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Fundraising and grants

The success of your shelter or rescue operation goes hand in hand with the success of your fundraising approach. Learn how animal care organizations raise the money needed for everything from basic necessities to ambitious, innovative programs through events, grants, donor care and more.

  • Seeds of support

    Major gifts can boost your organization’s fundraising from so-so to stupendous, enabling you to greatly expand the reach of your lifesaving programs. But major donors aren’t going to drop out of the sky; you’ve got to grow them from the ground up. In this issue’s “Human Element” department, experts suggest ways to cultivate and sustain those relationships.

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  • Strength in funders

    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

    Bloody brilliant fundraising

    Donors wait to give blood.

    A partnership between a California shelter and blood donation center saves lives

    In January, an unusual partnership between Humane Society Silicon Valley and Stanford Blood Center in California was lifesaving in more ways than one. For each person who donated blood throughout the month, the blood center contributed funds to the shelter.

    Overall, 3,395 people donated blood over 31 days, raising $6,790 for HSSV, which will go toward funding pet vaccinations and medical costs. The campaign included an on-site blood drive at the humane society led by blood center staff and volunteers.

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  • Magazine Article

    An overnight success

    Maui Humane Society’s Spring Fling Slumber Party had community members, staffers and volunteers sleeping, singing and performing challenges in the kennels with the dogs.

    Shelter slumber party tugs heartstrings, raises funds

    On Maui, a shelter slumber party turns zzz’s into dollars.

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  • Magazine Article

    Smart moves for winning grants

    Foundation funding can take your programs from good to great, but it takes more than a big idea to walk away with the cash

    The money is out there, but the competition is fierce. While there are plenty of foundations making grants available to animal welfare groups, you need more than good intentions (or dumb luck) to tap into this funding source.

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