Date: January 14th, 2013

Colony Brands Gives $427,000 to GCHS Endowment Fund

Linda Gebhardt, CFSW Donor Services Representative, John Baumann, CEO of Colony Brands, and Ron Spielman, CFSW and Monroe Fund Board Member with check representing Colony Brands' donation to GCHS

Linda Gebhardt, CFSW Donor Services Representative, John Baumann, CEO of Colony Brands, and Ron Spielman, CFSW and Monroe Fund Board Member with check representing Colony Brands’ donation to GCHS Endowment Fund.

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January 14, 2013

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated. – Gandhi

On Saturday, Dec.15, 2012, major donors to the Green County Humane Society’s (GCHS) Capital Campaign arrived at the new shelter for a “Sneak Peak” reception hosted by Colony Brands.  Donors were thrilled with what they saw the minute they stepped in the front door:  finally, a shelter to be proud of.  What attendees weren’t prepared for was what they were about to hear.

During a brief presentation, John Baumann, CEO of Colony Brands, announced two additional gifts, both supporting the Green County Humane Society Endowment Fund.  Colony Brands employees, through their years of service allocations, gifted a generous $27,000.  But it was the second gift that brought tears to people eyes:  Colony Brands gifted $400,000.  John Baumann stated, “We have a beautiful new shelter and we understand that the annual budget in the new space will increase by approximately $40,000.  We want to make sure this state of the art facility is around for many years to come.”  Paul Barrett, GCHS president said, “At a time when many shelters in our area are struggling, these gifts to the endowment ensure the long term financial health of the organization.  We couldn’t be more grateful.” 

The entire project was built on a sound plan, beginning with the support of Art Carter and county board leaders.  The county board crafted a 99-year lease that included 8.5 acres.  The acreage provided the space for the GCHS board and building committee to design a facility to meet current and future needs.  In the future, should the shelter need to be expanded, there is land both to the north and east.  The facility has been designed so it can be expanded with minimal infringement on existing operations.

Just as the future was considered when designing the new building, GCHS was looking well into the future when it established the Endowment Fund.  The Fund was established over a year ago under the advisement of Linda Gebhardt, Donor Services Representative for the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.  Like the county’s land lease, the endowment will be supporting GCHS efforts long after current leaders are gone.  Tracey Pederson, resource development chair for GCHS, said, “Establishing the endowment signals our understanding that we need to be able to provide current, ongoing and future financial support to keep GCHS strong and capable of meeting all future needs.”

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin has a slogan, “For Good…For Ever,” a motto that is also reflective of the GCHS endowment.  Current advisors for the endowment are John Baumann, Mike Doyle and Shelley Muranyi.

For more information on how you can contribute or establish a planned gift to the Green County Humane Society Endowment Fund, contact Linda Gebhardt, at 608-328-4060, Linda@cfsw.org or visit our website at cfsw.org.