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Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope

"Saving the life of one animal won't change the world, but the world will certainly change for that one animal."

Galesburg, IL   |  https://serendipittys.org
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Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope

EIN: 85-4315922


Mission

Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope is a non-profit, no-kill, foster-home-rescue-sanctuary located in Galesburg, IL whose mission is to save pets abandoned or at risk of euthanasia and or homelessness due to a life crisis. Many of our programs are linked to the human-animal bond and extend beyond the pets to include pets and their families. Services include (1) 90 day temporary care program, (2) pet food pantry (3) rescue of abandoned pets, (4) pet intake for adoption from pet parents in crisis, (6) low income boarding, and (7) pet deposit assistance.

Ruling year info

2021

Founder/President

Jen Wilson

Main address

257 Allens Ave

Galesburg, IL 61401 USA

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EIN

85-4315922

Subject area info

Animal adoptions

Animal population control

Animal rescue and rehabilitation

Animal training

Animal therapy

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Population served info

Adults

Economically disadvantaged people

Victims of crime and abuse

Domestic workers

Veterans

NTEE code info

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

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

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?

No Moms Left Behind

We rescue cats and dogs that have been abandoned, often without food and water, in the midst of foreclosures, evictions, job loss, homelessness, domestic violence, deployment, temporary/terminal illness and or injury.

We also take in pets from owners that are forced to give them up because they are no longer able to care for them due to life challenges.

We utilize our extensive network of partners and foster homes to help us provide shelter and care for approximately 300 pets yearly until they can be reunited with their families and or adopted into loving, permanent homes.

Many of the pets we rescue have been medically neglected, and therefore require extensive medical care, rehabilitation and socialization, which we provide. At minimum, each animal receives vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and microchipping before being placed for adoption.

Population(s) Served

Although our services can help find a new home for pets, we’d much rather help families and their pets stay together. General resources available include: Financial Assistance, Spay/Neuter, Finding Pet-Friendly Housing, and Help with Specific Dog Behavior Issues.

Rehoming a pet should be easy and stress free for both owners and their pets. Serendipittys partnered with Adopt-a-Pet.com and The Petco Foundation are here to help pet owners safely find a loving forever home for their pet(s). Rehome is a simple, reliable, free program that helps place pets from one loving home directly to another by setting up and posting a pet's profile on Adopt-a-Pet.com that can be seen by millions of visitors each month!

Population(s) Served

Trained4Life

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Families

We rescue cats and dogs that have been abandoned, often without food and water, in the midst of foreclosures, evictions, job loss, homelessness, domestic violence, deployment, temporary/terminal illness and or injury.

We also take in pets from owners that are forced to give them up because they are no longer able to care for them due to life challenges.

We utilize our extensive network of partners and foster homes to help us provide shelter and care for approximately 300 pets yearly until they can be reunited with their families and or adopted into loving, permanent homes.

Many of the pets we rescue have been medically neglected, and therefore require extensive medical care, rehabilitation and socialization, which we provide. At minimum, each animal receives vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and microchipping before being placed for adoption.

Population(s) Served

If a family can no longer afford to feed their pets we provide them with pet food and supplies - giving them the opportunity to keep their pets, rather than taking them to a shelter or worse yet, abandoning them. Volunteers deliver food and supplies for those without transportation. Our aniMEALS Pet Food Pantry is solely dependent upon partnership funding and in-kind donations.

Population(s) Served

Our Temporary Care Program provides up to 90 days of complete care for pets when their pet parents experience a life crisis such as homelessness, job loss, domestic violence, illness, or any other hardship and are unable to care for them temporarily. This relieves pet parents of the overwhelming fear of losing their pet and in turn, allows them to solely focus on regaining stability in their lives so they can be reunited with their pet. This program allows families to stay together and leads to longer, happier, healthier lives and a strong community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Marn/Petco Love Lost Training Scholarship Grant 2021

Marn/Petco Love Lost

Affiliations & memberships

Marn/Petco Love Lost 2021

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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1. Expand volunteer opportunities and train more foster families to care for our pets.
2. Add a volunteer coordinator position to manage our volunteers.
3. Human Services Partnerships encompassing keeping pets and families together in times of crisis,
4. Analysis of financial readiness to launch a capital campaign to purchase building-current location of our shelter.
5. Improve record keeping through implementation of new website / donor and volunteer management software.

Work with a local foundation to develop, fund, and implement a Volunteer Program which includes a program manager, training program, tracking volunteer data. We will fund the program for 3 years with decreasing levels of funding annually as the position/program are absorbed into the budget.
2. Work with our local veterinarians and domestic violence shelter in an effort to keep pets and families together in times of crisis by providing (1) donations of food, (2) veterinary care, (3) pet care education, and (4) (90) days, temporary boarding.
3. Work with Hope Imitative to expand our aniMEALS pet food pantry.
3. Research available software, determine which program(s) fit our needs both strategically and financially, purchase, and implement software.

Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope's network of fosters and adoption partnerships has allowed us to rescue more pets, utilize additional volunteers, accept more donations, and develop relationships in the Galesburg, IL community. We have a strong, well-educated Board of Directors with expertise in the animal rescue field, as well as our Founder/Executive Director who has led the organization for over 3 years from its inception to its current status. SSOH is a recognized, well-respected pet rescue organization. Our loyal volunteers are passionate about the SSOH mission. We have acquired a number of major donors, hold many special fundraising events throughout each year and regularly receive grant funding from national Pet organizations, such as PetSmart Charities, Best Friends, Petfinder Foundation, Petco Foundation, and Petco Love Lost. We have positive cash flow, and while we always need more because there are always more pets to rescue, our organization has been growing steadily and successfully year after year.

We continue to use our national connections for training of staff and volunteers, and collaborate with other rescue groups to ensure we follow best practices in rescuing, caring for, and adopting our pets.

Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope has made significant progress since since it's initial days of all-volunteer, all-foster parent services being run out of our Executive Director's Home. Today, we have a network of fosters and volunteers allowing us to shelter and save more than 100 animals at any one time. We can now offer Temporary Care and Low Income Boarding to families experiencing financial hardship or a life crisis.

We continue to work to ensure the sustainability of our organization by strengthening our fundraising efforts, establishing private/public partnerships, and working with corporate partners. We are also strengthening our volunteer program which will provide more training, supervision and recognition of our volunteers. We believe strengthening this program will ultimately strengthen our organization, as fosters and volunteers continue to be the heartbeat of our programs.

How we listen

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

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  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $0
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $1,649
Expenses
Program Services $1,224
Administration $392
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $1,615

Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $1,649
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $1,615
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $33

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Founder/President

Jen Wilson

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope

Board of directors
as of 03/11/2024
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Board chair

Jen Wilson

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Jen Wilson

Serendipittys Sanctuary of Hope

Leslie Johnson

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Brenda Johnson

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Board leadership practices

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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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/24/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability