(Nov 8, 2022, by ZoomEileen Smulson has worked in education, private entrepreneurship, and nonprofit development, with over 30 years of experience in fundraising, community building, business management, and strategic planning experience. She won top fundraiser awards as Director for 14 years of Corporate and Community Development for the Anti-Defamation League (the largest human relations agency in the US). She was also Associate Development Director for the American Cancer Society and Regional Director for the Western States for Magen David Adom (a relief/rescue service), increasing donorship by 400% and doubling financial goals.

In 2008, Eileen Smulson saw puppies shivering on a hard cold floor in cages at an animal shelter. She learned that animal rescue groups needed not only blankets and towels, but other comfort and care items such as leashes, collars, carriers, and crates. In several months, she had established 20 drop-off locations and collected over 3,000 items. She founded Operation Blankets of Love, a service organization with innovative solutions for both supporting and adopting these vulnerable shelter animals. OBOL’s mission is to inspire people nationwide to prevent animal cruelty and help these animals. Her efforts have been featured on national TV, radio animal shows, magazines, and news stations, and have been widely copied locally and nationwide. She showed 2 videos, one a feature of OBOL, and the other a recent ABC Channel 2 presentation:

OBOL information and contact (Eileen Smulson, Executive Director, Granada Hills, CA):