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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.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dawn173

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello; My name is Guinevere now. I don't remember what it was before. Yes...before..I had a family you see but when I got older and my mouth got stinky my family threw me away..and I mean threw...See I am only 3 pounds and when I hit the bottom of the box I hurt my eye too. Box? What does this wee one mean by box? Well..you see..at many of those places I learned are called shelters there is a box that you can throw away your trash family pets..then come back and get new shiny ones...So I was thrown away in a box...I was very scared in there. Other doggies very scared too so we all just sit in the dark and cold and stay very quiet.
My new foster mommy is the boss of a small dog rescue group and when she saw me she knew she had to save me..But I had very stinky mouth that Mommy says was infected so we beg this nice company (mommy loves Damon) to help with money for to fix my stinky mouth...Now I no stinky anymore and I have no teeth any more. I eat nice kibble food because I don't chew anyway. I love my new home. So Thank you very much nice company...I love you!!!!


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ISFVeronica 03/15/2017

Hi Guinevere. We are so happy we could help get your stinky mouth fixed. Thank you also to your rescue group for helping you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Stray Cat Alliance reached out to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation for support of one of 101 cats rescued in a felony hoarding rescue case they took on called #OperationKern100 that began in February 2016.

One of the wonderful cats who needed support was Lisa. She and her brother, Lopes, were some of the youngest cats at the "feral sanctuary" in the Mojave that was busted. All cats taken were into evidence at the Kern County Animal Shelter. Once Stray Cat Alliance realized no nonprofits had the capacity to help this large of a number of cats, they rallied support to begin to get help from them and prevent the Shelter from euthanizing them due to space.

SCA brought groups of cats 10-20 at a time down to Los Angeles to have them all vet checked to determine how to find fosters or adopters for the cats.

Both Lisa and Lopes needed eye removals due to genetic health issues. Stray Cat Alliance sent a proposal for support to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation who helped fund a majority of Lisa's surgery.

Lisa and Lopes had to to back and forth to their foster's home due to loss of his apartment and break up. But not too long afterwards, Colin, said he could not live without them. They now have a safe and loving home and even their own Instagram page, "Winking_Kitties", going under their new names, Winx (Lisa) and Jax (Lopes).

It was due to the generosity and compassionate support from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation that Lisa, now Winx, was able to be relieved from pain and live a happy, normal life with her new family.

The staff at the ISF is amazing and very caring in each of our dealings with them. They truly care about the animals. Thank you Ian Somerhalder and your wonderful Foundation for saving so many lives!!!

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ISFVeronica 03/15/2017

We were so glad we were able to help Winx (Lisa). Thank you for everything your rescue did to help with this overwhelming hoarding situation. We are so happy that Winx and Jax now are healthy and in the perfect forever home!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a small non-profit called Broken Promises SW located in rural southern New Mexico, and our mission is to reduce the community cat population through humane Trap/Neuter/Return. We trapped a feral kitten who needed to had an eye removed due to injury. Because our budget does not allow us to fund medical procedures beyond spay/neuter/microchip/vaccinations/ear tipping, we reached out to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation for help. ISF came through and covered the majority of out outstanding vet bill, allowing us to raise the remainder from friends and colleagues. Without the help of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation we would not have been able to give the kitten the care she needed.

The photo is of Sweetie and her adopted mom, Diana.

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ISFVeronica 03/15/2017

We are so glad we could help Sweetie. Thank you for all you do with TNR to help end pet overpopulation.

Review from Guidestar

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

Review from Guidestar

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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