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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Philanthropy, Youth Development Programs

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.

Target demographics: the environment, all creatures, youth empowerment and grassroots initiatives

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Grants Program
ISF emergency medical care grant for animals - 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 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 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 Outreach & 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 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 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 (MSFC), established by Congress to provide support for the protection of elephants, rhinos, tigers, and other species. Ian encouraged the subcommittee to extend the MSFC semipostal stamp, which raises critical funding for anti-poaching activities through purchases of the stamp by the public.

ISF Creatures Program
Spay and neuter clinics - 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.

ISF Youth Program (17 and under)
Youth Volunteer Program - a program for inspiring, global changemakers under the age of 18 who complete a 1 year volunteer program with ISF. Each of the youth are selected to be a part of this program from their applications describing their passions, talents and why they want to save our Planet and Creatures. Our program mission is to educate and support the rising generations to take action and to inspire hope and change for our planet. Throughout the year, the youth create and implement dozens of projects & campaigns globally including: community clean ups, shelter food & supply drives, organic gardening, anti-plastic efforts, school focused projects, recycling focused projects and individual passion projects for the betterment of the planet, animals and their futures.
Youth Days - ISF Youth Days are impactful and uniting one day mini events where kids and teens join ISF, collaborating organizations and facilities in an engaging volunteer day to help the planet. Each Youth Day is a unique experience involving our ISF mission of positively impacting either the environment, creatures or both.
Youth Days may include:
Animal Sanctuaries (Farm, Exotic, Domestic)
Parks/Nature Preserves
Schools/Clubs/Camps
Animal rescues
Recycling facilities
Businesses that practice green policies
Companies that come up with and/or make eco-friendly products
Efforts to preserve water
Efforts to decrease pollution
Efforts to positively impact underserved youth
Efforts to build character, inspire passion and cultivate talent in Youth

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57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a blessing to have been granted funding to help our rescue treat little Mika. The entire process was quick and efficient. We received an answer within a couple days and the reports were straight forward and easy to complete. Little Mika had a ear canal damaged by an unknown cause and needed treatment to get her ready for adoption. I have attached a few of her photos.

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ISFVeronica 10/21/2017

We were so glad we could help with Mika and are so happy she is healthy enough for adoption now. Thank you so much for all you did to help this beautiful cat!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a second review for this amazing foundation. They have become a great partner for us. They have provided numerous grants for us all for medical emergencies. The last grant was for Louie, a senior rat terrier, who required an amputation. Their staff is amazing and always helpful. Their assistance to us has enabled us to get funds to treat these dogs (typically from our county shelter) and get them medical treatment quickly. We largely focus on senior dogs which require more medical care and have less adoption prospects at our county shelter. Without the IS Foundation, we would not be able accomplish as much as we did in the last couple of years. We are so appreciative for all their assistance and highly recommend this organization.

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Heather W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

ISF provided financial support for one of our rescue dogs who needed orthopedic surgery. We are so grateful for their support. They were very easy to work with and we are thrilled that they approved our application!

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ISFVeronica 10/02/2017

We are so happy we were able to help. Thank you for all you do to help dogs in need!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the president of an animal rescue specializing in traumatic surgical cases, finding emergency funding for the procedures is my biggest priority and I have truly found an amazing partner with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.
The application process is easy, the response time is very quick and personable and they understand the urgency of the matter.
I support whole heartedly the ISF as they lead by example, always putting their heart first for the voiceless animals in need.
Thank you so much Ian for creating such a wonderful organization.

Most sincerely,

Aurelie Vanderhoek
Founder
Zoey's Place rescue

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ISFVeronica 08/07/2017

Aurelie, It is always so wonderful to work with your rescue. Thank you so much for rescuing so many animals in need!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where to begin? This organization is amazing. It is all about empowering others to care for the environment, it's animals, and also humans. The volunteers work together to accomplish this goal. I have had the privilege to have started with the College team and moved over to the Youth division. It has been an amazing almost 6 years, and I can't wait for more!

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ISFJules 06/30/2017

Thank you for being such a passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer. We appreciate you and the work it takes to make a positive impact on our youth, animals and entire the world. We can't wait for what's next!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at ISF is so nice and sweet, they have all become like family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ISF has given me a awesome family of people who think like I do about the earth and it's creatures. It has also made me fill good about myself as I have autism and people look at me different sometimes and make me fill like I'm stupid and can't do anything. ISF has made me fill good about myself and they treat me like I'm normal like them, ISF is the best foundation ever.

