Hoosiers can help animals such as bald eagles, barn owls, spotted turtles,
Indiana bats and more by donating to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund as
they do their taxes.
fund supports DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife programs that manage more than
750 nongame and endangered wildlife species in the state,” the Department of
Natural Resources said in a statement released this week. “Nongame means the
species is not hunted, trapped, or fished. No state tax dollars are used.”
can donate all or a portion of your state tax refund. Donations fund
research, habitat conservation, and more.
“Past successes include restoring bald eagles, river otters, and peregrine
falcons to the state,” the DNR said. “In recent years, projects have
included implementing techniques to improve natural reproduction of
hellbenders, Indiana’s largest salamander.”
you file with paper forms, look for the eagle logo on Schedule 5/Schedule
you file through online tax programs, you will be prompted to donate at the
end of filing, and the eagle logo will not be present.
fund is also supported by a match of federal funds through the State
Wildlife Grant Program. For each $5 donated, another $9 will be added,
equaling $14 for wildlife.
“Annual donations through the tax check-off have declined by 60 percent
since 2016,” the DNR noted. “This was likely due to changes that required
donations from tax forms to be on a separate page, Schedule IN-5. A code is
now required to donate, which further complicates the procedure. The Indiana
Nongame Wildlife Fund code is “’200.’”
addition to the tax check-off, direct donations can be made anytime at