Podcast

Episode 48 – The Ins and Outs of Shelter / Funder Relations Part II

Jessica Martin has dedicated nearly three decades to helping
children, families, and animals in need. She has become
exceptionally skilled in organizational planning, philanthropic
strategy and system development, nonprofit policy, technical
writing, grants management, and major gifts programs.

For many years, Jessica served as the Director of Foundation Giving and Major Gifts at one of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals. With her leadership, the department achieved a historical $118 million in philanthropic revenue with nearly $36 million in new grants.
Her experience also includes directing the fund development efforts of a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to victims of child abuse and neglect, as well as an organizational restructure. There, she secured national public, private and government funding, successfully increasing revenue by 300% in her first two years.

Jessica joins Mandy to discuss shelter / funder relations in this two-part series.

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Episode 47 – The Ins and Outs of Shelter/Funder Relations with Jessica Martin, Part I

Jessica Martin has dedicated nearly three decades to helping
children, families, and animals in need. She has become
exceptionally skilled in organizational planning, philanthropic
strategy and system development, nonprofit policy, technical
writing, grants management, and major gifts programs.

For many years, Jessica served as the Director of Foundation Giving and Major Gifts at one of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals. With her leadership, the department achieved a historical $118 million in philanthropic revenue with nearly $36 million in new grants.
Her experience also includes directing the fund development efforts of a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to victims of child abuse and neglect, as well as an organizational restructure. There, she secured national public, private and government funding, successfully increasing revenue by 300% in her first two years.

Jessica joins Mandy to discuss shelter / funder relations in this two-part series.

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Episode 46 – Rebranding: Better Together Animal Alliance

People Are Animals Too Darnit host, Mandy Evans, is the executive director of an animal shelter in north Idaho.  The animal shelter just launched a rebrand campaign to Better Together Animal Alliance.  Mandy talks with Lisa Gerber of Big Leap Creative about the rebranding effort and the purpose of it.

bettertogetheranimalalliance.org

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Episode 45 – The Culture of Philanthropy in Animal Welfare with Brian Daugherty of San Diego Humane Society

Brian Daugherty has extensive experience in leading philanthropy teams to achieve extraordinary results. As senior vice president and chief philanthropy & communications officer, he oversees our philanthropy, marketing and communications efforts and is able to combine his professional experience and passion for animals. Brian and his team are responsible for marketing and communications to promote a vast array of programs and services as well as raising the vital funds necessary to enable San Diego Humane Society to fulfill its mission to take care of homeless animals and “Inspire Compassion” in our community.

Brian’s work experience includes notable organizations such as the Baltimore Symphony; the Baltimore Zoo; the University of Baltimore; the University of California, San Diego; and San Diego State University. He has served as the fundraising chair for several nonprofit organizations and is a frequent presenter to such organizations as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Annual Giving Professionals Network (AGPN) and Academic Impressions.

Brian graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He also holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management and leadership from the University of San Diego. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife, Kathleen, their three children and his devoted companions, Sherman the Dorgi (dachshund and corgi mix) and Henry the Harrier.

Brian joins Mandy to discuss philanthropy in animal welfare.

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Episode 44 – Cat Policy for Animal Shelters

Peter J. Wolf is a research and policy analyst for Best Friends Animal Society. Peter’s role involves the analysis of science and public policy related to community cat issues, a topic he’s been researching and writing about since 2010 through his blog, Vox Felina. His writing is published regularly on the Best Friends blog, in letters to editor, and in peer-reviewed research articles. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in industrial design. His professional/industry experience has focused on the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data.

Peter joins Mandy to discuss cat policy and best practices for animal shelters.  

Kittens, Community, and You video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI_0v0yZIyU

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Episode 43 – Commnuity-Based Programs in Animal Welfare

Heather Cammisa is a Principal at Adisa Group, a mission driven consultancy. She has twenty-five years of experience in mission leadership, with more than 13 years as the Chief Executive of two animal welfare agencies plus several years with a national welfare agency. An economist before her Yogi Berra fork in the road, Heather is known for innovation, strategic partnerships, financial and operational revitalization and analytics.

 

She is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, holds a graduate certificate in Wildlife Forensics and Conservation from the University of Florida and is a certified animal control office and animal cruelty investigator. She has a Master’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University and worked in both financial and social economics before devoting her career to cause advancement.

 

She has served on the boards of regional organizations, animal shelters and a marine mammal stranding center. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. She is currently a Program Ambassador with Project Coyote and the Vice President of her local shelter’s board of directors.

 

She and her husband share their Colorado mountain home with beloved adopted pets Roger, Sunny, Cato & Polly. When not working, she can be found gardening in a geodesic greenhouse or out in the woods marveling at nature.

Heather joins Mandy today to discuss community-based programs in animal welfare.

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Episode 42 – Animal Shelters’ Response to COVID-19

Melanie Sadek, identical twin sister of host Mandy Evans, has been the executive director of Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton for the 9 years. She has established the organization as a well-respected non-profit, helping both animals and people in the Tri-Valley. Melanie serves on the Board of Directors for the California Animal Welfare Association. In this role, she has been active in evaluating and helping pass animal welfare legislation in California. Her passion to make a difference didn’t start with Valley Humane Society. Starting her career in the field of highway safety, Melanie managed the Traffic Safety Department for AAA in Northern California and has trained thousands of law enforcement officers, nurses and public health workers in highway safety issues. In 2016, Melanie was recognized with the TriValley Hero Community Spirit Award for her dedication to helping others. 

Melanie joins Mandy to discuss shelters’ response to COVID-19.

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Managing Fear

The following is an article based on People Are Animals Too, Darnit! Podcast with guest Eric Ridgway, LCPC.

