PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2022-2023
The Animal Welfare Foundation completed a new successful cycle over the last year. Please see the video prepared by our President Amy Morris for detailed information about our organization.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT 2021-2022
What an exciting year! The Animal Welfare Foundation experienced growth, both in the grants distributed and the amount of funds donated to the organization. I am so grateful to every individual who chooses to donate to AWFC, seeing the true potential of a broad panel of volunteer grant reviewers to have the best outcomes for animal welfare.
As a public foundation, the AWFC raises and invests donor funds in order to support worthy animal protection efforts across the country every year. Our grant program accounts for the vast majority of our expenses. These two factors in concert have allowed us to make a bigger impact each year. For 2022, we amplified the promotion of the Animal Welfare Organization (AWO) grant stream, by emailing out to over 900 organizations.
Before I get into the outcome, I would like to share a bit about the organization’s big changes in regards to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. In summer of 2021, AWFC collaborated with Vantage Point consultant Dorla Tune to create a report about how the AWFC can improve their processes to provide a more equitable approach to granting.
The report including recommendations for having a Board-wide discussion about the AWFC’s commitments to equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunities to invite the animal welfare sector on the EDI journey, and a grant process and document review. The Board held relevant discussions in each committee, reflecting on how the Board can better consider EDI principles in its commitments, in recruiting Directors, and in grant-making. A number of significant changes were made to make the organization’s processes more equitable, inclusive, and reflecting diversity.
We recognize that this is an iterative process, and continue to engage in conversations that consider who is being left out of our sector, and for what reasons. While we don’t have all the solutions, and there are still opportunities to improve many of our processes, we are committed to continue the conversations. One tool we found very helpful was the Equitable Grantmaking Continuum, and we will continue to reflect on these recommendations. A list of other resources we referenced is available at the bottom of this report.
Through the updated grant process, in 2022, we received proposals from 46 organizations (an all-time high!) and awarded $75,000 in grants to the following 9 organizations:
- $15,000 to Raincoast Conservation Foundation for Wolf surveys in the Upper Pitt River valley
- $5,000 to Paws for Hope Animal Foundation for a BC Animal Rescue Accreditation Program
- $13,000 to Humane Canada for Implementing a National Humane Education Strategy
- $10,000 to the Guelph Humane Society for assessing strategies for improving the status and welfare of owned cats in Canada
- $10,000 to Chiots Nordique for an Education and Awareness Program for Indigenous Communities in Quebec
- $5,000 to the Canadian Animal Task Force Society for Humane Educational Program for First Nation Students
- $5,000 to the Amelia Foundation for Amelia’s Daycare Project
- $7,000 to the Alberta SPCA for the Humane Educator’s Starter Kit
- $5,000 to Hope for Wildlife Society for Beaver Dam Diversion
Project summaries for each of the grants can be found on the awfc.ca website.
Due to pandemic, we did not receive any applications this past year to fund university animal welfare clubs, campus public lectures or the Minshall award. We are considering innovative ways to promote these grant opportunities in the next year.
We also provided a grant through the Dr. Carol Morgan Memorial Award to Dr. Shelby Kimura, who is using the grant to complete a course in Veterinary Forensic Science, which will assist in recognizing animal abuse.
I am grateful to the Grant committee members for the many hours spent over the summer discussing and updating the AWO grant application process. We hope that the process was smoother and more efficient for the applicants. If you have any ideas for how this process can be made even more equitable, diversity-centred, and inclusive, please send us an email.
It is through this process that the AWFC can assure animal lovers that their donations will be allocated to credible, effective projects that will deliver measurable positive outcomes for animals. It is the reason the AWFC exists, and we hope our supporters are pleased with the decisions we’ve made on their behalf.
Speaking of our supporters, although on an absolute basis our one-time and monthly donations are still small in comparison to many other charities, growth relative to previous years’ donations has been amazing. We are also seeing continued growth in Q1 of 2022.
I also want to acknowledge many of the past and present AWFC Directors who donated to the AWFC this year. As Directors, we already volunteer so much of our time and expertise to running and maintaining the AWFC that your collective financial contributions were an added bonus!
Thank you to all our donors who so graciously help animals and support the humane movement across Canada through their contributions to the AWFC.
In terms of our financials, investment income from our funds performed well this past year, despite the pandemic, generating a surplus of $263,000. This income accounts for the majority of all AWFC annual revenues and is thus critical to supporting our grant program while we continue to grow our donor base.
I’d like to recognize our Finance Committee for its wise oversight of our revenues, expenses and invested assets. Thanks to the growth in donor contributions, solid investment returns, and maintaining low operating costs, the AWFC currently finds itself in a good financial position. So long as there are no major economic downturns post-pandemic, we hope to use some of this year’s surplus to increase the grant funds available in 2023 and beyond to support either more animal charities or provide larger grants to even more impactful projects.
More specifically, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to John who joined the Board as Treasurer in 2015. His continued commitment to the role these past 7 years has provided the consistency, stability and historical background to keep the organization running smoothly and efficiently.
I also want to acknowledge the very busy members of the Communications and Fundraising Committee who invest much time in communicating and advertising our work to animal charities and the public. Many updates and improvements were made to our website this past year. We hope that you will have a chance to peruse at https://awfc.ca, and we welcome your feedback! Specifically, I want to thank Adrienne for drafting all the lovely update emails that were sent out through Mailchimp and maintaining the Facebook page. Jamie has also been a huge support in helping to translate all of the communications materials into French.
Thank you as well to our Visioning Committee for staying on top of the latest public opinion polls and animal welfare research findings. This effort ensures the AWFC’s goals remain relevant with, if not ahead of, changing societal values and attitudes about animal welfare.
I also want to thank Jamey, Board Secretary, for her role in managing our email inbox inquiries, coordinating grant applications and for recording our meeting minutes.
I am grateful to Jamie for his work on the Nominations Committee, in doing such a fabulous job in identifying and recruiting a new candidate to the Board this year, and creating a short-list for future years. I am thrilled with the diverse background and incredible experience Dr. Giuliana Miguel Pacheco and Dr. Katie MacDonald will bring to the Board.
The AWFC has been going strong since 1965 thanks to the generosity of our donors and the incredible calibre of people we continue to attract to the Board. When I look back at the various grants we’ve given over the years, and particularly the exciting projects this year, I know our collective support of animal charities and projects across the country has made a real impact in the lives of animals. I am proud of how we’ve grown and the many changes we’ve incorporated to ensure the organization’s future success.
Most importantly, I am grateful to the Indigenous peoples whose land we live and work on, to deliver on the mission of the organization. I hope that we can continue to identify ways to bring equity, diversity, and inclusion into the work we do to help animals and people together.
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