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Make A Difference TODAY! HOW TO MAKE A DONATION

 

Make your tax-deductible donation today to the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation, Inc. Any amount is needed and appreciated. You may make your contribution in the form of a memorial or to honor a special person, organization, or dog. You may also contribute by supporting one of our specific fundraisers with a donation to the cause. Contributors will receive recognition in the Spotter, on this web page and in the DCAF treasury records for their annual contributions.

You can make DONATIONS ONLINE.

If you prefer mail, please use our Contribution Form and mail your donation to:

    Meg Ispas-Hennessey
    PO Box 257
    Marengo, IL  60152-0257

What is YOUR level of support for the future of our breed?


Click here to see our DONATION LEVELS of recognition.
Click here to view your lifetime donation level (updated once a year at year end).

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ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

They would do anything for you. Now you can return the favor.

THE DALMATIAN CLUB OF AMERICA FOUNDATION WAS CREATED BY THE DALMATIAN CLUB OF AMERICA TO SAFEGUARD THE BREED THAT HAS CAPTURED OUR HEART.

PROTECT

With the goal of increasing the health and longevity of our beloved Dalmatians, DCAF, in partnership with such respected organization as the Canine Health Foundation, funds specific research into the most pressing illnesses facing the breed today. Your donation will help in the search for causes and treatment of both genetic and non-genetic diseases.

EDUCATE AND PROMOTE HEALTH TESTING

THrough sponsorship of seminars, educational events and health and/or testing clinics, DCAF, works along with the Dalmatian Club of America. Together they also provide information abou the care, health, development, training and ownership of the Dalmatian, as well as the role responsible breeding programs play in the future of the breed.

"Giving is not just about making a donation. It's about making a difference."

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I WANT TO RETURN THE FAVOR.

BEQUESTS

In many cases, it is as simple as including language in your will, such as the examples below:

For an unrestricted bequest:

    "I give, devise and bequeath [the sum of ___ dollars}, {all or ___ percent of the rest, remainder and residue of my estate of every kind and description (including lapsed legacies and devises)} to The Dalmatian Club of America Foundation for its general corporate purposes."

For a specific purpose:

    "I give, devise and bequeath {the sum of ___ dollars}, {all or ___ percent of the rest, remainder and residue of my estate of every kind and description (including lapsed legacies and devises)} to the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation to [create an endowment from which only the income is to be used], {to conduct research} for the following purpose: {state the purpose}."

The easiest way to accomplish what you intend is to work with an attorney who specializes in estate planning. If you don't have an attorney, you can ask friends or co-workers for references or consult the website of The American Bar Association http://www.abanet.org.

ESTABLISHING A TRUST

Your attorney or financial advisor can work with you to review the best way to set aside some of your resources for DCAF, including what vehicles will benefit you and your family.

If you would like to discuss the process of establishing a bequest or creating a trust for DCAF, contact the chair of the DCAF Heritage Society, Carol O'Brien     Email

Please consider how you can give back to help the Dalmatian have a healthier future.

 

Slide Thinking about the hard stuff... "Nobody likes to think about their
wills, but sometimes life
circumstances forces us to think
about what is important to us. It
makes us prepare for the future.

I feel it is important to leave a
legacy to those that we choose.
I have devoted myself to my
Dalmatians and the breed. I want
to make a difference now and for
the future.

I made a bequest in my will to the
Dalmatian Club of America Foundation.

What is Your Legacy?
How will you make a difference?"

~ Julia Lynne Soukup
Click Here to make your Bequest
Slide Clubs can make a bequest
in honor of...
"The Dalmatian Club of Greater
Indianapolis made a bequest in
honor of their beloved, departed
member Helen Siegel.

Helen was a member of the
Dalmatian Club of America,
Chicagoland Dalmatian Club, Central
Indiana Kennel Club, & was a founding
member of the Dalmatian Club of
Greater Indianapolis.

Helen made a difference and will
not be forgotten. Thank you DCGI!
Click Here to make your Bequest

HERITAGE SOCIETY BEQUESTS

WHAT IS YOUR LEGACY?

When you reflect on what has meaning in your life, along with your family and friends, there have been Dalmatians...one or many. What will you do for them? Will you be remembered for supporting the breed you love?

As you consider what you may be able to pass on in your will -- or even give during your lifetime -- there are options that can fulfill multiple objectives:

  • Ensure that your resources are used for your wishes

  • Protect your family

  • Benefit from tax savings

  • Demonstrate your appreciation for family, friends and charitable organizations

Thank You to the donors! The DCAF Heritage Society recognizes all DCA members and friends who have made a planned gift commitment to the Foundation through a provision in their will or a designated trust. Heritage Society members appear in the DCAF contributor lists in the Spotter, on this web page and in the DCAF records, or they may chose to keep their commitment anonymous. In appreciation for a Heritage Society commitment, DCAF will send a DCAF pin so that the donor can demonstrate his or her dedication to the health and well being of the Dalmatian.

HOW DO I JOIN THE HERITAGE SOCIETY?

