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Annual Report

Asian Elephant Support

4764 Brookton Way, St. Louis, MO 63128, USA
www.asianelephantsupport.org

Mission:
The mission of Asian Elephant Support is to:

  • Provide financial support for Asian elephant projects in range countries that meet our criteria for care of captive elephants and for conservation of the species.

  • Increase awareness about the needs and future of the Asian elephant.

  • Increase awareness on the humane treatment of elephants living in captivity.

  • Provide educational opportunities to those persons who care for captive Asian elephants in range countries.

Programs:

Please refer to the Projects section of the website for a more detailed description of the projects we support.  As specific projects are undertaken, details and timely updates will be posted, so visit our website often to receive the latest news. To receive our e-newsletter, which includes project updates, please contact us.  

Year 2018 in Review:

We would like to extend a special thank you to everyone that has supported us over the last year.  Without you, we would not have been able to accomplish our mission to support the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.  As we look forward to the opportunities in the New Year, we would like to share some of our accomplishments of 2018:

Our Major Accomplishments for 2018 include:

  • Funded ElefantAsia’s mobile clinic for elephants in Laos.

  • Funded a needed field vehicle for the veterinary mobile clinic in Sumatra.

  • Funded radio collars for wild elephant monitoring in Sumatra.

  • Funded the second year of a 3-year general budget funding for veterinary work in Sumatra.

  • Funded several veterinarians’ attendance at skill-building and sharing workshops.

  • Facilitated grant to Dr. Christopher Stremme, Sumatra, from Woodland Park Zoo.

  • Continued support for the Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust’s “Schools Awareness Program”.

  • Funded a vehicle for Chiang Mai University’s School of Veterinary Medicine’s mobile clinic.

  • Funded Wildlife Trust of India’s elephant health care program in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.

  • Funded veterinarian visits for the year to Laos Elephant Conservation Center and the Mayapur, India, temple elephants.

  • Funded a Sri Lankan field project studying variations among musth bull elephants.

  • Funded first mahout workshop in Southern India.

  • Supplied emergency supplemental food support for elephants in Sumatra.

  • Collaborated with others to offer a reward for information concerning a poached bull elephant in Sumatra.

  • Funded a workshop in India for stakeholders addressing reducing elephant casualties along the Siliguri-Alpier Duyar Railway line.

  • Facilitated the continuing USFWS grant ‘An Innovative Partnership Program for Human-Elephant Coexistence and Forest Conservation in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

  • Funded a grant to develop an Automated Human Elephant Control Mechanism in India.

As we look back at our accomplishments during the past year, one thing is for certain: it is the support of donors – YOU – who made the year a success!  You have our sincere appreciation; many of you are continuing supporters who we truly appreciate, and we hope everyone will be with us in 2019.  And please tell your friends about us. There is still a lot to be done!

Please donate today and help us be prepared for the challenges of 2019!

Asian Elephant Support is committed to supporting efforts that will offer positive benefits to all range state Asian elephants, whether in the wild or living under human care.  Be a part of our team and stand with us as we work for the care of today’s Asian elephants and the future of this magnificent species.  We believe that all of our efforts, along with your support, will make a real difference for this magnificent ‘other nation’ with whom we share…. and must make sure we always share…. this planet.

Self-Assessment:

We feel that our activities in the last decade of existence confirm our belief that we can fill a niche in the Asian elephant community to assist both wild and captive populations.  We believe in the importance of collaboration and teamwork between all interested parties and look forward to helping the Asian elephant make its long and difficult trek into the next century.

Asian Elephant Support Statement of Activites

Revenues, Gains & Other Support 2018 2017 2016 2015
Cash contributions $111,409.31 $57,522.78 $138,464.00 $27,287.00
Grant income $119,000.00 $30,800.00 $104,700.00 $57,350.00
Non-cash contributions $15,012.63 $13,784.01 $14,341.00 $3,945.00
Other $2,216.22 $11,379.95 $7,632.00 $7,243.00
Total revenue $247,638.16 $113,486.74 $265,137.00 $95,825.00
         
Direct expenses
Grants to domestic individuals $3,590.81 $3,000.00 $3,250.00 $4,972.00
Grants to foreign individuals $171,299.08 $55,452.00 $123,851.00 $131,097.00
Program Services
    Medical aid $7,487.51 $1,278.30 $5,258.00
    Education $27,437.77 $50,550.13 $64,049.00 $5,766.00
$34,925.28 $51,828.43 $64,049.00 $11,024.00
Administrative and Fundraising $12,643.70 $22,619.60 $23,315.00 $4,508.00
Total expenses $222,458.87 $132,900.03 $214,465.00 $151,601.00
         
Operating excess $25,179.29 ($19,413.29) $50,672.00 ($55,776.00)
Beginning of year $133,532.23 $152,945.52 $101,578.00 $158,375.00
End of year $156,866.75 $133,532.23 $152,946.00 $101,578.00

*Admin expenses include travel expenses for directors which they covered themselves as in-kind contributions.


Basic Information:

  • This organization is a 501c (3) Nonprofit Organization (EIN 20-5999845).

  • Contributions are tax deductible, as provided by law.

  • Year founded: 2007. Year amended: 2009.

  • Four board members. No full or part-time employees.

  • Officers and Directors are paid no salary and are required to cover their own travel expenses when travelling on behalf of Asian Elephant Support.

  • Officers and Directors:

  1. Linda Reifschneider, President and Treasurer

  2. Barbara Davis, acting Vice President

  3. Vanessa Gagne, Secretary

  4. Christine DelTurco, board member

  5. Janet Dray, board member

  6. Gretchen Rumsey-Richardson, Communications Chair

  7. Sharon Glaeser, Grants Chair

  8. Richard Lair, Advisor

  9. Heidi Riddle, Advisor

  10. Bruce A. Schulte, Advisor

  11. Ellen Wiedner, Advisor

  12. April Yoder, Advisor

Please visit us at www.asianelephantsupport.org to see our current efforts and how you can help.