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SCOTTIES ROCK FOUNDATION INC

Scotties Rock!

aka Scotties Rock   |   Winchester, TN   |  www.scottiesrockfoundation.org

Mission

Scotties Rock Foundation is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization that raises funds to assist Scottish Terrier owners and rescue groups who have limited financial resources with unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses. By providing help to Scottish Terrier owners who are unable, for a variety of life circumstances, to immediately cover their pet's veterinary bills we aim to make it possible for the Scotties to have a healthy life and for their owners to continue to enjoy the companionship of their much-loved canine family members. Our pay-it-forward concept engages recipients of that financial assistance in later contributing toward the resources of the organization to, in turn, help others facing similar challenges.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since its establishment in late 2016 with a starting budget of approximately $850.00 Scotties Rock Foundation (an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation) has raised and distributed $78,948.25 in member assistance to 91 dogs loved by 71 different owners, and to two rescue organization (thru 12-31-19). Current membership in Scotties Rock Foundation Facebook group (the fundraising arm of Scotties Rock) through 5-22-19 was 3,378 and membership in Scotties Rock Facebook group on that same date was 6,051.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Penelope Standley

Main address

209 S. Jefferson Street Suite 1094

Winchester, TN 37398 USA

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EIN

81-3571708

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Scottish Terriers (Scotties) are popular companions worldwide. Unfortunately the breed appears predisposed to several chronic and life-threatening health problems including bladder cancer, lymphoma, Cushing's disease and "Scottie cramp". Some Scottie owners are faced with unexpected, emergency, or overwhelmingly large veterinary (vet) bills and lack the financial resources to pay them. Owners living on small or fixed incomes may also struggle to cover the annual cost of their companions "well care" (vaccinations, etc.) and medications or special dietary needs to manage chronic diseases. In some cases, facing high vet bills, the Scottie owner may have no other option than to forgo optimal vet care for their pet or to consider re-homing it or surrendering it to a rescue group or shelter so it can receive prompt vet care. Sadly, a Scottie owner may also face a decision to prematurely euthanize their much-loved companion if unable to pay for necessary, expensive vet care!.

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?

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Members of Scotties Rock Facebook group (numbering 6,051 on 7-6-2020) who need financial help to pay unexpected or overwhelming veterinary bills for their Scotties Terriers (and possibly other family canine companions) may apply for member assistance funds. (Membership is accomplished simply by sending a request to the Scotties Rock Facebook group and answering several short questions.) An Application for Assistance, accompanied by a written itemized estimate of the care needed provided by the applicant's veterinarian, is reviewed by the Board. Applications approved by the Board have a stated "cap" for costs and are paid directly to the treating veterinarian. Members who receive assistance are later requested to "pay it forward", when they are able able, by donating back to Scotties Rock Foundation, contributing to organization fundraisers, or doing volunteer work for the organization. Since its establishment in late 2016 with a starting budget of approximately $850.00 SRF has raised and distributed $78,948.25 in member assistance to 91 dogs loved by 71 different owners and two rescue organizations (through 12-31-2019).

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Each year the Board of Scotties Rock Foundation chooses several recipients for its "Secret Santa" project. (In 2018, recognizing its widely international membership, three recipients were selected by Scotties Rock Foundation- one each in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.) Selected recipients are owners of Scottish Terriers (and often other canine companions) who have limited financial means and who are facing difficult times due to illness, family emergency, or other life circumstances. Through this program we aim to help them find the magic of the season. A general announcement, published on the Scotties Rock Facebook pages and web site, encourages members to consider sending (often anonymously) a holiday card or a small gift for the recipients and their pets, to help make the holiday season as joyous as possible for them. This program is another way in which we implement our "pay it forward" strategy through which members help others when they are able.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of canine companions assisted with veterinary expenses per year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of canine owners and dog rescue groups assisted with their dog's veterinary expenses per year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average dollar amount of veterinary care assistance provided per dog served per year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of veterinary care expense assistance disbursed per year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of canine companions assisted with veterinary care costs per year that were ultimately surrendered to rescue/shelters or euthanized for economic reasons (i.e. owner unable to afford cost of vet care)..

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Amount of funding received per year from special events (online Facebook auctions, etc.), donations through other organizations (Network for Good, Amazon Smiles, etc.) and private donations.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Amount of foundation funding resulting from sale of Scotties Rock Foundation logo merchandise.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of annual expenses paid out for staff and/or board member salaries.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Scotties Rock Foundation is an entirely volunteer organization.

