BEAUTIFUL TOGETHER

Connecting the Vulnerable and The Voiceless in Ways That Benefit Us All.

aka Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary   |   Chapel Hill, NC   |  BeautifulTogetherSanctuary.com

Mission

Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit focused on supporting the vulnerable and the voiceless. We rescue at-risk animals from shelters or inhumane conditions and work to find them loving homes. As part of our overall Beautiful Together mission, we also support children waiting for families and create programs for children in crisis. Our goal is simple: To connect the vulnerable and the voiceless in purposeful ways that benefit us all.

Notes from the nonprofit

We believe that no animal should be mistreated, abandoned or neglected. We believe that patience, kindness and love can change everything for a previously homeless pet. We believe that animals can offer extraordinary joy, comfort, and companionship to the people who care for them. And we believe in the collective impact of all who work toward the day when no animal is euthanized for lack of a home.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Tamara Lackey

VP of Operations

Steve Lackey

Main address

101 Glen Lennox Drive STE 180

Chapel Hill, NC 27517 USA

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EIN

47-4273597

NTEE code info

(Children's and Youth Services) (P30)

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

Forest Conservation (C36)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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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?

Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary

Beautiful Together: An Animal Sanctuary 
Connecting Children Waiting for Families to Animals In Need

For the past six years, Beautiful Together has focused on supporting children waiting for families through a variety of tangible projects and ongoing funds, both here in the United States, as well as in Africa and Syria. Our goal has always been to improve the lives of children growing up in orphanages, group homes and the foster care system. 

Along the way, we have repeatedly witnessed the incredible therapeutic connection that children make with animals. And research backs up what many pet owners already know: children connect with animals for comfort, reassurance and emotional support, especially when experiencing fear, loneliness, sadness or stress.

To that end, we are excited to announce a new initiative that powerfully connects these meaningful efforts: The Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary, a safe and nurturing environment for animals in need of refuge. Our mission is to love, care for and provide a home for abused, abandoned and neglected animals so they can one day find families of their own - or live the rest of their days with us, in peace, at our sanctuary. And a major charter of this sanctuary is to create ongoing programs for children in foster care, group homes and at-risk situations to visit the animals, help care for them and spend time in “pet therapy” sessions: bottle feeding kittens, socializing puppies, brushing goats - and so much more. 

Our goal is simple: To connect the vulnerable and the voiceless in purposeful ways that benefit us all.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Humanitarian Award 2015

Rangefinder

Affiliations & memberships

Best Friends Animal Society Network Partner 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    From 2014 to 2020, Beautiful Together worked with a variety of individuals overseeing care centers, orphanages, and foster care advocacy programs. Collecting feedback, ideas and concerns was a major part of conducting 20+ projects over that time frame. The Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary was announced in October of 2020. Since then, Beautiful Together has built dozens of relationships with animal shelter directors, managers, volunteers, and staff, as well as a variety of rescue vet clinics, advocacy partners, in-kind donation partners, and additional individuals. Checking in regularly is a significant component of what we do, as we keep learning ways to improve the processes, policies and procedures that allow us to manage our rescue operations while building out our animal sanctuary.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We approached a large urban county animal shelter and a small rural county shelter and asked them both to identify the key problems they face with the large influx of animals they intake daily. Our goal was to know, in addition to rescue, how they thought we could help more. Their combined feedback helped us to more precisely define how to offer more assistance to shelters - and families - throughout North Carolina. We realized that by offering programs to support individuals who were involuntarily surrendering their pets, due to unexpected hardship or crisis, we could make a dent in intake count. Whether it is due to an eviction, a job loss, a family dissolution, or a medical crisis, we now have resources in place to ensure animals stay with their families - and never get to shelters.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback from the people we serve helps us to not only deepen our relationships in a very positive way but also allows us to better communicate our appreciation for a workforce riddled with a high compassion-fatigue burnout rate. By acknowledging that most animals shelters are overcrowded and underfunded, we also recognize that most directors, managers, staff, and volunteers are overworked and under appreciated. By validating this, with empathy, we continue to build stronger relationships and more openness between our organizations, which allows us to offer better assistance - and to receive better feedback.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 08/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tamara Lackey


Board co-chair

Steve Lackey

Melissa Locklear

Leslie Davis

Tamara Lackey

Steve Lackey

Sarah Casey

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 1/30/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/30/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.