The Mission of the Golden Retriever Foundation
The objects and purposes for which the Foundation was established are set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and shall include but not be limited to the following:
- To foster and promote the public's knowledge and appreciation of dogs in general and Golden Retrievers in particular.
- To further understanding of the diseases, genetic defects, injuries and other ailments that afflict dogs in general and Golden Retrievers in particular.
- To promote and assist the development, publication and dissemination of educational materials about the proper care, treatment, breeding, health, development and training of Golden Retrievers.
- To foster and promote the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of displaced Golden Retrievers.
Can the Golden Retriever Foundation help me with my dog’s vet bills?
Although the GRF has tremendous sympathy for all Golden owners whose dogs are stricken with serious illness, the Bylaws and purpose of the GRF do not allow individual assistance. The GRF supports research that we hope will ultimately end the suffering of our breed from diseases such as cancer and heart disease, joint disorders and eye disease.
I can no longer keep my Golden Retriever. Can the GRF help me find a home for him?
The GRF has no provisions or facilities to foster or place individual Goldens. Rather, it supports many rescue organizations across the country in their work. You are urged to contact the National Rescue Committee at http://www.grca-nrc.org/ for information on how to find a rescue in your area.
If I send a donation in memory of a friend or a friend's Golden, will they know?
Yes, your friend will receive a card noting that a donation has been made in their name or the name of their dog.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, your donation is tax deductible for any amount over item value purchased. The GRF is a 501(c)3 IRS corporation. For instance, if you purchase an ornament and add an additional amount to that purchase, the additional amount is tax deductible. Simple monetary donations are deductible per IRS rules.
Where does my money go when I donate to the GRF?
Every person donating to the GRF can choose a specific fund for their donation, or they can add to the General Fund. Specific options include the April Fund for rescued dogs whose medical bills are excessive; the Zeke Cancer Fund which supports research into that deadly disease; and the Rachel Page Elliott Educational Fund, which provides money for educational projects to benefit the breed. Grants that support research into other health concerns, such as Pigmentary Uveitis and Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis , are funded through the General Fund. Please browse through the website for more information on those funds, or consider a general donation that will be used in the area of research, rescue, or education as needed.
I have donated to several different funds for many years. How has that money been spent?
We are very proud to state that over $900,000 has been given to researchers in canine health since the inception of the GRF. A full list of grants is available here (link to grants page). In addition, the total of rescue grants now approaches $800,000; and education grants of more than $100,000 have been committed. We will do our best to continue updating all donors about progress and results of grants. Please consider joining the GRF Updates email list so that you can find out regularly what is happening in the world of Golden support.
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Who oversees the GRF Board of Directors?
The Bylaws of the Golden Retriever Foundation state that there is one member of the corporation: the GRCA. The GRCA Board appoints the GRF directors in staggered terms, and the GRF Board of Directors then conducts the business of the GRF. The GRF apprises the GRCA Board of Directors of its activities via monthly and annual reports.