American Veterinary Medical Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Suite 100 Schaumburg IL 60173 USA

Mission: The AVMF's mission is to advance the care of animals, with an emphasis on disaster preparedness and response, and animal health studies.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The AVMF has improved the lives of animals and the people who care for them. They do this through studying ways to improve animal health, disaster preparedness & response, and ensuring veterinarians are available to serve animals. New programs are being added and existing programs strengthened to further improve the health and welfare of animals. I am proud to serve on the AVMF Board.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The governance of the organization has strengthened considerably since I first started.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add a veterinarian as a staff member

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

I started as a donor- I sought them out.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Adding programs that attract the general public's attention to the role of veterinarians in advancing and promoting animal health, and the role the AVMF plays in this regard.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Strengthening and adjusting programs that attract the general public's attention to the role of veterinarians in advancing and promoting animal health, and the role the AVMF plays in this regard.

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Rating: 5 stars  

AVMF's transformation in the past year, which should soon be evident in its upcoming rating, is remarkable. Programmatic expenses have changed from 59% in 2009 to more than 70% in 2010 which means more donor dollars are going to program. I am confident that my money, as a donor, is going to veterinary programs/services, disaster relief and reimbursement and other programs that matter to me and other pet owners.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the difference that can be made when board members, volunteers, staff and donors work together.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is difficult to compete with many national like charities who have many more resources in marketing and promotion. The change I would like to see is other supporters and donors and myself motivated by that to change this...to build awareness around the good work AVMF does so we too can have the resources to share the good work with others AND thus making a difference to more animals with more support.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The AVMF has made a tremendous impact on the lives of animals and the people that care for them. They have been a leader in helping veterinary students achieve their goals through scholarship programs, providing veterinary services in disasters such as the recent tornado in Joplin, recuiting veterinaries to provide veterinary care in underserved rural areas of the country, and coordinating veterinarians in service projects through their "Our Oath in Action" program. They are also providing funding for animal research that will hopefully lead to cures for animal diseases. Under new leadership the organization has greatly increased programmatic distribution and their capacity to truly care for animals in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have a friend who has spent most of the past year in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, helping the children who became orphans as a result of the earthquake. She witnessed the medical care that was given to over 50,000 animal victims of the earthquake and saw how the AVMF's funding helped in this tragic situation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I believe the organization is on the right path toward developing new programs and expanding current ones. In the past few years AVMF has made a powerful impact in providing assistance to animals and their owners. In my opinion, AVMF is doing an outstanding job of adapting its programs to meet the needs of animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The foundation truly cares about animals. Every year, the foundation rehabs several animal shelters, all through the efforts of veterinarians from all over the united states along with local volunteers. The foundation strives to meet the needs of the public to care for their animals. Veterinarians can apply for disaster relief when a disaster hits their practice. Veterinary students can apply for scholarship relief to help alleviate the cost of their education, so they can better serve underserved populations. Many vets send out cards to pet owners when a pet dies through the foundation's pet memorial progam. It is very touching to see how these efforts help people maintain the connection they have with their pet and their veterinarian.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing my sister in law's reaction to knowing her pet's death could help others through my donation to the foundation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would donate more money so they could expand their efforts in helping the public and veterinarians.

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Rating: 5 stars  

During the past ten years the American Veterinary Medical Foundation has made a tremendous impact on the medical care and well being of animals. This has been reflected in both volunteer and financial resources. The AVMF has supported animals in excess of $10 million during the past ten years.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed the benefit to animals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More people to become aware of the work of the AVMF

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Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 5 stars  

The AVMF has had a phenomenal year and has experienced huge gains in implementing its mission. This past year alone, it increased its programmatic distribution by 12%. It is constantly increasing its volunteer base and during the recent veterinary convention in St. Louis, we had equal numbers of convention attendees and local volunteers at the annual Oath in Action project (this year volunteers spent a day rehabbing 4 shelters).
The AVMF is also heavily involved with student enhancement. Hundreds of scholarships are awarded annually through its unique programs and also in cooperation with Pfizer Animal Health.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have helped review many scholarship applications and have heard the grateful appreciation from students who have benefited from these wonderful programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the budget for PR so that more people can learn about this great organization!

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