the United States Senate and House leadership to demonstrate their overwhelming support for the popular Endangered Species Act. The organizations argued strongly for maintaining the Act in its current form and not let it be weakened under the guise of efforts to “modernize” or “reform” this legislation. The Act has been under increasing threat in recent months and years.

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The Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa) receives protections under the Endangered Species Act. Photo by Dr. Kerry Kriger.

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Environmental Safeguards Are Not A Barrier To Improving Infrastructure

In response to President Trump’s recent infrastructure proposal, SAVE THE FROGS! and a coalition of 164 other organizations sent a letter to Congress opposing any infrastructure legislation that would undermine protections for public health, air, water or wildlife. The letter highlights the critical importance of retaining environmental safeguards while upgrading our nation’s infrastructure. SAVE THE FROGS! and coalition members recognize the need to fix aging water systems, build modern mass transit, improve road networks, and develop renewable energy sources, but it is inexcusable for politicians to cite current environmental protection measures as standing in the way of progress.

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Save The Frogs Day 2017 in Kingston, Pennsylvania

Chloe, Ellie, Vincent, and Jason are four ambitious and environmentally conscientious fifth graders from Wyoming Valley Montessori School. These students found a fun, creative way to raise funds for amphibian conservation in their local community in the spirit of Save The Frogs Day. They held an after-school bake sale and lemonade stand and raised $153! … Continue reading Save The Frogs Day 2017 in Kingston, Pennsylvania

Helping Schools Implement California’s New Science Standards

In June 2014, Carolyn Jones wrote an article for EdSource entitled “More teachers turning to nonprofits for innovative science lessons“. The article highlights SAVE THE FROGS! educational efforts at Stoneman Elementary in Pittsburg, CA, where third graders celebrate amphibians at the school’s annual Frog Fair. The article is one of the best summaries of how students and teachers benefit from SAVE THE FROGS!, so we have pasted some of our favorite excerpts below.

“Nonprofit organizations like SAVE THE FROGS! are helping schools implement California’s new science standards.”
— EdSource

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Frog art from the 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest by Jose Francisco San Martin Braile

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