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MAKING A DIFFERENCE NOW (MADN)

Making A Difference for animals and the people who love and care for them

aka MADN   |   Lexington, KY   |  madnky.com

Mission

The mission of Making A Difference Now (MADN) is to rescue animals, educate communities, and advocate for animal welfare. We exist to help animals and the people who love and care for them.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

all volunteer

Co Principal Officer

all volunteer

Main address

Making A Difference Now (MADN) Post Office Box 21724

Lexington, KY 40522 USA

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EIN

27-1250051

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Companion animals suffer and die needlessly because of pet overpopulation, homelessness, poverty, cruelty, and abuse. People can change this. Making A Difference Now (MADN) exists to facilitate this change and to encourage a more humane world for all earth's creatures. A central cause of suffering is pet overpopulation. Appalling numbers of healthy adoptable animals die in shelters every single day simply because there are no homes for them and shelters/rescues do not have the resources to continue housing them. This is wrong and we can fix it with shelter/rescue adoptions, foster care, spay/neuter, TNR (trap-neuter-return) and RTF (return to field) for community cats, assistance to keep pets and their families together, stronger laws and enforcement, and education about all these things for the animal welfare community and the public at large. MADN's mission addresses all these crucial needs: We rescue animals, educate communities, and advocate for animal welfare.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Making A Difference Animal Welfare Conferences

Our highly regarded Making A Difference conferences in Lexington offer animal welfare staff, volunteers, and animal lovers in general the opportunity to learn from local, regional, and national presenters about current issues, best practices, and innovative approaches in animal welfare.  We have drawn attendees from throughout KY and several adjoining states.  Our last conference was scheduled for August 7, 2020, but was cancelled due to Covid, and we are tremendously excited to be presenting Making A Difference 2023 this fall! We offered virtual workshops, webinars, and online training during the pandemic years but are eager to present our in-person conference again so that our attendees can benefit from all the positive aspects of the in-person conference experience.

Population(s) Served
Adults

On the Road Workshops allow us to take training on the road to smaller, rural shelters and rescues that often have fewer resources and are unable to travel to Lexington for our conferences.  Providing staff and volunteers the opportunity to benefit from training, networking, and support in or near their own communities helps the animals and the people who love and care for them. Animal welfare work is hard and stressful; often grim, sometimes dangerous. Workers may confront difficult decisions and appalling cruelty and neglect on a regular basis. In communities where options for mentoring and support are limited, bringing resources to the community can be invaluable.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MADN volunteers work with area residents and other rescues to identify community cats that need to be spayed/neutered (S/N) and to respond to requests for TNR assistance.  We trap or assist with trapping and coordinate surgery and recovery in collaboration with other local organizations.  In addition to sterilization surgery, cats receive rabies and other vaccinations, flea treatment, a general check up, and an eartip - the universal sign of a cat that has already been sterilized. This tells future residents and animal rescue volunteers that the cat is already spayed or neutered and does not to be trapped again. After the cats have recovered from their surgery, they are returned to their home location to live out their lives while producing no more homeless kittens. We offer caregiving assistance to neighbors to help establish neighborhood caregiving teams for the cats and can assist with food, shelter, and medical care if needed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Pet overpopulation results in needless suffering and devastating decisions for local shelters that must confront euthanasia for healthy animals simply because the animals do not have a home and the shelters do not have the resources to continue caring for them. The solutions include subsidized spay/neuter (S/N) at the top of the list. However, many Kentucky counties have no veterinarian or veterinary services, requiring animal welfare organizations, volunteers, and pet parents to travel for all veterinary needs.  Many more have limited services which often do not include subsidized spay/neuter, even though this service is essential for solving the overpopulation crisis, made more dire by the backlog in sterilization services caused by the pandemic.  Access to veterinary care and spay/neuter is a critical service for public health and safety, and for social and economic justice.  A major MADN goal is to increase the number of options for these important community services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2016

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2017

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2018

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2019

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2020

Best Friends Animal Society Network Partner 2020

Best Friends Animal Society Network Partner 2021

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2021

Unsung Hero Award to MADN Founder by Humane Society 2022

Best Friends Animal Society Network Partner 2022

Kentucky Nonprofit Network 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Making A Difference Animal Welfare Conferences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We did not offer a conference in 2019 because we presented our first On the Road Workshop. Covid required cancellation of our Making A Difference conferences since 2020 so we have no new metrics.

Percentage of conference and workshop attendees who recommend this training to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Taking it to the Towns: On the Road Workshops

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We ask all attendees at our training sessions to indicate if they would or would not recommend the training to others. So far, 100% of attendees have indicated they would recommend the training.

Number of animals served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our work in TNR, spay/neuter, & rescue helps animals & the people who love & care for them, reducing the number of homeless/at-risk animals & relinquished pets, & improving animal & people's lives.

Number of On the Road Workshop attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Taking it to the Towns: On the Road Workshops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Covid meant cancellation of all OTRW sessions after March 10, 2020 as well as our Making A Difference conferences. Forty people registered for our one and only in-person training session in 2020.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MADN works to reduce pet overpopulation and help all animals live healthier, safer, happier lives. Our direct service work is primarily targeted to companion animals while our advocacy and educational efforts touch all animal welfare issues.

More cats than dogs die in shelters - 70% of cats who enter the shelter system are killed, and this number increases to almost 100% for community cats.  Stray, homeless, abandoned, and feral cats and dogs are called community animals because they do not have a human family who cares for them and must rely instead on caring members of the community to help them. Targeting community animals for TNR and spay/neuter can have a huge immediate and long-term impact on pet overpopulation. This is why we emphasize expanding TNR and resources for low cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats as goal number 1. 

