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What Qualities Do Emerging Leaders Need to Succeed?

Tawny Hammond, National Director for Leadership Advancement, Best Friends Animal Society and Denise Deisler, Director, Jacksonville Humane SocietyApril 2020

This presentation outlines a foundation for understanding how to cultivate the leadership abilities that will enable your or your staff to reach their highest potential.

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Statewide Advocacy

Ryan Clinton, Laura Donahue and Katie JarlApril 2020

Learn from expert advocates as they share their success stories for state-wide efforts to transform to No Kill.

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Moving Through Adversity

Kristen Hassen-Auerbach and Paula PowellApril 2020

This session will shed light on the last 2 years as Paula Powell fights for animals and the people who love them.

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Fundraising for Survival: Lessons for Any Sized Organization, Part 1 of 2

Maggie Lynch, Director of Development, Austin Pets Alive! and American Pets Alive!April 2020

Join fundraising innovator Maggie Lynch and learn how to raise money and how to get scrappy when you need to! (Part 1 of 2)

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Fundraising for Survival: Lessons for Any Sized Organization, Part 2 of 2

Maggie Lynch, Director of Development, Austin Pets Alive! and American Pets Alive!April 2020

Join fundraising innovator Maggie Lynch and learn how to raise money and how to get scrappy when you need to! (Part 2 of 2)

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Daily Decision Making and Accountability: Identifying Key Performance Indicators

Mark Sloat, Program Manager, Field Services, Austin Animal Center and Don Bland, Chief Animal Services Officer, Austin Animal CenterApril 2020

Learn what it means to set KPIs and goals to instill an organizational lifesaving philosophy.

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Cash and Counting: The Importance of Data in Grantmaking

Jodi Buckman, ASPCA and Shelly Thompson, Maddie's FundJuly 2019

In this session you'll hear from two grant makers, Maddie's Fund® and the ASPCA, about the importance of data in grant evaluation and funding decisions. This presentation was recorded at the 2019 ASPCA Maddie's® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference.

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Fundraising for Animal Welfare Organizations - Part 7: Getting to the Close and Creating an Action Plan

Kim KleinMarch 2019

This presentation is appropriate for quick-learning beginners as well as seasoned fundraisers who are eager to learn how to engage others in fundraising. Part 7 of 7: Getting to the Close and Creating an Action Plan.

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Fundraising for Animal Welfare Organizations - Part 2: Build Relationships

Kim KleinMarch 2019

This presentation is appropriate for quick-learning beginners as well as seasoned fundraisers who are eager to learn how to engage others in fundraising. Part 2 of 7: Build Relationships.

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Fundraising for Animal Welfare Organizations - Part 3: Setting Goals and Building a Team

Kim KleinMarch 2019

This presentation is appropriate for quick-learning beginners as well as seasoned fundraisers who are eager to learn how to engage others in fundraising. Part 3 of 7: Setting Goals and Building a Team.

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Fundraising for Animal Welfare Organizations - Part 4: Understand Your Prospects

Kim KleinMarch 2019

This presentation is appropriate for quick-learning beginners as well as seasoned fundraisers who are eager to learn how to engage others in fundraising. Part 4 of 7: Understand Your Prospects.

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Fundraising for Animal Welfare Organizations - Part 5: Who is a Prospect?

Kim KleinMarch 2019

This presentation is appropriate for quick-learning beginners as well as seasoned fundraisers who are eager to learn how to engage others in fundraising. Part 5 of 7: Who is a Prospect?

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Fundraising for Animal Welfare Organizations - Part 6: How to Ask For Money in Person

Kim KleinMarch 2019

This presentation is appropriate for quick-learning beginners as well as seasoned fundraisers who are eager to learn how to engage others in fundraising. Part 6 of 7: How to Ask For Money in Person.

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How to Start and Grow Major Gift Fundraising for Your Non-Profit - Part 1: How Big is Big? Getting Your Board on Board and Identifying Prospects

Amy EisensteinMarch 2019

In this seminar you will learn how to ask and receive more major gifts this year. Part 1 of 4: Getting Your Board on Board and Identifying Prospects.

