Here you will find the answers to the questions that we are asked most often. 

What is the difference (or relationship) between Friends of the Animal Center Foundation and the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center?

Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center is the hub and operation center for Iowa City Animal Services. To learn more about their services visit their website. Funding for the day to day operations of the Iowa City Animal Services is through the City of Iowa City. Friends of the Animal Center Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises private funds to expand services and provide program enhancements above and beyond those funded by the City. Center management and FACF staff work closely together to identify needed initiatives.

What is FACF?

FACF is the acronym, or abbreviated form, for Friends of the Animal Center Foundation. It is used in hashtags throughout social media chatter. 

How does Friends of the Animal Center Foundation raise funds?

FACF raises funds through traditional methods such as fundraisers, direct mail appeals, and major gift work throughout the year. We also encourage donors to ask about "Matching Gift Programs" at their work. Our fundraising efforts raise community awareness and give the community a tax-deductible avenue to improve the lives of the shelter animals.

Who decides how the money is spent?

The Iowa City Animal Center Supervisor submits proposals for Animal Center projects/needs that are beyond the City budget. The Board of Directors reviews the proposals, and if the request falls under the FACF Purpose the funds are approved for that project/need. The programs that FACF has committed to support have annual budgets presented by the Iowa City Animal Center Supervisor and approved by the FACF Treasurer and Finance Committee. Donors can specify where they want their gift spent in restricted funds.

Can I volunteer for Friends of the Animal Center Foundation?

Yes, if you are interested in volunteering for FACF please contact Christina Kimerle.