Strategy for Achieving the Foundation's Goals
Since 1995, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has become the largest funder of exclusively canine health research in the world. CHF raises funds to support scientific research to discover: (1) causes of disease; (2) earlier, more accurate diagnoses; (3) better, more effective treatments for the advancement of canine health.
- CHF provides annual budgeted funding of approved Oak and Acorn research grants which have been evaluated for scientific soundness.
- CHF maintains an endowment that provides additional support and stability of the Foundation. In addition, CHF uses prudent investment strategies to balance the changing economic and political climate.
- CHF’s staff is internally responsible for financial reporting, analysis and day-to-day accounting functions. CHF’s Director of Finance ensures timely filings and compliance of all state and federal regulations, including tax filings.
- CHF’s Board of Directors provides leadership to the Foundation and ensures operational and fiscal responsibility with an independent Finance and Audit Committee.
- CHF employs individuals with expertise in foundation leadership, scientific research, financial accounting, grant management, and non-profit development and fundraising including donor and club relations.
- CHF’s Scientific Review Committee includes volunteers passionate about canine health who are professionals in veterinary medicine, clinical medicine, and various fields within scientific research and canine health.
- CHF’s grant making operations follow procedures documented in the Foundation’s policy manual. The processes are periodically reviewed and improved to incorporate best practices in grant making, technological advancements, and growth of the Foundation’s capabilities.
- CHF has a unique relationship with the AKC Parent Clubs and breed foundations. Each organization has a designated health liaison who works with CHF 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.
- CHF has invested in technology solutions that provide efficient and accurate processing of grant, donor, and financial information.
- To provide dissemination of research outcomes for canine health, CHF’s established programs include: a webinar series, scientific conferences, videos of scientific presentations, newsletters and e-newsletters, presentations to breed clubs, event booths and online resources.
Help Future Generations of Dogs
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.