Our mission: To rescue and provide sanctuary for farmed animals, while modeling a compassionate way of life for all.
This page is updated at the beginning of every quarter to keep you informed of where we currently stand, and what our next steps are. Cupid’s Landing is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Tacoma, WA. We are a startup project to fund the building of a farm animal sanctuary that incorporates human and community welfare into our mission. We are in year 2 of a 3 – 5 year plan, and will begin looking for land in 2020. In the meantime, we hold fundraising and outreach events that engage our community, promote positivity and a vegan lifestyle, raise funds for startup costs, and support our local animal welfare network. All of our fundraisers are aimed at not only raising money, but also furthering our mission. Our goal is to raise $80,000 by the time we purchase land – $25,000 for building structures, and $55,000 for animal care and other startup costs. This goal is changeable as we learn more, and explore new opportunities. Founders Mae Tipple and David Conte are personally saving funds to purchase land. At the same time, as an organization we are exploring other opportunities such as land donations, land grants, capital campaigns, as well as opportunities for potential partnership with existing sanctuaries. All of the funds raised via donations will go towards startup costs – building structures, permits, supplies, animal care, etc. In order to raise $80,000 in 5 years, we must raise $16,000 per year. In order to achieve this goal in 3 years, we must raise $26,667 per year. Our goal for total assets at the end of 2018 is between $32,000 (for 5 years) and $53,334 (for 3 years). We will begin the process of searching for and purchasing land in 2020 regardless of where we are in this goal. Review our financial statements here.
As of July 1st, 2018:
Cupid’s Landing has raised a total of $35,146.73. We ended the 1st quarter with $21,961.32. A small percentage of the $13,185 difference was actually raised in the 1st quarter, but did not hit out books until the 2nd quarter. In May we held a fundraiser at Veggie Grill in Seattle. In June, we (in partnership with OG Muscle) launched the first ever Tacoma Summer Vegan Market. This is a 100% vegan street-fair style event aimed at promoting and celebrating our local vegan and cruelty free businesses and animal welfare organizations. We want to give a HUGE shout out and thank you to everyone who participated in the first date – the vendors as well as the visitors – for helping us create a foundation to build this market on! Our goal is to outgrow the space we’re using this year in 1 – 2 years. Founders/board members David and Mae finished their Managing the Development Process class at UWT as a part of the Fundraising Management program. Board member Anthony Creighton of OG Muscle continues to hold “pay what you can” Group Fit Classes at the People’s Community Center every Sunday at 10 am, and donates a portion of the proceeds to Cupid’s Landing.
We are currently working on:
- Our 3rd annual Garage Sale and Free Vegan BBQ – July 7th and 8th!
- The 2nd and 3rd dates of the Tacoma Summer Vegan Market – July 15th and August 19th
- A private event for our local animal welfare network aimed at addressing the mental health needs of animal caregivers.
- Our 3rd annual Vegan Wine and Cheese tasting
- Working closely with like minded organizations to further our mission
There is lots happening at Cupid’s Landing right now! Lots of events and publicized info, and equally as much behind the scenes work. On top of all our summer events, founders and board members David and Mae are getting married – just a few a days after the garage sale and a few days before the second market date! We are excited for the future, and grateful to reflect on the past. As we are coming up on 3rd annuals of our most fun events, we are humbled by the realization of how far we’ve come. We are constantly exploring new opportunities and refining our skills. We are joining forces with a network of animal welfare advocates, striving to take this mission as far as we can. Even though our plan states that we will begin searching for land in 2020, we have already begun exploring opportunities we once thought were virtually impossible. We hope that witnessing our determination and progress inspires you and reminds you that you DO have the power to make a difference. Happy Summer!