Ruff Life Charities
448 Snapdragon Loop
Bradenton FL 34212
Our mission is to provide the essentials and care needed for rescue dogs in Manatee County Florida so that they can stay safe, healthy and happy with there new family.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Julie Anne Nickerson
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2013
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement
  • Helping rescue dogs in Manatee County with providing food and everyday essentials.
  • To donate and  help rescue organization and shelters with skin issues, burns, sores, allergies with our Aloe Vera Cream called "Ruff Spots.
  • Issue an annual fund (Jack's Fund) to families who have rescued a dog pay for unforeseen circumstances to give their dog a second chance at life.
Needs Statement
1. Assist dogs with Veterinarian needs and grooming needs to get them healthy and happy for their new family
2. Provide training and emotional support during their transition
3. Provide food and other needed supplies to get them comfortable
4 Provide transportation if needed
Background Statement
Ruff Life Charities was born out of an experience where a community came together to save a rescue dog named Jack in 2009.  It became my mission to help other families and to "Pay it Forward". We have sent up a fund in Jack's name after his passing in 2015 which will be issued on an annual basis. 
 Our main mission has shifted in FL with the need to help more in our local community by assisting the elderly and Hospice patients get the care need for their dog and assist them through the grief process. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments We are living in Manatee County and will serve Sarasota County and will expand to other counties once our program works.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Animal Related
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
I personally was faced with a difficult financial decision in 2009 when I rescued my dog Jack and I didn't have the money needed to give him the $5,500 surgery to save his life.  The community in Hilton Head, SC heard my story and raised the money needed to save Jack. I will never forget hearing other stories in the Animal Hospital where families were maxing out credit cards, refinancing cars and taking second mortgages out on their homes to get the chance to save their dogs, their family. 
Never had I experienced people understanding my story, relating to me and Jack and wanting to help unconditionally. 
I vowed to "Pay it Forward" (just like the movie) and so I started Ruff Life Charities to help others who can't afford expensive surgeries, Veterinarian care and food when they have faced hard times. 
Through the generosity of strangers is how my life changed forever, help me keep the spirit of our unconditional love going.
Description As part of my journey, I have been involved with the healing wonders of Aloe Vera and how it helps humans and pets.  We have developed an Aloe Vera skin creme safe for dogs and it provides healing to many skin conditions we find all over the US.  We are donating our creme to many local rescue groups and organizations to help rescue dogs/cats with skin irritations, sores, allergies, burns and hot spots.
Budget $10,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Veterinary Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified US Families
Short Term Success We donated our creme to Hope a dog who was intentionally burned in Arcadia FL and they are requesting larger quantities of creme to help her with her burned skin.
Long Term Success We introduced "Ruff Spots" to our market this past month and have donated our creme to many rescue groups in the Sarasota/Manatee County areas.  We are receiving incredible results and plan to donate more as soon as we can get our product made.
Program Success Monitoring We are a very active Board of Directors who makes the decisions on the cases we help and organize the necessary paperwork and guidelines needed to chose our cases.  We are provided with the proof of adoption, phone numbers with their Veterinarians, and other pertinent files needed to determine what help we are willing to fund.
Program Success Examples We are getting before and after pictures of the results of our Aloe Vera creme posted on our website.  We are accepting donation on behalf of local dogs who need additional care in regards to major skin conditions.  So far we have donated over $500 of creme to local shelters and will expand to many areas in FL and the US
Providing temporary care for rescue dogs for the elderly, disabled or adults faced with an accidental medical situation is become a growing concern.    When faced with a broken bone or emergency hospitalization to a person who doesn't have help for their dog, we would provide them with dog walking and/or overnight care while they are not able to provide this for their pet.  If this turn into a long term situation, we can help find family member who can care for the dog or find another home if needed.
Budget $10,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success We have been contacted by a local hospice provider in Manatee & Sarasota Counties who need help with terminally ill patients who have a dog and no where to place them.  This is a situation that keeps growing and needs to be addressed before the patient is left with no alternatives.  Whether it be transporting the animals to family members, Vet care for the dogs, emotional and physical support for the pet through the transition and placing the dog into a new family.  We are going to find the solution need for that patient and dog.
Long Term Success We have just been approved as a 501C3 non profit charity in July 2013, this is a new program.  Our long term goals are to help as many families here in FL in the next year and if our program succeeds will expand our help to other counties in FL.
Program Success Monitoring We have a very active Board of Directors who oversees our entire program and assesses each case with care and determination to make a difference in our community
Program Success Examples We have just been approved as a 501C3 non profit charity in July 2013, this is a new program.
Description Our charity started from my rescue dog Jack needing emergency surgery in 2009.  Our community raised the money needed for his surgery and finding a way to "Pay it Forward" became our mission.  With Jack's passing in July 2015, we have set up fund in his name to help more families who come into a accident or unforeseen circumstance with their rescue dog to give him/her a second chance with life.  Each year we will grant a family the money spent on emergency care for their dog.
Budget $2,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families
Short Term Success We have been helping families since 2013 raise the money needed for Vet Care, Food and Supplies.  We want to continue this program in Jack's name after his passing in 2015.
Long Term Success We have raised over 10,000 to help families in need and will continue this program each year to help more.  It was the purpose of starting our charity and will continue in years to come.
Program Success Monitoring We contact the Vet offices directly and develop a relationship with the families in need for our screening.
Program Success Examples
We raised over $1000 for Sophie in Gulfport, FL who was a rescue dog and her mom had been laid off her nursing job due to cancer.  Sophie has developed some tumors and other health issues that we helped her with.
Lavender was a rescue dog who was in the system for over a year.  She was foster by a family familiar with her breed and nursed her back to health and adopted her.  She did not get assistance for her Vet bills through the shelter because of funding so we donated over $1000 to her family because of the love and care she got.
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
Kelly Davis Administrative Assistant
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 2
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
We do not have any collaborations at this time.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
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 Anne Nickerson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term July 2014 to Dec 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Kelly Davis employee
Angela Ionita community member
Julie A Nickerson CEO/Predient
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
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 4
Board Term Limits 1
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$10,355$9,155$4,085
Administration Expense$350$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.491.101.16
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $4,600Contributions, gifts, grants $10,100Contributions, gifts, grants $4,740
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $6500 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information for 2013 taken from Federal tax return.  For 2014 - 2016, the organization filed a 990-N; accordingly, financial information was taken from compilations.
Nonprofit Ruff Life Charities
Address 448 Snapdragon Loop
Bradenton, FL 34212
Phone 843 301-9696