What is The Butterflies of the World Foundation (BOTWF)?
The BOTWF was formed to provide information to the public about all aspects of butterflies:
butterfly biology, ecology, observation, conservation, and what individuals can do
to benefit butterflies and thus themselves.
Why donate to BOTWF?
The purpose of BOTWF is to provide engaging presentations to everyone, from elementary
school age through adult. As a non-profit organization, we are dependent on your
help to provide this service. Your donations directly support development, maintenance
and improvement of our website, printing of brochures and other literature, purchase
of equipment for presentations, purchase of gear, such as binoculars, computers,
expedition equipment, and field guides, to be used during group field trips, and
travel expenses to and from presentation sites and butterfly photography expedition
locations. BOTWF has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in the United States. Donations
made from other countries may also be tax deductible, depending on international
Are you a charity?
Yes, BOTWF is a non-profit charitable corporation organized under the laws of the
State of Oklahoma, USA, and physically located in Lexington, Oklahoma. The BOTWF
has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in the United States. The existence of BOTWF was
officially announced in March 2010. Click here to see our Bylaws.
How does BOTWF operate?
The BOTWF is managed by the Board of Directors, Bryan Reynolds, Laura Reynolds and
Raymond Moranz. They develop and maintain the BOTWF website, and travel throughout
the country presenting age-specific programs to the public.
The Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis and enacts the goals and vision
of BOTWF. Long-term goals of the BOTWF are discussed and prioritized, along with
procedures implemented to begin achieving these goals.
We have one office, located in Lexington, Oklahoma, USA. We strive to operate transparently,
and will publish key policies and financial information in Annual Reports.
How is BOTWF funded?
From its initial formation on 27 April 2007, to the time of its tax-exempt status
in the State of Oklahoma on 15 September 2009, BOTWF was funded by its founder, Bryan
Reynolds. It is the goal of BOTWF to be funded primarily through donations from private
individuals and corporations, as well as grants and gifts.
How is revenue spent?
Upon completion of our first fiscal year, we will provide an Annual Report to all
donors, which will explain our programs and include a summary of key financial information.
Revenue received by BOTWF will be used for the following: website hosting and bandwidth,
acquiring new website and presentation content, financial, administrative, legal,
and fundraising expenses, and travel expenses to and from presentation locations.
How do I donate?
To donate, please visit our Support page. You can donate using PayPal or by sending
a check to BOTWF.
Send checks to: The Butterflies of the World Foundation
18201 Sun Valley Lane
Lexington, OK 73051-5555
Whenever possible, our preference is for checks in U.S. dollars, from U.S. bank accounts.
Checks in currencies other than U.S. dollars, from bank accounts outside the U.S.,
may be very expensive to process, which reduces the value of your gift. If you do
not have a U.S. bank account, you can maximize the value of your donation by donating
Are my donations tax-deductible?
The BOTWF, an Oklahoma not-for-profit corporation, may lawfully solicit donations
under Oklahoma law. The Foundation has been granted official tax-exempt status [section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code] from the United States Internal Revenue Service.
Tax-exempt status was granted on 15 September 2009 and is retroactive back to the
date of creation on 27 April 2007. You may deduct donations from your federally-taxable
income. Please contact a tax professional for the details of deducting such a donation.
Read our 501(c)(3) status letter Our tax ID# is: 26-4510548
Anyone who donates through PayPal will automatically receive an email receipt. Donations
by check over the amount of $25 will receive a tax receipt through the mail if a
return address is provided.
Can I give a restricted donation?
Charities in the U.S. are required to honor restrictions requested by donors. Therefore,
if you indicate that your donation be restricted for a specific use, either we will
honor your request or we will refuse/return your gift. Before you decide to offer
a restricted gift, please contact a member of the Board of Directors to discuss your
intentions and our current needs and priorities.
What else can I do to help?
Tell as many people as you can about us. Add links to our website in listserve posts
and blogs. Pass the word to educators in public and private schools about our programs.
Inform groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Future Farmers of America (FFA),
4H, Audubon groups, libraries, museums and universities about our presentations.
If you want to give us hands-on help, attend one of our quarterly meetings (check
our calendar) or contact one of the Board of Directors.
We are serious about protecting the privacy rights of all our donors. We do not share,
sell, or trade your email address or other contact information with anyone.
All photographs, artwork, text and website design are the property of The Butterflies
of the World Foundation (unless otherwise stated) and are protected under national
and international copyright laws. Photographs, artwork or text on this website may
not be reproduced in any way without prior written consent of The Butterflies of
the World Foundation.