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Foundation for TJO Animals

aka Foundation for TJO Animals   |   Springfield, MA   |  http://www.tjofoundation.org

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Foundation for TJO Animals

EIN: 20-5722841


Mission

Dedicated to helping animals in the shelter at TJO receive the care and training they need to bring them to the adoption floor, and from there to their forever homes. The Foundation supports and enhances the medical services and programs of the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center through fundraising, special events, and donor appeals. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving local animals in Western Massachusetts.

Ruling year info

2007

Interim Executive Director

Ms. Janna Brown

Main address

66 Industry Ave. - Suite 3

Springfield, MA 01104 USA

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EIN

20-5722841

Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Population served info

Adults

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

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

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Thomas J O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center is a municipal organization that is run off tax dollars. There's only so much this kind of funding will cover, so the Foundation works as a fundraising arm to fill in the gaps. Funds raised go to mostly medical care and in this current climate, securing a medical staff is one of our biggest challenges. The nation is currently in a veterinary shortage crisis and the shelter continues to look for a full-time vet to run programs like spay and neuter, community outreach, vaccination events, and day to day care of the hundreds of animals that move through the shelter monthly. With a full-time vet in place, the Foundation will work with the shelter to resume these crucial programs for the community.

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?

Foundation for TJO Animals Veterinary Program

Funding for two days per week of veterinary care at the shelter, helping to save animals that might not have had a chance of survival in previous years. Animals arrive at TJO everyday needing veterinary care and this ensures that there is a veterinarian at TJO 40 hours per week to help them in their time of need. Provide funding for three days per week for a veterinary technician and provide funding for 32 hours for a second veterinary technician, both to assist in the needs of shelter care, both medical and dental, to make them healthy, happy, adoptable pets.

The City of Springfield funds limited time for veterinary care, which is not enough to meet the needs of more than 3,000 animals a year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

The Foundation for TJO Animals funds a wide range of services to ensure better health for shelter animals, including diagnostic tests like blood work, X-rays, ultrasounds and biopsies, and also funds surgeries that require specialized orthopedic, cardiac and optical expertise.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Average number of dollars received per donor

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Number of donors retained

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Input - describing resources we use

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Increasing

Number of new donors

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Input - describing resources we use

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Increasing

Number of overall donors

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Input - describing resources we use

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Increasing

Average number of dollars given by new donors

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The Foundation for TJO Animals focuses on raising funds that go directly to the Thomas J O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center for medical treatment of animals. Our goal is to provide the shelter with supplemental funds to cover the cost of a full-time veterinarian and clinic staff. Moneys raised through donations, events and grants will also go to medical equipment upgrades, medical and surgical supplies and a wide range of medicine used for the over 3,000 animals that come through the shelter yearly.
Goals for our future include upgrades to the shelter for enrichment to help lower stress of the animals in their care, allowing for a happier animal and a better candidate for adoption. We are also planning on future community outreach programs to help lower income families care for their animals. The Foundation continues working on establishing themselves within the community and helping TJO stay a safe haven for animals in crisis.

The primary strategy is to engage in robust fundraising within the community and among grant-makers to raise enough revenue to cover veterinary and medical care, as well as enrichment upgrades and to grow our nonprofit. The Foundation currently hosts several large fundraising events within the local community throughout the year, like the Jack Rome Memorial 5K, Ride Like an Animal, Pets Rock, and the Pawzaar that raise significant funds as well as advocate for the Thomas J O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.

The Foundation for TJO Animals works in coordination with several local businesses to host more intimate fundraising events throughout the year that promote our cause, efforts of the shelter, raise funds, and collect items or food for shelter animals, as well as increase our presence in the community.

A major strategy in FY 25 includes a marketing redesign and overhaul that will include plans for donor recognition and retention. An example is the Paws of Gratitude unveiling and open house event coming up within the year.

