Strategy for Achieving the Foundation's Goals

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation supports research that will improve the health and lives of all dogs.  The Foundation achieves this by awarding grants to scientists and professionals in research that concern the origins of canine illness, the diagnosis of canine diseases, the developments of effective treatments and the identification of disease prevention strategies. 

  1. Fund canine health research projects through two main grant types:
    1. Oak Grants are research projects that are solicited via requests for proposals, submitted through a tiered application process, reviewed by internal and external expert reviewers, and approved by the board of directors.
    2. Acorn Grants are seed grants that may be submitted at anytime throughout the year and are reviewed and approved by volunteer experts on a monthly  basis.  
  2. The Foundation’s established grants review process is rigorous and stringent. Applications are reviewed internally by dedicated professionals and are subjected to reviews by experts in the application’s field of study.
  3. The Foundation’s process is distinctive in that it gathers information about canine health priorities from the AKC Parent Clubs as well as dog owners, breeders, veterinarians, academic institutions, and researchers. We encourage our investigators to submit applications based on this feedback.
  4. The Foundation raises the funds needed to support the canine health programs through contributions from corporate alliances, dog club organizations, and individuals.
  5. As a public not-for-profit 501(c)3 foundation, the Foundation is dedicated to using it’s fiduciary responsibility to maximize canine health funding opportunities.
  6. The Foundation follows generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and is dedicated to maintaining data integrity in all financial areas.
  7. To ensure financial stability, the Foundation’s accounting operations include:
    a. Evaluating and updating internal controls
    b. Providing timely financial reporting and financial statements
    c. Arrange for an annual external audit
    d. Closely monitoring the composition and performance of investment portfolio
    e. Planning, preparing and implementing an annual budget
    f.  Updating financial forecasts quarterly
    g. Performing cash flow analysis and cash disbursement planning
    h. Ensuring compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations regarding charitable solicitations
  8. The Foundation provides educational material through multiple venues to reach audiences interested in canine health. These include symposia, electronic and traditional mailings, online website, podcasts, and scientific conferences.

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Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

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