‘Til The Cows Come Home is a registered not-for-profit animal charity. We have found that a lot of people are unaware of the lack of government funding, or funding in general, available to our animals. This is because we are rehoming farmed animals as companion animals, pets. We are going to take you on a deep dive into all things funding today so you can understand why our donors are so wonderful and important to help us continue to do what we do best, rehome farmed animals.
Being a not-for-profit animal charity means that we are operating not for the purpose of making a profit or a personal gain, but instead, we operate to rehome animals in need across Australia. You may be wondering if we are not operating to make a profit then how do we fund our organisation. Continue reading to find out!
Nearly all not-for-profits rely on funding in the form of grants, donations or sponsorship from the government, as well as the public to remain active. In order for ‘Til The Cows Come Home to receive funding we would need to fit within either the animal wildlife charity structure, sanctuary style charity or the agriculture farming charity structure. If you have been following us you would know we do not fit into any of these categories. We are a stand alone animal charity, the first of our kind and therefore there is no funding dedicated to what we do. Our style of organisation has never existed before so neither did funding for it. Inside of relying on government funding, we have had to find an alternative.
In the beginnings of ‘Til The Cows Come Home, which was in 2018, our founder Donna Wild funded the organisation all on her own with her own money. “I decided to not take a salary for the first year and a half, I sold my home and I funded ‘Til The Cows Come Home with my own money. We didn’t have a single grant at this time, and it was up to $3, 500 per week to run the organisation in order for us to not turn down a single animal that came our way” (Donna Wild). Without Donna’s courage to bet it all on TTCCH, we wouldn’t have grown into what we have today. Today, TTCCH has grown into helping farmed animals Australia wide, thanks to our donors and amazing 15 foster homes across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Perth.
This is made possible due to our donors, who are now funding our organisation. Donna has stated that she gave ‘Til The Cows Come Home its humble beginnings, “but everything else from there is made possible because of you! It’s made possible because you donated $5 to $25.” The majority of our donations range from $5 to $25, and these donations have made the world of difference. Those $5 to $25 donations make it possible for our animal charity to continue helping farmed animals Australia wide.
All of your donations go directly into helping the animals, whether that be by upgrading our transport, fuel money for transport, vet care, establishing a new holding station on a foster carers property, supplies for calves and hens, feeding the animals in our care or supporting our team to make this all run smoothly and efficiently.
Therefore, we continue to grow because of all of our donors! Our dreams have come true because of all of you! We now have 7 times the number of farmers we had this time last year surrendering their animals to us. We wouldn’t even be able to pick them up without all of you donating.
‘Til The Cows Come Home have made great strides in helping farmed animals, and that is all thanks to our donors. We cannot do what we do without our donor’s help, so thank-you from the bottom of our hearts.
If you can, please donate here https://www.paypal.me/tilthecowscomehomeau to help us continue to help farmed animals Australia wide.
By Luella Botteon