What is $5 Friday?

What is $5 Friday?
I started “$5 Fridays” to inspire people to support farmed animal rescue and advocacy organizations. Every Friday, I select an organization and kindly ask everyone to donate $5 to it. Many people don’t have a lot to give but most people can give a little. If many of us donate $5, it will add up and help support animals. We’ve donated more than $100,000 so far and we’re just getting started.

How can you help?
1) Donate $5 directly to the $5 Friday pick via their website.
2) Follow my blog at KirschnersKorner.com so you can receive the articles via email or check Kirschner’s Korner on Facebook on Fridays.

That’s it. It’s that simple!

How do I select the organizations?
I interview organization leaders, speak with volunteers, read websites and Google reviews, check for lawsuits and criminal prosecutions, review social media activity and recent videos, vet the organization’s financials, read media coverage, and think critically about every decision. I focus on organizations that can quantify the effectiveness of their work, offer robust humane education including regular tours, and make the biggest impact for animals. Sanctuary candidates should be able to pass this test. I pass on many of the organizations I review for various reasons.

Why should we donate?
Farmed animal rescue and advocacy organizations rely on our generosity to propel their work. Whether it’s providing humane education to students, designing and printing veg starter kits, launching online pro-animal advertisements, employing undercover investigators, organizing boycotts or protests, advocating for pro-animal legislation, or providing medical care, food, and shelter to rescued animals, it costs money to run these organizations. Our donations directly help them save more animals’ lives. Click here to learn more.



208 thoughts on “What is $5 Friday?

  1. Hello Andrew, Just wanted to let you know that the owners of Heartland Farm Sancturary are not vegan, or even vegetarian. That was confirmed by a gal that I know who worked for them. I do not support that organization because of that reason. You may want to confirm that before you award them as winner, if they do win. That is just morally wrong. Thanks.

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    1. I dont see where thats a requirement for the contest? If so there are many farm sanctuaries who have staff and board members who arent vegan. I think its common knowledge the “Farm Sanctuary” is led be a board of meat eaters. These bugger groups are all about profit. I attended a presentation where they talked about the farm sanctuary model being profitable. Its easy to see the ones who dont really rescue anything but just keep X number of animals and millions in the bank.

        1. I wasnt saying it was ok. Just saying that it doesnt say its a requirement. If you start nitpicking each group you’d find a bunch of hypocrites. Maybe its just me but how does a group have a meat eating board and promote veganism and thats ok ? I dont respect people who cant practice what they preach, but thats just me. If all y’all want to worship the hypocrites go right ahead.

      1. At least Farm Sanctuary promotes veganism and from what I know full-time staff is vegan I believe. There simply isn’t enough vegans in the world with money, to help keep making things happen in the world for non-profits. Andrew is a serious vegan through and through, wanting to help veganism thrive to save the world, so in my opinion, I assume he will pick sanctuaries/non-profits promoting veganism most likely.

      2. I don’t know where you got your information but Farm Sanctuary is a vegan organization. It’s extremely expensive to run these organizations. All the animals taken in have to be vetted immediately upon rescue and many have serious, on-going health issues. My guess is this person is anti-animal rescue. FS has 3 sanctuaries now. Have you ever visited one?

    1. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue! They started as a waterfowl rescue, but they rescue all animals in need, especially those that other rescues do the take– rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, turtles, donkeys, pigs, snakes. They have gone as far as California to rescue geese. They are the first group called in hoardinfpg, abuse and cockfighting cases. They are completely volunteer run. Every cent goes directly to the animals.

  2. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, Indian Trail, NC
    — It’s amazing what they do to help all animals who need it!

  3. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, Indian Trail, NC This rescue is all volunteer run and they rescue not only waterfowl but pigs, rabbits, cows, goats, donkeys, and any animals in need.

  4. My dear friends, please do not use this contest as a forum to make disparaging remarks about sanctuaries. While I appreciate your concern, please understand that I spend many hours vetting each organization and hold them to a high standard. In fairness, if you have a concern you would like to share, please consider sending me a private message or contact the sanctuary directly.

    Please simply vote by sharing a sanctuary’s name and location. I appreciate your participation and commend your enthusiasm. It’s always inspiring to see so many people so passionate about sanctuaries. Thank you.

    1. Hey Andrew,
      I can’t seem to find an email address for you, but I did want to apologize if my comment about Gentle Barn on Friday was out of line. (I did have second thoughts about commenting after I hit the “post” button.) Feel free to delete! And thanks for hosting this.

  5. May I respectfully as that you call animals exploited for food “farmed animals” not “farm animals?” Not the “ed” at the end. Animals do not exist for the farm, they are being farmed. Just like we would not call women violated by rape “rape women,” implying that is why they exist, rather we say “raped women.” Thank you!

    Also, I’d vote for Peaceful Prairie in Colorado.

  6. I vote for Animal Place in Grass Valley, CA! They do such great work not only to protect and care for rescued farmed animals, but also to educate the public about the plight of farmed animals!

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