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Stella's Hope Inc

 PO BOX 4145
 COSTA MESA , CA 92628
[P] (949) 482-7410
[F] --
WWW.STELLASHOPE.ORG
www.youtube.com/c/stellashope
[email protected]
Holli Griggs
FOUNDED: 2010
INCORPORATED: 2011
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Organization DBA Stella's Hope
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 45-2792027 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Stella's Hope strives to find homes for the dogs that come into our care because every dog deserves a chance at a happy, loving home.  We also focus on educating our communities regarding animal welfare, most importantly the benefits of spay and neuter and helping put an end to the overpopulation of pets we face in this country.  Putting our ideas to practice in Baja Mexico, where there is less red tape, has given us a greater platform to bring these ideas to Orange County with plans to offer free or low cost spay and neuter clinics to the public, vaccine and microchip clinics as well as distribution of significant education material into our communities.

Mission Statement

Stella's Hope strives to find homes for the dogs that come into our care because every dog deserves a chance at a happy, loving home.  We also focus on educating our communities regarding animal welfare, most importantly the benefits of spay and neuter and helping put an end to the overpopulation of pets we face in this country.  Putting our ideas to practice in Baja Mexico, where there is less red tape, has given us a greater platform to bring these ideas to Orange County with plans to offer free or low cost spay and neuter clinics to the public, vaccine and microchip clinics as well as distribution of significant education material into our communities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Projected Revenue $120,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Community Outreach
  • Dog rescue/foster program
  • Volunteer Recruitment

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Stella's Hope strives to find homes for the dogs that come into our care because every dog deserves a chance at a happy, loving home.  We also focus on educating our communities regarding animal welfare, most importantly the benefits of spay and neuter and helping put an end to the overpopulation of pets we face in this country.  Putting our ideas to practice in Baja Mexico, where there is less red tape, has given us a greater platform to bring these ideas to Orange County with plans to offer free or low cost spay and neuter clinics to the public, vaccine and microchip clinics as well as distribution of significant education material into our communities.

Background Statement

In 2009, Holli was at a turning point in her life. After suffering a tragic miscarriage following a violent car accident in 2008, she knew she wanted something more out of her life. Although it looked like she had it all; a successful business she built herself staffed six employees, a beautiful daughter she raised as a single mom, six figure income and all the material things you could ask for, the aftermath of the car accident changed her. What she once found important now had little meaning. While driving to a doctors appointment in October of 2009 she had no idea her life would be changed forever once again. There she was this skinny, lost, flea covered stray dog wandering in and out of traffic in Santa Ana. Holli quickly pulled over and tried to catch this crazy little dog. It took nearly an hour but she finally succeeded and off they went.

She named her Stella .

Holli knew she couldn’t keep her as she already had two dogs and her life at that moment was in disarray. Once she knew no one was looking for Stella she began searching for a rescue group to take her. She sent pictures and videos and offered a generous donation. A German Shepherd rescue had agreed to take Stella if Holli would foster her until adopted. Knowing this wouldn’t be easy, because she had a female dog who wasn’t too friendly with other dogs, she still agreed. The night before she was to attend her first adoption event Stella had a seizure, which wasn’t her last. When Holli told the rescue about this they said she was un-adoptable and they could no longer help. This not only confused Holli it disgusted her. How can a rescue group say a dog doesn’t deserve a home? Isn’t this what rescue is all about? Now Holli was determined to help Stella get better. Over the course of 9 months and tens of thousands of dollars she took Stella to specialists up and down the coast even to other states trying to find a solution for her seizures. She wasn’t satisfied with the diagnosis of epilepsy. Stellas seizures were different than what she read online. Sadly, no one could cure her of what was happening to her. Stella was on so much medication her quality of life was diminishing. The medication wasn’t helping her it was killing her but she also couldn’t live without it.

The day came when holli knew Stella didn’t deserve to suffer any longer, she packed a lunch along with Stella’s favorite toy, a tennis ball, and off they went to her favorite place, “dog beach”. They spent the day there and Holli knew this would be the last day they spent together but made sure Stella wouldn’t sense her sadness. This would be the best day Stella ever knew.

