NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Audubon Nature Institute, Inc.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           P.O. Box 4327
New Orleans, LA 70178

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Agent: Henry W. Kinney III
President: Ron Forman
Director: Leslie Gottsegen

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  7624

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $7,500,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Joseph A. Jaeger,Chairman,3001 17th St, Metairie, LA 70002-3805
Chris Bardell,1st Vice Chair,PO Box 2486, LaPlace, LA 70069-2486
Mark Romig, 2nd Vice Chair, 47 Fountainbleu Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125
Katherine B. Werner,Recording Secretary,1137 Delachaise Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Ronald Markham, Corresponding Secretary,7031 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70118-5549
Vincent Palumbo, Treasurer,2329 Edenborn Avenue, Metairie, LA 70001
Lynes R. Sloss, Parliamentarian,525 St. Charles Avenue, #400, New Orleans, LA 70130
Leslie P. Gottsegen, Immediate Past Chair,2633 Napoleon Ave Ste 610, New Orleans, LA 70115-7418

Byron A. Adams, Jr., 7526 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
Robert W. Brown, 1615 Poydras Street, Suite 252, New Orleans, LA 70112
Jennifer Charpentier, 2626 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
Henry L. Coaxum, Jr., 231 Harbor Circle, New Orleans, LA 70126
Cecile V. Colhoun, 221 Walnut Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
Stephanie S. Feoli, Immediate Past Chair,1523 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115-4033
Paul Fine, 524 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005-4308
J. Fenn French, 230 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130-2901
Jeffery Goldring, 524 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005-4308
Jennifer Heebe, 5531 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Andre Hooper, 1700 Palmer Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
Deirdre O. Hooper,5700 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
Wil Jacobs, 150 3rd Street, Suite 200, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Stephen Kupperman, 5924 Coliseum Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Ted LeClercq, 755 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Nolan Marshall, 121 N Murat St, New Orleans, LA 70119-4527
John Payne, 8 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1601
J. Stephen Perry, 2020 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
Julie Quinn, 326 Rue St. Peter, Metairie, LA 70005
Charles L. Rice, 1600 Perdido St Bldg 505A New Orleans, LA 70112
Virginia F. Rowan, 1727 Arabella Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Michael Smith, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113
Allison B. Tiller, 6024 Hurst Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
Thomas D. Westfeldt, PO Box 51750, New Orleans, LA 70151-1750

The criteria for Audubon Nature Institute Board members includes: evidence of civic or business leadership; experience on other area non-profit boards; past support or capacity to support Audubon at a significant level; ability to connect Audubon to new funding opportunities; commitment to improving the quality of life for the
entire community.

President/CEO: Ron Forman, 1806 Palmer Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Sr. Executive VP/Chief of Staff: Bill Kurtz, 1516 Audubon St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Audubon Nature Institute requests an appropriation of $7.5 million to be placed in Priority 5. This is a new request for Audubon’s capital initiative, Audubon 2025.

Funding will ensure Louisiana’s leader for exceptional family fun and environmental education can continue to provide world-class experiences for Louisiana residents and visitors. Through Audubon, our state boasts the nation’s largest collection of nature-themed attractions and our facilities are among the state’s top paid attendance destinations. Audubon 2025 will improve facility infrastructure and exhibits while making additions and enhancements that invest in a dynamic existing business in a growing sector—a plan consistent with economic development best practices.

Audubon Nature Institute is adding $75 million in new projects by 2025. This $7.5 million capital investment by the State of Louisiana in 2016-2017 (matched by a minimum of 25% raised by Audubon Nature Institute) is a significant step in helping Audubon keep pace with other national nature attractions while ensuring New Orleans remains a driving force in regional tourism.

Audubon’s payroll spending approaches $23 million each year (approximately 30 times larger than the average New Orleans business). It creates and supports 6,555 jobs in a variety of sectors. Audubon’s operational spending, along with capital spending and Audubon’s visitors’ spending, generates an annual economic impact of more than $583 million, yielding $37 million for state and local tax collections (J. Richardson, The Role of Audubon Nature Institute in the Greater New Orleans Area, February 2014).

Audubon 2025 augments the projected growth generated by the completion of Audubon 2020, which will increase current annual economic impact to $996 million. Jobs created and supported by Audubon’s activities would grow 22% to 7,996, and funds generated annually through local and state tax collections would increase 100% to $74 million. Dr. Richardson’s study illustrates that for every $10 million invested in major capital projects, Audubon’s total economic impact increases $23 million per year, approximately 80 net new permanent jobs are created, and $2.1 million in new revenues per year are produced for state and local governments. The payback period for state and local government investments is less than five years after the capital project’s completion.

