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Hearts Speak Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Professional Societies & Associations

Mission: HeARTs Speak's mission as a global nonprofit is uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals. We do this through a variety of programs that offer resources and education to both artists and animal shelters to help increase adoptions and lifesaving impact.

Results: Two of HeARTs Speak's foundational programs were able to offer a potential impact on more than half a million homeless animals this past year. The Artists helping animals program continued its grass roots growth, with the addition of 130 artists working with animal shelters or rescues in the U.S. and abroad (a 30% increase in membership). The members donate their time and professional services to help improve the image of shelter animals and contribute to increased adoptions and lifesaving throughout the world. We ended this past year with 600+ members who provided more than 1,500 hours of service each month to create 300,000+ portraits monthly. The PEP program also grew significantly (by 75%): Thanks to grants from both Animal Farm Foundation and Purina, HeARTs Speak visited nine cities to provide two days of marketing & photography training, more than doubling the 4 workshops that occurred in 2015. More than 250 staff and volunteers representing 35+ animal welfare organizations attended the 2016 PEPs, and together will have the potential to impact more than 100,000 shelter animals every year.

Target demographics: increase adoptions of shelter pets and magnify the lifesaving creative workforce of animal welfare organizations

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 500,000 animals.

Geographic areas served: The United States and globally

Programs: Artists Helping Animals, the Perfect Exposure Project, HeARTs Speak EDU and Images with HeART.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

nbranoff

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love HeARTs Speak's mission and am proud to be a part of their team, volunteering as a photographer at shelters and rescues. They provide artists with wonderful resources, tips and a community of team members who are always willing to critique work and share their experiences. I know the shelters and rescues that I have worked with appreciate the photos I take and they certainly help in their efforts to find homes for pets in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved in the animal welfare community for the past 20 years and am truly honored to serve as an Artist Member and Board Director of HeARTsSpeak. The organization empowers individuals to give back in a meaningful way, while at the same time helps shelters better fulfill their mission of finding homes for animals in need. Fueled by committed individuals and gifted artists giving generously of their time and talents, coupled with the power of a compelling photograph, HeARTsSpeak is incredibly successful at helping shelters all over the world promote adoptable animals through captivating imagery and artwork, resulting in increased adoptions.

A small but mighty core team leads the organization, championing it mission while supporting and leveraging the reach, passion and talents and of its hundreds of members worldwide to increase the visibility of shelter animals. HeARTsSpeak provides the training, support and resources needed for shelters and artist members to create beautiful adoption photos and creative campaigns that capture the attention of potential adopters. It’s a strong and supportive network of like-minded individuals, all working together toward a common objective of improving the image of shelter animals with an end goal of saving lives.

Theresa80

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of HeARTs Speak since 2012. I have found it to be such a welcoming organization. Being surrounded by like-minded artists, all working to help promote animal adoption has been so fulfilling. The knowledge, support and education, and resources freely shared is so valuable and encouraging.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago, I began helping a couple of shelters/rescues in my area with photos so they could get their animals adopted sooner. It was so great when I found HeARTS Speak - an organization whose purpose is to ensure no shelter animal goes unseen! Match made in heaven! Thank you for all you do and the exposure you give to the cause!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HeARTs Speak is the reason I really got into photography. I've always loved photography, and I've always photographed my own foster dogs to help get them adopted, however, then I heard about HeARTs Speak. I was so excited to learn about others doing the same thing. I pushed myself to keep learning photography so I could join HeARTs Speak. I was so excited when I was accepted into this wonderful group of artists. Not only have they been a great support system for me, but they have also helped me grow as a photographer and a person. This non-profit group means the world to me and I can't say enough good things about HeARTs Speak!

Heather299

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was welcomed into the HeARTs Speak family this year. I am very proud and honored to call myself a member. It is a very supportive group of people, everyone is willing to help each other out, share knowledge & stories or lend a sympathetic ear when needed. It's a wonderful organization filled with wonderful people sharing a common goal of raising awareness of the plight of shelter/rescue animals all around the world and I couldn't be happier to be a part of that!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I value my membership with HeARTs Speak. From them, I've learned about the importance of presenting a professional bio and photograph for homeless animals. I've also gained many tips about how to work with shelters, take photos, and network with other artists. HeARTs Speak leaders and members regularly encourage and inspire one another in passion for animals. This is a truly supportive and dedicated organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of this outstanding organization. The staff, volunteers and artist members are compassionate and dedicated to helping animal welfare organizations all over the world. Collectively, they are a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills which they share freely. The level of professionalism and willingness to help can be see at all levels in the organization. Hearts Speak is saving lives and developing programs that save animals, promote social change and bring communities together.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been working with HeARTs Speak for two years now, first as a volunteer and more recently as a board member, per the vision to achieve the widest reach possible in supporting animal welfare organizations’ efforts to better promote themselves and their adoptive animals. I began working I’m so impressed with the passion, professionalism and drive of all HeARTs Speak employees, board members and supporters with whom I’ve interacted, and was amazed to experience the enormity that this organization manages to accomplish with such a lean operation. Their vision and the impact of their work continue to inspire me – in my efforts to support the animal welfare community, and just generally on a personal and professional level.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I belong to one of thier artist members and they have provided me with a great platform to reach out to other like minded artists and draw upon the nuermorus resources to help shelters in our communities get animals re-homed faster.

