Hoosiers can help
vulnerable animal species such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons, barn owls,
box turtles, black bears and more by donating to the Indiana Nongame
Wildlife Fund as you do your taxes, the Indiana Department of Natural
Resource is reporting.
The Indiana Nongame
Wildlife Fund supports the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Wildlife
Diversity program, whose staff manages more than 750 nongame and endangered
wildlife species. Nongame means the species is not hunted, trapped or
fished. No state tax dollars are used.
Donate all or a
portion of your state tax refund to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund. If
you file with paper forms, look for the eagle logo on Schedule 5/Schedule
IN-Donate. If 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.
This program is
also supported by a match of federal funds through the State Wildlife Grants
Program. For each $5 donated, another $9 will be added, equaling $14 for
wildlife. Donations fund research, habitat conservation and more.
Diversity successes have restored bald eagles, river otters and peregrine
falcons to the state. In recent years, projects have included implementing
techniques to improve natural reproduction of hellbenders (Indiana’s largest
In 2016, donations
through the tax check-off decreased by more than 60 percent. This was most
likely due to change that required donations from tax forms to be on a
separate page, Schedule IN-5. This year, a code is also required to donate,
which also may complicate the procedure for donating. The Indiana Nongame
Wildlife Fund code is “200.” A video explaining the new process is available
A new feature also
allows people who donate to keep up with projects and programs. Sign up for
the nongame email list at EndangeredWildlife.IN.gov to receive the latest
updates in your inbox.
In addition to the
tax check-off, direct donations can be made anytime at
EndangeredWildlife.IN.gov or by mail to Indiana Nongame Fund, 402 W.
Washington St., RM W273, Indianapolis, IN 46204