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Organizational standards for rescue groups

With a solid foundation in place, you will have more support to grow your rescue

  • Creating Your Mission and Vision is your first step if you are thinking about starting a new rescue group.
  • Incorporating and Applying for 501(C)(3) Tax-Exempt Status explains why and how you should incorporate as a business in your state to show the world that your rescue group is a legitimate business venture and that you are treating it as such.
  • Forming Your Team provides information on the necessary layers of support to build a full team and includes a basic template in building your group's staff.
  • Obtaining Insurance outlines different types of insurance to consider to protect your organization, staff, and volunteers.
  • Creating a Budget and Business Plan will help you think about building a sustainable future for your group by outlining your missions, forecasting budgets, making priorities and setting strategic goals.
  • Funding Your Organization provides an overview of types of funds to have and creating a development plan.
  • Implementing a Culture of Respect discusses working in collaboration with other organizations that have a common goal, making sure staff take care of themselves to prevent compassion fatigue and providing good customer service during every interaction.