Giving Tuesday is just a week away. We know that veterinarians give every day, sometimes with help from charitable resources. One of the best resources available to help your veterinary clinic fund charitable care for needy patients is the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) Veterinary Care Charitable Fund®, a tax-exempt program available only to AVMA members.
With Giving Tuesday approaching on November 29, now is the perfect time to let your clients know if your clinic is enrolled in the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund® and ask them to consider directing their Giving Tuesday donations to help your clinic give back to the local community.
As an enrolled clinic, you have access to resources to help promote your charitable fund to family, friends and clients. In addition to the welcome kit mailed to you when you first enrolled, participating veterinary hospitals can download the materials at any time from the AVMF website.
You can spread the word about this fund by posting information on your practice’s website and social media feeds, writing about it in your client newsletters or using other creative methods. Check out the toolkit on the AVMF website to find resources like “Donate” buttons for your website, posters, client brochures and more.
If your clients have a soft spot in their heart for animals, this charitable fund provides an excellent opportunity for them to give back, whether on Giving Tuesday or any other time. Encourage your clients to donate to your individual practice by selecting it from a list of participating veterinary practices at AVMF.org/CARE.
Not yet enrolled?
If you’re an AVMA member and haven’t yet enrolled your clinic in this program, the year-end giving season could be a great time to do so. This fund gives your clinic a way to offer low- or no-cost services to clients who otherwise may be forced to surrender or euthanize their beloved pets.
Charitable care may be provided to those in need, such as:
- Disabled veterans requiring a service dog
- Good Samaritans rescuing abandoned, injured or abused animals
- Senior citizens living on a fixed income
- Clients facing an unforeseen financial crisis
- Clients facing domestic violence situations
AVMA members can sign up for free and receive a welcome kit to assist in your marketing and fundraising efforts. For additional information on the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund®, please contact the AVMF at 847-285-6691 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.