Thanks to volunteers and supporters like you, fiscal year 2016 (FY16) was one for the record books. Team DU is banding together like never before to Rescue Our Wetlands. With total revenues and support of over $221 million, FY16 marked the sixth straight year we surpassed our budget goals. More than 56,000 Ducks Unlimited volunteers welcomed over 564,000 attendees at some 4,000 events in FY16, raising an impressive $59 million (including event proceeds and major donor contributions at events) across the United States. This contributed to more than $90 million in private support from across the nation.
Major Sponsors have chosen to make an immediate and significant impact on wetlands conservation today through their support of Ducks Unlimited's mission.
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Just as important, we put those conservation dollars to work. Each year, Ducks Unlimited's goal is for 80 cents of every dollar spent to go toward our conservation mission. We surpassed that goal again last year. In FY16, Team DU conserved more than 226,000 acres of habitat, bringing our cumulative total to more than 13.8 million acres conserved across North America.
As our Rescue Our Wetlands campaign exemplifies, all DU supporters play a role in raising crucial funds for our continental conservation efforts. DU's work is funded by members, volunteers, philanthropists, foundations, and corporations, as well as through partnerships with state and federal agencies that share our conservation goals. Significant support also comes from advertising, corporate sponsorship agreements, and royalties generated through the power of the Ducks Unlimited brand.
Our goal for the Rescue Our Wetlands campaign is to raise $2 billion for waterfowl habitat conservation. When we launched the public phase of the campaign in 2015, we knew it would take the support of every DU member for us to succeed. When this campaign concludes in December 2018 and we have achieved our goal, DU will go down in history for launching—and successfully completing—the largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation campaign in history. And we are well on our way to reaching the campaign's ambitious objectives.
FY16 was also a successful year for Ducks Unlimited in our nation's capital. DU mobilized staff and volunteers to help advocate for the Water Resources Development Act. In April, the Senate passed the energy bill. Included as an amendment to the bill were many elements from the Senate sportsmen's bill, such as funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, which was appropriated at $35.15 million, an increase of $1 million over FY15.
Successes like these couldn't happen without our volunteers, partners, and supporters. For example, our partnership with Bass Pro Shops continued in a big way in FY16. As it has since 2013, Bass Pro promoted DU to millions of racing fans around the world by featuring our brand on their BPS Chevrolet during the Coke Zero 400. And the Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center inside Bass Pro Shops at the Memphis Pyramid has now welcomed more than 450,000 visitors since opening its doors in April 2015.
Our corporate partner Mossy Oak introduced the official camouflage pattern of Ducks Unlimited in FY16. Soon you'll be able to buy clothing and other products with a one-of-a-kind Ducks Unlimited Shadow Grass Blades camouflage pattern featuring the iconic DU logo. And Drake Waterfowl Systems became a Proud Partner of Ducks Unlimited, marketing their brand to consumers as DU's official hunting apparel.
We also welcomed Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, as a corporate partner in FY16. Axalta has made protecting and conserving natural resources a corporate priority through a five-year wetlands conservation partnership with Ducks Unlimited. To date, that partnership has aided conservation in Texas, Michigan, and Minnesota, and the work will expand into Delaware Bay and beyond in 2017.
These are only a few of our success stories. We should all be proud of what Ducks Unlimited accomplished in FY16, but as any DU supporter will tell you, our work is never done.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment to Rescue Our Wetlands, to Ducks Unlimited, and to our shared mission to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl, other wildlife, and the people who utilize and cherish these vital resources.
Paul R. Bonderson Jr.
H. Dale Hall
Chief Executive Officer
Honor Roll of Donors (pdf)
2016 Ducks Unlimited Annual Report (pdf)