* This is long, but worth it, so please read*
Here is yet another calendar thread. ALL of the photos are Priceless.. I really like the effort people are making, its going to rock this year.
Im working on the layout and going to start placing the photos I have in. PLEASE SEND THEM IN SOON.. so I can get it done. I want to have it completed by October.
I have thought about what to do with the money, since we are not doing a Calendar with HRI. That doesnt mean we dont want to help them. Frankly, they just dont want to deal with me, it has nothing to do with not wanting money. I
My thoughts are, the quilt benefited them ( a lot from what I hear, and I STILL CANT BELIEVE I DIDNT WIN!) and we can have other projects and fundraisers all year which will help rescue. I would also like to feature a rescue dog on the front page with a donate button underneath. Maybe they get a new dog in who needs extra help and we can feature that dog and put a blurb about it.
Im going to keep enough profits to pay the expenses of the forum. Its not much overall. The rest I was thinking we could start a "donor advised fund (DAF)at CHF" Im quoting Cherie below, who explained it to me as I know nothing about this stuff. Thanks to Kathy Patrick who gave me the idea and to Cherie who explained it to me.
"It is basically like a trust fund that individuals or organizations can set up there. It can be one lump sum (doesn't have to be huge) or you can continue to make donations over time.
You have complete control over the use of the funds. When you set it up,
you can dictate whether you want to receive info about research which might help any certain breed (like Havs) and CHF will see to it that you have the info about any upcoming grants which need funding. Then you can authorize whatever dollar amount you wish in terms of any funding for projects you think are worthwhile. They are a great group and the best thing about funding health research through them is that they do all the vetting on the research to make sure the project is valid and they restrict what the money can be used for and their experts receive periodic updates from the researchers involved. Everything is peer reviewed so only the best research projects make it through the grants process."
If you did that, you could maybe set up the DAF in the name of the Havanese Forum and that would do a couple of things. First, it would make them feel a part of the research being done there for the greater good of all dogs. And I'd venture a guess that there might be several folks in the crowd who might eventually be interested in starting their own DAF."
I think its a great idea.. and we could choose what area we want to research. Or support the research on... such as livers.. eyes.. coat colors.. on and on and on..
What do you feel is the Havs biggest problems so far? We read a lot of sad stories here.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: I would need someone to volunteer to set this up. The fund at CHF. Cherie could explain some to us, but someone would need to help set it up and find out what would work best for us. I just can't do it as I am learning I over commit myself and then tend to not take care of my responsibilites well. ( Imagine that! )
If yall dont want to do that, then we can give the money to HRI.. they wont turn down a check. But if someone is willing to help, I think we could put money towards research with this money and benefit HRI in many other ways.
I would also like to start a buyers aware literature packet to download. This will NOT deal with slamming anyone, just what questions to ask and what to be on the look out for when contacting breeders.
To Sum it up we need:
1. SEND IN PHOTOS [email protected]
2. Research the fund at the Canine Health Foundation
3. Find out if we can feature a rescue dog on the front page with a donate button to their paypal ( it would be better if someone asked other than me.
4. Volunteers for all the above, presents could be involved!
OK GIVE ME YOUR OPINIONS!!!