Audubon 2025 encompasses $75 million in new projects and major upgrades to existing facilities starting in 2016 and concluding no later than 2025. Major elements include the complete renovation of Audubon Zoo’s African Savanna and historic Odenheimer complex and significant improvements to Audubon Aquarium of the America’s Amazon, Gulf and Mississippi River Galleries. Projects in our 2016-2017 request are expected to be completed by 2018.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $625,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $6,250,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $625,000

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Audubon Nature Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit family of facilities linked with the unifying purpose of celebrating the wonders of nature and an ambitious vision to enrich the City of New Orleans with an unrivaled collection of living science museums, tranquil parks, and renowned research centers. Through its public facilities - Audubon Zoo and Audubon Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Insectarium, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center (under construction) and Audubon Wilderness Park - Audubon gives New Orleans families and their visitors new and ever-expanding opportunities to enjoy and contemplate the marvels of life. And through its conservation campus, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Audubon works to ensure the same opportunities for future generations through programs such as Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife and Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries.
The eight basic tenets of Audubon’s mission statement guide decisions at all facilities.
• Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality.
• Exhibit the diversity of wildlife.
• Preserve native Louisiana habitats.
• Educate our diverse audience about the natural world.
• Enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation.
• Provide opportunities for recreation in natural settings.
• Operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks.
• Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience.

Audubon Zoo opened in 1919 in uptown New Orleans on the site of the 1884 World’s Fair and Cotton Exposition. The success and growth of Audubon Zoo waxed and waned until the 1970’s, when declining resources and limited interest found the Zoo at an all -time low. The City took action and, through the Audubon Commission’s governance and with public and private support raised through Friends of the Zoo, transformed the Zoo’s image from an “animal ghetto” to an “urban oasis.” Friends of the Zoo, which originally held the management contract with the city, has evolved into Audubon Nature Institute, which currently operates ten Audubon facilities on behalf of the City of New Orleans.

Celebrating the Wonders of Nature in a city where celebrations are woven into the basic fabric of life, each member of Audubon Nature Institute’s family has been greeted with success, measured in such tangibles as: visitor attendance which far surpasses projections; the hatching of critically endangered birds such as Mississippi sandhill cranes and whooping cranes; the births of endangered species including Amur leopards and a Sumatran orangutan; and research firsts such as the birth of endangered African wildcats through the use of assisted reproductive technologies like cloning. The annual economic impact of Audubon is estimated at
$583 million, with a significant increase to $996 million expected after Audubon 2020 projects are completed (J. Richardson, The Role of Audubon Nature Institute in the Greater New Orleans Area, 2014).

These successes are all indicators of how Audubon is leading the rebuilding of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina - to make our city and our future even brighter. Our state capital outlay request will build upon these successes, giving a strong framework to ensure Audubon Nature Institute continues to provide a stimulus for tourism for the city, a positive economic impact for the state, and a cultural and conservation resource for the region.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Audubon Nature Institute’s $7.5 million appropriation request for state capital outlay funds is part of a $75 million drive to sustain the vision and mission of Louisiana’s most visited attractions. State funding, coupled with other public and private dollars raised by Audubon over the next several years, will ensure Louisiana’s leader for exceptional family fun can continue to provide world-class, educational experiences for Louisiana residents and visitors.
Using current economic impacts as a baseline, Audubon 2025 will:
¿ Increase annual Audubon facility visitation 50%, from 2 million paid visitors to 3 million.
¿ Secure top-rated national status of Louisiana’s most popular attractions with $73 million in new projects and $47 million in major upgrades.
¿ Increase total annual economic impact by 22%, from $583 million to $996 million.
¿ Increase the number of jobs created and supported by Audubon activities 132%, from 6,555 to 7,996.
¿ Increase the annual amount of Audubon-related state and local taxes collected 100%, from $37 million to $74 million.
¿ Strategically position Audubon to serve the next generation of Louisiana’s families and visitors as the nation’s leading operator of nature-focused family attractions.

The requested state funding is an initial stimulus for economic growth and development with a proven leader in the region. Investments in Audubon 2025 will provide returns for the state, the city, and our citizens far beyond the year 2025.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           The projects associated with this 2016-17 request are expected to be completed by 2018. The entire Audubon 2025 project will be active through 2025, with the majority of funding in place by 2023 and all construction completed by 2025.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Laurie Conkerton 
                                       address:  6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

                                       phone:  504-212-5221
                                       fax:  504-865-7332
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Vice President and CAO