It’s almost time to start the voting in the Tiny Dog Calendar contest for 2021! Each summer we duck out of the heat and spend some days photographing dogs in the Teresa Berg Photography studio for an annual fundraising event for Artists for Animals. Click to view the organizations we supported with grants last year.
How is it a fundraiser? We raise money for homeless animals by selling votes online! Each vote costs $1 and all the voting proceeds go to the Artists for Animals Community Grant program. Local animal rescue groups can fill out a form telling AFA what they need the money for, and the Board votes and sends out checks. This program was born out of the realization that there are many many animal rescue organizations in our area and they all need help. Most are too small to even have time and volunteers to run effective fundraising programs. Yet they are all out there every single day saving lives. The bigger groups like the SPCA and ASPCA have a staff of experts that do nothing but raise money — but it takes more than one or two organizations to save all the homeless pets in our area.
So we started selling votes! Only 13 dogs can win, so we take the top 13 vote-getters and publish our calendar every fall. Last year we raised a hair short of $20,000. This year, the need is even greater as so many of the other fundraising activities that normally take place have been canceled due to the Corona virus. So AFA is stepping up it’s game.
Watch for instructions on voting which begins August 1st!
We are slow in posting our thanks. Because of the Covid19 quarantine and all the surrounding scheduling upsets we have taken a little extra time to settle all of the finances and do the accounting necessary to finish up our work.
But, thankfully, our 2020 Concert for Kindness was a success and is now one for the history books. We were fortunate to have secured a date that was just BEFORE the shelter in place mandates and we sincerely appreciate all of the support from the people who bought tickets.
We were happy to report that checks have been sent to the three beneficiaries of this year’s event: Paws In the City, The Love Pit and Dallas Cat Lady. Stay safe in these uncertain times, and know that we are grateful for your support of the homeless pets of Dallas.
We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Concert for Kindness! And we’re officially announcing our awesome Emcee, dog lover Kara Sewell (shown here with her Pomeranian, Bailey) from WFAA for her second year with us.
Kara and Bailey were jaw-dropping models this week in preparation for the concert where they will star in one of the photographic stories that are projected during the concert. Can you blame us for putting them on the big screen?
This year, Artists for Animals is hosting our annual Concert for Kindness with not one, but THREE beneficiary groups. After interviewing a number potential organizations, we are proud to be working with three local groups that are all doing great work for the homeless pets of north Texas. They will receive all the net proceeds from the upcoming concert and are each playing a role in making it a great night for everyone. So please congratulate Paws In the City, The Love Pit, and Dallas Cat Lady.
Thanks to our wonderful donors and Tiny Dog Calendar participants, our 2019 Community Grant program is now OPEN FOR BUSINESS. This means that if your north Texas area animal rescue non-profit (501c3) needs funds, it’s time to apply!
The application process is simple.
Email us for the form at: firstname.lastname@example.org and put the words “Community Grants” in the subject line. We’ll email you the one page form with the instructions on where and how to send it in.
Fill it out and make sure it is submitted by December 1, 2019 so that our Board Members can vote at the December meeting.
Checks will be mailed out by December 31, 2019 to the chosen groups.
Thank you for all the hard work that you do to support the homeless animals of Texas. We look forward to learning more about your programs.
The Tiny Dog Calendar contest was a resounding success this year and we owe it all to YOU, the kind supporters who purchased over $19,700 votes (at $1 each!) to make it happen for 13 lucky dogs.
We’re putting the calendar in to production and sales will open up soon –just in time for holiday gift shopping.
So where does the money go? Each fall, local animal rescue groups are encouraged to submit a simple one page form for a grant to help fund their programs. The money can be used by them for vet bills, spay and neuter programs, housing for homeless pets and other important initiatives that benefit local rescue animals. So if you’re a part of a north Texas 501(c)3 and you’d like to apply for an Artist for Animals community grant watch this site for details.
Our biggest annual event, The Concert for Kindness, is held to bring together professional musicians, photographers, artists and animal lovers to celebrate the animals we love.
Held at the beautiful Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District, hundreds of attendees and volunteers enjoy classical music, wine, an amazing silent auction and unique performances of all types –often with photography projected during the performance. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for animal lovers and a lot of fun.
100% of proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction purchases benefit local animal charities. Save the date for Sunday, March 8, 2020!
25 beautiful dogs were photographed for this year’s contest, but only 13 earn a space in the calendar, so as voting continues during the month of August we are inching towards our goal of $20,000 for Artists for Animals community grants for 2019. 100% of your voting dollars go to the fund and animal rescue groups from the north Texas area apply for grants with a simple one page form.
Our mission is simple. To help raise funds for a variety of hard-working nonprofit groups in our area. Volunteers who give up their free time and energy pulling dogs off the streets, healing sick and wounded pets, vetting and re-homing and offering spay and neuter services to break the cycle of homelessness. Many of these groups are small and dedicated, but lack the time and funds to hold their own fundraising events –and they need our support.
It’s time to vote in our annual Tiny Dog Calendar Contest for Artists for Animals Community Grants. We have 25 dogs in the race and only 13 spots, so we’re selling votes! Each vote is $1 (100% of the voting proceeds go to the grant fund) and you can buy as many votes as you wish and as often as you like — UNTIL August 31st at midnight.
Teresa Berg Photography creates portraits for all of the dogs in the contest and designs and publishes the calendar annually to raise money to support the AFA Community Grants program. In this way, AFA can help raise money for a variety of initiatives across the north Texas region. Rescue groups are encouraged to fill out the grant proposal form each fall and the AFA board votes to give grants based on need and the type of project they are working on. Last year $18,000 was raised and given as $2000 grants to 9 different animal rescue charities.