By Elizabeth Mendia
Kern Valley Sun
Ask anyone who has worked in nonprofit fundraising, and they’ll tell you that raising over $16,000 dollars in personal donations is not an easy task, especially when the organization does not have dedicated fundraising staff.
Yet Strength of Shadow Dog Rescue of Bodfish accomplished that as part of the Kern Community Foundation’s annual “Give Big Kern” fundraising day, earning SOS a ranking for total giving of number 11 for the entire county, according to the Give Big Kern” online leaderboard.
“In 2019 with the help of Give Big Kern, grants, and fundraising we were able to host a no/low-cost spay and neuter program in the Kern River Valley.
With $10,000 that we invested, we were able to spay and neuter over 200 dogs, and many of them were also vaccinated and microchipped,” said Jen Haratani, director of operations at the shelter. “In 2020 with the help of Give Big Kern and grants we had planned to host No cost vaccination and microchip clinics for the residents of the Kern River Valley and Ridgecrest.
Due to Covid-19, this program has been placed on hold until further notice. We have continued to rescue and provide care for the abandoned/neglected dogs of Kern County throughout the pandemic.
The “Give Big Kern” annual event raised over $730,000 dollars this year for Kern county nonprofit organizations, which is an increase of over $300,000 from the previous year. The “Give Big Kern” annual event is a key component of the Kern Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Strengthening Initiative.
For additional information about Strength of Shadow Dog Rescue, please visit their website at www.strengthofshadow.org; for additional information about Kern Community Foundation’s “Give Big Kern” event please visit www.givebigkern.org