South Africa’s breath-taking flora and fauna is under threat from poaching, conflict with farmers, and encroaching human development. Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
, run by wildlife lovers Paul Oxton and Carina Crayton, is fighting to save this heritage for future generations. The two founders are the only full-time employees.
They partner with ethical wildlife rehabilitation centres to rescue injured or threatened animals. They also provide veterinary care through a network of consultant veterinarians, equip wildlife clinics nationwide, and supply consumables, capital items, and food or milk formula to these rehabilitation centres.
Crayton and Oxton do most of the finances and admin themselves, taking pride in their low overheads and careful stewardship of public money. Sage Accounting allows them to automate finances, save time, and focus on fundraising and wildlife rehabilitation rather than admin. The software – provided through the Sage Foundation NPO Success product discounting programme – makes it easy for Crayton to capture financial data from anywhere.
She can spend her time in the field helping animals rather than in the office doing admin. She has also benefitted from the free online training courses made available to non-profits through Sage Foundation NPO Success. The training has equipped her with better insight into the specific requirements of accounting in the South African NPO sector, as well as the tools and processes that help organisations stay on top of their admin.
“We are equally at home doing our finances as we are in the field. We conduct snare and anti-poaching patrols, clean wounds, hydrate stricken animals, and strap broken wings. We also work in urban areas where human/wildlife conflict continues to escalate – always with the main aim of returning the animals to safety and freedom. It helps that I can manage our finances on the fly.” – Carina Crayton, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation founder