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How to Start and Grow Major Gift Fundraising for Your Non-Profit - Part 2: Cultivation: Relationship Building

Amy EisensteinMarch 2019

In this seminar you will learn how to ask and receive more major gifts this year. Part 2 of 4: Cultivation: Relationship Building.

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How to Start and Grow Major Gift Fundraising for Your Non-Profit - Part 3: Solicitation: Asking for the Gift

Amy EisensteinMarch 2019

In this seminar you will learn how to ask and receive more major gifts this year. Talk 3 of 4: Solicitation: Asking for the Gift

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How to Start and Grow Major Gift Fundraising for Your Non-Profit - Part 4: Setting a Goal and Staying on Track

Amy EisensteinMarch 2019

In this seminar you will learn how to ask and receive more major gifts this year. Part 4 of 4: Setting a Goal and Staying on Track.

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Fundraising for Animal Welfare Organizations - Part 1: Introduction to Fundraising

Kim KleinMarch 2019

This presentation is appropriate for quick-learning beginners as well as seasoned fundraisers who are eager to learn how to engage others in fundraising. Part 1 of 7: Introduction to Fundraising.

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Creative and inexpensive fundraising ideas for your animal welfare organization

May 7, 2019

Have you struggled with coming up with new events to draw your community in and raise money? Julie Barger, Director of Development at Lynchburg Humane Society (LHS) has some ideas for you. We attended her session, Unique fundraising events to engage your community at Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Animal Care Expo in…

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Scrutinize and Market the Euthanasia List

Clare Callison, Canine Lifesaving Advisor, Maddie's® Lifesaving AcademyMarch 2019

This talk explores why it's important to understand exactly which animals are dying in your municipal shelter and how to let people help you get them out alive.

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The Modern Municipal Animal Agency

Sarah Aguilar, April Moore, Lee Ann Shenefiel and Mark SloatMarch 2019

Learn how modern shelters develop targeted neighborhood programs that serve the larger community's desire to be no-kill while serving the public safety needs of specific areas.

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Transport Programs: Get Pets to Safety

Clare Callison, Canine Lifesaving Advisor, Maddie's® Lifesaving AcademyMarch 2019

Hear how your average "Texas brown dogs" are making a big splash in places as far as Oregon, Connecticut, and even Italy!

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Conquer Fear and Doubt: Managing Your Team Through Change and Controversy - panel

Tawny Hammond, Jose Ocano, Mike Kaviani and Paula PowellMarch 2019

Learn how to be a motivating people manager and help your team reach their goals - even through change and controversy.

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High Volume Foster Programs for Cats and Dogs

Monica Frenden, Regan Goins and Lorian EpsteinMarch 2019

Learn how to rethink foster care in terms of capacity and expand the concept of what animals should be considered for foster.

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How to Run A Sustainable, Low Budget, No Kill Municipal Shelter

Cheryl Schneider, Director of Animal Services, Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter and Lindsey Huffman, Director of Lifesaving Programs, Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCAMarch 2019

Successful shelter leaders share their knowledge on how to run a no-kill organization even when you have a very limited budget.

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Shelter Data: How to Get It, Use It and Read It

Rory Adams, Executive Director, Tucson Pets Alive!March 2019

This is an in-depth presentation on shelter data: how to get it, read it, and use it to influence change.

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Save Rate: Upward Bound - Exceed the 50% Benchmark - panel

Marc Peralta, Sgt. Karl Bailey, Michele Figueroa, Teresa Johnson, Jose Ocano and Cheryl SchneiderMarch 1, 2019

This lively panel discussion will shed light on the experiences of the expert leaders who brought their communities past a 50% live release rate.

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Blueprint to a Successful No-kill Journey

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive! and American Pets Alive!March 2019

Join Dr. Ellen Jefferson as she guides you step-by-step through what are considered Best Practice metrics in outcomes, intakes, and the 12 programmatic ingredients of lifesaving.

