Capacity for Achieving the Foundation's Goals

Since 1995, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation has become the largest funder of exclusively canine health research in the world. The Foundation raises funds to support quality research to discover: (1) causes of disease; (2) earlier, more accurate diagnoses; (3) better, more effective treatments. 

  1. The Foundation provides annual budgeted funding of approved Oak and Acorn grants which have been evaluated for scientific soundness, based on an assessment of the Foundation’s financial strength.
  2. The Foundation maintains an endowment that provides additional support and stability of the Foundation.  In addition, the Foundation uses prudent investment strategies in order to weather the changing economic and political climate.
  3. The Foundation’s staff is internally responsible for financial reporting, analysis and day-to-day accounting functions. The Foundation’s Director of Finance ensures timely filings and compliance of all state and federal regulations, including tax filings.
  4. The Foundation’s Board of Directors provides leadership to the Foundation and ensures operational and fiscal responsibility with an independent audit and finance committee.
  5. The Foundation employs individuals with expertise in financial accounting, foundation leadership, scientific research, business process development, grant management, non-profit development, fundraising, donor relations, and club relations.
  6. The Foundation’s internal project assessment team includes volunteer individuals passionate about canine health and who are professionals in veterinary medicine, clinical medicine, and various fields within scientific research.
  7. The Foundation’s grant making operations follow the procedures documented in the Foundation’s grants operations manual. The processes are periodically reviewed and improved to incorporate best practices in grant making, technological advancements, and growth of the Foundation’s capabilities.
  8. The Foundation has a unique relationship with the AKC Parent Clubs and breed foundations. Each organization has a designated Health Liaison who works with the Foundation and their club’s Board of Directors to identify breed-specific health concerns, fundraise for canine health research, and sponsor grants of particular interest to that breed or club. 
  9. The Foundation has invested in technology solutions that provide efficient and accurate processing of grant, donor, and financial information.  These include MicroEdge GIFTs grant management system which provides for online submission and review capabilities, Blackbaud’s RaisersEdge for donor management, Blackbaud’s FinancialEdge for financial management, and Convio’s online marketing and content management capabilities.
  10. To educate about canine health, the Foundation’s established programs include: a podcast and webinar program, scientific conferences, videos of scientific presentations, newsletters and e-newsletters, and online resources.


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