Funding for canine health research recently got a boost when Purina presented the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) with $227,442, which represents half of the earnings from the 2017 Purina Parent Club Partnership (PPCP) program.
In presenting the 2017 earnings, Ann Viklund, Purina Director of Conformation, said, “Purina is proud to offer PPCP and to partner with the AKC Canine Health Foundation. When you look at the wealth of research and the many discoveries this program has helped to support, it is apparent that this work often impacts not only the health of an individual breed but all dogs.”
Since it began in 2002, the PPCP program has raised more than $7 million. In 2017, 193 parent breed clubs participated in the program. In addition to the distributions that will go to the clubs’ Donor Advised Fund at the AKC Canine Health Foundation, an equal amount of $227,442 goes directly to the participating breed clubs.
Dr. Charles Garvin, chair of the board of directors, said, “Over the years, Purina has provided tremendous support to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and PPCP has brought a synergy that has benefited the whole canine community.”
Dr. Diane Brown, CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, said, “We are so grateful to Purina for being our partner and offering PPCP. This year, we are encouraging clubs to put their CHF Donor Advised Funds to work for canine health research by introducing a matching-gift initiative called CHOICE (Canine Health Opportunity to Impact CarE). When clubs transfer money from their Donor Advised Fund to a CHF research program of their choice, the AKC will match up to $250,000 in 2018. The idea is to give clubs the opportunity and choice to support an area of health research of specific interest to their club.”
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Ann Viklund of Purina, right, presents the 2017 Purina Parent Club Partnership earnings distribution to Dr. Charles Garvin and Dr. Diane Brown of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. This distribution represents half of the monies raised by members of participating parent breed clubs in 2017.