English Springer Foundation Named Funds

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 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 EYE DISEASES 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 CANCER FUND recognizes the variety and the personal, painful struggles with cancer in English Springer Spaniels, the English Springer Spaniel Foundation seeks donations to help inform and educate owners and veterinarians and to provide support for owners  experiencing this serious challenge to breed health.

The Foundation intends to:

  1. FUND RELEVANT, TIMELY RESEARCH PROJECTS
  2. ESTABLISH LINKS TO THE BEST INFORMATION AVAILABLE FOR OWNERS AND BREEDERS
  3. ESTABLISH LINKS TO THE MOST CURRENT RESEARCH INFORMATION FOR VETERINARIANS
  4. FORM AN INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT NETWORK
  5. PROVIDE SMALL INDIVIDUAL GRANTS TO SUPPORT ADVANCED OR EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS
  • 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.  Archives has the following subfunds:
    • Alice Project:  In October 2015, our English Springer community lost a very dear friend. Long time Springer enthusiast, breeder, judge, mentor, and parent club/Foundation supporter Alice Berd passed away. To honor and remember her always, and with the blessing of her family, the Foundation and the Parent Club established “The Alice Project.” Its purpose: to capture histories and images of our breed’s “elder statespersons,” both show and field, through conducting interviews and collecting priceless photos.

We hope you agree that this is a fitting tribute to a remarkable friend to so many. Alice’s complete photo archives and story were her family’s gift to the Foundation; a priceless treasure.

  • THE DAVID HOPKINS MEMORIAL FUND

The Springer world lost a great friend, Dave Hopkins, to Pancreatic Cancer in August 2019. Dave served as president of both the parent club and the Foundation.

The Springer Foundation Board has established the David Hopkins Memorial Fund with an initial goal of $20,000. The Foundation will match all Hopkins memorial gifts (including those already made) dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000, until July 31, 2020.

Funds would be used to support purposes consistent with Dave’s interests; for example, support of Springer archives activities, collaborative educational and outreach efforts among field, performance, and show constituencies in service to the breed, and grass awn research.