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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Tiger Missing Link Foundation''s mission is to conserve genetic diversity while preserving captive tigers and educating people to provide sustainability for these endangered species.

Programs: The foundation is working in Tiger Conservation, Education, and Animal Welfare serves internationally with a strong focus within the USA. The conservation is to help save tigers from extinction by conserving genetic diversity and eliminate all inbreeding. This is being accomplished by convincing wildlife conservation groups, zoos' and the private breeders of tigers that DNA testing is needed. Our organization has implemented a frame work for proper captive management of tigers. These programs will assist in strengthening the genetic pool of all captive tigers, both in zoos and the NGO sector by bringing all tiger and tiger owners together under one umbrella.The Foundation provides an educational program known as "S.T.R.I.P.E" Saving Tigers through Research Involving Public Education and is for schools, civic groups and fraternal organizations to learn all about the tigers and their plight. There is an on-line resource known as the Tiger Learning Center at (www.tigerlink.org). The agency is also working with in the East Texas Region to facilitate, cultivate or stimulate youth of all ages with a focus on disadvantaged youth to pursue science as a major for professional fields.The third-role that is served is the rescue and rehabilitation of big cats that have been displaced, abused or neglected, this service is through our Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge (www.tigercreek.org) which is a division of Tiger Missing Link Foundation (www.tigerlink.org) as a registered DBA (assumed name) operating in Smith County Texas.Future direction includes a Tiger Response Unit to assist with medical and dental needs of captive tigers and related husbandry concerns and genetic testing.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Brian167

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Awesome Charity, great work from a grassroots organization

Review from Guidestar

2

Former staff

Rating: 1

How can anyone say "awesome charity" when the executive director has borrowed over $500,000 (along with his salary) while some of the cats continue to wait on larger habitats? That money could have went a long way. Please do your research and request current financials before making a decision regarding this charity.

Review from Guidestar

Advisor

Rating: 5

Awesome Charity, the executive director is VERY transparent when approached in person. Clearly being attacked by cyber trolls with untruths!!!

Review from Guidestar

Previous Stories
7

Board Member

Rating: 5

Has anyone here commenting on salaries asked why the salaries are so high? No

But to answer this question: For the first 10-years the Werner's did not draw a salary, it was collected or reflected on the books / financials but never drawn.
Well despite this the IRS expects to tax and collect 941-employment taxes on salaries including deferred compensation.
So no matter what the Werner's drew or left or donated back the IRS still taxes and thus it’s an accounting measure reflected on the financials despite what the Werner's donate back.

People are quick to judge!

3 Susan482

Donor

Rating: 1

I would advise that people read over the form 990's. Take a look at salaries but then also look at the section on loans to key employees. For the fiscal year of 2014 a key employee owed the non-profit $595,563. His salary reported on that form is $323,973.

Another question I would recommend asking, is why aren't the habitats, mentioned in the review from 3/2015 below, finished YET?

That they allow the key employees to have outstanding loans of half a million dollars (at least in 2014) and have not completed an important project like habitats for the cats, is the reason I rate this non-profit as only one star. My "role" should be listed as "Former Donor"

Review from Guidestar

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Exciting work at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge for 2014-2015. We've just completed a capital expansion of more than $1 million. This includes the construction of the last 6 habitats, the staff should be able to complete them over the next 12 months. Now the 1st phase of development is that much closer to completion. Additional improvements for 2015 include paved walk ways for guest, clearing land for the new veterinarian science center and the future visitors orientation center as well as much needed parking space that was tested with more than 2,000 park visitors during Spring Break.

Great job tiger staff,

B. Werner
Executive Director

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful and exciting growth, new developments are looking amazing. New habitats, new buildings, new public access areas.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the honor of meeting the executive director and his wife, my planned short visit turned into a 2-hour sit down. I have never seen anyone more dedicated to animals in my entire life. This man had a wealth of knowledge and insight to the issues involving big cats especially tigers. And I could instantly see in his eyes and expression how compassionate he is about his work. Like the old saying goes, Still Waters Run Deep; I could tell that this man is gifted and he clearly works around the clock because he instantly responded to a personal thank you email that I sent out to him at 2:30 am.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've actually seen Tiger Creek in-person. And its new structures are amazing. Here's the real question that everyone should be asking: If I was a big cat in the USA where would I want to live? And hands down, I can honestly say Tiger Creek. Go see for yourself!

Review from Guidestar

3 Cheryl67

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been a donor for many years and I am very happy with Mr. Werner. I think he is doing an amazing job. I will continue to donate for years to come.

13

Donor

Rating: 1

As a current member, and someone who has donated several hundred dollars in the last five years, I am rather stunned to find out about the excessive salaries taken by the top positions of the organization.

Deferred compensation or not, the numbers indicate that TMLF/TCWR is not quite the "Labor of Love" professed publicly by this charity's administrators.

I won't be renewing my membership when it expires in 2014.

4

Advisor

Rating: 5

Guidestar does annual nonprofit compensation surveys, as does NonProfit
Times, and as do others. The NonProfit Times guide for 2012, for the
record, suggests that for organizations with budgets ranging between
$2.5 million - 4.9 Million, the CEO averages $119,167; the median is
$110,500.

Brian Werner's yearly salary as CEO is $130,000
Terri Werner's yearly salary as COO is $110,000

Looks to me that they are both on target considering they each have 20
plus years of experience.

Anything in addition to these annual salaries was clearly "deferred
compensation" being removed from the books from the first 10-years of
operations.

17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I cannot speak to the abilities of the Werners to care for the animals. I can, however, speak to the incredibly inflated salaries - well over $300,000 between the two of them. I am a 27 year nonprofit CEO who has worked in organizations with much larger budgets - and I have never earned what he is paying himself. As a lifelong animal welfare advocate, this truly saddens and appalls me - no one goes into these fields to get rich - and while I wholeheartedly support the mission, these people are totally outrageous in their compensation, and I will not give to their organization as a result. Guidestar does annual nonprofit compensation surveys, as does NonProfit Times, and as do others. The NonProfit Times guide for 2012, for the record, suggests that for organizations with budgets ranging between $2.5 million - 4.9 Million, the CEO averages $119,167; the median is $110,500.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 2

It's a shame that the animals are deprived because of the greed or arroganceof the people who run these organizations. While they may be due a living stipend, constantly soliciting money so they can stuff their pockets seeems to be dishonest at the least and, at worst, a scam.

Review from CharityNavigator

7

Donor

Rating: 1

I agree, there is too much money spent on salary of the founders.n I will spend my money on better run organizations, who do not just compensate themself.

Review from CharityNavigator

11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I have been a donor for several years, but I've just discovered this website. Prior to beginning to donate I checked out this group to ensure it was a legitimate enterprise and that they were really making an impact. What I didn't know until now is that the founders are VERY higly compensating themselves at $320,000 between the couple.
Brian & Terri should be ashamed of themselves. Most non-profits compensate their Directors at a nominal fee (if any) such that the majority of the revenue is spent on the animals, with some spent on investments to ensure the survivability of the organization.
I will no longer support Tiger Creek opting to redistribute my donations to other organizations who do the work for the love of the animals without regards to personal profit.

Review from CharityNavigator