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Charitable Trust Edition
 Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the Newfoundland Club of America

December  2014   

We are often asked, "What is the Charitable Trust?" In short, the Trust is you! It is the Newfoundland dog breeders, owners and supporters who pool their resources to make a difference in the lives of our beloved gentle giants every day.    


Ashley enjoying a soft bed
in her forever home.
The Trust supports activities of both Rescue and the Newfoundland Health Challenge. The National Rescue Network provides a safety net for regional club rescue groups and areas where no regional club exists to find safe and loving forever homes for Newfoundlands in need. The Health Challenge helps us raise the needed funds to support Research Grants to improve the health of future generations of Newfoundlands. We are currently focusing our research efforts on genetic research in SAS, Cranial Cruciate Disease and basic scientific research to help researchers develop the tools necessary for development of genetic markers.  
Please help us spread the word about the work we do -



Double Your Contribution Online This Week!

Join NCA Charities in working towards a safe and healthy future for every Newfoundland.

Thanks to the generosity of long time supporters Clyde & Cathy Dunphy, Andy & Jean Zinsmeyer and the Newfoundland Club of Seattle, your online gifts to NCA Charities this week will be matched up to $2000 in total giving!  

Your gift means TWICE as many Newfoundlands helped through rescue, and TWICE as much funding for Health research.

Rescue Report: 30 Years of Happy Tails!
Summer enjoying her new home.

"I can't believe Summer has been here for over six weeks already. She has made great strides in the training department and likes to follow us wherever we are in the house. I'm guessing the real story is that if the previous owner had put in training time, they wouldn't have given her up. Either she is very smart or I'm a good trainer. Hopefully a little of both. The main thing she has to work on still is manners with our other dog. I'm guessing it's just puppy stage but she likes to wrestle fairly regularly. Sometimes I get concerned that she should be an only dog but there have been times lately where I've caught Summer and Luke laying nicely by each other. I'm hoping I just have to be a little more patient. She seems to be putting on weight but I want to take her to the vet to step on the scale just to make sure she's at a good weight. Thanks again for placing this wonderful girl with us" - Ray

30 years ago the need for Rescue mirrored the needs of today. Since 1983 over 1,200 Newfs have been saved. Since the formation of NCA Rescue funding has been used for Veterinary Care and Regional Club Grants. The NCA Rescue network relies on countless hours of effort from Regional Clubs and dedicated individuals across the country who share their time, expertise, and hearts to transport, rehabilitate, groom, train and love these second hand dogs.

Your support of the NCA Rescue network goes back into direct care for dogs in need. NCA Rescue is 100% volunteer organized and staffed and responds to save Newfoundlands every day of the year.
Highlighting Health Challenge

DNA Collection for Research Banking
The Research Advisory Committee of the Charitable Trust spends countless hours reviewing health research proposals submitted by independent researchers, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation., the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation. By pooling our donations with those of other breed clubs, we have been able to fund several important studies this year including

Through Morris Animal Foundation

Evaluating a Therapeutic Agent That May Inhibit a Protein Associated with Lymphoma

Exploring the Use of a Virus-Based Anticancer Strategy for Lymphoma

Through AKC Canine Health Foundation

Clinical Advancement of a Cancer Vaccine in Dogs

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 $36,004 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.


2014 Health Survey

Summer has made a new friend
as a rescue placement.
In 2012, the Steering Committee of the NCA conducted a survey of the membership. Some of the questions asked centered around what members felt were the most important functions of the club, and how the club should allocate resources.

When asked to rank the importance of various activities of the NCA, both "Preserve and protect the Newfoundland breed" and "Work to improve the health of Newfoundland dogs" were rated "most important" by 91% of the members and overall got 7.4 and 7.7 out of ten respectively for resource allocation. A majority of the members, 74%, felt that the NCA does not spend enough on Health and Longevity with it capturing 8%** of the current annual budget. (**This figure does not represent spending for NCA Health Challenge Research Studies which are funded through your donations to the NCA Charitable Trust)

The Steering Committee is interested in understanding what aspects of health are your highest priority.  This survey is open to NCA members and non-members alike; it is not an anonymous survey, nor is it scientific. The goal is to obtain first-hand information from Newfoundland owners.


Ways to Help

Sustaining Donors Program offer easy, secure, monthly support of NCA Charities!

Becoming a Sustaining Donor is a wonderful, simple thing to do for NCA Charities! All you have to do is decide how much you want to give each month ($10 minimum). We'll do the rest to help secure a safe and healthy future for every Newfoundland.
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Since partnering with eBay - your support has earned $1,604.08 in donations to help Newfoundland dogs.

Workplace Giving

Many companies will make a matching gift to the NCA Charitable Trust when one of their employees makes a donation. To find out if your company has such a program, please check with your human resources department or benefits coordinator.
All charitable gifts should be directed to the Newfoundland Club of America Charitable Trust.
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Our newest online funding effort is already starting to earn dividends for Health Challenge and rescue, while providing education about our beloved Gentle Giants.

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We are thrilled to be one of six organizations that over the past 20 years combined to donate more than $3.3 million to the American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation and who have been named Distinguished Research Partners.

Recognized Dec. 11 during the Canine Health Foundation's Canine & Cocktails event in Orlando, Fla., were the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, the Irish Setter Club of America Foundation, the Newfoundland Club of America Charitable Trust, the Collie Health Foundation, the Golden Retriever Foundation and the American Boxer Charitable Foundation.

The amounts raised by the groups to assist with canine research ranged from the Irish Setter Club's $131,100 to the American Boxer foundation's $1,180,130.

"These clubs and organizations are making a lasting impact on canine health," said Shila Nordone, MS, Ph.D., the Canine Health Foundation's chief scientific officer. "Their donations ... are supporting research that addresses some of the most prominent health concerns for our dogs. We are tackling cancer, subaortic stenosis, hypothyroidism, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, bloat and cardiomyopathy.

"Together, we are working to provide better treatments and more accurate diagnoses for all dogs."

The Canine Health Foundation, a grant-making institution, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015.

Thank you for your support of NCA Charities and for sharing our passion to provide a safe and healthy future for every Newfoundland. 

Clyde Dunphy, chair CTMB
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David Helming - Vice-chairman 

Mary L Price - Treasurer

Mary Jane Spackman - Secretary

Andy Zinsmeyer - Endowment Coordinator

Pat Randall -  NCA Board Liaison

Kevin Gallagher - Board member

Roger Powell - Board Member

Janice Hight - Board member

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