Director of Development and Marketing for Pima Animal Care Center
In March of 2014, Pima County, Ariz. hired Karen Hollish to start a development program for its government-run shelter, Pima Animal Care Center. At that time, PACC took in nearly 21,000 pets each year, and it was saving the lives of only 75 percent of them. Karen has since built a development program that has raised more than $3.1 million in monetary support for PACC. Also during this time, PACC received unprecedented planned gifts totaling more than $1.5 million. Karen has raised nearly $1.5 million in critically needed in-kind support for PACC’s pets, including 3 years of dog food, state-of-the-art medical equipment, and the game-changing Best Friends Animal Society Community Cats Project grant. Karen’s work building relationships with donors and her aggressive rebranding of the Center as an organization that’s committed to lifesaving have been pivotal in turning the former county “pound” into a donation destination and point of true community pride. With tremendous help from its network of donors, who are more than 20,000 strong, PACC saved nearly 90 percent of the 18,000 pets it took in 2016. Prior to joining the team at Pima Animal Care Center, Karen worked on the development teams of Petfinder Foundation and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and she also volunteered with the Humane Society of St. Thomas in the USVI.