The Charity Chart

Half of all private donations are made at this time of year, and there are plenty of sportsmen's conservation groups that know how to make good use of the help.

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Half of all private donations are made at this time of year, and there are plenty of sportsmen's conservation groups that know how to make good use of the help. Charity Navigator, which evaluates and maintains ratings on more than 5,000 charities, notes that "conservation groups promoting the protection of wildlife and game lands for hunters and fishermen operate more efficiently than the average charitable group." Of the 14 hunting and fishing groups that the watchdog organization reviews, these 11 received the highest ratings.

  • United Anglers of Southern California
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 88
    Total Budget: $912,219
    Who They Are: Works to restore California's fisheries and marine resources. Founded 1996; 40,000 members.
  • U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 86
    Total Budget: $1,528,504
    Who They Are: Protects conservation programs and the pursuits of hunting, fishing, and trapping. Founded 1978; 35,000 contributors.
  • Pheasants Forever
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 91
    Total Budget: $26,012,363
    Who They Are: Enhances and protects pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America. Founded 1982; 100,000 members.
  • Quail Unlimited
    Charity Navigator Rating: 4 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 91
    Total Budget: $9,086,372
    Who They Are: Helps support the wise management of America's wild quail populations. Founded 1981; 50,000 members.
  • Ruffed Grouse Society
    Charity Navigator Rating: 3 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 90
    Total Budget: $3,160,177
    Who They Are: Improves habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and other forest wildlife. Founded 1961; 23,000 members.
  • Ducks Unlimited
    Charity Navigator Rating: 3 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 86
    Total Budget: $182,989,127
    Who They Are: Manages and restores wetlands and other habitats for North America's waterfowl. Founded 1937; 600,000 members.
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
    Charity Navigator Rating: 3 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 89
    Total Budget: $35,963,202
    Who They Are: Ensures the future of wild, free-ranging elk, other wildlife, and their habitat. Founded 1984; 130,000 members.
  • Trout Unlimited
    Charity Navigator Rating: 3 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 74
    Total Budget: $13,924,667
    Who They Are: Conserves North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Founded 1959; 125,000 members.
  • California Waterfowl Association
    Charity Navigator Rating: 3 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 84
    Total Budget: $7,463,205
    Who They Are: Supports California's waterfowl, wetlands, and waterfowling heritage. Founded 1945; 150,000 members.
  • Delta Waterfowl Foundation
    Charity Navigator Rating: 3 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 76
    Total Budget: $3,551,281
    Who They Are: Works for a sustainable waterfowl population by supporting education in ecological sciences. Founded 1938; 40,000 members.
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
    Charity Navigator Rating: 3 Stars
    Percent of budget spent on conservation: 91
    Total Budget: $28,429,126
    Who They Are: Dedicated to the conservation of wild turkeys and the preservation of the hunting tradition. Founded 1973; 500,000 members.

Hurricane Aid It's been only three months since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, but it will be a long time before the Gulf Coast fully recovers from the impact. These two area sportsmen's organizations are still accepting donations to relief funds they've set up for those affected in the hunting or fishing industry.

The Houston Big Game Fishing Club
Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
281-326-0209, info@hbgfc.com
To help individuals and groups in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama directly involved in the big-game fishing industry who have suffered the impact of Hurricane Katrina on their lives and livelihoods.

Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association
LWAA Disaster Relief Fund
337-577-2171 dmoore@wlf.louisiana.gov
To help wildlife agents who have been affected by the hurricane, including 13 who lost their homes. Most were rescuing victims while their own properties were being destroyed.