December 31, 2013
Charitable Trust Endowment - Celebrating Sustainability
Dr. David Trueblood said, "It takes a noble person to plant a seed and grow a tree that will one day provide shade to those whom one may never meet". In 2012, through the support of Newfoundand owners like you, we were able to launch the Newfoundland Endowment Fund. This endowment will be used to help secure a safe and healthy future for every Newfoundland. Generous supporters have brought the endowment fund to $31,670 this year. Our challenge now is to grow the endowment fund to a self-sustaining level. Think about a future where the worry of hip dysplasia, bloat or SAS did not haunt Newfoundland breeders and owners or when a safe and loving forever home was waiting for every Newfoundland puppy born. Your donation today to the Newfoundland endowment fund can help to make that vision a reality. Gifts of cash, appreciated securities, real estate, art, collectibles and other assets can all help to grow the endowment.
Contact Andy Zinsmeyer to learn more.
December 29, 2013
Survey Closing! Newfoundlands that are surrendered to Regional Clubs' Rescues or NCA Rescue receive veterinary treatment, along with other care, prior to placement. To help guide this Rescue effort and most effectively utilize funds dedicated for this important purpose, the NCA Charitable Trust is requesting your feedback on the some Rescue questions.
550 people have already taken this short survey, please add your voice to the conversation before the survey closes out January 1, 2014. Please take the survey now.
December 28, 2013
In ancient Egypt the heart was considered the controller of the body. Thus, if learning a song, you "learned it by heart". Medical research has advanced since then. Yet, when we ask for Health Challenge gifts- it is "from the Heart". As a result, over $500,000 has been raised and donated since 1995, truly an indication that you "took our request to 'Heart'".
The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and the Newfoundland Health Challenge (NHC) work very closely with the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the Morris Animal Foundation and others to review and select research proposals. RAC comprises the NCA's scientific resources and is instrumental in providing review and feedback regarding potential and active research projects supported by the NCA Trust, as well as opening and maintaining lines of communication within the research community. The members of RAC review studies based on many criteria including - is the study relevant to our breed (eg. "Copper Toxicosis In Bedlington Terriers" would not be funded), does it address a breed-specific health issue (eg. Sub Aortic Stenosis), does it address an issue which is prevalent across breeds (eg. osteosarcoma) or is it a study whose results will open doors on a broad front (eg. mapping genes)
During 2013 at the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee, the Charitable Trust funded 6 different studies totaling $75,000. Since its inception the Health Challenge has raised over $574,000.00 and funded dozens of studies. Many of the studies have provided the new Technology and Procedures now resulting in the reduction of what used to be debilitating diseases. Such effort and success is paramount to meeting our goal of a safe and healthy future for every Newfoundland. Support NCA Health Challenge with your tax deductible contribution today and help us Celebrate A Healthy Future!
December 27, 2013
||NCA Celebrates Education! The 1992 formation of the Scholarship Fund is one of many dates that is significant in the history of NCA Charities. Several major gifts were received that created today's funding capability: Gifts from the Elinor Ayres Estate, the Geraldine Irwin Estate and a donation from Anne Williams were landmark for their timing and use. The Scholarship Fund was directly started as a result of these generous gifts.
Junior Scholarship has provided college level tuition payments for 25 successful applicants that have shown an ongoing interest in caring for, training and showing their Newfoundlands. During the Junior and/or Senior year of high school these juniors submit applications to demonstrate their commitment to the Newfoundland and an essay detailing desire, experience and an insight into their life with a Newf. In some cases the funds have also applied to other "hands-on" training for dog-related careers. Support NCA Charities with your tax deductible contribution today and help us Celebrate Education!
December 11, 2014
Doing some Christmas shopping- want to help Rescue and Health Challenge?? Any item purchased at Amazon.com can have a portion of the proceeds donated to NCA Rescue and Health Challenge if you USE THIS LINK to get to Amazon- bookmark it - use it today - use it a lot! http://www.ncanewfs.org/amazon.html
November 14, 2013
We are excited to have had the opportunity to use eBay™'s Giving Works platform in 2013 to reach out to our eBay™ friends and continue supporting Newfoundlands. To date this program has raised $1439.95 for the NCA Charitable Trust. We sincerely appreciate the kindness and generosity of Newfoundland fanciers everywhere and look forward to your support in the future. Buying and selling on eBay™ to support NCA Charities is easy! Just click the link and get started today. NCA Charities on eBay™.
April 23, 2013 -
Charitable Trust becomes Lead Sponsor in Canine Health Foundation Bloat Initiative
Clyde reported that the AKC 2013 Bloat Initiative is a collaborative fundraising project by the AKC Canine Health Foundation to reach out for Bloat research proposals. At this point nine pre-proposals have been received.
They are as follows:
· Effect of diet, water ingestion, hyperglycemia, and hyperinsulinemia on the gastric emptying rate of dogs
· Genomic and Environmental Influences on Bloat in German Shepherd Dogs
· The Immunotype / Gut Microbiome Relationship: A Possible Cause and Predictor of Canine Bloat
· Inherited gastric dysrhythmia predisposes large-breed dogs to gastric-dilatation volvulus (GDV)
· Characterization of serum cytokine concentrations in a clinical cohort of dogs with gastric dilation volvulus
· Application of genomic and molecular methods to understand the pathophysiology of gastric dilatation and volvulus in purebred dogs; A systems biology approach
· Evaluating the gastrointestinal microbiome in dogs with gastric dilatation and volvulus
· Pathogenesis of Canine Acute Gastric Dilatation with Volvulus
· Bloat-Net: A Registry-Based Analysis of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) Risk Factors Including Anatomic Variables
Through this collaborative, the CHF has raised over $300,000 in the Bloat Initiative fund. The above listed Letters of Intent will go under review over the next month. At the end of April, the CHF will notify those applicants that have been selected to submit a full proposal.
Janice moved that the CTMB allocate $25,000 as a Lead Sponsor of the Bloat Initiative from the Donor Advised Fund. Dave seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
This week on Genome Barks, Eddie Dziuk, The Chief Operating Officer of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals talks with Erika Werne about the Canine Health Information Center. Established in 2001, CHIC is the joint venture between the AKC Canine Health Foundation and OFA that serves as a central database of health information as well as a DNA Repository. At the North Carolina State Breeders' Symposium jointly sponsored by the American Kennel Club and the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Mr. Dziuk discusses the pros and cons of the two methods of DNA collection, exactly how the "recommended tests" become recommended in the first place, as well as the "gold standard" of genetic tests, and how it will impact breeding decisions.