Be The Change Inc
SARASOTA FL 34231-4268
Be the Change, Inc.  is a 501c3 non-profit no-kill cat rescue that utilizes a foster network and is dedicated to providing safe shelter and adoption for cats at risk of euthanasia from local animal services, shelters and/or individuals who can no longer provide a home for their cats. We are committed to saving the lives of cats and kittens that would otherwise not have been helped and rehoming them. We work as a community to help those that others cannot.  We are helping rescue partners by filling a gap to help adoptable animals with basic medical needs, including geriatric and special needs cats.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Julie H Hanson
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2006
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2018
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
We have helped the community by taking in many abandoned and homeless cats that need safe shelter until new homes can be found.
We re-home adoptable cats from local feral trap/release programs.
We have taken in non-adoptable special needs cats from local agencies and are providing them quality lifetime care.
We have helped cats by placing over 1200 into permanent loving homes.We have provided all necessary vet care and continued quality care for the less adoptable cats remaining who have not yet found homes including many geriatric and handicapped cats.
Needs Statement
1. Funds for initial intake for vet package including: spay/neuter, vaccines, testing, worming and microchipping) - female $85, male $55 (10,000/year - 2015)
2. Funds for emergency vet care: meds, surgery, lab work and eye care ($8500/year - 2015)
3. Funds for food, litter, beds, crates and supplies as needed for adoptable cats and sheltering long term cats who are less adoptable (12,000/year - 2015)
4. Funds for overhead costs including transportation, heat and air, fans, housing, advertising, administrative costs, etc. (6,500/year - 2015)
5. Volunteers for foster care, maintenance, daily care, administrative support 
Background Statement
As animal lovers and compassionate people, we feel great sadness and helplessness in the face of the ongoing problem of unwanted pets and the fact that every day, hundreds and thousands of innocent, beautiful and loving animals face a lonely and miserable death across this nation, through no fault of their own because there are not enough homes for them all.
One day, in a flash of realization, it occurred to me that I could ‘be the change’ (I wanted to see in the world). And though I/we can’t save them all, by spaying and neutering (to prevent even more unwanted pets) and providing short term foster care for the ones who have not found a home yet or have lost their homes and long term care for the un-adoptables . . . we can make a huge difference for so many.

That year, I ordered a trap and began trapping at the local dump. I found homes for the friendly ones and re-released the others after spaying, testing and vaccinating. And so, I named our rescue . . . Be the Change (you want to see in the World) Inc. And we have and will continue to. . .

I started rescue work with only a love for animals and a quote by Gandhi. After almost 20 years, with my family’s full support, we are averaging over 100 adoptions every year. Our biggest year was 2014, when we had almost 250 adoptions. We are now reaching out for help and hoping others will join us and support this work financially and by fostering.

We formed our non-profit organization (501c3) in 2006 and are funded entirely by adoption fees and contributions and my entire income as an artist and a teacher. . . and by faith that we can and will make a difference!

Please become involved, foster and contribute. . . . their lives depend on us.“
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- DeSoto
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments Our main focus is with local counties as listed above and we also strive to assist in times of emergency or disaster in our state by taking cats in need as space permits.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Animal Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Rescue work is extremely rewarding. Assisting our fosters with keeping up the daily maintenance (feeding, cleaning and socializing), all of the planned vet visits and the unexpected ones, adoption appointments, phone calls, and all of the other aspects of rescue, housing and re-homing cats requires hard work and dedication. We need more volunteers and foster homes.

We are hoping that more folks will lend a hand here to keep this important work going forward and that we will ‘grow’ our list of foster families who can find room for rescues at the drop of a hat. When kitties’ lives are endangered and we get the call, we need to mobilize quickly and get them safely housed while we work to get their needs met. We hold out for the highest standards in re-homing our ‘kids’. We do not allow de-clawing, ever, and we educate the public every day. We require our cats to be kept inside only, except in rare circumstances. We educate each and every new adopter about diet and quality care.

