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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

    Follow the money

    Rescue groups can’t afford to ignore financial management best practices

    As a rescue group, you’ve got passion and good intentions in abundance, but your financial oversight skills might be in shorter supply. As too many animal welfare organizations have learned, a worthy mission won’t protect you from poor financial management or even embezzlement. The good news is that by implementing sound financial policies and practices, you can keep your organization in the black and your mission going strong.

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  • Magazine Article

    A lasting legacy

    Illustration by Shaina Lieberman, HSUS

    Planned gifts can ensure your organization’s future

    Ever wonder how to tap into animal lovers’ desire to leave a legacy? A veteran fundraiser explains the different forms of planned giving, including bequests, and how your organization can pave the way to what will likely be the largest donations you’ll ever receive.

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  • Magazine Article

    Peace, love, dogs

    To benefit animals, Louisiana humane society taps that ’60s spirit

    Folks in Covington, Louisiana, are feeling groovy on a yearly basis at St. Tammany Humane Society’s Woofstock festival. The free, one-day event is a nearly 30-year tradition that’s grown to include roughly 2,000 attendees, almost 40 sponsors, dog and human hippie costume contests, a DJ, collectible Woofstock T-shirts, local food and celebrities, children’s entertainment, raffles and, of course, beer.

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