Holli said goodbye to Stella that evening and says Stella looked into her eyes with a sense of gratitude and peace. It wasn’t until Holli left the hospital that she broke down. While driving home she came to realize that Stella had rescued her. For 9 months she only thought about Stella.  Stella had given her a reason to get up in the morning. Although the pain of what Holli had gone through just a year before was still present, something had changed. The search was over she knew what she was supposed to do. Stella had shown her what her passion was all along, helping the helpless. Holli received a settlement from the accident she was in and decided to use that money to try to help sick and injured animals. She started networking the “broken dogs” on Facebook, the ones no one would take. She would offer large donations to rescue groups that would take them as well as offering to pay their medical and boarding costs if needed. The only caveat with Holli was not ready or willing to walk into a shelter because she didn’t want to see what really went on behind those closed doors. The day came when she had to walk into a shelter to take a dog out that she offered to transport for a rescue group. That was the day she saw the sad reality of how many dogs didn’t even stand a chance. Why? Because there were just as many adoptable dogs facing euthanasia as rescues considered not adoptable dogs. She began taking pictures of the hard to place dogs at Hesperia shelter in California and networking them on Facebook trying to get rescue groups to take them with a nominal donation. After a few months of doing this the day came when Holli was unable to find a rescue group to take a very special dog named Chico. He was extremely dog aggressive as well as sick with kennel cough and had been hit by a car. He seemed to have a broken leg so no one wanted to even discuss him. He was a beautiful mastiff mix and a total love. His only issue was that he didn’t like dogs and needed medical care. No amount of money would entice anyone and sadly he was euthanized. Holli was devastated and came to the realization that if she had her own rescue no one could tell her who was worth saving. Holli knew she couldn’t keep her business and give what she wanted to rescue so she gave up her company, her home, her fancy car and budgeted to take a year off to focus on starting her own rescue. In honor of the dog who rescued her, Stellas Hope was born and she never looked back.


Impact Statement

In 2015, we rescued 345 dogs ,we found permanent loving homes for 187 dogs.  Additionally, by putting our future plans into action in Baja,Ca as of 4/10 we have sterilized 372 dogs, vaccinated just under 500 and have provided emergency and non emergency vet care for 38 families.
 

Needs Statement

new vehicle donation (suv) for every aspect of our mission. Used for rescue related services. Ultimately transport for low income families dogs to and from spay and neuter clinics. (one of the most common reasons we hear as to why dog owners don't have their dogs sterilized is they cant take time off work and or use public transportation)
 
Volunteers for specific positions 
 
Sponsors for our long term rescues. We often rescue dogs with medical or behavioral issues. It can take up to a year in some cases before such a dog can be adopted. Having individual sponsors for these dogs would allow us to rescue other dogs by lifting the financial burden of long term fosters.
for more info on how to sponsor one of our dogs send us an email 
 
 
 
Foster homes ( local to Orange County ) more info on our foster program can be found on our website 
 
dog/puppy supplies via our Amazon "wish list" (link can be found on our website) We are in constant need of supplies. We will typically let every dog that is adopted leave with their "stuff' (toys,bed,blankets) we have found the transition into a new home is much easier on a dog when they have the familiarity of things that can carry scent. We will give adopters the option to give a donation for the more costly items such as a crate or exercise pen.
 
 
 
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Thank you for your support!  Monetary donations can be sent via check to PO Box 4145, Costa Mesa, CA 92628, through PayPal (Stella'sHope), Venmo (@Stellas-Hope). Our website, stellashope.org, can connect you to PayPal as well.  We also are always in need of non-cash donations including the following items; Costco, Petco, PetSmart and Amazon gift cards, puppy toys, potty pads, sheets and blankets, Martingale collars, small, medium and large leashes, 24" and 36" high x-pens, double door wire collapsible crates, medium sized baby gates, newspapers, Natural Balance puppy and adult dog food, food/water bowls, Lysol wipes and baby wipes. Lastly, we're always looking for volunteers to help with fostering, transportation, adoption events, fundraising, etc.  Volunteer applications can be found on our website and submitted via email to [email protected]  Thank you! 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
South Orange County
West Orange County
North Orange County
Orange County , Baja Ca

Organization Categories

  1. Animal Related - Animal Protection & Welfare
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Programs


Community Outreach

Stella's Hope has always had a primary goal of educating the communities we work in regarding animal welfare, most importantly the benefits of spay and neuter.  We strive to put an end to dog overpopulation.
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
The impact of such a program, if done correctly, would be immediate.
  