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Key Performance Indicators: Resources, Responsibility and Results

Ellen Jefferson, DVM and David MeyerMarch 2019

In this fundamental session, join Dr. Ellen Jefferson and David Meyer as they explain how to prioritize goals and benchmark against them all along the way so that you can achieve success.

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Create Leaders from Within: Build a Succession Plan

Lisa Ward and Ed JamisonMarch 2019

So, you're a no-kill shelter leader, but what will happen in your community if the next shelter director who takes your place is not?

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Fundraising Fundamentals for Scrappy Organizations, Part 1

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, Executive Director, Austin Pets Alive! and Maggie Lynch, Development Director, Austin Pets Alive!March 2019

Join fundraising innovator, Maggie Lynch, and APA! Executive Director, Dr. Ellen Jefferson, to learn how to raise money and how to get scrappy when you need to!

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Fundraising Fundamentals for Scrappy Organizations, Part 2

Maggie Lynch, Development Director, Austin Pets Alive!March 2019

What do you need to raise funds effectively as you grow your organization?

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Get More Staff Without Spending More Money

Kristen Auerbach, Director of Pima Animal Care CenterMarch 2019

No-kill leader Kristen Auerbach will teach you how to increase staff productivity, without increasing your budget.

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Get Them on Your Team: Engaging and Leveraging Activists to Reach Your Goals

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, Executive Director, Austin Pets Alive! and Kristen Auerbach, Executive Director, Pima Animal Care CenterMarch 2019

This session will teach you skills to help you view activists as partners and to inspire them to work with you, not against you.

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Managing Staff to Ensure Accountability - panel

Tawny Hammond, Ed Jamison, Marc Peralta, Makena Yarbrough and Rachel LunaMarch 2019

What does it mean to have an accountable staff and why is this important to no-kill shelter and rescue leaders?

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Using Your Data for Strategic Planning

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, Lars Rabbe and Lee Ann ShenefielMarch 2019

By the end of the presentation, you will be ready to make and implement strategic goals based on your organization's data.

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The Surprising Science of Meetings: Key Learnings and Implications for Shelter Success and You as Someone Who May Lead Meetings

Steven G. Rogelberg, PhD, Chancellor's Professor, University of North Carolina at CharlotteThursday, March 28, 2019

This webcast delves into the research leading to an evidence-based path that will help you conduct a more productive meeting.

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Access to Veterinary Care: A National Family Crisis

Dr. Michael Blackwell and Dr. Susan KrebsbachThursday, February 21, 2019

The lack of access to care is the most significant animal welfare crisis affecting owned pets in the United States. Learn more about this important issue in this webcast.

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Unleashing the People Potential: How to Develop an Extraordinary Volunteer Culture for Winning Organizations

Gina Knepp and Bobby MannOctober 2018

Learn how a small municipal shelter attracted over 2,000 volunteers who give over 100,000 hours of service annually.

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The Yellow Brick Road: A Map to Fundraising Oz

Don Jennings, Consultant, Humane NetworkOctober 2018

This talk will put your feet on the path to practical and sustainable strategies that even the busiest nonprofit group can use (wizard not included).

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Hills, Hollers and Humane Officers

Chelsea Staley, Executive Director, Kanawha-Charleston Humane AssociationOctober 2018

How a shelter in poverty-stricken Appalachia inspired change in the unlikeliest of places, and how you can, too.

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Leadership Requires Attention

Gina Knepp, Animal Care Services Manager, Front Street Animal Shelter, City of SacramentoOctober 2018

Leadership takes a special skillset and mindset. How your staff and volunteers are managed is but one key to success. It takes courage, hard work and creativity but the pay-off is well worth every effort.

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An Evidence-Based Look at Compassion Fatigue: Diagnosing the Doctor and Healing the Healer, Part 1 of 2

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP, Senior Director, Shelter Medicine, ASPCA December 2018

This presentation explores the various definitions of compassion fatigue, reviews the evidence of its impact on healthcare professions and the symptoms of compassion fatigue in ourselves and others.

