Community Foundation Awards Sustainability Grant to Open Door Bird Sanctuary

The Door County Community Foundation has awarded the Open Door Bird Sanctuary a Sustainability Grant from the Education Fund. This grant provides financial support to the Sanctuary to build a Bird Care Center. The Center will provide space for year-round educational programming and will also serve as a safe shelter in which to deliver rehabilitation services to injured birds.

Located in the heart of Door County, the Open Door Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit nature center devoted to wild bird education and rehabilitation. The mission of the Sanctuary is to raise avian awareness while inspiring people to coexist with the natural world that surrounds them. Open Door provides exciting and engaging programming, both on-site and at local outreach locations, to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“The dedication shown by the Sanctuary staff in caring for these magnificent birds is inspiring. The Door County Community Foundation is pleased to play a part in supporting this truly unique and up-close educational programming,” said Frank Maxwell, board member of the Door County Community Foundation.Pic from Open Door Bird

Picture from the left: Andrew Seefeldt, Raptor Volunteer, Frank Maxwell, board member of the Door County Community Foundation, Jillaine Burton, Vice President and General Manager of Open Door Bird Sanctuary, Amy Stich, Raptor Volunteer, and Rob Hults, Executive Director of Open Door Bird Sanctuary.

In addition to educational programming provided throughout Door County, the Sanctuary provides rehabilitation services as needed. When birds arrive at the Sanctuary for care, the goal of the Sanctuary is to rehabilitate and return as many native songbirds and birds of prey to their natural habitat as possible. For those birds unable to be released, however, the Sanctuary provides a safe and caring home in which the birds can share the mission as ambassadors for educational programming and environmental management.

To volunteer or learn more about the Open Door Bird Sanctuary, please call (920) 724-1399 or visit,

The Door County Community Foundation’s Sustainability Grants program distributes grant dollars from funds such as the Arts Fund, Children & Youth Fund, Education Fund, Green Fund, Health & Human Needs Fund, Healthy Water Fund, Historic Preservation Fund, and the Women’s Fund.

For more information about the Community Foundation’s services and various grant programs, please visit

The Door County Community Foundation, Inc. is a collection of separate charitable funds set up by individuals, families, non-profit organizations, private foundations and businesses that are managed, invested and disbursed for the current and future good of Door County. The Foundation was launched in 1999 and currently administers nearly $16 million in charitable assets.

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