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Hearts Speak Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: HeARTs Speak's mission is uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals. We bring fresh, easy-to-implement pet promotion resources directly to animal welfare organizations, partnering with them to achieve their lifesaving missions and helping to increase adoptions. Our programs aim to connect pets with homes faster, while also helping shelters reach their communities in more meaningful ways — building support, recruiting volunteers, and ultimately transforming public perceptions of pet adoption, shelters, and homeless animals.

Results: Artists Helping Animals is our flagship, community-building program, uniting more than 600 creative professionals across the globe, serving 22 countries and 48 states, who provide pro-bono services to save and support animals. Together, they’re contributing more than 16,900 hours of service monthly to animal welfare organizations. Together this might group of creatives impacts around 35,700 animals each month! | The Perfect Exposure Project is a program anchored in collaboration, innovation, and creativity. Through hands-on instruction, animal shelters are given photography equipment, training and inspiration to positively and effectively promote the animals in their care. Since it's inception in 2013 the program has worked with more than 571 shelter staff and volunteers who represent 99 different organizations in 25 cities/locations! Even more importantly, those participants in past workshops will be able to help more than 200,000 animals across the United States every year using the skills they gleaned! | The HeARTs Speak EDU program serves as an online library for content such as downloadable guides, tools and templates, video tutorials and webinars to make photography, social media, adoption promotion, and all-things-marketing available to anyone working or volunteering in animal welfare, no matter their skill set, background or resources. To date, it has approximately 1500 regular users and has experienced more than 8500 downloads of content.

Target demographics: change the way the world sees shelter pets. Our work shines a light on animals in need and improves adoption rates by increasing the marketing capacity of time-stretched, under-resourced 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 (a stock imagery library for good).

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kim_128

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The resources they offer me as a photographer photographing shelter animals are wonderful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great organization making a huge difference in the lives of so many animals! As a photographer member, this organization has been so helpful and supportive.

Theresa van S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to the skills HeartSpeak shared with us at our shelter, we are able to help get our animals noticed by the public in a way which leads to higher asoption rates and a better life for these creatures we care so much about. Their seminar led to the start of a group of dedicated volunteers who photograph our pups every Saturday. We love doing this as we see how it helps get them adopted faster. Today it’s all about social media ans HeartSpeak has shown us the way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2013 my adoption group was lucky enough to have a member of HeartsSpeak come to our foster home to photograph our adoptable dogs. The photos she produced were amazing and helped the two dogs get adopted very quickly. The HeartsSpeak member also took the time to teach me some tips on taking better photos and how to use my camera. Because of this, it started my path to becoming a pet rescue photographer and 2 years later I was able to join HeartsSpeak as a member artist to pay it forward. I strongly believe in HeartsSpeak’s mission and i’m a very proud member. An image is worth 1000 words, and it can save many lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most amazing non profits for photography and animal lovers. I love it so much! People are so kind to help you, and everyone is soooo lovely! I’m only 17, and I started when I was 14 with photography. I love this so much! And I love HeartsSpeak!❤️

Rachele T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best community ever, members are supportive and always available to motivate and help everyone to grow. There is no competition, but the awareness that we are all here for the same reason: making a true difference in shelter animals' lives!

I love being part of this nonprofit.

Christine O.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have helped me refine me skills as an artist/photographer to better help rescues. I’m able to produce better quality photos to “market” dogs and cats to get adopted faster

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HeartSpeak for many years and the passion of the community to do good for animals is like no other. Working together allows the whole organization to make a difference all over the world in helping shelters and rescues improve their adoption rates and marketing strategy. I am proud to be a part of it all!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HeARTs Speak community is a dream for budding and veteran photographers alike. The ideas and inspiration shared among peers are incredibly helpful, and the support members offer one another is such a blessing. We give our time and our hearts to this cause, and it is sometimes very challenging. But knowing we have a network of like-minded people who have likely had similar experiences to support us and share their insight makes it that much easier. The resources HeARTs Speak offers help take my work to the next level so I can do even more to help animals, and I'm go glad to be a part of this community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts Speak is an incredibly well-run non-profit with programs to help shelter animals by teaching shelter staff and volunteers how to take better photographs, connecting shelters with professional photographers who volunteer their time to the shelters, and by making available educational materials and templates to improve the appearance of shelter promotions and adoption photos. In addition, professional photographers provide Hearts Speak with images for its photo bank. Companies using the photos pay fees that go directly to support Hearts Speak's programs. Hearts Speak supports its volunteer photographers by providing ongoing education on best practices and provides a platform to connect the volunteers to each other for additional peer support.

Theresa80

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I hear again and again 'your photos made me want to adopt that dog'... this is why I do what I do, and I'm proud to be a member of HeARTs Speak Inc. They support me and many other photographers and artists, who donate our work to help save animals. I'm thrilled to be in the company of so many like-minded volunteers, and am very grateful to HeARTs Speak for their constant support. Any time I reach out for advice, they are there to assist. Their programs and resources are vital for changing the lives of shelter animals.

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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.

Heather O.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m relatively new to HeArtSpeak as an artist member photographer and I am so grateful to have found this organization and community! They offer an amazing library of free education and materials to aid me in photographing and marketing shelter dogs. And the community of artists is amazingly supportive of each other. I love seeing all the work members are doing to get shelter dogs exposure so they have a better chance at being adopted! I’m proud to be a member of this amazing non profit!

Jennifer Mae O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts speak is an amazing organization helping rescue groups ensure that rescue pets sparkle and shine and help them find a forever home! They also help teach rescue groups on how to improve their own photographs of adoptable pets. They also offer great resources and are incredibly supportive, kind and generous.

Jill G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this organization. They work hard every single day to help animals in shelters and rescue. They also help teach others to photograph dogs in shelter situations. They are truly an amazing group.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been a member of Hearts Speak for several years and I photograph animals at my local shelter. Hearts Speak is a great resource for me and offers a lot of resources, positivity and group support. They help us do better and do more for our local shelters and animals. The fact that go around the country teaching shelters to take better photos is amazing! Better photos save animals lives! I love Hearts Speak!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic educational tools and the Perfect Exposure Project workshop they hold for different shelters was invaluable! I learned so much and my adoption pictures have definitely improved!
It's a great organization for a great cause. Everyone I've met has been so wonderful and helpful.

2 Stacey A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HeARTs Speak is a unique organization in the animal welfare/rescue world and they fill a very important role by focusing on positive marketing, photography, advocacy, and partnerships. This small but mighty team travels the country training shelter/rescue staff and volunteers how to effectively promote the animals in their care. They have also created an active and supportive community of artists and I am proud to call myself an Artist Member.

2 cowgirlupp

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great educational tools, and support of their members and mission in general, I love Hearts Speak!

2 Susan R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts Speak provides a wealth of tools to help artists to help rescues to help save the lives of homeless animals! Their library of resources is comprehensive and educational. Their community of artists are very supportive and encouraging. I feel fortunate to be a part of their initiative.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HeARTs Speak is an emerging nonprofit in the animal welfare world. Having worked in shelters in California, Hawaii and Wisconsin, one fact holds true across these different areas: images and storytelling save lives.

What is great about HeARTs Speak is that it serves so many different stakeholders in animal welfare - the animals looking for their furever home, the shelters that often need their animals receive that "perfect exposure" to be adopted, amateur and seasoned photographers looking to lend their skills to help save lives, businesses looking to make that connection to animal welfare cause marketing as well as the potential adopters who can now get the best "first impression" because HeARTs Speak's impact.