Members of the Bergh Society are ardent supporters committed to the compassionate care and rehabilitation of all animals, especially abused, neglected, and homeless pets. Members of this premier leadership giving society donate an annual gift of $1,500 or greater to support a variety of programs and services at Lollypop Farm. Within the Bergh Society is an elite group of members contributing $5,000 or more annually. These individuals make up the 1873 Leadership Circle. Members of the Bergh Society represent less than one percent of donors, but account for 46 percent of the dollars raised to help abandoned pets at Lollypop Farm.
Your Bergh Society Impact
Your annual gift turns your passion into action to help homeless and abused pets. Through your commitment, you ensure that all pets at Lollypop Farm—who might otherwise have no safe refuge—are treated with care, compassion, and respect and are afforded the very best chance at new, loving homes.
Learn more about the Bergh Society, Lollypop Farms premier leadership giving society.
- What is the Bergh Society?
- Who was Henry Bergh?
- What are the benefits associated with my Bergh Society membership?
- What is the 1873 Leadership Circle?
- How do I become a member of the Bergh Society?
What is the Bergh Society?
The Bergh Society is Lollypop Farm’s premier leadership giving society. Its supporters are critical to a humane future for homeless, neglected, and abused pets. Bergh Society members represent less than one percent of donors but account for 46 percent of dollars raised.
As a Bergh Society member, your annual gift of $1,500 or greater turns your passion into action to help homeless and abused pets. This yearly investment provides support for a wide variety of programs and services at Lollypop Farm to bring us closer to a community where all fellow beings are treated with care, compassion, and respect.
Within the Bergh Society, exclusive member benefits are offered to our 1873 Leadership Circle members, those contributing $5,000 or more annually. Members in this dedicated group of supporters play a critical role in providing second chances for thousands of pets every year.
Who was Henry Bergh?
Henry Bergh, a diplomat appointed by President Abraham Lincoln, was on assignment in Russia when he witnessed a carriage driver beating his fallen horse. He was inspired to resign his post and return to New York where he devoted his energy to the prevention of cruelty to animals. On April 10, 1866, Henry Bergh was granted a charter by the New York State legislature for the formation of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). His commitment ignited a movement in animal welfare. Agencies across the nation began to emerge to help end animal suffering. With this mission at heart, the Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals became the third SPCA in New York State. Today, several thousand independent humane groups exist to carry on his vision. As a Bergh Society member, you demonstrate your commitment to continuing this mission to ensure a safe community for all pets.
What are the benefits associated with my Bergh Society membership?
As a member of the Bergh Society, you’ll be invited to an annual event in your honor to show our appreciation. Members will also receive a custom Lollypop Farm pet tag for each of their furry family members and a Bergh Society pin to wear proudly at all Lollypop Farm events.
What is the 1873 Leadership Circle?
Within the Bergh Society, exclusive member benefits are offered to our 1873 Leadership Circle members, those contributing $5,000 or more annually. Members of this dedicated group of supporters are the cornerstone of our animal welfare efforts. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, you will be recognized at an exclusive 1873 Leadership Circle event. Your 1873 Leadership Circle pin will distinguish you as an important partner in our work.
How do I become a member of the Bergh Society?
Bergh Society members demonstrate their commitment to helping our community’s homeless and abused pets by donating $1,500 or more annually.