English Springer Foundation Named Funds


The English Springer Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charity. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible to the limits described by law. Since its inception in 1996, the Foundation has established a number of funds for the purpose of accepting tax deductible donations in support of its educational and research initiatives.  Some funds are temporary – expended fully in order to complete a very specific project; others continue to attract support of ongoing research over many years.

  • THE GENERAL FUND of the English Springer Foundation supports its efforts to communicate broadly to a global community of breeders and breed enthusiasts.  The general fund also supports administrative costs of the Foundation, which represent a modest ____% annually (of the funds held by the Foundation).
  • THE SCIENCE AND RESEARCH FUND provides support for breed-specific health research as well as projects that benefit all breeds, with a focus on English Springers.  Examples of projects supported by the Science and Research Fund include grants for mammary tumor research and initial studies on the increasing prevalence of grass awns, or “mean seeds.” The Foundation has also provided grant support for projects investigating dog behavior and temperament.
  • THE EPILEPSY FUND provides support of research on seizure disorders in English Springer Spaniels and related disorders in other breeds. Research is carried on at the University of Minnesota and the University of Missouri. More than $50,000 has been raised in support of this research.
  • THE PRA FUND underwrites research on Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a disease that can lead to blindness in English Springer Spaniels and many other breeds.  More than $75,000 has been raised in support of PRA research. Additionally, the Foundation has established a Donor Advised Fund at the AKC Canine Health Foundation as well, to facilitate additional research projects. Primary research on PRA in English Springer Spaniels has been conducted by the University of Missouri and the Animal Health Trust in Great Britain.  In 2007, the combined efforts of researchers from these two institutions successfully isolated the gene that causes PRA in English Springer Spaniels, an effort made possible by Foundation funds.
  • THE ARCHIVES FUND supports the activities of a joint archives committee comprised of representatives of the English Springer Foundation and the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, parent club of the breed in the US. English Springer archives are stored and catalogued at the Bird Dog Foundation in Grand Junction, Tennessee – home of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Hall of Fame.  Archives include historical materials and objects from all facets of the English Springer world – field trials, conformation, and performance.  The Bird Dog Museum houses a gallery in which English Springer memorabilia are displayed.
  • THE JULIA GASOW MEMORIAL FUND was established through the contributions of friends and admirers of Julia Gasow, whose Salilyn Kennels provided US English Springers with many top winners and producers of conformation English Springers.  Nearly all English Springers in the United States now trace their pedigree lineage to Salilyn – most notably through the top winning and producing Ch. Salilyn’s Aristocrat. “Julie’s” legacy is carried on in several of today’s breeding programs. “The Julie Fund” is currently providing support for the Foundation’s web development program, with particular emphasis on breed education.
  • THE HORACE F. HENRIQUES MEMORIAL FUND was established to honor the memory of Harry Henriques, whose leadership was primarily responsible for the establishment of the English Springer Spaniel hunting test program.  “Harry” was an original member of the English Springer Foundation board and remained active on the board until his death in 2003.This fund raised more than $15,000 to commission a sculpture in Harry’s memory and honor, which is installed in the outdoor sculpture garden at the Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, Tennessee.  The sculpture, entitled “Missing the Master,” was crafted by internationally renowned wildlife sculptor Walter Mattia.