Good Works Program
AdvancedPrimate.com holds a strong belief that it is better to give than to receive. We also believe that we should all strive to make the world a better place than it was when we found it. Based upon these simple, but important ideals we built the Good Works Program: to enhance our ability to affect positive change in the lives of animals.
The Wildlife Conservation Network
A portion of all profits generated by Advanced Primate go towards improving the lives of animals around the world. We have selected the Wildlife Conservation Network (wildnet.org) as our vehicle to affect this positive change, because they are a thoroughly vetted group of conservationists, supporters, and staff united in our passion for wildlife. Significant time and effort was spent selecting the WCN because we wanted to be certain of two things. First, that a large percentage of our donations would go directly to animal charity work (not overhead) and at the WCN only 6% of funds received are earmarked for overhead activities. In some cases, it is 0%. Second, we wanted to do good for animals, but we didn’t want to be tied to one type of charity work forever. We were searching for a network of top quality charities with a variety of different goals so that we could move between them as we grow and evolve too. The WCN affords us that opportunity as well. We encourage you to follow our social media accounts (page bottom) and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with news and stories about this wonderful adventure.
Good Works Program Improved
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - Since Day One at Advanced Primate, we have always agreed that giving back is an important part of our mission. We have a favorite charity at The Wildlife Conservation Network (wildnet.org) but wanted to expand the charities that we support with your help. We are still focused on primates and other wild animals but now an additional 2% of every purchase will be split between The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
At Wildlife Conservation Network, 91% of donation dollars go directly to the field programs. WCN is a four-star rated charity at Charity Navigator. Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and the PAWS group are on the Top Rated Charities list at CharityWatch.org. Top Rated Charities spend at least 75% of their budgets on programs and do not hold excessive amounts of money in reserve. In other words, all three charities do as much good as possible with the money they receive.
Here is a little more about each charity:
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Their successful, integrated approach includes close collaboration with local governments and communities as well as partners from around the world.
PAWS is dedicated to the protection of performing animals, to providing sanctuary to abused, abandoned and retired captive wildlife, to enforcing the best standards of care for all captive wildlife, to the preservation of wild species and their habitat and to promoting public education about captive wildlife issues.
WCN protects endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists who ensure wildlife and people co-exist and thrive. Founded in 2002, WCN is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats. They partner with independent, community-based conservationists around the world and provide them with the capital and tools they need to develop solutions for human-wildlife coexistence. WCN's conservationists actively engage local people as effective stewards of their environment and work in a culturally-respectful manner to ensure that conservation skills and values will be passed on to future.
Good Works Special Projects
From time to time we take on certain special projects in addition to the charitable donations described above. We are always on the lookout for our next opportunity to bring positive change the world in some way so check back often for updates.
Special Project 1 - Rescuing Evie from Moldova
Check out our 3 part blog series telling the story of one young lady's unexpected discovery while working on the other side of the world with Green Peace and her journey back to the states with a new friend.
- Evie's Story Part 1: Life in Moldova
- Evie's Story Part 2: The Long Journey
- Evie's Story Part 3: A New Life in Idaho
More special projects coming soon...