Safari Club InternationalMichigan Involvement Committee
What is MIC?
Safari Club International Michigan Involvement Committee (SCI MIC) was formed in 1980 as a committee of representatives from each of the Chapters of Safari Club International located within the State of Michigan to work with designated representatives of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to coordinate funding of MDNR wildlife conservation programs and MDNR wildlife research projects that might otherwise might not be funded. In 1980, there were only four Safari Club Chapters in Michigan; Michigan, Detroit, Flint Regional and Mid-Michigan, yet these four SCI Chapters were able to organize and support what has turned out to be the most influential partnership between SCI and a state wildlife agency in the history of Safari Club International. The first major conservation program undertaken by SCI MIC was the reintroduction of Moose into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the winters of 1985 and 1987 via the transplanting of a total of 61 animals from Ontario, Canada.
SCI MIC Mission Statement:
To enhance wildlife conservation and education in Michigan through financial support of Michigan wildlife/habitat projects and graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in wildlife-related curricula at Michigan-based universities by purchasing critical equipment/supplies/services for or directly funding Michigan wildlife/habitat projects and by awarding grants/scholarships to graduate students that meet our criteria.
Safari Club International Mission Statement:
Safari Club International is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide.
SCI MIC Purposes
SCI MIC is a tax exempt organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “code”). It is also a public charity described in section 509(a)(1) of the Code. That means that individual donations to SCI MIC may be tax deductible.
The purposes of SCI MIC are the coordination of support by Safari Club International and its Michigan-based Chapters of:
- Designated activities and programs of the MDNR.,
- Grants to graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in wildlife and related fields at Michigan-based institutions of higher education, and ….
- Such other wildlife conservation and education activities as may be approved by SCI MIC.
Currently, SCI MIC operates on an annual budget of approximately $50,000. Its major sources of present and future funding are:
- Voluntary contributions from constituent SCI member chapters,
- Matching grants from Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) for select contributions made by SCI MIC constituent member chapters to fund MDNR conservation and research projects, and ….
- Voluntary donations from the general public due to the 501(c)(3) exempt status of SCI MIC.
SCI MIC Donations
Funds donated by SCI MIC for MDNR major wildlife conservation and research projects receive a 3:1 match of Pittman-Robertson funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Thus, a $3000.00 chapter donation to a MIC-MDNR project can grow to $5000.00 via a $2000 SCIF matching grant, and then the $5000 gets leveraged to $20,000.00 via the 3:1 match from the Pittman-Robertson funds. The administrative submission for the Pittman-Robertson funds is done by the MDNR as part of its annual submission for these funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Today, SCI MIC is a Michigan non-profit corporation organized pursuant to Act 162, Public acts of 1982, as amended, on a non-stock basis with membership composed of representatives of each of the SCI Chapters, currently ten as shown below, located within the State of Michigan.