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Kinship Circle

Rating: 4.65 stars   17 reviews 2,429

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

7380 Kingsbury Blvd % Brenda Shoss Saint Louis MO 63130 USA

Mission:

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

I know firsthand that Kinship Circle has falsely stated that they were on the ground rescuing and raised money when they were not rescuing.

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

Return to their newsletters only which were a good service.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Kinship Circle is a wonderful organization. They are founded on providing solid, very well-researched information, and getting that information into people's hands. (Their website has tons of quick-read pdf files.) And they are very dedicated to rescuing animals in disaster areas. They are a very "boots on the ground, doing the manual labor" organization with strong dedication.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have found this organization to be very reliable and honest in its reporting. It gathers all pertinent information, making sure it is accurate, and makes it very easy for people to respond where needed.
For example, you can go to their website and find an animal welfare issue that particularly concerns you, and immediately see all the contact information, such as emailing gov't officials, listed right there.

They make it quick and easy to respond to an animal welfare issue.

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

Feeling like I've made a difference.

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

I can't think of anything at the moment.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I would definitely recommend Kinship Circle for anyone looking to volunteer or donate to a great organization.

KC has turned into an international animal disaster relief and advocacy organization with volunteers all over the United States and now world. Pretty incredible and shows how dedicated the leadership and core volunteers of KC are.

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

As a KC volunteer, I've helped people evacuate NOLA with their pets prior to Hurricane Gustav, set up an emergency animal shelter in Iowa during the floods and worked the phones to find out needs of shelters across the country in the wake of disaster. Also, I've signed tons of petitions researched and put together by KC's founder, Brenda. They are great to work with.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of Kinship Circle and its founder, Brenda Shoss, upon returning home to New Orleans and beginning animal rescue work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Brenda was providing invaluable assistance in the form of her website updates, which provided volunteers with essential information related to assisting animal victims of the storm. I and hundreds of other volunteers learned about animal rescue through Brenda. Throughout the Gulf Coast animal rescue operations, In addition to providing vital communication links for animal rescue responders., Kinship Circle volunteers maintained a direct presence on the Gulf Coast after Katrina by raising funds and sending volunteers to assist.

More recently, Kinship Circle sent a team of skilled volunteers to assist with needs of animals left stranded or injured after the Chilean earthquakes. One day, Kinship Circle volunteers arrived with pet food and supplies at a camp, just as families were about to destroy their beloved family pets, because it seemed more humane than allowing them to starve. Can you imagine the joy and relief of children who would be able to continue their comforting relationship with their own pets because some food was delivered?

Kinship Circle struggles to monitor disasters around the world and provide direct care and support services to animals in need. A rescue team has been serving the areas hardest hit by the mudslides in Brazil while arrangements are underway to send volunteers to rescue animals suffering in the Japan disaster area.

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

I have been closely involved with the work of Kinship Circle for 5 years. I have personally observed the effectiveness of Kinship Circle alert campaigns and have first-hand knowledge of countless numbers of animals rescued around the world from disasters as a result of Kinship Circle's efforts.

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

Get more publicity directed to this organization to expand its reach.

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

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Kinship Circle is active, dedicated, full of heart, and does an amazing amount of work rescuing animals in disaster situations, getting letters sent to decision makers to make the world a more compassionate place, informing members of animal suffering worldwide and letting us know what we can do to help--and all this on a small budget. The budget is spent on the work being done to help animals not on glossy, expensive fund-raising materials. A famous poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, once wrote:
I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ears be made to hear--
The wrongs of the wordless weak.
And I am my brothers keeper,
And I will fight his fights;
And speak the words for beast and bird--
Till the world shall set things right.
Kinship Circle is the voice of the voiceless and much more, because they take action wherever they possibly can to "set things right."
The Great!I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I follow their progress online and am amazed at the amount of excellent work they do with a small staff and budget.

Ways to make it better...If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would do what I could to help them raise more money so that they can do more rescue campaigns.

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

I follow their progress online and am amazed at the amount of excellent work they do with a small staff and budget

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

I would help them raise more money in order to do more rescue work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kinship Circle is active, dedicated, full of heart, and does an amazing amount of work rescuing animals in disaster situations, getting letters sent to decision makers to make the world a more compassionate place, informing members of animal suffering worldwide and letting us know what we can do to help--and all this on a small budget. The budget is spent on the work being done to help animals not on glossy, expensive fund-raising materials. A famous poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, once wrote:
I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ears be made to hear--
The wrongs of the wordless weak.
And I am my brothers keeper,
And I will fight his fights;
And speak the words for beast and bird--
Till the world shall set things right.
Kinship Circle is the voice of the voiceless and much more, because they take action wherever they possibly can to "set things right."

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

I follow their progress online and am amazed at the amount of excellent work they do with a small staff and budget.

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

I would do what I could to help them raise more money so that they can do more rescue campaigns.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Brenda Shoss and Kinship Circle represents what can be accomplished with big hearts and intelligent action. On a shoe-string budget, many lives have been saved, many minds have been educated, and many hearts have been opened. I have been a proud supporter and periodic donor (funds permitting) of Kinship Circle for several years. To me, the world and it's inhabitants are better for having Kinship Circle. Brenda Shoss is nothing short of a hero to me. She is a true example of the power of the human spirit.

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

the tireless action and accomplishments on the behalf of non-human animals.

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

not make any changes, but, to have more funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Brenda Shoss and Kinship Circle accomplish more with less than just about any other charitable or advocacy organization I know. When I support Kinship Circle I know that every dollar is used for the animals, and that decisions are made based on what's best for the animals. Aren't those two things we seek in the charities we support?

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

Rescue, disaster relief, and public education.

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

Create an endowment that would allow KC to expand and have financial security.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this group! They go anywhere there is a need for animal rescue/help. They don't have fancy advertising or send out expensive mailings. Most of the information I get from them is sent via email. I greatly admire how hard they work to help animals, especially during natural and other disasters. I have never hesitated to donate to them.

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

I have witnessed great results from this group during Hurricane Katrina.

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

There is nothing I would change except to give them greater access to funds they need to operate.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

There are so many ways so help animals, but it all takes money. I’ve spent years researching the best organizations with which to get the most from my hard-earned money. Kinship Circle has no big office or highly paid staff and they don’t mail you those annoying address labels! Every single penny goes for rescue, disaster aid, investigative research or educational materials. Alerts are posted on the web site for current issues and even the most wonderful letters provided so anyone can take action.
I give confidently now without the “what will they do with my money” concerns I’ve had in the past. And its tax deductible.

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

I have observed the work of this organization over the years and they have stayed very active without wasting a dime!! A very passionate, devoted group.

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

My dream for this organization is that they could just do the wonderful work they are doing.... just like they are.... and not have the burden of being constantly concerned about the financial resources!

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