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University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Students Support Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue

Jul 01, 2014 03:05AM

Students in the strategic management and entrepreneurship class of College of Business assistant professor Jean Kabongo recently performed a consultation project for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue (NHAR) in Lakewood Ranch. Staffed 99 percent by volunteers, this no-kill shelter is dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats and helping families adopt animals. NHAR is named in honor of the late developer and animal-loving philanthropist, Nathan Benderson.

     During USFSM’s 2014 spring semester, two teams of students conducted an analysis of NHAR’s overall operations, judging opportunities, threats, strengths, weaknesses and competition from similar organizations in the area, followed by recommendations in support of the organization’s growth initiative. The students were able to apply classroom principles such as developing a mission and vision statement, internal and external auditing, as well as generating, implementing and evaluating strategies into real-world business practice.

     Based upon the students’ research, NHAR’s Board of Directors determined that while donations and volunteers remain crucial to the viability and development for their organization, they need to adopt more business-oriented practices to ensure sustainability. Students reached the conclusion that NHAR has opportunities to grow and meet demand, but it must develop more sources of steady income independent from its adoption fees as they can be a barrier to achieving its primary mission of finding good homes for its shelter animals.

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