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May 23, 2017 Dinner Meeting

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KristenCreating the CRCS: Planning and Executing Nonprofit Projects
The Canine Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary (CRCS), is a rapidly growing 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Kristen started this business on her own and raised seed money by putting coins in a jar. Now, CRCS has 11 employees, has been able to purchase 14,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, has begun a multi-million dollar renovation project and the thing Kristen is most proud of...... CRCS has gained enough respect in the industry and made such a name for itself that they get requests for help from top shelters across the United States and around the world. They have taken dogs in from as far away as Iran and as close as Canada and Mexico. Support in the way of donations has grown at just over a 1000% from year one. This year, CRCS will reach the half a million-dollar mark and is far from done in terms of growing. This rapid growth is the result of many different projects including successes, failures, and lessons learned. Kristen will describe her journey and how she led a team of employees, donors, supporters, volunteers (and the hundreds of dogs that came into her care) to stay focused and on course through it all.

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Kristen Ivey's Bio

Founder and Executive Director, CRCS
Kristen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design, a Master's Degree in Business Organizational Management and is a graduate & recipient of several Leadership Programs and awards including Rapport Leadership International, Leadership Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce and Leader of the Pack through the SPCA. Prior to starting CRCS, Kristen owned and operated an Interior Design firm specializing in high-end new construction homes. For 12 years she spent her time designing and managing new construction projects from the architectural phase through to hanging the final piece of art on the wall. In addition to managing CRCS, she still continues work with many of her old design clients.

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