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Causes: Environment

Mission: The organization's mission is to advance science; promote the conservation of natural resources such as forests, lands, or wildlife, for the benefit of the entire community; provide relief to the poor, distressed, or underprivileged; and support other organizations conducting activities exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code. The foundation aims to empower, educate, and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.

Programs: Grants program - the isf emergency medical care grant for animals was established in february of 2014. The grant provides financial assistance to animal welfare organizations, agencies, and individual rescuers responsible for the care of animals recovering from abuse, neglect, injuries suffered from a traumatic event, or other illness. The purpose of this grant is to provide animal victims a second chance by alleviating their rescuers of the financial stress of treatment so they can focus on facilitating the animal's adoption into a permanent, loving home. In 2014, isf granted $75,000. 00 helping 204 creatures, including dogs, cats, horses, and other farm, exotic, and wildlife animals. Each animal's journey showed us the true meaning of strength, love, and will, for both man and animal. Individual grants - isf granted $5000. 00 to the savory institute in support of its charitable mission to promote large-scale restoration of the world's grasslands through holistic management using properly managed livestock to heal the land and empower others to do the same. The savory institute seeks to remove barriers on the path to large-scale success through activities such as conducting research, creating market incentives, and raising public awareness.

public outreah & education - provides information to educate and engage supporters and to create public awareness of issues that are vital to isf's charitable mission. In 2014, isf provided daily social media postings to more than one million supporters via facebook, twitter, and instagram. The isf website currently provides information, educational content, and assistance, including 15 to 20 new articles per month, creative supporter challenges, and access to isf's grant programs. Isf also began an extensive redesign of its website in 2014 which will allow it to deliver even more program content in a user-friendly way. Isf volunteer and internship opportunities allowed supporters to gain hands-on experience and isf booths at events across the country allowed for valuable in-person outreach. Isf efforts further included strategic partnerships, celebrity engagement, cause marketing, traditional media relations, and campaigns including coal sucks, plastic straws can suck it, green your thirst, and #istandfor. Isf collaborated with and granted $3000. 00 to connecther in support of the girls impact the world film festival and the green is award in which high school and undergraduate college students submit three- to five-minute short films that either propose solutions to environmental issues that impact women and girls or create awareness about environmental issues that impact women and girls. Topics included climate change; green energy; water; pollution, garbage, and waste reduction; bio-diversity; and other issues. One of the 2014 green is award winning filmmakers has gone on to screen her film about the health complications related to excessive use of chemical pesticides and the importance of organic farming for lawmakers across the middle east, triggering the introduction of new laws to stop the use of harmful pesticides. Isf's president and co-founder, ian somerhalder was designated as a united nations environment programme goodwill ambassador. Ian, in his role as a unep ambassador and as isf's president, collaborated with isf to "connect to go greener", with a specific call for communities - including businesses, organizations, schools and individuals - to connect their resources and skills for a more sustainable, resource-efficient way of living. As president of isf, ian somerhalder appeared before the u. S. House of representatives committee on natural resources, where he testified in support of the u. S. Fish and wildlife service's plan for a ban on commercial trade in elephant ivory. He also emphasized the importance of the multinational species conservation funds (mscf), established by congress to provide support for the protection of elephants, rhinos, tigers, and other species. Ian encouraged the subcommittee to extend the mscf semipostal stamp, which raises critical funding for anti-poaching activities through purchases of the stamp by the public.

creatures division program - missisnip'n spay and neuter clinic - isf went to tylertown, mississippi, and, in collaboration with st. Francis animal sanctuary, performed over 100 spay and neuter procedures in addition to general exams and rabies vaccinations. Isf provided both funding, via a $5,000 grant, and volunteer medical services. Spay/neuter services not only serve to control animal overpopulation, but also are often medically beneficial for animals placing them at lower risk for infection and disease. Providing free and/or affordable spaying and neutering plays an important role in our efforts to end euthanasia and animal homelessness. Creatures division campaigns - isf's #time4thetalk campaign launched with a hilarious and informative video crafted to get people talking about the birds and the bees as pollinators. #time4thetalk followed up with monthly articles and a milk seed giveaway helping to spread the word about how important pollinators are to the survival of all creatures. The overconsumption of meat and its dangers to animals, our health, and the environment was highlighted via the meatless monday campaign. Isf asked people to think twice about wearing someone else's skin in the don't hide campaign focusing on conscious consumerism and why we should avoid leather, fur, and other hide-based industries. We explored the environmental hazards that come from the tanning process as well as uncovered some of the animal cruelty that is often involved in the making of these products.

