History of the Golden Retriever Foundation
The Golden Retriever Foundation was created in February of 1997 by the Golden Retriever Club of America, Inc. (GRCA). The Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit charitable IRS 501 (c) 3 organization. The GRCA Board appoints three directors to the GRF Board. Each director serves as an Officer, and can serve two consecutive three year terms. In addition, a fourth Officer may be appointed by the Board of Directors, typically to divide the Secretary and Treasurer positions.
The objectives of the Foundation are outlined in our Mission Statement:
·To foster and promote the public's knowledge and appreciation of dogs in general and Golden Retrievers in particular;
·To further understanding of the diseases, genetic defects, injuries and other ailments that afflict dogs in general and Golden Retrievers in particular;
·To promote and assist the development, publication and dissemination of educational materials about the proper care, treatment, breeding, health, development and training of Golden Retrievers;
·To foster and promote the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of displaced Golden Retrievers.
The catalyst for the establishment of the Golden Retriever Foundation (GRF) was an approximately $100,000 bequest from Carol Buckman, who was not a member of the GRCA but who loved her two Goldens dearly. Half of the money was put into the Buckman Fund with the then newly-established AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF). The Buckman Fund would grant money to research studies that involved Goldens. The remaining $48,000, coupled with $72,000 from the GRCA's Committee to Assist Rescue, gave the Foundation a start-up total of $120,000. The original Buckman Fund is now under the direction of the GRF.
The foundation started with the General Fund and the Rescue Fund and has subsequently added three important additional funds. The Zeke Fund is dedicated to cancer research. The April Fund is designed to help rescue groups with extraordinary medical expenses. The Rachel Page Elliott Fund supports education. More detail about each of these funds can be found elsewhere on this web site.
The Foundation has received exceptional support from several sources including:
·Annual giving as an option through the GRCA membership renewals.
·Proceeds from the annual Art Auction at the GRCA National Specialty.
·Funding from generous donors who have offered tributes and memorials to favorite dogs, human friends, celebration of new litters, etc.
·GRCA member clubs holding special fund raisers or sharing profits from other events.
·Bequests from people wanting to continue their support of Golden Retrievers.
·Challenges in which one or more persons has matched contributions up to a specified amount.
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