Heritage Conservation Fund
TIBCS celebrated its TWENTIETH year of publishing The Bengal
Bulletin with a special tribute to our breed’s ALC foundation
by establishing a new charitable endeavor. Our Heritage Conservation
Fund will collect donations each year to award a annual grant
to a group working to preserve ALC habitat in the wild. While
the Asian Leopard Cat is widely distributed and uses various environments,
populations are under increasing threats from habitat destruction,
hunting, and trapping.
TIBCS would like to thank those that have donated generously
to this fund. Please see our list of Donors. Donations to TIBCS
are tax-deductible. (button below)
Structure & Policy
The International Bengal Cat Society Inc., Heritage
For the conservation of the ALC in the naturally occurring habitats
of the species.
Objectives: TIBCS Heritage Conservation Fund will collect monies
specifically donated for the conservation of wild Asian Leopard
Cats and/or the environments where these wild cats naturally exist.
Also the Heritage Conservation Fund will seek to provide knowledge
and understanding of the ALC as a wild animal through its annual
article describing the recipient’s activities.
Committee: TIBCS Heritage Conservation Fund Committee shall administer
TIBCS Heritage Conservation Fund (HCF). The Committee shall consist
of at least two members appointed by the President of TIBCS and
confirmed by the Executive Board. The volunteer committee members
shall consist of TIBCS members with strong vocational or avocational
experience in the zoo and conservation fields, with familiarity
with conservation agencies and plans that may be of interest to
TIBCS and its membership.
The HCF Committee’s objectives will include:
- Advertising the Fund and its fundraising efforts.
- Identifying and submitting in writing to TIBCS Executive Board
each November, the names and description of three charities,
organizations or qualifying studies for selection to receive
TIBCS grant funds.
- Reporting biannually in June & December to the Executive
Board and the membership the amount of funds collected by the
HCF fundraising efforts, as provided by TIBCS Treasurer(s).
- Producing an article for inclusion in the fourth quarter Bulletin
and on TIBCS website, reporting on the activities of the group
which received the grant the previous year.
Funding Cycle: Each November, the HCF Committee shall submit
its recommendation to TIBCS Executive Board of three groups directly
involved in the conservation of wild Asian Leopard Cats in their
Each December, TIBCS Executive Board shall select the recipient.
TIBCS shall grant the funds which were collected that year to
the selected recipient before the end of the calendar year.
Charities and Qualifying Studies: Potential recipients qualifying
for the HCF grants may be:
- US federally designated 501(c)3 charities involved in the
conservation of wild leopard cats and/or the environments where
wild Asian Leopard Cats and other species of wild cats are known
- Studies to be undertaken or currently underway, conducted
by either accredited academic institutions (any nationality)
or US federally designated 501(c)3 charities.
- Conservation based entities in other countries whose efforts
include the conservation of Asian Leopard Cats in their habitats.
(for example; a national wilderness preservation park)