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Donate state tax refund to support nongame species

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Hoosiers can help to sustain Indiana’s Whooping Cranes, Spotted Turtles, bat species, and other wildlife by donating to the DNR’s Nongame Wildlife Fund when you file your 2019 state taxes.

The Nongame Wildlife Fund supports the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife’s nongame management programs. “Nongame” means species that are not hunted, trapped, or fished. There are more than 750 nongame and endangered wildlife species in the state. No state tax dollars are used to manage nongame wildlife.

Donate all or a portion of your state tax refund to the Nongame Wildlife Fund by marking the appropriate boxes on your 2019 Indiana tax forms or when filing electronically. To donate, enter Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund, 200 for its three-digit code number, and the donation amount on Line 1 of the Schedule 5/Schedule IN-DONATE form. Then add the donation amount to Line 17 on the main IT-40 form. A video of this process is at

Direct donations can also be made anytime online at or by mail to Nongame Wildlife Fund 402 W. Washington St., Room W273, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Habitat management and conservation efforts for nongame and endangered wildlife are supported through the generosity of Hoosiers and supplemental grants from the federal government. For every $5 donation to the Nongame Wildlife Fund, Indiana is eligible to receive an additional $9 in federal funds. Recent projects have included research on endangered turtles, an outreach campaign to conserve Whooping Cranes, and surveys of summer bat populations on state fish & wildlife areas (FWAs).

Complete program details are at


Posted 1/9/2020




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