HOPE Wish List

Funds or in-kind donations are also gratefully accepted.

  • Funds to support call out travel costs: These funds would be spent directly on gas, hotels, food, and other travel expenses for call outs to disaster/crisis sites.
  • Independent Audit: While we audit our financial documents, many grants require an independent audit. These funds would be spent directly on an independent audit, which would then open the door for HOPE to be selected for additional grant money to support our mission.
  • Teleconference services: These funds would support connecting our members across the nation for Board of Director meetings, committee meetings, regional meetings, and annual member meetings.
  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) membership dues ($1,500): These funds would pay the dues to be member of the NVOAD. Membership in NVOAD keeps HOPE on the national resource list as a service available to any disaster site. Many emergency response groups/agencies are unfamiliar with Animal-Assisted Crisis Response services, and this would provide a much greater level of visibility for HOPE to be able to perform its mission.
  • State VOAD membership dues (from $0 to $125): These funds would pay state-level membership dues. Membership in 5 state VOADs is required for NVOAD membership, and assists HOPE in making local (state level) contacts.
  • Public relations: These funds would provide brochures, business cards, banners, presentation hand outs, etc.
  • Paid staff member: These funds would support the hiring of a staff member to handle much of the day to day work to ‘keep the doors open’ – maintaining the web site, filing reports, sending correspondence, maintaining databases, etc.

HOPE basic operating expenses include:

  • Training workshops
  • Insurance (liability and supplemental medical)
  • Telephone, 800 number
  • Conference calls (Board of Directors, Committees, Regional meetings)
  • Web site Hosting
  • Mailbox/postage
  • Annual membership meeting (training)
  • Committee Projects
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Fund Raising
  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Membership
  • Policies and Bylaws
  • Services and Operations
  • Team Welfare
  • Elections