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Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

Jill Beckwith, Chief Philanthropy Officer, EmancipetDecember 2018

This presentation discusses the importance of creating an organization-wide culture of philanthropy that extends beyond the development team

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Effective Communication for Staff and Volunteers, Part 1

Susan Britt, Senior Director of Shelter Training, Interim Director of Operations, ASPCA December 2018

This workshop covers techniques to keep a conversation productive and respectful.

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Grantseeker Best Practices: Getting Your Organization's Ducks Cats & Dogs in a Row

Michael Barrett and Adriana JiménezDecember 2018

Discover how following best practices is key to helping your organization have the most impact on the lives of vulnerable animals.

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Hiring the Right Person for the Job

Bonney Brown, President and Founder, Humane NetworkDecember 2018

This presentation shares strategies to find and hire people who not only have the skill, ability and drive to do the job, but are going to be a good fit for your organization, as well as how to set them up to be successful in the role.

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How to Make Your Board More Effective for Your Organization and More Rewarding for Board Members

Bonney Brown, President and Founder, Humane NetworkDecember 2018

This presentation helps address many common challenges and concerns and how to transform the board into a more effective high-functioning group.

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Influencing Local Policy

Jill Beckwith, Chief Philanthropy Officer, EmancipetDecember 2018

This presentation offers a step-by-step process on forming strategic relationships with policy makers to help inform their decisions.

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The Role of Public Health in Animal Sheltering

Jeanette O'Quin, DVM, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Shelter Medicine and Veterinary Public Health, Ohio State University College of Veterinary MedicineDecember 2018

This presentation discusses how sheltering practices in the U.S. are impacting public health internationally, in particular Ethiopia.

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Lifesaving Webcast Series: Intake Mitigation and Managed Intake

Sarah Boyd and Joe HellebrandThursday, November 15, 2018

In this webcast, Brevard County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter personnel Dr. Sarah Boyd and Joe Hellebrand let you in on the secret that Animal Control shelters can operate as no-kill.

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Million Cat Challenge: Helping vs Enabling: Knowing the Difference Made All the Difference!

Shelly SimmonsThursday, October 18, 2018

Learn how the largest open-admission shelter in South Carolina decreased cat intake in their shelter by nearly 60% and increased the feline save rate from 30% to over 80% in less than three years!

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Million Cat Challenge: Believe in Saving Lives

Karen SheppardThursday, October 11, 2018

How changing communication approaches, implementing strong programs, and the power of belief all came together to save cats' lives in Huntsville's municipal shelter.

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Use these free or low-cost ways to thank your donors

September 27, 2018

We know how important it is to acknowledge people who choose to donate their hard-earned money to your shelter or rescue or organization. But how can you do it in a cost-effective manner? In a recent Wired Impact blog post, the nonprofit website design company laid out some incentives nonprofits can offer their donors. But…

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So, You Want Some Money? How to Apply for Maddie's Fund® Innovation Grants

Kelly Clardy and Amber EbyThursday, September 20, 2018

Do you have questions about Maddie's Fund® Innovation Grants?

During this informative webcast, you will hear a brief overview of the Innovation Grants, Maddie's Fund Grant Portal, and the application process.

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New crowdfunding platform helps pet owners and animal organizations raise money for vet care

August 23, 2018

Whether you are a shelter professional, rescue volunteer or pet owner, you’ve probably seen people crowdfunding for sick or injured pets. But how do you know it’s legitimate? Sometimes people post copies of their bills, but often you’re asked to simply take their word for it. That's where Waggle comes in. Waggle partners directly with…

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An adoption fee tweak that lets animal shelters help more pets

July 24, 2018

What if you could reduce the time animals have to wait to find a forever home, while increasing adoptions and seeing your adoption revenue go up? This positive turn of events has been playing out this year at San Jose Animal Care Center (SJACC)– and the center says a newly-implemented strategy called "variable pricing" is largely…

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How Austin Did It - Roadmap to Saving More Lives

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, Ryan Clinton, Lee Ann ShenefielMarch 2018

This presentation is designed to give you context about the obstacles, the challenges, the successes and the strategies that made Austin, TX the largest No Kill (counting all animals entering the shelter) City in America.