Increasing public awareness of pet overpopulation and the ways each of us can Make A Difference is goal number 2, with the specific objective of recruiting more foster families to give animals a chance to live outside the shelter and learn how to become household pets.  The Petco Foundation reported that if only 2% of pet-owning families in the U.S. fostered only one pet a year, we could end shelter euthanasia-for-space tomorrow.  

2020 and Covid forced a re-evaluation of our approach to rescuing animals. We, of course, will continue to help any animals we can who are at-risk or need rescue. But because Covid resulted in community services being even more limited than normal as a result of reduced incomes and social distancing requirements, MADN decided to partner with two excellent transport organizations to transport dogs from Kentucky and other southern states to northern states where foster and adoptive families eagerly await our transported dogs. Goal 3 is to expand our transport partnerships to include cat transport as well.

Goal 4 is increasing public education and advocacy, which are the long-term solutions to pet overpopulation and animal welfare generally. We want to work with other animal welfare organizations to promote broad-based educational programs that reach throughout our communities to increase awareness of these issues and the ways each individual can make a difference. The more we are able to expand knowledge and skills in best practices and cost-effective programming throughout the animal welfare community and our broader communities, the more we can save and enhance lives.

We believe we increase our ability to impact change in animal welfare by working with other organizations to increase knowledge, skills, support, and cost-effective strategies throughout the animal welfare landscape.  Accordingly, we focus on our training programs, public education opportunities, collaborations, and partnerships.  Because animal welfare intersects with many human welfare issues (public health,domestic violence, social and economic justice, physical and emotional health and stress mediation among others), we plan to develop cross-sector relationships to expand community awareness and promote policies to benefit people and animals alike.

Specific strategies to address pet overpopulation: Conduct TNR, recruit more veterinarians to provide low cost spay/neuter, encourage everyone to spay/neuter their own pets and adopt from shelters or rescue organizations.  Public education about puppy mills and the risks of purchasing animals from pet stores.  Concerted efforts to recruit more foster families. 

Strategies to expand the reach of training programs:  Create more online/social media buzz about our conferences and workshops. Engage past conference and workshop attendees in posts and other media. Develop relationships with traditional media.

Strategies to address the immediate needs of at-risk animals: Provide/facilitate access to resources where possible, raise funds to help more animals, encourage more people to become involved in animal rescue and welfare activities.  

Strategies to expand education and advocacy:  Work with other local, regional and national organizations to develop support structures and materials. Organize events to increase working knowledge, commitment, and enthusiasm.  Develop collaborative relationships and cutting edge public education campaigns targeted for specific audiences. Outreach and advocacy to improve animal welfare laws and enforcement in Kentucky.  Funding to support all of these.

We are a small, volunteer-only nonprofit committed to Making A Difference and to working with other organizations, individuals, and resources to expand our reach and depth. We promote other organizations doing good work and we support individuals in the trenches. We recognize that the needs we are striving to address are huge, and there is ample room for groups with differing views and approaches to make an important difference where they choose. We celebrate the work of others and support individuals and organizations whose mission and goals match ours, and who are working to make life better for the animals that share our planet.

The MADN board brings a range of skills to the table and to our work serving animals: advocacy; project management; government service at the local, state, and federal levels; university and elementary education; small business ownership; nonprofit activism; and of course, pet parenting and animal welfare volunteering.  MADN's board and volunteers share a commitment to Making A Difference in the world and helping other people and organizations do the same.

We have presented successful Making A Difference conferences in Lexington and On the Road Workshops in other Kentucky communities.  Covid required us to cancel all our in-person events after our one and only On the Road Workshop in March of 2020. We hope to reschedule all these events live and in-person in 2022, but in the meantime we have presented two webinars and are planning our first virtual Making A Difference conference for fall 2021.

We have provided less formal public education about animal welfare, pet overpopulation, shelter adoptions, TNR and other rescue efforts, puppy mills, KY's dismal standing on animal protections statutes, and volunteer opportunities to engage in all of these.  We post prior training sessions and other helpful information on our website for people to access at their convenience.

We have TNRd community cats and community cat colonies in Lexington. We have helped animals with critical emergency needs and arranged for their care, rehabilitation, fostering and adoption.  We have supported pet families to allow them to keep their pets and provide the care their pets need. We have worked hard to help animals and the people who love and care for them.

In addition to the dramatic changes in our world caused by Covid last year, 2020 also brought the realization that racial injustice and inequity are systemic issues many organizations have not addressed. MADN's board and volunteers are absolutely committed to racial justice and equal opportunity for all with no limitations whatsoever based on racial, gender, socioeconomic, or any other demographic. However it is also clear that we have not been as successful as we need to be in diversity, equity and inclusion. We at MADN as well as the animal welfare community in general - which is overwhelmingly female and white - must do a better job in recruitment, engagement, and support for diverse board members, volunteers, and recipients of services. This diversity must include not only communities of color, but also younger people who are absolutely critical to long-term progress in animal welfare and creating a more humane world, and the isolated, rural communities which comprise a large portion of our state and nation. We have just begun this journey and are learning as we go, but we recognize that this must be a priority going forward.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, We are a volunteer only organizastion with limited tech skills.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE NOW (MADN)

Board of directors
as of 06/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diane Parrish

JDPA

Term: 2022 - 2025

Diane Parrish

JDPA

Mark Campbell

ArtWorks

Elizabeth Adams

MADN, SOS, KCAP, Best Friends

Ruth Hufnagle

Community Volunteer

Michelle Jude

Sheabel Veterinary Hospital

Barbara Jones

Retired

Lee Jones

Attorney

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data