Robin Ganzert Named to TRF Board
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANIMAL WELFARE, FIDUCIARY AFFAIRS & NONPROFIT GOVERNANCE LEADER ELECTED TO BOARD OF THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FOUNDATION
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 3, 2012 – Prominent animal welfare advocate, fiduciary affairs expert and nonprofit governance leader Dr. Robin Ganzert has been elected to the board of directors for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), the world’s largest equine sanctuary devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of thoroughbred racehorses. The TRF, founded 30 years has worked with more than 4,000 thoroughbred horses, currently cares for more than a thousand horses at 24 facilities nationwide, and has arranged for the adoption of more than 1,000 horses as part of its decades-old mission to provide positive alternatives to the dire possibilities that have long faced many ex-racehorses such as abandonment and slaughter. The TRF’s heralded flagship programs, at 8 correctional facilities around the country, provide vocational training for inmates as they care for TRF’s retired racehorses.
Dr. Ganzert, who has won national awards for her visionary fiduciary leadership and has engineered significant advances in program and institutional revenue for major philanthropic and humanitarian organizations such as The Pew Charitable Trusts and American Humane Association, sees her appointment as a unique opportunity to help address and improve the situation facing America’s thoroughbred horses.
“As a horse owner, horse lover, and leader of an organization that for 135 years has worked to rescuing and protecting tens of thousands of horses, starting on the battlefields of World War I Europe, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing the nation’s magnificent and iconic animal. It is my intention to bring every resource and every drop of my experience in the philanthropic and humanitarian worlds to help the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation achieve its noble mission.”
“We are thrilled to have Robin with her vast experience at Pew and recent appointment as president and CEO of American Humane Association,” said John Moore, chairman of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. “She will be helpful to us in so many ways, from assisting us in ensuring the welfare of the animals to bolstering the program to gain the kind of support and growth that will allow more help to reach more horses. We greatly welcome Robin’s energy, expertise and vision.”
Ganzert has a long history of accomplishments in the philanthropic, nonprofit and humanitarian fields. Upon joining American Humane Association in October 2010, she began working to dramatically increase global awareness of the organization, improving its operational efficiency, and enhancing the effectiveness of its programs — as well as establishing new efforts of national significance, including the Animal Welfare Research Institute, Children’s Innovation Institute, and groundbreaking new research studies on pet abandonment and the effects of animal-assisted therapy on children with cancer. In 2012 Dr. Ganzert was honored with a national Fiduciary Leader Award by the Investment Fiduciary Leadership Council in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining American Humane Association, Dr. Ganzert served as Deputy Director of Philanthropic Services at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C., where she provided senior leadership and management for global philanthropy. Before that, Dr. Ganzert was Senior Vice President and National Director of Philanthropic Strategies at Wachovia Wealth Management, a division of Wachovia Bank, N.A. She formerly served as the National Director of the Wachovia Center for Planned Giving.
Dr. Ganzert frequently presents at international and national industry forums on family philanthropy, best governance practices for nonprofits, and charitable giving strategies. Her international speaking engagements include U.S. State Department events in Ireland and Russia, and industry events in Sweden and Singapore. She served on the faculty and presents frequently at the National Conferences on Planned Giving, Council on Foundations, and regional planned giving and estate planning groups. She has published in the Journal of Financial Planning, Philanthropy Journal, and Advancing Philanthropy. Dr. Ganzert received her B.S. and M.B.A. from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds five professional financial management and accounting certifications, including Accredited Investment Fiduciary and Management Accounting. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the ALS Association, based in Washington, D.C.; on the board of directors for The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation; and on the editorial board for Advancing Philanthropy.
About The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has provided compassionate care to retired racehorses for 30 years and proudly serves more than 1,000 Thoroughbreds at 24 farms around the nation. For more information, visit www.trfinc.org.
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