Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: New Jersey, USA
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Daisy's plan is solid but, unfortunately, it doesn't quite work with bird rescue. For one thing, you are not going to be getting volunteers and donations unless people see you have been doing a good work and have a number of birds adopted out and several for adoption so you will have no choice but to start small, pay out of your own pocket and hope that it will work out (all bird rescues struggle all the time for funds and most have to close down from the lack and the huge number of birds they end up with).
Once you have been doing it for a while and have established a good reputation (you need to work with a couple of avian vets which you will have to pay out of your own pocket -they might, after a while, give you a discount and they will give you references), you should incorporate (money for fees and an accountant to set it up) and, once you get your tax ID number, you can then apply for your 501(c)3 status (people will not donate to you unless you have it). But getting a 501(3) implies not been able to charge a fee for the birds, you can get a donation but not charge a fee.
There is one way of speeding things up and that is volunteering and fostering for an established rescue because you get connections (with other foster parronts, avian vets, etc) as well as a behind-the-scenes experience (animal rescue is a constantly heartbreaking, super labor intensive, all consuming commitment which will prevent you from working and suck up all your resources - and, if you live with family, they will almost surely resent the whole thing after a year or so).