Learn what it takes to start and successfully run an animal organization. Before embarking on a project, consider if your energy, expertise, time, and resources can better be used to form an alliance.
Resources and Articles
From the Magazine
Started with more determination and resourcefulness than capital, this nonprofit now makes a difference in the battle against pet overpopulation in rural Pennsylvania.
Shelters and rescues sometimes view each other with a degree of suspicion. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We explore the source of the problems—and ways that rescue groups can get past them to prove that they’ll be great allies.
The benefits of tax-exempt status are many, but the process of acquiring it can seem daunting—especially for small rescue or fostering groups. Learn what you need to do to approach the IRS and get that coveted 501(c)(3) status.
Stacey Taylor, founder of Texas Coalition for Animal Protection, started out with a plan to help area shelters with their public relations efforts but quickly realized the need for low-cost spay/neuter services was more pressing.
Growing up in Iran, Fatemeh Motamedi saw stray animals abused and taunted in the streets. In 2002, she helped establish VAFA, the country's first animal shelter.
Policies & Programs
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Getting to know the people who use the PFL Community Outreach Toolkit
Humane Society University's Humane Career Toolbox will be of interest to people of all ages who seek to professionally assist animals. The toolbox contains resources for both beginning and enhancing a career helping animals.
BoardSource provides resources, information and training for nonprofit board members.
The Free Management Library contains a wealth of resources to help with all aspects of managing a business, including starting a nonprofit, developing a board, strategic planning, and marketing.
Download the slides, sample documents and more from our 2011 workshop on obtaining 501(c)(3) status.
Use this handy checklist to make sure you've covered all the steps to getting a nonprofit group started.
- Animal Transfer Programs
- Board Development
- Community Outreach
- Policies & Procedures
- Rescue Groups
- Shelter Design
- Spay/Neuter Programs
- Standard Operating Procedures
- State Animal Control Associations & Humane Federations
- Strategic Planning