Understanding and recognizing how fear plays a role in our lives and the lives of the community members we serve

It may seem overly simple, but humans have five basic categories of emotions: joy, anger, sadness, fear and shame. 

In a previous episode of “People Are Animals Too, Darnit!” Panhandle Animal Shelter Executive Director Mandy Evans spoke with licensed clinical professional counselor Eric Ridgway about understanding these emotions in order to communicate more effectively with others. 

Ridgway joined Evans on the podcast again to delve deeper into one of the emotional categories—fear.  

Fear Isn’t Bad

No emotions, even fear, are inherently “bad”—it’s how you manage and deal with them that is important. 

“If people think about any of the emotions as negative, they’re really limiting their perception and their ability to deal with their own lives,” said Ridgway. 

Fear can keep us safe by preventing us from driving too fast on icy roads or going rock climbing without a rope.

“For most people, fear is going to help them stay alive,” he said. “It’s a gift.”

However, fear doesn’t serve us well when it’s causing us to worry about something like a meteorite coming to strike us at any moment, he said. 

Fear has also long been used to manipulate people. An obvious example is bullying on a playground, but it happens more subtly in advertising, sales and the media, said Ridgway.

What ads essentially do is play on people’s fears that they won’t be as cool, good-looking, likable, happy or some other desirable quality if they don’t buy the product. The news media also often gets the public’s attention by using headlines and covering stories that raise fear and public alarm.  

Reacting to Fear

When people feel fear, they don’t tend to admit it, or even recognize it. Instead, they often become angry.

“Humans want to feel powerful and in control so they can predict and control the environment around them, and if we don’t feel powerful, if we don’t feel in control, things can be overwhelming and scary,” said Ridgway. “If we can dominate the situation … then we don’t feel so threatened.”

However, hiding fear, especially with anger, isn’t productive. 

Instead, it makes it “hard for people to work together to make a better world,” he said. 

An important step to managing fear is first recognizing it, and asking yourself what you’re feeling.

“If people don’t know what they’re feeling, I’m guessing it’s fear or shame most of the time,” said Ridgway. “Those are the emotional categories that we are easiest able to deny … because they’re so uncomfortable.”

Notice how your body feels when you’re scared, anxious or uncertain—are your shoulders tense, do you have a pit in your stomach, or is your jaw clenched? Try to calm yourself. Take a deep breath, relax, and tell yourself there is no immediate threat.

“If a lion jumps out, my body is designed to fire up the adrenaline so I can run real fast and get away,” said Ridgway. “But if there are no lions right now, I may not want adrenaline flooding through my body as if I’m about to die.”

Focus on the here and now, and take things one step at a time, he said.

“We have an influence on our emotions, and we can feed them and make them bigger or we can starve them and make them smaller,” he said.

Fear as a Barrier to Seeking Help

Applied in an animal welfare context, it’s important to understand that fear—along with shame—can keep people with limited financial means from seeking help for their pets, even if there are low-cost services available. 

First, if you’re not financially stable, you probably experience fear related to that. 

If someone is constantly worrying about being able to feed their children, or their car breaking down and affording to repair it, they’re going to have high levels of fear, said Ridgway.

“Our brain wants us to survive,” said Ridgway. “If there is a threat to our survival, the brain is going to have a fear reaction to that.”

This insecurity probably also makes someone feel shame. Shame is self-doubt, the feeling that other people might not like you or that you aren’t good enough.

“The more insecurity we have, whether it’s economic or about my profession, my education, my intellect … we can worry about others judging us more,” said Ridgway. 

That means you’re less likely to want to make yourself vulnerable and put yourself in a situation where someone can judge you for not taking your pet in for veterinary care sooner. 

This creates a vicious cycle, noted Evans. 

“They’re scared to put themselves out there and feel vulnerable, then we shame them for showing their vulnerability, and then we get mad at them for not seeking help again, but why would they?” said Evans. “…It’s actually a really privileged view when you’re able to say you ‘should have’ done this.”

“Should” is the shaming word, said Ridgway. When you say someone “should have” done something, you’re taking the stance that you know better.

“That is setting up a scenario of fear, because nobody wants to be judged. It is a basic human desire to feel secure, to feel valued, to feel appreciated, to feel belonging,” he said. “As soon as we start ‘should-ing’ on other people, they’re feeling like they don’t fit in.”

The next time you’re about to ‘should’ someone, consider your own emotions and why you’re judging them—maybe it’s related to your own fear or shame. 

“Fear serves a purpose, but am I a fear-based person?” said Ridgway. “… If we want to make the world a better place, fear is not what’s going to lead us most effectively to work well with others.”

Episode 41 – Housekeeping and Episode 1 Rewind

People Are Animals Too podcast editor and producer Dan fills in for Mandy this week and goes over some housekeeping items.  There’s also a replay of episode 1 where Mandy introduces herself and the vision for the podcast.

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Episode 40 – Direct Marketing and Fundraising for Animal Shelters with Meghan Thorne of One & All

Meghan Thorne of One & All joins Mandy to discuss marketing and development for animal shelters.

Meghan has more than two decades of advertising, marketing, and direct response experience.  She has been leading the multichannel fundraising program for Animal Welfare partners at One & All for over ten years, in channels that include TV, radio, outdoor display, digital and direct mail campaigns to acquire and maintain their rich pool of high-value donors and sustainers.  

 

She joined One & All in 2011, after the great recession of 2008 left her unemployed and taking a hard look at where she wanted her future self to be.  Knowing that, more than anything else, she wanted to do good in the world, she applied for, and was accepted in, the University of Georgia’s graduate program for Nonprofit Business Management.  Upon graduating, she found that working for One & All would give her the best of the world she came from, and the world she wanted to be a part of.

 

In her spare time, she can be found running the trails of the North Georgia mountains with her five year old pit mix, “Puppy Dog”.

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