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32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

We greatly appreciate the grant our organization received from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation! With the grant, we were able to help a rescued dog that was in horrible condition and had been severely injured. That dog has now fully recovered and been adopted. ISF made the entire process from application to final report very easy! We are extremely grateful for the assistance!

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ISFVeronica 02/13/2017

We are so happy we could help. Thank you for all you do in animal rescue.

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Jonnie Ben

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you for helping us at DREAM Animal Rescue with some of our special/surgical needs pets. We appreciate your support and continued outreach for animals everywhere!
God Bless!

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ISFVeronica 12/28/2016

Hi Jonnie, Thank you for all you do! We really appreciate everything you and DREAM does daily to help these animals in need. We are so glad we could help and are glad to know Duney is doing well in your care. We wish Catalina a speedy recovery! - Veronica

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Thank you for making the grant process simple and fast! That helps rescues save time doing what we love-rescuing animals! Thanks to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Roderick received the care he needed, and was adopted to a loving home on 11/19/16. Thanks from everyone at Augusta Dog Adoptions!

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ISFVeronica 02/13/2017

We are so happy we could help with Roderick. Thank you for sharing this amazing photo of him with his new forever home.

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puppydawg

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not express my gratitude for all of the help we received from this great organization, and I absolutely love that they follow up on every animal they need.. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone that needs help saving their furry friends. Ifit was not for the Ian Somerhalder program my sweet girl may not be alive today... Here is harleys story she was found on the side of the road at 6 weeks old once bringing her inside she was very ill showing all signs of possible parvo we rushed her to the vet to find out she had persistant right aeortic arch and needed open heart surgery immediatly, Of course that expense was extreme for us but with the help of iam Somerhalder our girl was saved. she still has a long way to go as at 9 months old she is still skin and bones but she will get to where she needs to be one day with the help of all of the amazing people that are in this little girls life!!!!!!

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ISFVeronica 11/14/2016

Thank you so much for this review! We are so happy we could help your sweet, adorable girl. Thank you for saving her and getting her the help she needs so she can have a long, healthy life with you!

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3 Linda455

Board Member

Rating: 5

Noni, a one year old English Bulldog mix, had been rescued by an organization that found they could not afford the treatment she needed, so they asked Wish Bone Canine Rescue to take her in. Noni had been born with ectopic ureters, one draining into her urethra and one draining into her bladder. Her chances of adoption were slim because of the constant dribbling of urine. She had urine scalding on her external genitalia and legs, yet despite this painful condition, Noni was one of the happiest, friendliest dogs I had met in awhile. After meeting her, I knew we had to give her a chance at a normal life ... and then find her that forever family she deserved. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and some caring donors, we were able to have Noni's surgery performed quickly. Her surgery was totally successful and Noni has now been adopted by a wonderful family. The ISF reviews emergency grant requests very quickly and, if approved, immediately sends the grant to you, which makes it possible to get the treatment needed quickly.

ISF cares about the animals they help. They may never meet them in person, but their compassion is felt as if they had.

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ISFVeronica 11/10/2016

Linda, ISF is so happy we were able to be a part of Noni's recovery. Thank you and everyone at Wish Bone Canine Rescue for giving her a chance and getting her the surgery she needed. We love this photo of her on her adoption day and know her future is bright thanks to you. Thank you for all you have done for her and other dogs in need! Veronica

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1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These wonderful people couldn't have been nicer and easier to work with. We are very grateful the grant we received to help a stray southern dog, hit by a car in MO, heal and go on to be adopted by his perfect forever family.

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ISFVeronica 10/24/2016

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and thank you for rescuing a stray dog in need. ISF is so honored that, through our medical grant program, we get to work with amazing rescuers like you every day to help animals in need go on to live healthy, happy lives. We are so happy to know the dog you helped has found his perfect family. Veronica

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this Foundation. I actually went back 3 times to talk to everyone and buy things from the booth. It's all for a great cause as well.

