Hart shouldn’t have declined gift
It is hard to comprehend a small non-profit organization like Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART Animal Shelter) declining a $500,000 donation, but that’s exactly what they have done.
At the May 28 HART Board of Directors meeting, a group of members presented a proposal detailing a potential $500,000 gift that would match funds raised by HART in the community for a new building. The donor outlined a number of changes within the organization he felt were needed in order for HART to receive this gift. These changes were in the areas of long term planning, culture of the organization, and leadership. The board president stated at that meeting that many of the goals outlined had already been achieved, a positive sign. A date was set for the board to respond to this group of members representing the donor, and that date passed with no communication from the board.
The question must be asked, where was the well-being of the animals considered in this decision making process, and the half-million dollar question is why would you decline this gift? The board clearly does not want to be held accountable for this decision, since at their recent annual meeting they did not provide an opportunity for member comments and questions.
HART needs to survive for the sake of the animals, but is in great need of leadership with foresight and accountability.