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Save More Lives. The Time is Now! $300,00 Up for Grabs
The 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge is a contest which challenges shelters to save at least 300 more dogs and cats in August, September and October over the same time last year. Grand prize is a $100,000 grant; second prize is $25,000. In total we'll give out over $300,000 in prizes. And more importantly, thousands of lives will be saved!
A qualifying heat will help you get your community behind you right from the beginning of the Challenge. During the qualifying heat your community members will vote online to send you to the Challenge. The 50 agencies with the most votes will be the official contestants in the 2011 Challenge.
Are Your Ideas Looking for Funding? Consider Applying to the ASPCA Grants Program
The ASPCA Grants program awarded nearly $7 Million in 2010. For the second year in a row, we gave at least one grant to an organization in each state, plus DC, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. And we expect to give about $12 Million to organizations in need in 2011. While we do not place a ceiling on grant amounts, most grants will range between $500 and $5,000.
Learn about the application process and requirements for our grants program. The ASPCA's funding priorities for 2011 include grants to U.S.-based non-profit animal welfare organizations for the following purposes:
For an overview of how to apply for ASPCA grants, take this quick tour and learn what to expect when you apply for a grant from the ASPCA.
Small Shelters Can Have Big Adoption Rates Too
Just 'cause you're a small organization doesn't mean you can't have huge adoption numbers. Take it from NOAH, a small adoption and spay/neuter center in Stanwood, WA. Despite having an annual intake of only 1,600 animals – making them one of the smallest organizations in the 2010 ASPCA $100K Challenge – they saved 710 animals in just three months (a 155% increase in their live release rate over the same time in 2009!) and finished in second place in the competition. And they decreased their average length of stay by three days.
NOAH's staff shared their strategies during a recent webinar, and here are a few tips to get you started in planning your own dramatic adoption increases:
Watch NOAH's webinar recording, see all of the tips, and even download some sample flyers NOAH found useful. Your next promotion could be your biggest ever! Your next month could be your biggest ever!
Does Your Mission Statement Inspire Support?
You don't want a mission statement that simply describes what you do now because the world isn't standing still. You want a mission statement that incorporates your values and your aspirations. A good mission statement helps your community and especially your stakeholders to "get" what you're about, and hopefully that sets the stage for them to donate their time, money, and support.
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