The Foundation for TJO Animals has a small, but passionate and dedicated staff that works with the Board of Directors to set goals and strategize how to reach them. The executive director in coordination with the marketing and communications manager and administrative assistant focus on day to day operations, donor stewardship, event planning and execution, and community outreach. The board of directors meets monthly to help set, prioritize and achieve goals for each fiscal year. The Foundation uses the latest donor software and marketing tools to reach more prospects and organize new strategies for financial growth. We are members of the Springfield, Chicopee and Holyoke Chambers of Commerce as well as the ERC5 chamber.

Like many other nonprofits, the last 4 years have been focused on surviving covid and adapting to a post-covid world. Within the animal welfare community, there are many new challenges we are now facing, including record numbers of animal surrenders, lower adoption rates and a national veterinarian shortage crisis. Despite these setbacks and hardships, the Foundation continues to thrive. Over the last 3 years, we have managed to continue to increase our number of events as well as revenue for each event. Our most recent Jack Rome Memorial 5K raised $50K in 2024, which is our most successful event to date.

Our average dollar amount per donation has increased by 30% and for new donors is closer to 50% since 2022. Our total revenue for FY24 will be the highest in our organization's history, allowing us to give more to the shelter to cover increasing costs of medical care.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Difficulty for people to differentiate between the Foundation and Shelter

Financials

Foundation for TJO Animals
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

7.56

Average of 38.96 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10.6

Average of 6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Foundation for TJO Animals

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Foundation for TJO Animals

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Foundation for TJO Animals

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Foundation for TJO Animals’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$9,340 $89,076 $90,994 $69,215 $57,919
As % of expenses -3.3% 35.6% 30.8% 24.7% 20.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$10,722 $87,887 $89,942 $68,195 $57,253
As % of expenses -3.7% 34.9% 30.3% 24.2% 19.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $280,078 $312,453 $347,400 $376,837 $321,025
Total revenue, % change over prior year 19.8% 11.6% 11.2% 8.5% -14.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.5% 1.2% 1.1% 1.6% 5.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 5.6% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 94.5% 97.6% 93.1% 98.4% 95.0%
Other revenue 3.0% 1.2% 0.2% 0.0% -0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $286,335 $250,317 $295,667 $280,369 $288,481
Total expenses, % change over prior year 29.9% -12.6% 18.1% -5.2% 2.9%
Personnel 31.8% 43.9% 42.8% 37.8% 48.0%
Professional fees 6.7% 6.8% 6.6% 3.1% 4.2%
Occupancy 2.3% 2.7% 2.5% 2.5% 2.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 53.5% 37.1% 43.3% 50.3% 36.2%
All other expenses 5.6% 9.5% 4.8% 6.3% 9.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $287,717 $251,506 $296,719 $281,389 $289,147
One month of savings $23,861 $20,860 $24,639 $23,364 $24,040
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $19,400 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $311,578 $272,366 $340,758 $304,753 $313,187

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 1.4 3.3 3.1 7.1 10.6
Months of cash and investments 15.6 24.4 24.4 28.6 32.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.6 22.5 22.4 26.6 28.3
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $33,012 $67,843 $76,725 $165,338 $253,849
Investments $339,717 $441,372 $525,220 $502,877 $528,468
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $17,676 $17,676 $17,676 $17,676 $17,676
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 55.3% 62.1% 68.0% 73.8% 77.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 9.2% 8.1% 6.9% 13.1%
Unrestricted net assets $380,623 $468,510 $558,452 $626,647 $683,900
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $380,623 $468,510 $558,452 $626,647 $683,900

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Interim Executive Director

Ms. Janna Brown

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Foundation for TJO Animals

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Foundation for TJO Animals

Board of directors
as of 07/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Ms. Heather Heeb

Debbie Williams

MBHP/Beacon Health Options

Sarah Murphy

Market Mentors

Rose Westbrook

Candy Lash

Mark Rosa

Virginia Webb

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? No
  • 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 6/20/2024

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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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/18/2024

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.