Community Foundation Awards Sustainability Grant to Open Door Bird Sanctuary

The Door County Community Foundation recently awarded the Open Door Bird Sanctuary a Sustainability Grant from the Bernice & Gene Hawkins Charitable Fund. This grant supports the Birds Are for Everyone program.

The Birds Are for Everyone program allows local organizations to enjoy presentations made by the Open Door Bird Sanctuary at a significant discount while maintaining the fee structure which covers the costs of operations.

“The Open Door Bird Sanctuary raises avian awareness and inspires coexistence with the rich natural world of Door County,” said Marcia Smith, Chair of the Door County Community Foundation. “We are pleased to provide this grant which will expand the reach of the Open Door Bird Sanctuary and inspire new audiences who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a program.”

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From left to right, Rob Hults, Executive Director of Open Door Bird Sanctuary, Marcia Smith, Chair of the Door County Community Foundation, and Jillaine Burtin, CFO of the Open Door Bird Sanctuary.

Open Door Bird Sanctuary is a 34-acre sanctuary that provides homes for un-releasable birds of prey. They become incredible ambassadors of the environment and work with us to inspire and educate the public both at the sanctuary and at many other locations.

For more information on the Open Door Bird Sanctuary, please visit

The Door County Community Foundation’s Sustainability Grants program distributes grant dollars from funds such as the Arts Fund, Children & Youth Fund, Green Fund, Health & Human Needs Fund, Education Fund, Historic Preservation Fund, Healthy Water Fund, and 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 Community Foundation was launched in 1999, currently administers more than $22 million in assets, and distributes nearly $2 million to charities in Door County every year.




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