Bat Conservation International (Austin, TX)


  • Name:Mr. Chris Woodruff
  • Title:International Programs & Development Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bat Conservation International
  • Address:PO Box 162603
    Austin, TX 78716
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(512) 327-9721
  • Main fax:(512) 327-9724

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:500 Cap. of TX Hwy. N.
    Bldg. 1, Suite 200
    Austin, TX 78746
    United States

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world's bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.

  • Overview:
  • Based in Austin, Texas, Bat Conservation International (BCI) is a nonprofit organization devoted to conservation, education, and research involving the world’s more than 1,250 bat species and the ecosystems they serve. Currently employing a staff of 28 biologists, educators, and administrators, BCI is supported by more than 9,000 members in 60 countries. BCI has multiple programs to conserve threatened and endangered bats in the United States and around the planet. Our conservation programs in the US range from protecting abandoned mines as critical bat roosts and water restoration in the West, to recovery of the Federally Endangered Indiana bat in the East and leadership within the fight against White-nose Syndrome (WNS) – the fungal disease already responsible for killing over five million bats in the US.

    On an international level, BCI is the only organization in the world whose mission is specifically to protect bats, bat habitat, and the ecosystem services they provide on a global scale. Our strategic plan prioritizes Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region for the focus of our international programming due to their incredible bat species richness and the presence of critical threats, but we also maintain a “global response” readiness for emerging issues. Threats to bats vary widely depending on location, but habitat loss, disease, and ill-informed human actions account for the majority of the issues faced by bats on a daily basis. By working with a broad range of partners, BCI is able to maximize our impact in as many regions and for as many species as possible. Apart from the work of BCI’s biologists and educators, we have two innovative programs that accomplish a great deal with a relatively small investment. BCI’s International Scholarship Program allows university students to undertake bat-related fieldwork around the globe. Similarly, BCI’s Global Grassroots Fund empowers homegrown conservationists and scientists to launch bat conservation projects in their local regions. These ventures allow us to have an impact over the largest possible service area because our applicants are often working to protect bats and their habitats at remote locations and sites whose bat colonies are not on any "inventory lists" for their species. We prefer to fund projects that focus on both habitat protection and on educating the local people about the ecological and economic value of bats. Thus far, the International Scholarship Program and Global Grassroots Fund have contributed small, low-risk grants to over 100 individuals and nonprofit groups in 39 different countries.

  • History:
  • BCI was founded in 1982 by Dr. Merlin Tuttle, as scientists around the world became concerned that bats—essential to the balance of nature and human economies—were in alarming decline. BCI has achieved unprecedented progress by emphasizing sustainable uses of natural resources that benefit both bats and people. In 30 years, BCI has built considerable experience addressing conservation through partnerships with many national and international government and private agencies. With our partners, we have produced publications, workshops, research, and site-specific projects across the nation and around the world. Our pioneering accomplishments have been featured on all major news networks in the United States, international wildlife documentaries, and in numerous prestigious books, magazines, newspapers, and web sites worldwide, educating millions of people to appreciate bats as invaluable allies. BCI’s conservation efforts have resulted in permanent protection for a majority of North America's most important bat caves, saved millions of bats from being accidentally buried during mine safety closures, and led to the establishment of the first national park in US history to protect a tropical rain forest. BCI has sponsored research documenting the key roles of bats in major ecosystems, supported training for graduate students in 33 countries, and trained hundreds of international wildlife managers in bat management and conflict avoidance techniques.

    Since the 1990s, BCI has engaged in a broad range of programming in Latin America, from capacity building to research to community education to on-the-ground projects. Our successes have come through collaborations with local individuals, nonprofit conservation organizations, universities, and many other academic and governmental organizations. Today, our principal partner is the Latin American Bat Conservation Network, known by its Spanish acronym, RELCOM, which boasts program teams in 18 countries. With almost 30% of the world's bat species and large human populations living in rural and primitive areas, Latin America is an extremely important global region for bat conservation due to heavy environmental pressures and the high likelihood of human-bat interaction. In the last three years alone, BCI has secured and invested more than $250,000 toward programming in Latin America, including the implementation of four capacity-building workshops (Paraguay, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Mexico) and support for priority research projects in 12 different countries. Our successful fundraising has come from multiple sources, including the following: Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Disney Friends for Change, the Woodtiger Fund, JDD Holdings, the US Forest Service International Programs Division, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife Without Borders program, the National Park Service, and the Golden Rule Foundation.

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:7
  • Staff size:28


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:74-2553144

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:742553144
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 162603
  • Organization City:AUSTIN
  • Organization State:TX
  • Organization Zip:78716-2603
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1990
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$9,736,193
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$4,403,284
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$4,378,675
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 9:45:17 am

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