About Us

Animal Grantmakers is the only funder affinity group focused solely on animal protection. A diverse group of foundations, public charities, corporate giving programs, individuals and other philanthropists, our members work on local, regional, national and global issues involving animals of all stripes. 

The mission of Animal Grantmakers is to support effective grantmaking, advance collaborative efforts, and expand the sphere of animal protection philanthropy to cast a wider and stronger safety net for animals in the communities we serve, improving outcomes and elevating the field. Animal Grantmakers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are membership-based and, thus, do not make grants. 


Our Work

As a principal proponent of animal protection philanthropy, Animal Grantmakers’ foremost purpose is to help maximize the effectiveness of work undertaken by animal protection funders for the communities they serve.

We believe there are three key pillars of impact: Information, Interaction and Inspiration. Thus, Animal Grantmakers:

  • Facilitates communication, education and cooperation among philanthropic organizations supporting animals ...
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Who We Are

If you’re interested in learning more about individual Animal Grantmakers member organizations and their funding priorities and programs, please visit their respective websites, which are included in the Member Organizations Listing below. Please note that Animal Grantmakers itself does NOT award funds to other organizations.

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Our History

Animal Grantmakers began in 1999 as a voluntary association of foundations and organizations that provide grants to benefit animals. At the time, only a handful of philanthropists had a focus, entirely or in part, on animal protection, and resources and data to help guide animal grantmaking were scarce.

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Board of Directors


Shelly Thompson

President
Maddie's Fund


Bill Nimmo

Treasurer
Tigers in America


Lindsay Del Chiaro

Secretary
PetSmart Charities


Louisa McCune

Kirkpatrick Foundation


Claire Sterling

Animal Welfare Trust


Andrew Rowan

Edith J. Goode Residuary Trust


Vince Wong

Found Animals Foundation


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