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Maddie's Idea Lab: Saving Lives and Spreading Good Ideas

Sheila Segurson D'Arpino, DVM, DACVBMarch 2018

Maddie's® Idea Lab supports the implementation and assessment of innovative ideas that have a high likelihood of advancing lifesaving of dogs and cats, the utilization of foster care for dogs and cats or animal welfare leadership. Come to this lecture to find out what we've learned and how these ideas are saving lives.

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Shelter Pet Marketing is Not Adoption Counseling

Kristen Auerbach, Monica Frenden, Mike RyanMarch 2018

Marketing is about putting your best foot forward. Since pets don't know how to market, they need you to be the savviest marketer around to save their lives and give people the opportunity to fall in love. Come learn what works!

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Strategic Planning To No Kill - No Duplication Of Effort In Your Community Is Key

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, Brent ToellnerMarch 2018

This session is a step-by-step tutorial on focusing your work so that it is additive, not duplicative, or worse yet, inconsequential. We show you exactly how!

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This animal organization donor ‘thank you’ message is the cat’s meow!

March 8, 2018

Every animal shelter or rescue organization could use more money, right? One of the most important tools for the care and cultivation of donors is one that comes after they make their first gift: the thank you. Here’s how you can knock yours out of the park. Making sure a donor “thank you” email is…

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4 fundraising tips your animal organization needs to know

September 19, 2017

Pretend you don’t work for your animal organization, but just heard about it on Facebook. Maybe you read that there was an urgent need for funds to repair damage from a fire, or to buy a new spay/neuter van, or pay the veterinary expenses of an injured pet. Whatever the reason, click over to your…

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Fundamentals for the 21st Century Grant Seeker

Michael BarrettJanuary 2018

In this presentation, attendees learn about the distinguishing characteristics of the three types of grant makers - foundations, corporate funders and public charities -and why those differences matter.

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Hiring for Culture

Myles ChadwickJanuary 2018

Peter Drucker first said "Culture eats strategy for lunch" and since then, organizational culture has become a buzzword and a way of life for organizational development consultants.

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One simple mistake to avoid when applying for a grant

January 11, 2017

Applying for a grant  can be overwhelming — so overwhelming some animal shelters or rescue organizations miss out on money for reasons that can easily be avoided. Like this one: During Maddie’s Fund’s last innovation grant application period, we had over 400 applicants, but awarded grants to only 67 recipients. The reason wasn’t lack of…

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Fundraising: Startup and Beyond - Part 1

Maggie LynchJanuary 2017

Learn what you will need to raise funds effectively when you're a new or relatively small organization.

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Fundraising: Startup and Beyond - Part 2

Maggie LynchJanuary 2017

Part two of this workshop covers issues faced by organizations as they grow larger, diving deeper into the details of creating an overall funding strategy.

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Shelters and rescue groups can get a head start on planning with this free tool

January 7, 2016

This tool can help you find great animal welfare events to attend, create interesting social media content, and get a jump on budgeting, kitten season, and preparing for fire, flood, mud and storm season. It’s the 2016 ASPCAPro Planning Calendar, and it’s free for you to download! How’s that for a Happy New Year tip?…

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Where to Begin: Fundraising Basics

Sandy ReesJuly 17, 2015

Fundraising: The right people, the right time, the right message, is it as simple as that?

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Smart Money: Wise Investments for a Secure Future

Craig DePoleJuly 17, 2015

Where can your fundraising efforts reap the biggest rewards? Find out in this presentation from Best Friends National Conference!

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Raising Funds Digitally: Navigating the Online and Email Worlds

Sue CitroJuly 17, 2015

Increase your reach through the power of online and email fundraising!

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Light Their Fires: Motivating Donors

Angie Moore and Jeff NickelJuly 17, 2015

Do you know what your donors want, why they are involved and what their expectations are of your organization? Find out!

