Welcome to the Donor Doctor with your host James Newberry. On today’s show, James interviews Tiger Haven: Test Before You Leap.
Lesson from the Haven
Tiger Haven is a sanctuary and rescue facility for big cats. They’ve been in business for 25 years already. Throughout those years, they’ve had their own share of struggles and issues.
James explains that the danger in fundraising is it can cost more than what’s acceptable. Tiger Haven lost $400,000 when they raised funds with a different agency. From this, we learn that it is best to test your fundraiser first before partnering with them.
Closed to the Public
There are some things we learn from Tiger Haven. First, Mary Lynn doesn’t believe in having visitors. She does not want the cubs to be abused or used for a profit.
The problem with closing the facility to the public is that they might not be able to collect a lot of funds. Most people naturally would want to see the place first before contributing.
No to Offloading
When trying another agency, it is best to test it first. Try to see if it’s better than your previous agency. The facility could have avoided the pitfall had they done so.
One good thing about Tiger Haven, however, is it’s owned by someone knowledgeable in the field. She’s very good at taking care of tigers. With this, James emphasizes the significance of being an expert of what you do.
To hear about Tiger Haven’s fundraising experience and success story, download and listen to Tiger Haven: Test Before You Leap.
If you’re short on time, here are the highlights of Tiger Haven: Test Before You Leap:
About Tiger Haven? (0:47)
Lessons from Tiger Haven? (4:10)
Interview with Mary Lynn of Tiger Haven? (8:12)
Why the sanctuary is closed to the public? (10:35)
Mary Lynn’s piece of advice? (15:32)