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  • Magazine Article

    Sharing Stories, Saving Lives

    When puppy Bali needed lifesaving surgery, donors gave more than $20,000, far exceeding her veterinary costs.

    Raising funds and finding homes to help special-needs pets

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  • Guide

    Fund Your Program

    Happy volunteers with dog

    Explore grant opportunities for municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations.

    Listings of financial assistance opportunities for a variety of animal welfare programs including spay/neuter, rescue initiatives, community cat populations and more.

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  • Magazine Article

    Need a Boost?

    His surname may be Katz, but Ethan’s heart has gone to the dogs—in this case his family’s rescue pooches Fly (left) and Brooklyn.

    T-shirt sales strengthen fundraising efforts

    Eight-year-old Ethan Katz didn’t start off wanting to rescue dogs for his ninth birthday—he wanted to be a dog. But when his parents declined his request for a $700 mascot costume, he decided that saving canines was the next best thing.

    The Stevensville, Md., native did his homework and found, a website that helps philanthropy-minded folks design and sell custom T-shirts to raise money for a cause or organization.

    Ethan had no trouble choosing a charity. His family had recently adopted their youngest dog, Brooklyn, from City Dogs Rescue in Washington, D.C.

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  • Magazine Article

    Strength in Funders

    Crowdfunding isn't magical, but it could work for your organization's animals

    What do you do when you’ve got a special project in mind, one that you think would do wonders for your animals, but you don’t have the budget? Or when you’ve got an amazing, adoptable animal who simply has the misfortune to have some serious (and expensive) medical issues?

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  • Magazine Article

    Fundraising's Human Equation

    When people get engaged with your organization’s work, their contributions will go beyond the occasional financial donation, say the authors of The Generosity Network.

    Authentic partnerships key to sustainability, success

    Rare, indeed, is the person who enjoys asking for money. Organizations’ fundraising committees are often the hardest to staff, with calls for volunteers frequently answered by symphonies of chirping crickets.

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  • Magazine Article

    A Schnauzer's Legacy

    Software developer Dave Duffield—shown here visiting with a pair of dachshunds—drew inspiration from his late schnauzer to co-found the grant-making powerhouse Maddie’s Fund to aid future generations of animals.

    Maddie's Fund works to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable shelter pets

    Back in the late-1980s, when Dave Duffield was relatively poor and uncertain about the prospects for PeopleSoft, a software firm he had founded, he always had a comforting friend in his miniature schnauzer, Maddie. Duffield and his wife Cheryl vowed that if they became wealthy, they’d repay Maddie for her love and companionship during difficult times by trying to help future generations of pets.

    The business prospered, and the Duffields established a family foundation in 1994 that became Maddie’s Fund in 1999, a few years after Maddie’s death.

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