About the Foundation

In late 1998, the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America, Inc.(FCRSA) authorized the creation of a tax exempt non-profit organization to benefit the health and welfare of the breed. This organization is The Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation. While the Foundation is empowered to take on a variety of activities to benefit Flat-Coated Retrievers, its primary responsibilities are in the area of health and rescue. The Foundation will work with the existing FCRSA Cancer Resource Committee, Sharon Myers Health Committee and Rescue Committee to help further their efforts.

At the same time as the authorization of the Foundation, the FCRSA Board of Directors also voted that the balance in the Rescue Fund, Cancer Fund, and Sharon Myers Fund be transferred over to the Foundation. These three funds were transferred intact and will be maintained as separate funds until they are depleted. The Society will no longer maintain these fundraising accounts.

The Foundation is a tax exempt organization pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code This means that a supporter of the Foundation can benefit the breed and may be eligble to save money on taxes at the same time.

The Foundation works with other groups such as the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation and others to fund research into cancer and other health problems affecting Flat-Coated Retrievers. We want to continue existing and find new efforts to study canine diseases and help lay the groundwork for the eventual genetic testing of our Flat-Coats. With your help, we hope to fight existing diseases and to study inherited problems to provide breeders with the information to make wise breeding choices that will produce future generations of sound and healthy Flat-Coats. We also want to continue to fund existing rescue efforts to ensure that abandoned Flat-Coats can be well cared for and placed in good homes.

None of these efforts can take place without your help! Your gift, when combined with those of other Flat-Coat owners has tremendous potential. For the sake of your Flat-Coats, we urge you to donate generously.

Your gifts can be earmarked for cancer/health purposes or for the rescue fund. The cancer/health fund will be used to support health problems in the Flat-Coated Retriever, including cancer. Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of a particular dog or person and will be listed in the FCRSA newsletter.


  • Fund-raising
  • Solicit health and rescue projects
  • Disperse funds to approved project
  • Work with FCRSA rescue committee, SM health committee and cancer research committee


  • To increase the genetic health of the Flat-Coated Retriever
  • To monitor the health of the Flat-Coated Retriever
  • To financially support abandoned Flat-Coated Retrievers

New: Article on leaving a gift to FCRF in your will.


Cheryl Kistner, President
(847) 381-1808

Karen Dolphin, Vice President
(760) 727-6767

Cliff Williams, Secretary
(410) 745-2326

Mary Beth Bissig, Treasurer
(319) 572-0513

Janet Boss

Janet Herrington

Bob Rickert
(973) 537-2028

A Tribute to Jane Boraczek