SCI Foundation President Joseph Hosmer Passes Torch.
- Increased board giving from almost nothing prior to realignment to $1,118,000 over the past six years
- Added 26 members ($2.6M in contributions) to the Hunter Legacy 100 Fund, completing the 100 members. $2.3M granted since 2010 (45 grants).
- Grown the First for Wildlife Endowment Fund to over $1M.
- Created Foundation Day the day before convention, which includes two new signature fundraising events: the Beretta Conservation Leadership Award Gala and the Krieghoff Sporting Clays Shoot.
- Earned coveted Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator.
To learn more about SCI Foundation’s accomplishments over the past six years, visit http://safariclubfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/JoesPrezism.pdf
Passing on the reins is bittersweet, but I know that incoming president Warren A. Sackman, III will continue the momentum, finding new ways to share our vison and increase our impact.
First for Wildlife,
Hunting Tourism Contributes $426 Million to African Economy.
“This work demonstrates that hunting has a much more significant economic impact across southern and eastern Africa than previously thought,” stated Joseph Hosmer, President of SCI Foundation. The report was produced by Southwick Associates, a leading market research and economics firm specializing in outdoor industries.
“Our results show that a substantial number of jobs and income are created by each hunter who visits Africa, and by hunting collectively,” said Rob Southwick, President of Southwick Associates, Inc. The study investigated the extent of hunters’ annual spending and total economic contributions within an eight-country survey area between 2012 and 2014. More than 53,000 jobs, from South Africa to Ethiopia, are directly supported by the hunting industry.
“Considering that hunting occurs in regions where photographic safari operations and agriculture are often limited, the economic benefits of hunting are critical,” continued Southwick. Photographic tourism and agriculture may not be viable or provide sufficient income on large expanses of the rural African landscape. In many rural areas, hunting is a sustainable land use that offers economic opportunity and incentives for conservation.
“Hunting gives wildlife value and changes a community’s attitude towards conservation,” says Hosmer. “In areas that are supported by revenue generated by hunting, we see fewer human-wildlife conflicts, more tolerance towards problematic or dangerous species, and less poaching.”
The results from this report show that hunting tourism is a driving force in conservation and positively contributes to a sustainable future for Africa’s wildlife and local economies.
Warren Sackman Elected New SCI Foundation President.At the May SCI Foundation board meeting in Washington D.C. Warren Sackman accepted the nomination of a two-year term as the volunteer leader of the foundation. His term begins July 1, 2016 and will run until June 30 of 2018. Sackman takes the helm from Joe Hosmer who has served three consecutive two-year terms as President and now must step down due to term-limit restrictions. Joe has helped lead the growth of the organization over a half decade — taking SCI Foundation to a whole new level. SCI Foundation is now being recognized as one of the international leaders in conservation and education.
Warren and wife Maryann are long-time supporters and volunteers of SCI and the Foundation. He was most recently the SCI Foundation Treasurer and has served on the foundation board for a total of four years to date. His wife is the current volunteer president of the Tri-state New York Chapter of SCI in Manhattan. They are also members of the Hunter Legacy 100 Fund (HLF).
Hunting and volunteer service to hunting-related groups is a family affair. Warren has followed the lead of his parents, Alan and Barbara Sackman who taught him the importance of giving back through charitable philanthropy and volunteerism. In addition to being world class hunters, the Sackman’s take much pride in passing on the hunting tradition and heritage. Several of Warren’s children are also hunters and recently their daughter Sara joined her parents and grandparents as a major donor to the HLF as its final 100th member. Now, three generations of Sackman’s are members.
Warren will be joined by three other SCI Foundation officers in the new fiscal year:
- Vice President – J. Alain Smith
- Secretary – Craig Kaufman
- Treasurer – Ralph Cunningham
We welcome Warren and the other officers and thank Joe Hosmer for his exceptional service to the foundation.