“How do I Open a Center Like Tabby's Place?”<br />Jonathan Rosenberg<br />Founder & Executive Director<br />Tabby’s Place:...
Introduction<br />At least once/week I am asked<br />I created this presentation to answer the questions.<br />“How do I o...
Rephrasing Question<br />I am rephrasing question<br />This is what people are really asking<br />“How can I do as much as...
Tabby’s Place Factoids<br />Idea:  April 1999<br />Opened: October 2003<br />Permitting & engineering: 3 years<br />Constr...
A Non-profit Animal Shelter is a Business<br />Why businesses fail:<br />Started for wrong reasons*<br />Poor management<b...
Rules #1 - #3<br />Don’t get in over your head<br />Don’t get in over your head<br />Don’t get in over your head<br />Coro...
Rule #4<br />Have resources up front<br />Enough to build & operate for >= 5 years<br />Corollary: you can’t raise money f...
Rule #5<br />Take honest inventory of resources on hand:<br />Money<br />Time<br />Expertise<br />business<br />management...
Rule #6<br />Double your time & cost estimates<br />X2<br />
“So, what can I do?<br />Money is limiting factor<br />
Questions?<br />Please feel free to contact me with comments or questions:<br />jr@tabbysplace.org<br />908-237-5300 x226<...
Conclusions<br />Passion is necessary<br />But it is not enough<br />You can make a difference:<br />Be realistic<br />Joi...
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Opening a Cat Sanctuary

  1. 1. “How do I Open a Center Like Tabby's Place?”<br />Jonathan Rosenberg<br />Founder & Executive Director<br />Tabby’s Place: a Cat Sanctuary<br />www.tabbysplace.org<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />At least once/week I am asked<br />I created this presentation to answer the questions.<br />“How do I open a center like Tabby's Place?”<br />
  3. 3. Rephrasing Question<br />I am rephrasing question<br />This is what people are really asking<br />“How can I do as much as possible to help cats?”<br />
  4. 4. Tabby’s Place Factoids<br />Idea: April 1999<br />Opened: October 2003<br />Permitting & engineering: 3 years<br />Construction & final permitting: 1.5 years<br />7,000 square feet<br />Costs<br />Construction: $1.2M<br />Equipment: $125K<br />Annual budget: $600K<br />
  5. 5. A Non-profit Animal Shelter is a Business<br />Why businesses fail:<br />Started for wrong reasons*<br />Poor management<br />Insufficient capital ($)<br />A business will burn money:<br />Especially in early years<br />*Not a problem for you. Starting for “passion” is a good reason.<br />
  6. 6. Rules #1 - #3<br />Don’t get in over your head<br />Don’t get in over your head<br />Don’t get in over your head<br />Corollaries:<br />always ends badly<br />you do more good by not going under<br />
  7. 7. Rule #4<br />Have resources up front<br />Enough to build & operate for >= 5 years<br />Corollary: you can’t raise money for a non-profit with only an idea.<br />
  8. 8. Rule #5<br />Take honest inventory of resources on hand:<br />Money<br />Time<br />Expertise<br />business<br />management<br />Internet<br />
  9. 9. Rule #6<br />Double your time & cost estimates<br />X2<br />
  10. 10. “So, what can I do?<br />Money is limiting factor<br />
  11. 11. Questions?<br />Please feel free to contact me with comments or questions:<br />jr@tabbysplace.org<br />908-237-5300 x226<br />
  12. 12. Conclusions<br />Passion is necessary<br />But it is not enough<br />You can make a difference:<br />Be realistic<br />Join with others<br />Help the cats<br />

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