Program Long-Term Success  The budget above is a jumping off point.  Admittedly we've been focused on saving dogs but this is another direction we want to go.  Ultimately we want to educate the public in Orange County about animal welfare.  We'd start with education in schools with kids and extend to their families from there. We see that lack of knowledge all the time in the animals we bring into our organization, in the media, in our every day interactions with people who would be amazing animal advocates, if they only had the education to do so.  
Program Success Monitored By  While we haven't completely flushed out this program yet, we could certainly perform follow-ups and talk with members of the community some time later.  Additionally, big picture, we'd see a reduction in animals surrendered to shelters and in the number of unwanted litters, an increase in attendance at spay and neuter clinics, etc.
Examples of Program Success  This is a brand new program we hope to start so we don't have any historical data at this time.

Dog rescue/foster program

Stella's Hope places each dog rescued into a pre-screened appropriate foster home based on the individual needs of the dog. Each dog remains in foster care a minimum of 2 weeks.During this time we address any medical and or behavioral issues. Each dog is given a complete physical exam upon intake ,followed by an adoption exam prior to placement. We guarantee the health of our dogs at the time of adoption. We supply our foster families with all the necessities based on the individual needs of the dog.
The cost per (healthy)dog we rescue is a min of $200 . We often rescue dogs that have come from horrible situations and require extensive medical care. Every dog we rescue gets whatever they need to lead a happy healthy life. Once a dog is deemed adoptable by a Stella's Hope board member,we begin the search for the perfect home for the dog. We have an application process ,followed by a home visit and meet and greet . The approval is based on the best fit for the dog. 
 
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
We are 100% no kill , we do whatever it takes to give every dog we rescue what they need to overcome any and all issues,medical or behavioral. However long it takes we do not give up on those we rescue.
January 2016 we had 26 dogs exposed to the distemper virus, without the willingness of foster families who opened their homes to many of these dogs and generous supporters we could not have done what we needed to do to save their lives.
 
Program Long-Term Success 
We believe that the success of each adoption is based on the criteria we have set in our adoption process. Proper placement is crucial and is determined through the screening process. Our retention rate is 98% due to the program start to finish.
Long- term success will always be  defined by the funds available to rescue those who need us most. 
Program Success Monitored By 
We use many tools to track each adoption as well as any health issues a dog may have once they have left our care.
We keep records of each adoption and create monthly,quarterly and yearly reports .
As part of our legal binding contract a dog must be returned to us if the adopter is unable to continue to care for the dog for any reason.
Examples of Program Success  Since its inception Stella's Hope has placed just under 2000 dogs in permanent homes.  

Volunteer Recruitment

We have a core group of volunteers who are involved with many aspects of Stella's Hope.  However, as with most groups who rely on volunteers, everyone is busy with jobs, family, etc.  We are searching for folks who can commit and have some time to give to Stella's Hope in the following areas; social media, fundraising (PR and Photoshop), website management (Word Press), adoption counselors, foster coordinator, volunteer coordinator and of course we're always lookin for good foster homes. 
Budget  $0.00
Category  Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  We have several upcoming fundraising events and we would love immediate help with those events in all the categories above, particularly social media and front line planning and execution of these events.  We'd also love to have someone who's great with Word Press and Photoshop.
Program Long-Term Success  Ultimately we'd love to have a revised board and group of  "directors" who manage all the above items.  The more folks we have who can commit then the more we'll be able to bring in dogs, educate the community, grow Stella's Hope, reduce the number of euthanized dogs in Orange County and increase the number of saved dogs.
Program Success Monitored By  The gist is that with volunteers who are committed we can grow the organization and save more dogs and educate more of the community.  The organization is pretty self-monitoring. 
Examples of Program Success  These are all new needs as prior we were primarily grass roots and relied solely on individual donations. These are long needed roles to be filled and the more folks we can get on board the more good work we can do.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Holli Griggs
CEO Term Start July 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 20
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified 200

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A Quarterly

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Holli Griggs
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term July 2011 - Dec 2021
Board Co-Chair Samantha Griggs
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July 2011 - Dec 2021

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mary Butler Community Volunteer Voting
Doug Gfeller Community Volunteer Voting
Holli Griggs Community Volunteer Voting
Samantha Griggs Community Volunteer Voting
Tamarin Preston Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 0%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 2%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 2%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $120,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Form 990s

2014 990EZ

2014 Schedule O

2013 990EZ

2013 Schedule O

2012 990, Sched A, Sched O

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $104,493 $77,178 $125,568
Total Expenses $96,863 $61,777 $102,948

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $104,493 $77,178 $125,568
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $96,863 $61,777 $95,178
Administration Expense -- -- $2,344
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $15,426
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.08 1.25 1.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $27,426 $27,426 $22,620
Current Assets $0 $0 $0
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $27,426 $27,426 $22,620

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities nan nan nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are shown together under Foundations and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


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