1 Renee92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This amazing group is so supportive and provides so many tools to help those of us who want make a difference. It can be scary and it can be heartbreaking, but it can also be the best feeling in the world when you know an image saved the life of a dog or cat. And this group understands that and supports you thru the technical issues, emotional issues and everything in between. Their passion and their genuine love for the animal shines thru in every way.

1 Julia36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about HeARTs Speak from seeing their logo on beautiful images of adoptable animals across social media. I went to the website to learn more about the organization and immediately set a goal for myself of achieving Artist Member status. I had been photographing dogs for my rescue of choice for a couple of years, and wanted to become a member in order to gain access to the amazing tools and resources they offer. At the time, I was unaware of the awesome community they also foster for members. The knowledge sharing and support is just wonderful, and I'm thrilled to be able to learn from the talented members gathered there. I have learned so much and have been able to expand my volunteer photography to a large city shelter where they were thrilled to be offered the services of a HeARTs Speak member. I'm very proud to be a part of this dedicated community of talented animal lovers, and wholeheartedly encourage anyone interested in donating or joining to do so.

1 Robyn L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of HeARTs Speak since the beginning and I am still amazed at all great things they do for shelter pets around the world. HeARTs Speak is made up of so many great people and artists, who work tirelessly to promote adoptable animals through great imagery and artwork. It's really an amazing organization and I am proud to be a member.

2 Eileen39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization made such a difference to Charleston Animal Society. It is amazing how the photos of our animals have changed so much for the better, after their HeARTSpeak's visit and seminar. The result is that animals are being adopted sooner, which is what HeARTSpeak is all about - getting animals adopted by showing them in their best light. The professionals who visited us were so patient and helpful, and the materials they provided were exceptional. There is no doubt that good photos of adoptable animals make a huge difference in helping animals to get adopted sooner.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of Hearts Speak for several years and can't say enough good things about this organization. Not only do they pursue their mission with passion, but they give back to their volunteers in whatever manner they can. Truly a win-win for all involved.

2 LLARteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of HeARTSspeak for many years now. The organization and members are extremely generous with their knowledge and expertise and I've gained valuable education and guidance with my rescue photography. I have had several rescues reach out to me through HS "find a member" resource guide and have been able to help rescue pets find their forever homes. Every single person associated with HeARTSspeak is incredibly dedicated and passionate about making sure all shelters, no matter how big or small, are provided the resources to showcase their animals to the public.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HeARTs Speak has given me the tools and confidence I needed to donate my photography to my local shelters and rescue groups. Through my involvement as an artist member, I've been able to help one of these rescue groups raise monumental funds toward helping the dogs of its organization via a calendar contest.

One of the best parts of this organization is the amazing support of its community who is there to cheer one another on every step of the way as we work together for a common cause: more lives saved through beautiful, heartfelt adoption photos!

2 Joni S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HeARTs Speak is a fantastic organization that does so much through their members to help more shelter and rescue animals find loving home. And their members benefit from this organization too. Hard working and honest organizations that get important work done are wonderful and me need more like HeARTs Speak Inc.

2 Felipe3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love being part of HeARTs Speak, a great community working so intensely to help animals from all over the world (I'm from Brazil, for instance, and they already helped me sooo much)! It is a great way to share knowledge and learn, whether we talk about mainly about ART and pets, some of the passions that unites all HS members, or about kindness, love and finding solutions for any challenge we face, since we can easily see a huge community of members willing to help everyone!

1 Jen_234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I want to submit a review for a Heart Speak photographer - Elaine from I Got the Shot, in northeast PA.
Elaine takes time about once a month to come to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and showcases her talent by capturing the spirit of each animal she photographs. Her photos are crisp, clear, and beautifully edited. Each animal she photographs is posted with a brief paragraph about that animal. Elaine will blend her own experiences with the animal, with its general description, adding an animated dynamic to an already stunning portrait.
I also want to point out that Elaine photographs not only dogs, but also cats and small animals just as beautifully!

Heart Speak brought Elaine to the shelter, and in turn Elaine is bringing adopters to the animals she photographs. She also has referred another Heart Speak member to our neighboring county's shelter. Through this non-profit, two shelters near and dear to those who live in North East PA are now benefiting from the artistic endeavors of amazing professional photographers. 5 stars!