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ISFVeronica 10/14/2017

Mason we are so glad you are part of ISF. Your passion for our earth and its creatures is so inspirational! You are so intelligent and a powerful force in this world. We appreciate you! =) Veronica

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has worked with ISF for 5 years now and he's enjoyed every minute of it. I've seen so much love, compassion and dedication from everyone working within ISF it's so beautiful. They work so hard to support Animals, People and the environment along with teaching children kindness and compassion. ISF is an amazing nonprofit foundation that is doing so much good.

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ISFVeronica 06/20/2017

We are so happy your family is a part of ISF! Thank you for being involved and helping our shared mission.

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ISFJules 06/28/2017

It has been our heartfelt pleasure to work with him for so many years and watch what a wonderful young man he has become. Our world needs more compassionate boys, and he is a shining example. Also, we thank YOU for the effort and love it takes to nurture these passions in a child and be a wonderful mother. We look forward to the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation has opened my eyes in regards to sustainability & the protection of our Earth. I was able to volunteer for a beach clean up in Flint, Michigan in hopes of bringing awareness of the terrible conditions of the water in Flint. It also brings awareness of polluted ocean water all over the world. The day was dedicated to the youth. They genuinely care about the health of our planet because of ISF & because their parents know how important sustainability is. If the youth can have a clear understanding of the negative effects certain things have on our planet today, it can really pave the way to a healthier & greener planet.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

We are so happy you were able to be a part of the Flint Michigan youth day clean up. Thank you so much for your involvement in ISF.

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ISFJules 06/28/2017

Thank you for joining us for an ISF Youth Volunteer Day! We had a great time and hope you will join us again sometime soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands down the most generous and professional non-profit I've ever volunteered with! I'm proud and honored to serve its mission.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

Thank you. We are so happy to have your family involved.

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ISFJules 06/28/2017

Hands down the most awesome and inspiring family I've ever known!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love ISF and their work in getting our children involved in community work! Their passion for our kids is incredible!

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ISFVeronica 06/20/2017

Thank you! Our youth is incredible. We are so thankful for them.

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ISFJules 06/30/2017

Thank you for volunteering and supporting our Youth program! Support like this is what helps us to grow. We can't wait for the future...their future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Candi Fair and I am a volunteer within the Ian Somerhalder Foundation's Youth Division.
I personally, have seen the positive impact that this foundation has on our youth of today. ISF gives young people the tools, platforms and encouragement and education to help them find their passions and strive to see them come to life. I feel VERY fortunate to get the honor to work with kids who are actively and passionately engaging each other and their communities to "Do Better" for our world, to make an actual, tangible difference..... that's where ISF stands apart from other foundations.....the kids have the control to participate in projects and grassroot inituitives or any other positive ,change making ideas they want .....and they are doing it big!!!
I have participated in two ISF YOUTH DAYS with these awesome young people. ISF YOUTH DAYS are days set aside for our ISF YOUTH to come together in different parts of our country to roll up their sleeves and volunteer at specific locations that need our help. From traveling to Flint Michigan to help with their water crisis to traveling to Georgia to volunteer at an animal sanctuary, I have had the AMAZING privilege to witness the passion and excitement of these kids who are eager to help, volunteer, roll up their sleeves and not afraid to use their voices and speak their minds. Their ideas, heart and pure will, encourage me everyday! Thanks to ISF our most valuable resource, our YOUTH, has a voice and are making a positive impact on our world and all it's inhabitants.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

Thank you so much for this review Candi and for all you do to help our youth team at ISF.

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ISFJules 06/30/2017

Candi, thank you for such a genuine review and sharing your experience with anyone who may read it. We value your hard work and HUGE heart. I know the kids appreciate you every day, too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a MobSTIR (Youth Volunteer) for ISF for the year 2016. Firstly, the reason why I applied for the position was because I genuinely loved and still love ISF's purpose. It works towards helping the environment and the creatures in it. The one thing that I believe makes ISF truly stand out amongst all the other non-profits I came across is it's Youth Division; ISF allows the children of today to take part in the glorious work of helping the community. This is very important for the youth of today because they need to learn the responsibility they have towards the world around them and understand the true meaning of love. That is what ISF is for me; love and more love for everyone and everything. I'm from Bangladesh and the way I have been loved and supported by all the ISF members in every way possible is heart touching. I worked on a couple of projects for ISF but, growing vegetables was the best because it was the first time I had done full planting myself. ❤️

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

Thank you so much for being a part of ISF and for so actively being a positive change in this world.