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Fundraising's Hidden Power: Making Every Donor Count

Tim CrumJuly 17, 2015

Want to learn how to build lasting relationships with donors, ask for more money, get your donors to find other donors, and build a volunteer team devoted to asking for money?

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Granted: Identifying, Applying for and Managing Grant Funds

Amanda PearceJuly 17, 2015

Are you intimidated by the grant proposal process? Don't be!

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Ready, Steady, Go: Managing Change for Increased Success

Holly SizemoreJuly 17, 2015

Evolve and grow - that's the blueprint for a vibrant organization, but many of us resist change, especially when we can't see the need for it. How can we change and continue to move the ball forward?

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Learning to Lead: What Great Leaders Know and Do

Gregory CastleJuly 17, 2015

It takes leadership to save animals. There are many different ways to lead, and many different ways to make decisions. Find out how to maximize your leadership skills to affect the most change.

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Strong on Top: Building and Engaging a Board of Directors

Sandy ReesJuly 17, 2015

You can unleash the best board of directors ever. Discover the traits of your ideal board members, learn to recruit the talented folks you most want, and plan ways to keep them meaningfully engaged.

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Medical Treatment for Cats on a Shoestring Budget

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, and Jordana MoerbeFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! Medical Clinic treats thousands of cats a year, many who are straight off of the euthanasia list because of medical conditions such as feline leukemia, FIV, renal disease, hepatic lipidosis, skin problems, viral diseases, and trauma. They save them all and this session is about how they do it.

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DIY: Building a Nice Cattery on a Shoestring

Bruce Walker, PhD and Bob BreezeFebruary 2015

Desperate for cat adoption facilities but not enough funds to get a building?  Build out "habitats® in your local pet store or vet clinic!

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Marketing 2.0

Diane BlankenburgFebruary 2015

How do you get name recognition on a limited budget? What image do you want to create? What puts you on the map? What is the purpose of your marketing materials?

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Fundraising 1.0: Grass Roots Fundraising

Lindy Hardin and Katy BryantFebruary 2015

San Antonio Pets Alive! started in 2012 with some financial help, but the organization had to quickly get on its feet to raise the rest of the funds needed to save 5,000 animals.  The presenters share what they did to hit the ground running, what worked, what didn®™t work as well as expected and how to divide and conquer.  

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Fundraising 2.0: From Grass Roots to a Multi-Million Dollar Organization

Diane BlankenburgFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) started off as a very grassroots organization, raising every dollar through word of mouth.  Five years later, APA! has grown and the needs of fundraising have, too.  This presentation addresses how to plan for bigger funds.

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How to Keep Your Newsletters Out of the Spam Folder

Amy StarnesFebruary 2015

Email management and marketing is much more than simply opening a free Gmail account. You need a strategy and an email marketing platform. 

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Cats and Capacity for Care, Part 1

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMay 2014

What if there was a magic wand we could wave over animal shelters to increase cat adoptions while cutting daily care costs, reducing stress for staff, creating a more welcoming environment for volunteers and visitors, and dramatically improving the health and welfare of shelter cats? It's not quite as easy as a magic wand, but Capacity for Care (C4C) can have these benefits and more.

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Cats and Capacity for Care, Part 2

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMay 2014

In part 2 of Cats and Capacity for Care (C4C), the good news is that it can apply to any shelter, small or large, rich or poor, open or limited intake. Attaining Capacity for Care in the shelter frees resources to invest in building C4C in the community as well.

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The Dollars and Sense of Sheltering: A Tool for Financially Evaluating Your Shelter's Programs

Nicole Olynk Widmar, PhDAugust 2013

Sheltering isn't just about good intentions. It's about planning and developing programs that have a good chance of keeping animals healthy and happy, as well as maximizing adoptions and lifesaving.

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Expanding Lifesaving in Spite of Slashed Budgets

Rich AvanzinoMarch 2012

The economic crisis in America has forced animal shelters to look at options they might not have considered in the past. In this provocative video, Maddie's Fund president Rich Avanzino asks "What if?" animal control agencies were to no longer take community cats or owner surrenders if they are at capacity - an idea that if carried out, could radically save lives.