We have been and will remain a small rescue. As such, we can keep our standards high. We have no paid employees now but if that‘s what it takes to get more help with the work load, then we will work towards that end. When you look at the operating costs of some of the bigger rescues and compare them to ours, it is unbelievable how much we have done and continue to do so with so little. We don’t spend money on glitz and glamour, every penny goes to the cats/kittens’ needs.

Be the Change gets multiple calls every week from people trying to place their pets who have been turned down by other shelters for lack of space. We work hard to help them as much as possible. We are often the last resort for the cats before the only option left is animal services, where many are euthanized.

Our success stories are many. We try every day to ‘be the change’ we want to see in the world, one kitty at a time.

Don’t leave it to someone else or wait until tomorrow. Be the Change now. Their lives depend on us.


Rescued cats are taken in from local sources and individuals to save their lives. We also take in friendly cats from trap/neuter/release programs for rehoming. They are completely vetted (combo test, spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, deworming and additional medical attention as required) and released for adoption. We advertise via social media, website, newspaper and word-of-mouth to find potential adoptees. We interview and educated each adoptee regarding diet, care and living conditions and only adopt to qualified adoptees. We particularly educate the public regarding the importance of not declawing, indoor only homes and quality diet.

Budget $40,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success We are saving cats and kittens as we are informed of their need. We provide immediate safe housing. This reduces the impact on animal services and therefore on tax payers. We also provide important education to adoptees regarding the care of cats.
Long Term Success The long-term success of our program can be measured by the number of permanent-loving homes found for the cats that have moved through this rescue. These cats were not euthanized and have been placed in loving homes where they now provide comfort for their adopted families.
Program Success Monitoring We look internally at the number of adoptions we have each year and  the very few returns (we take back all cats that do not work out in their new environment and re-home them again) to indicate our success.
Program Success Examples We have adopted over 100 cats in 2016.  We have taken in many handicapped cats including those with meningitis and cerebellum hyperplasia and have helped many older cats with lesser medical issues find good homes. We have also taken in and re-homed friendly cats from feral trap/release programs that would normally unfortunately be released back onto the street. We are also providing permanent safe, healthy housing for long term residents who have little chance for adoption.
Program Comments by Organization Be the Change, Inc. was created after years of rescue effort by the founder. From the very beginning through its incorporation in 2006 and into the future our goal is to find immediate safe haven and a permanent loving home for every cat in need.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % n/a
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Be the Change, Inc. collaborates with St. Francis Animal Rescue by taking cats and by using their spay/neuter voucher program. The local veterinarians we work with include: Palmer Ranch Animal Clinic, Vet Associates of Jacaranda, Laurel Road Veterinary Clinic, West Coast Veterinary Center and Sarasota Animal Medical Center. We occasionally collaborate with our local humane societies. We have rescue partnerships with Animal Services (Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto Counties) where we take in cats/kittens scheduled to be euthanized as well as some difficult to adopt and/or special needs cats.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Julie H Hanson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Dec 2006 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mary E Clancy Community Volunteer
Julie H Hanson Community Volunteer
Amanda Velarde Community Volunteer
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 66
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization Our previous board disbanded at the end of 2015. We only had two board members from January until September, 2016, when we added a third board member. 
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $40,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$38,831$37,299$41,861
Administration Expense$689$564$626
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,455$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$4,455$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $23,224Program Service Revenue $24,925Contributions, gifts, grants $22,244
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $16,296Contributions, gifts, grants $12,938Program Service Revenue $20,244
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.00----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We founded Be the Change, Inc. to support cat rescue and rehoming. We are a small organization which is funded by small contributions and adoption fees.  When funding isn't sufficient we personally provide funding to continue this effort. Each year the demand is greater and we are seeking funding from other sources to support this work. See attached 990 EZ forms. The organization does not include valuation of non-cash donations in revenue.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990-EZ.
Nonprofit Be The Change Inc
Address 2235 WASON RD
SARASOTA , FL 34231 4268
Phone 941 923-1293