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ISFJules 06/28/2017

Tanjuma! We were so fortunate to have you volunteer with us! It is inspirational to see the wonderful things you are continuously doing to help our planet and its creatures as an adult now. We hope you will always support the Youth program and keep supporting ISF's mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the Ian Somerhalder foundation has been nothing but a positive one. I have had the opportunity to work with so many motivated kids who really care about making an impact in the world. The organization has been doing so many incredible projects in order to better our environment and social climate and is still continuing to do so.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us Chloe. We are so happy to have you as a part of ISF.

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ISFJules 06/28/2017

Chloe, your strong mind, passion and voice have been an inspiration within ISF and our youth! Thank you for uses your beautiful words to make an impact on so many. Everyone make sure to check out Chloe's Food for Thought on our website!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an ISF youth volunteer for over a year now and I could not be more in love! Everyone who is involved with ISF are the most friendly and caring people you will ever meet. This foundation is willing to do what it takes to make a positive impact in this world, and it is the most beautiful thing ever!

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

We are so happy you are involved in ISF!

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ISFJules 06/28/2017

Portia! You light up the room every single time. We have been so lucky to work with you and get your insight on how to continue to change the world. We genuinely look forward to more adventures with you for years to come :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son is six years old and is incredibly passionate about the environment - animal and ocean protection, in particular. He loves sharks and wants to be a shark biologist when he grows up.

There are not a lot of organizations that involve youth as thoroughly as ISF.

This organization not only provides him with ideas and information, it connects him to likeminded people and allows him to have a voice, even at the age of six.

This organization does tremendous work. I see it every day in how my son is learning to view and help the world.

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ISFVeronica 06/14/2017

We are so happy to have both you and your son involved in ISF.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This foundation provided funds to our rescue to help us cover the medical bills of three pups with parvo. With this help, all three survived and have found loving homes. Thank you for helping us help dogs!

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ISFVeronica 06/11/2017

We are so glad we were able to help and so happy to know they have all recovered and found their forever homes. Thank you so much for all you do to help animals in need!

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Jamie95

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISF has helped our rescue save so many great urgent need dogs! THANK YOU

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ISFVeronica 06/11/2017

Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do to help these precious fur friends!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for helping Niko with his eye surgery. He runs now when he sees me reach for the eye drops. :) He is doing great!

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ISFVeronica 06/28/2016

I'm so glad ISF was able to help Niko and that he is now doing better. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing photo!

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ISFVeronica 06/28/2016

I'm so glad ISF was able to help Niko and that he is now doing better. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing photo!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They were amazing and the whole process was very straightforward. They helped a rescue dog receive a life saving surgery. Thank you ISF!!

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ISFVeronica 06/11/2017

Thank you so much for all you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Truffle was a victim of hit and run by a car on a street in Philadelphia, PA. She was picked up by animal control and taken to the city shelter where she was covered in lacerations and barely able to walk. With less than an hour to live before she would have been euthanized due to her injuries that the shelter could not treat, Finding Shelter committed to saving her life and immediately had her transported to a local, 24 hour specialty and emergency vet hospital. Truffle had two broken legs, wounds on her body that needed to be cleaned and healed but she was a good patient and had a good prognosis. Truffle needed surgery to repair her crushed bones and needed to wear bandages on her legs for stability as her bones were healing. Her veterinary care was going to cost thousands of dollars and thanks to the help of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Truffle was able to get the life saving care she needed. Truffle not only made a full recovery but was adopted by her foster family and is now living her happily ever after with the people she loves most. Without the medical care she needed, she would not have survived. The generosity of ISF meant a world of difference to an amazing dog and her wonderful family. They were caring, professional and so encouraging and helpful through the grant process and cared about her progress. Thank you Ian Somerhalder Foundation!

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ISFVeronica 05/30/2017

We are so happy we could help with Truffle. Thank you for stepping in so quickly and helping this wonderful girl get the help she needed.

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ISFVeronica 06/21/2017

We are so glad we were able to help. Thank you for all you did to help Truffle heal and find her happily ever after!

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