Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2014 PDF

How do we go from the present day to a world where people and natural systems live harmoniously side by side, where the future isn’t marked by diminishing returns in nature but by stability and growth? … Birds will show us the way.

the Cornell Lab Discover campaign

The Discover Campaign is a $125 million effort to strengthen our capacity for conserving birds and biodiversity in the next century.


Each new discovery about birds tells us more about the world we call home.


A culture of innovation breeds big ideas and new technologies.


Education creates leaders and ambassadors for the world’s birds.


Birds inspire the best in people.


Actionable science makes a long-term difference on the ground and creates a better future.


FY14 Revenues (through June 30, 2014)

Revenue Piechart for fiscal year 2014 through June 30

Total Revenue = $23,759,288

FY14 Expenditures

Expenditure Piechart for fiscal year 2014 through June 30

Total Expenditures = $23,246,609

Annual Operating Revenue and Expense, 2005–2014


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology takes great care to steward your gifts wisely. The Lab's revenue and expenses have grown consistently during the past seven years as programs have begun to mature and have a greater impact in the world. In addition to record income from grants and contracts, and continued healthy revenue from programs, the Lab continues to have a broad and generous base of financial support from donors through annual, capital, and planned giving. We strive to keep administrative and fundraising expenses as low as possible. Thank you for trusting us. We will continue to work hard so that these gifts result in positive impacts for birds and biodiversity.

Photography credits

From top to bottom, left to right: Blackburnian Warbler © Gerrit Vyn Black-throated Blue Warbler © Gerrit Vyn; Dunlins © Mark Eden;

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