My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for MARIAN'S DREAM: Philanthrophy for Animal Advocates (Marian Rosenthal Foundation), Brunswick , ME, USA
I've worked to prevent cats and dogs from being needlessly put to death in shelters for more than twenty years. Much progress has been made during that time, largely through the work of Marian's Dream and other foundations that have provided funding for small, grassroots organizations in areas where the greatest number of animals are dying.
Over the years, Marian's Dream has fought well above its weight, saving more lives than many larger organizations and foundations, by providing funding for well-informed public awareness campaigns often overlooked by other funders, like its current Beat the Heat campaign. At the same time, it has undertaken strategic projects to organize and support a new generation of leaders by sponsoring annual retreats for shelter overpopulation activists from more than two dozen states.
As the editor of Animal People commented recently, the founder of Marian's Dream, Esther Mechler has been an animal advocate for forty years and has founded or helped to found nine organizations of national prominence eight of which either still exist or have active descendants. Marian's Dream gets things done because Esther Mechler gets things done.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
attempt to secure funding to hire a full-time development director.
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