Percentage of annual expenses paid out for veterinary care assistance to members and rescue organizations.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Percentage of recipients of veterinary care assistance from the Foundation who subsequently participated in Scotties Rock Foundation pay-it-forward activities so other Scottie owners in financial crisis could be helped.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Assistance for unexpected or overwhelming veterinary care expenses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Scotties Rock Foundation (SRF) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in August 2016 to conduct fundraising activities and to distribute those funds to owners of Scottish Terriers who have documented need for assistance with veterinary care bills. Our goal is to support animal welfare and safety by ensuring that these canine companions (including some highly trained as service or emotional support dogs) receive appropriate veterinary care and to enable them to remain at home with the family who loves them. Most who apply for veterinary care assistance from SRF are economically disadvantaged, under served and/or under represented families and individuals who are in need and unable to access appropriate services for the safety and welfare of their companion animals. We promote a pay-it-forward concept to engage recipients of financial assistance in contributing toward the resources of the organization when they are able to, in turn, help others.

Two Facebook groups are maintained- Scotties Rock (for information sharing and to provide support for members in times of loss and/or celebration) and Scotties Rock Foundation (the fundraising site for Scotties Rock). An individual seeking assistance with veterinary expenses must join Scotties Rock (easily accomplished via a request and answering several brief questions) and submit a formal application with a written itemized estimate of cost of care from a veterinarian. The Board reviews each confidential application to determine a level of financial support (typically about $1,000/request). Payment of approved funds is made directly to the treating veterinarian. Donations are received continually from members and other supporters. Logo/themed merchandise is sold to raise funds. Twice yearly online fundraising auctions of donated items are conducted. We also sponsor an annual "Secret Santa" program to send holiday cheer to several members facing illness or personal challenges.

Current international membership is 6,051 in Scotties Rock social group and 3,378 n Scotties Rock Foundation (SRF) fundraising group (as of 7-8-2020) Members share a love of Scottish Terriers and a desire to help other Scottie owners. The 9 members of the SRF Board of Directors represent the United States, Scotland (UK) and Canada. The Board oversees operations, reviews/approves all applications for assistance, and manages the pay-it-forward fund. All Board members/officers of SRF are volunteers; there are no paid staff in the organization. SRF receives no official funding nor does it receive money from any charitable public grants; it is solely dependent upon the generosity of the public. The Foundation raises funds through online Facebook auctions, sales of Scotties Rock themed merchandise and t-shirts, and donations received through groups such as Amazon Smile, Network for Good and PayPal Giving Fund. SRF has consistently maintained a positive fund balance and assisted numerous Scotties and their owners with vet care expenses.

Progress in meeting the goals of SRF is measured by tracking the: 1) Total number of canine companions assisted, 2) Total number of owners assisted, 3) Average amount of assistance/owner, 4) Total vet care assistance funds disbursed, 5) Number of dogs assisted who were able to remain with their original owner, 6) Continual maintenance of a positive fund balance and cash flow, 7) Success of fundraising efforts and amount of donations received, 8) Percentage of expenditures spent on Board/staff salaries (goal is 0%), 9) Percentage of expenditures spent on member assistance (goal is for that be be a very high %), 10) Percentage of expenditures spent on general operating/fundraising (goal is to for that be a very low %), 11) Active participation paying-it-forward by those who received SRF member assistance, and 12) Documentation of a successful (and enjoyable) annual "Secret Santa" holiday project .

Since it began in late 2016 SRF has raised and distributed $78,948.25 in member assistance to 91 dogs loved by 71 different owners, and to 2 rescue groups (through 12-31-19). All owners who applied for assistance were able to receive full or partial necessary vet care and to remain in their original home. More than 80% of assistance recipients have paid-it-forward through donations or events. SRF has been highly successful raising funds through donations and special projects and has never experienced a negative fund balance. Individual donations are its lifeline. Online auctions have continued to grow; the most recent (spring 2020) featured over 750 donated items and raised in excess of $24,000. The organization's Annual Financial Statement for 2019 documented (as of 12-31-18) 0% of budget was expended for salaries and 94.1% of income for the year was expended for member assistance (vet care). Unfortunately funds were not adequate to fully cover vet costs for all applicants. More funding will continually be sought using new approaches to provide more vet care to more Scotties.

Financials

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SCOTTIES ROCK FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Penelope Standley

Carmen Folk

2nd Vice President

Bev Calvert

1st VIce President

Colleen Rafatti

Treasurer

Penny Standley

President

Carol Clark

Member at large

Donna O'Connor

Member at large

Jane Bruner

Member at large

Joanna Chen

Member at large

Cindee Bagwell

Member at large

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 ? 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/08/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Keywords

Scottish Terriers; Scotties; Dogs; Veterinary Expense Assistance, Veterinary Care Assistance