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ISFVeronica 10/24/2016

Hello, Thank you so much for your review. I am so glad you were able to meet Jules and some of our volunteers at an ISF booth. We love getting to meet our supporters in person! Thank you so much also for your donation to receive some of our ISF merch. We really appreciate it! Veronica

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1 Wendi F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never has a foundation capured my heart the way ISF has. Amazing leader, amazing staff, and an amazing mission! My entire family is proud to support this foundation and will continue to do so for as long as we shall walk this earth! Nothing but love, love, love for ISF!

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ISFVeronica 09/14/2016

We send love back at you and your family Wendi. Thank you for the support!

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Donor

Rating: 1

I originally started donating to & following this organization when I'd heard about the plans for an animal sanctuary. As an advocate for no kill shelters, the idea was very appealing to me. I paid attention during Ian's live chats and started noticing he ignored addressing important logistical and safety questions. Everything was the same scripted propaganda. Finally I thought something might happen after he'd announced the purchase of the land. Still nothing but talk. And then he stopped even doing that with no status updates or announcement of a change in plans. Yet volunteers keep asking for donations for it.

During the time I followed the organization, I saw more and more contradictions in what they claimed to be about and what their behavior actually showed. How can the name sake of an organization preach saving the environment yet his actions contribute to the problem? Integrity is important for the legitimacy of an organization. Over time it became more apparent that it was all a facade.

Additionally, Ian had pushed repeatedly for people to get involved and volunteer. So I applied to volunteer. It took several months before I heard anything. When I finally received a response, it came in the form of a rejection letter as if I had been applying for a paid job. I'm well educated and I have years of experience yet somehow that didn't qualify me to donate my time to help for FREE! However, I was told I was more than welcome to start a community crew to beg for donations. That was when it was clear to me they weren't about making actual change. They only cared about money and appearances. And over the last few years, it's become glaringly obvious that the organization is all an image game for the name sake. Had I realized earlier that the organization was a scam, I wouldn't have wasted my money. I would've donated to local organizations that have SHOWN they're doing what they can to push for real change. It's awful how this organization preys upon the public's compassion to fool them into giving money for things that will never happen. It preaches to youths to take action yet it does none itself.

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ISFVeronica 09/14/2016

First, thank you for supporting and advocating for No-Kill Shelters. ISF has purchased our land and safety and logistics are a big concern, which is why ISF lawyers are currently and thoroughly involved in the planning process. I'm sorry your volunteer application process was unpleasant. In the last year we have reorganized our system. It appears you applied several years ago. If you would like to email me at hr@isfoundation.net, I would be happy to search our past applications from before I was HR and see what happened. ISF is so grateful that we receive an enormous amount of volunteer applications. While many are qualified, we unfortunately do not always have a spot which matches their talents. Currently we are keeping those applications on file for a year in case spots open up. But again, if you would like to email me, I'd be happy to find out what happened to your application.

2 Vanessa34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation since March of 2014. Since the beginning of my volunteer work I have seen amazing transformations in the lives of animals helped by the Animal Emergency Grant. When a rescue group reaches out to us for the much needed funds to save an animals life, its such a great feeling to be able to help them get these animals the care they need. The before and after stories of these animals are astonishing. We always have new grant stories added to the website so that all of ISFs supporters can also see the overwhelming changes in the lives of these animals. It seems like there has been a shift in the foundation especially in the past year and we have been able to expand our outreach even farther. I participated in a spay/neuter clinic in New Mexico that ISF collaborated on. We reached a community in desperate need of veterinary care, and helped control the stray animal population on the Ramah Navajo reservation. I believe that my time is valuable and I would not spend many hours of my valuable time working for something that I did not believe in. The hearts and minds involved in this foundation are here for the right reasons and that speaks volumes. I am a proud ISF volunteer and supporter and I stand behind this foundation 100%

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ISFVeronica 09/14/2016

Vanessa, thank you so much for volunteering with ISF. Your knowledge, expert opinion and heart drive this foundation to make such positive change in the lives of so many animals. We really appreciate you!

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