Heritage Society Pledge Form as a PDF
Click here for online form

HERITAGE SOCIETY MEMBERS

The Dalmatian Club of America Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following members, friends and clubs who have made commitments through their wills, trusts or other means to support the work of the Foundation into the future:

 

James W. Smith (deceased)
Peggy Rudder (deceased)
The Dalmatian Club of Greater Indianapolis in honor of Helen Siegel (deceased)
Carol L. O'Brien
Linda Stafford
Samantha Stafford
Meg Hennessey
Rosie Branaman
Julia Soukup
Edith Nadine (Benji) Brackmann
Karen Hatfield
David and Toni Linstedt
Barrie Essner
The late Loretta E. Tomlin in memory of Paisley’s Cheyenne Tomlin
Kelly Flannigan and Laura Olsen
Anna Z. Wisniewska
Connie Brown
Mark & Ginger Iwaoka
Dennis MacMullin
Robert Von Mayr
Laura Kiedaisch
Geraldine G. Rosen
Charles & Lynn Garvin
Terry & Karen Wissinger
John Bachey
Deborah Farah
Karen and Ross Hopmans

 

DALMATIAN CHRISTMAS CARDS

YES we still have Dalmatian Christmas Cards available!

This was a past year's gift for your donation. They come as a variety pack of 14 cards, each designed by one of our very own Dalmatian Club of America Members. Who else can capture the essence of a Dalmatian so eloquently?

These will only be available while supply lasts. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery, but usually much sooner.

If you would like to mail order by check or have questions please email with subject of "DCAF Christmas Cards".

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VOLUNTEER

Help DCAF with your skills!

Dalmatian Club of America Foundation can always use some dedicated volunteers who are so gracious to offer their skills. We need committee chairs as well as those who can help plan fundraisers, do marketing, as well as just help out with our events when in person!

Let us know how you can help bring the best Dalmatians into the future!

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    All Dalmatian Owners

    Make your Dalmatian a part of the solution!

    DNA BLOOD BANK

    The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) maintains a databank of blood samples from all breeds of dogs that scientists may access for genetic research. It’s easy to participate. Your vet can follow these directions to collect the sample and ship it. You complete the form including the health history. During your dog’s life, please update the form if health issues arise so that researchers working on a particular health problem can find your dog’s DNA to include in the study.


    Blood Sample Instructions

    Your Dalmatian Health History Form

    From time to time, DCAF conducts clinics specifically to collect DNA for the Dalmatian OFA database.

    Check back to see when there may be one in your area.

    Submitting Your Litter’s DNA to the Blood Bank

    In an initiative spear headed by DCA’s Health Committee co-chair Ginger Iwaoka, DCAF is subsidizing the submission of full litter blood draw submission to the DNA Blood Bank for the future health of all Dalmatians, and all canines in general.

    Litter submission has it’s own set of instructions, as DCAF has generously agreed to pay for the shipping fees and OFA Application fee for ENTIRE litter submissions. Most breeders get the blood drawn and submit with their BAER Application and Results in the same shipment.

    SUBMITTING LITTER DNA instructions (printable PDF)

    COSTS

    The cost of the blood draw is at the expense of the breeder up front. Some vets will donate this cost to the cause, most will just charge a nominal fee per pup. Once the blood is received by OFA, participating breeders will be contacted by DCAF and offered a stipend check to cover the cost of blood collection, some breeders graciously chose to donate this amount back to DCAF.

    SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED

    • DNA Application forms – Health History form (to be filled out for each pup in the litter, even if no health history is available yet).
    • Sandwich baggies
    • 1 gallon-size baggie
    • Insulated shipping container with frozen chill pack (DO NOT FREEZE THE BLOOD)

    PRIOR TO BLOOD COLLECTION

    • Make sure to call Ginger Iwaoka THE DAY BEFORE you ship at 765-538-3257 and leave a message to let her know you are shipping. She will create a Fed-Ex shipping lable and make arrangements for the shipping.

    WHAT YOUR VET WILL NEED

    • 3cc-5cc of blood for each puppy in a Purple top EDTA tube.
    • Label each tube with the puppy’s call name and your last name.
    • Insulated (styofoam) shipping container
    • Frozen Chill pack to be placed in the “cooler” with the blood tubes

           NOTE: Plan ahead so you will NOT be shipping on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or a Holiday.


    INSTRUCTIONS FOR filling the Shipping Container

    • Make sure you have included a Health Survey Application form for each individual puppy. Please write the puppy’s call name in the upper right hand corner of the history. Your puppy will most likely not have much of a health history yet (unless you have a deaf pup) but plese still fill in the information. Use the individual AKC numbers if you have them. If you do not have AKC number yet, you can use their ribbon color as long as you remember to go back and link to their actual AKC number. You will need to have the actual AKC number to receive a certificate from OFA and to show on each dog’s OFA page of results.
    • Wrap each vial of blood w ith a paper towel and put the wrapped tube of blood and the matching health survey into a sandwich-size baggie and seal it. After you have completed a bag for each puppy, put all the individual bags in a larger bag to help insure against any possible leakage during shipping.
    • Place the chill pack on the bottom of the insulated container and then place the large baggie of all of the tubes and paperwork on top of it. As mentioned before, you can also put your BAER Application form and printouts for each pup in a baggie (to protect from possible moisture) and put that on top of all.

    NOTE: If there is alot of extra space in the container, please use newspaper or bubble wrap to fill the empty space and thus, protect the tubes from possible breakage during transport.


    SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS

    • Call Ginger Iwaoka THE DAY BEFORE you ship at 765-538-3257 and leave a message to let her know you are shipping. She will create a Fed-Ex shipping lable and make arrangements for the shipping.
    • The shipping label will be created and emailed to you.
    • Print out the label and take it to the Fed Ex center. If you are unable to print, you can save the email on your phone and the Fed Ex staff can scan the bar code that is viewable in the email.

    NOTE: DO NOT USE A DROP BOX – you must use a staffed Fed Ex center. If you do not hear back from Ginger in a few hours, contact either Kelly Flannigan at 734-645-0053 or Meg Hennessey at 847-269-4601.