Founded in 1953, Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals. HHS advocates for education and public service to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent their suffering and neglect. A voice for companion animals that are completely dependent on people for their care, HHS promotes the belief that animals are entitled to both our respect and our protection.
As an active member of the animal welfare community for more than 60 years, HHS operates a busy, 16-dog kennel and 16-cat condo animal shelter in Hinsdale, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Each year, HHS facilitates adoption of approximately 900 animals and returns over 100 lost animals to their families through stray animal services in the village and the 9 surrounding suburbs. Additionally, HHS saves 350-400 animals, mostly dogs, through its transfer program where HHS takes in animals, which would otherwise be euthanized in “high kill” shelters.
HHS is known for its outstanding shelter care for animals, but also for connecting the health and well-being of people and their communities back to their pets. In this way, HHS serves as an integral member of the community-at-large. By offering outreach, education and support for pet owners, they gain competencies and more dogs and cats are kept healthy and well cared for in their homes. Additionally, for the last 35 years, HHS has improved the lives of seniors and children through one of its three signature pet therapy programs.
As an independent, 501c(3) organization, HHS is proud to operate from an annual balanced budget of approximately $600,000 and assets that provide financial stability. The organization’s healthy financial position stems from its commitment to effective cost management and diverse revenue mix (with revenue coming from program service, animal operations and philanthropy). Additionally, HHS benefits from an outstanding corps of volunteers that serves as an extension of staff and helps to maximize operations, programs and fundraising.
A highly committed and engaged 10-person Board of Directors oversees HHS, meeting regularly to discuss matters related to planning, strategy, fundraising, marketing and other duties related to board governance. Thirteen talented full-and-part-time paid staff members and 200 volunteers work day-in-and-day-out to implement programs and ensure smooth operations.
HHS operates from a strategic plan that helps to light a big picture path and set organizational priorities. Its current plan, the Horizon Strategic Plan 2015-2020, calls for:
- Increased awareness and brand strength
- Boost in organizational relevance
- Launch of a contemporized HHS
Anchored in HHS’s fundamental guiding principle to protect animals, the plan has set objectives for more adoptions, improved client satisfaction and an enhanced profile as a preferred destination for philanthropic support.
“By 2020, we will be a more contemporized humane society…a leading nonprofit organization for the benefit of animals…and a destination of responsible philanthropy.” – HHS’s Horizon Strategic Plan, 2015-2020
When the HHS Executive Director decided to move from Chicago and vacate her position, the HHS Board of Directors launched a regional search for a new Executive Director with ambition to lead during an important next phase in the history of HHS. The incoming Executive Director will have the full support of the Board to align HHS resources to achieve the strategic plan and consider what is possible in the years to come. The Board has an appetite to realize current goals and pursue new opportunities, and it hopes to attract an Executive Director with a spirit and passion to match.
“HHS is poised for growth and sees a promising future. We are here to support the leadership and ideas of our new Executive Director.” – Matt Booth, Chairman of the HHS Board of Directors