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2024 Open Arms Challenge Pre Huddle Tomorrow 1/18/24 at 10am PST/1pm EST

  • 1.  2024 Open Arms Challenge Pre Huddle Tomorrow 1/18/24 at 10am PST/1pm EST

    Posted 01-17-2024 10:47 AM
    Updated 1/18/24 at 4:25pm: Recording now available! 
    Hi everyone!
    Don't forget to join us on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 10am PST/1pm EST for our 30-minute Open Arms 2024 Pre-Challenge Huddle!
    We'll be discussing the Grants Portal, Registration Process, Participation Reports and past grant winners as well as answering your Open Arms Challenge questions. Joining this huddle is not required to participate in the Challenge, but recommended if this is your first time joining one.
    You can register for tomorrow's Pre-Challenge Huddle here:
    We will share the recording after the Huddle and continue this discussion here in the Maddie's Pet Forum 2024 Open Arms Challenge Discussion Thread.  We look forward to answering your questions during the call as time allows and here in the thread after the call.

    Can't wait to discuss more tomorrow!

    Amber Eby
    Grants Specialist
    Maddie's Fund

  • 2.  RE: 2024 Open Arms Challenge Pre Huddle Tomorrow 1/18/24 at 10am PST/1pm EST

    Posted 01-19-2024 01:11 PM

    Thanks to everyone who was able to join our pre-challenge huddle yesterday! For those that were unable to attend, the recording is now available to watch and share with your teams: https://youtu.be/0SKemKElGYk

    We're already seeing folks getting started early with creating their Grants Portal accounts! If you have any questions or need any help with your Grants Portal account, please send us an email at grants@maddiesfund.org and our team will be happy to assist you. Please keep in mind that your login for your Grants Portal account is separate from your account you use to access Maddie's Pet Forum and Maddie's University. 

    I've attached a few resources here to help you prepare for the registration period including a sample registration application (so you and your team can begin answering those questions together), a sample participation report (so you can see what we'll be requiring at the end of the challenge period) and a list of Welcoming Practices & Program Suggestions/Action Items (so you can start brainstorming on what changes or practices you'll want to pilot during the challenge)!

    Here's a quick reminder of the important challenge dates to add to your calendar:

    • Registration Period: February 26 - March 6, 2024 (Apply through the Maddie's Fund grants portal until 5pm PT on March 6, 2024.)
    • Challenge Period: April 1, 2024 - April 30, 2024. During this time, you will pilot your new practices.
    • Participation Reports Due: May 15, 2024 
    • Final Report (via Zoom Huddle) for Award Winners: September 2024 

    And be sure to register for the Weekly Community Conversations call as the call topics in February will be focused on welcoming practices that can give you some ideas and inspiration for the Open Arms Challenge: https://maddies.fund/CommunityConversationsRegistration

    Amber Eby
    Grants Specialist
    Maddie's Fund