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With guidance from Humane Canada, Animal Grantmakers' 25th Annual Conference will take place October 27 - 30, 2024 in beautiful Toronto, Canada. In addition to bringing together animal funders and advocates from across North America and beyond, this international gathering will highlight cross-border collaborations making a difference for animals, as well as celebrate Animal Grantmakers' quarter century legacy. For details, see the conference Program and Speakers.

The deadline to register for the conference is October 14, 2024. Please consider making a donation to help Animal Grantmakers continue to provide a stellar conference focused on improving the welfare of animals through engaged philanthropy.

The deadline to book your hotel room at the The Yorkville Royal Sonesta Hotel Toronto at Animal Grantmakers’ discounted group rate is September 30, 2024. For more information and to book your room, visit the Conference Hotel page. And to find out more about traveling to Canada and requirements for entry, go to our Travel Information page.

If you have any questions, please email Jill Hoffman, membership and communications consultant, or Lisa Rapps, conference coordinator.


A celebration of Animal Grantmakers' 25th anniversary, including a special reception, toasts from - and to - our founding members, and a retrospective of our key successes in advancing animal philanthropy and furthering its impact on animal wellbeing over the last quarter century. Other receptions, events, and activities (e.g., an evening of dine arounds) will offer additional chances for networking, collaboration, and mutual learning.

A panel presentation and discussion on the changing tides in animal sheltering to a more community-centric model. Companion animals will also be featured in other sessions throughout the conference (e.g., in the live Community Cats Podcasts).

A series of short, inspiring, solo talks - Têd-à-Tête Talks - from scientists, advocates, academics, authors, journalists, filmmakers, and other experts on a variety of topics of interest to animal protection funders. Other "heady" sessions include a keynote from American philosopher and professor, Martha Nussbaum.

Other dynamic formats, including a workshop (on grantcraft), photographs from Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals), film clips, a gala dinner speaker, an award ceremony - the 3rd Annual Melanie Anderson LEAP Award - and Stacy LeBaron conducting interviews live from the conference floor on the normalization of TNR for her Community Cats Podcast, and more.

Sessions that highlight cross-border collaborations, such as conservation efforts that protect wildlife living along and migrating across the U.S.-Canada border, as well as international projects involving the relocation of captive wildlife, such as whales formerly confined to marine parks, to wildlife sanctuaries. Several local dignitaries, including a member of Parliament and an Indigenous Elder, will welcome the conference to Toronto, further promoting cross-border cooperation.

International, U.S., and Canadian perspectives on animal use in regulatory testing and biomedical research, and educating the next generation of scientists. There will also be a similar panel on animals used for food and progress in farmed animal protection both north and south of the border.

An highlighting the intersection between animal protection and wellbeing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in the U.S. and Canada.

A panel of Canadian animal law practitioners presenting on advances in legislation, case law, advocacy, and academia.

A choice of paid field trips will be offered on the Sunday prior to the start of the conference.


The Animal Grantmakers Annual Conference is for organizations that are primarily grantmakers and members of Animal Grantmakers. If you are interested in learning more about Animal Grantmakers and attending the conference for free as a first-time guest, please email Jill Hoffman. To learn more about membership and to apply, please visit the Join Us page. All conference attendees and participants must abide by Animal Grantmakers' Conference Code of Conduct.


Animal Grantmakers depends, in great part, upon the dues it receives from its members to present a stellar conference every year in a different city. Unfortunately, the gap between annual dues revenue and conference costs has been growing wider every year for several years due, primarily, to rising inflation. Therefore, conference sponsorships are essential in making up deficits as we continue to put together the only conference focused on improving the welfare of animals through engaged philanthropy.


Barbara Cartwright, Co-Chair
Humane Canada

Mitchell Fox, Co-Chair
Summerlee Foundation

Rory Adams
PetSmart Charities

Melanie Anderson
Summerlee Foundation

Joan Casey
Summerlee Foundation

Larry Green, Board President
Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control

Tara Hellewell
Humane Canada

Jill Hoffman
Animal Grantmakers (Consultant)

Luke Klein
Alternatives Research & Development Foundation

Camille Labchuk
Animal Justice

Louisa McCune
Kirkpatrick Foundation

Karine Parvin
Donner Canadian Foundation

Hilary Pickles
Lush Cosmetics

Lisa Rapps
ANTHiLL Events (Conference Coordinator)

Andrew Rowan
Wellbeing International & Edith J. Goode Trust

Melissa Rubin
Greater Good Charities

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