Happy Monday! Below is a brief roundup of resources added over the past week.
The 2024 Open Arms Challenge preparation begins in February
Join us for the 2024 Open Arms Challenge! This Challenge is all about opening our hearts and minds to more accessible and inclusive practices. Maddie’s Fund® is partnering with 24 national organizations to encourage animal shelters, foster-based organizations and public charities to pilot new approaches that welcome your entire community during the month of April.… Learn More
Candid Conversations is back!
[Editor’s Note: This conversation has been rescheduled for February 15]
Dianne Prado, Founder and President of the Housing Equity & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART LA) will kick of season three of Candid Conversations. Join us on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 at 12:00PM PT/3:00PM ET to hear from Dianne as she reveals the values, mind-set and skills she’s used create meaningful and impactful work, despite near-insurmountable challenges. Register Now
Open Arms Challenge-focused Weekly Community Conversations
Join us for three Open Arms Challenge-focused Community Conversations in the month of February. These 50-minute Zoom meetings will feature previous Challenge winners and their experiences making changes at their respective organizations. These calls will be invaluable even if you’re not planning on joining the Challenge this year. The lineup is as follows: Disability Inclusion, Community Services Impact and People with Lived Experiences Working Group. Register Now
(If you are already registered for the Weekly Community Conversations, there is no need to register again.)
Spring 2024 Online Instructor-Led Courses coming soon
Maddie’s Fund® Online Instructor-Led Courses provide an interactive educational opportunity for those who are looking to benefit from the wisdom of established innovative programs. They’re the catalyst you need to take your programs and learning to the next level. The application window will open on February 1 and close February 16. View the Offerings
The Open Arms Challenge is coming April 2024
The next Open Arms Challenge registration will open at the end of February 2024, with the Challenge taking place in April 2024. Mark your calendars now and add this to your planning! Going forward, there will only be one Challenge per year. Learn More
Don’t forget: Monthly grant opportunity!
Maddie’s Fund is giving away a $3,000 grant each month to one lucky Maddie’s® Pet Forum member! You’ll automatically be entered to win each month when you start a new discussion, reply to a new post… Learn More
Weekly Community Conversations
Register now for the weekly Monday 11AM PT/2PM ET call for animal well-being professionals. These 50-minute calls are a collaborative space to share exciting new programs and research, discuss uncomfortable topics, connect with peers in the industry, and more, all while sharing a common goal of preserving the human-animal bond. There’s also $5,000 in grants given away each month to participants!