FZS 2011 Annual Report with prospects for 2012.
Annual Report 2011
We are very pleased to present to you the 2011 annual report of the Frankfurt Zoological society of 1858 e.v. and our supporting “help for threatened Wild- life” Foundation. The Annual Report provides insight to our activities and a window onto the foundations of our organization. The financial statements of the Society and Foundation were, as in years previous, approved without qualification by the auditor selected by the membership and were scrutinized by the Society’s Board of Directors and the Trustees of the Foundation. As you will see in the following, we have taken great care to effectively invest the resources entrusted to us.
We see ourselves as the front line of nature conservation, doing practical work on the ground to preserve biodiversity and the world’s last wilderness areas. the sustainability of natural processes is always at the forefront of our thinking and planning. This means evaluating every project proposal as to its long-term viability. FZS projects that receive external funding, via government agencies, for instance, receive particular scrutiny. Such third-party-supported activities make up 50% of our current project expenditures. Or to look
at it from another perspective, external grants allow us to double our own financial resources. Of course, this type of funding is generally for a limited time only and must be regularly renewed. Project decisions thus require calculating potential future expenditures from internal sources.
Our work is unthinkable without your wonderful support. your donations, contributions, and bequests have been in the past, and will remain in the future, the foundation of the Frankfurt Zoological Society.
I would like to assure our many partners abroad and at home that the FZS’s financial accounts are in good order and that our conservation activities are up to the highest scientific standards. We look forward to a continuing partnership in preserving the world’s biodiversity.
On behalf of the board of directors and Foundation trustees, I would like to extend my thanks to our many members, donors, sponsors, and friends – we continue to count on your unswerving support.
President of the Frankfurt Zoological Society