Who We Are

Funding interests of Animal Grantmakers’ growing membership cover the full spectrum of animal species and issue areas, including companion animals, captive and free-ranging wildlife, farmed animals and animals used in research, among others.

Animal Grantmakers welcomes funders with animal protection, welfare and rights perspectives. Our members support animal shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries, as well as other organizations that advance spay/neuter and other forms of animal population control, humane education, wildlife protection and rehabilitation, alternatives to factory farming and animal testing, minimization of pain and suffering, and many other programmatic areas.

Member Organizations

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. Please note that Animal Grantmakers itself does NOT award funds to other organizations.

Member Organizations Listing →

Board of Directors

Animal Grantmakers is led by a Board of Directors elected by members at its Annual Meeting. The 2020 Board consists of:

Vince Wong
Found Animals Foundation

"Animal Grantmakers is a critical nexus linking grantmaking organizations, coalescing groups to support the education and knowledge of its members, and helping bolster the development of our community’s leaders. I am thrilled to witness and be a part of its growth and evolution."

Vice President
Chetana Mirle
Life of Riley at Spring Point

"Animal Grantmakers provides an essential platform for funders to learn from each other, share information, collaborate and strategize to address serious animal welfare challenges. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this group."

Shelly Thompson
Maddie's Fund

"Being a part of Animal Grantmakers gives me the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and learn from others in the field about grantmaking best practices. While my organization focuses on companion animals, and I of course love hearing about what other companion animal funders are doing, Animal Grantmakers also expands my knowledge of all animal issues."

Kate Atema
PetSmart Charities

"Being a part of Animal Grantmakers has allowed me to expand my learning in animal welfare and understand at a greater level the impact we can all have on our world. I really enjoy the conferences because they always foster great conversation, collaboration and growth in our industry."

Lori Grange
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

"Animal Grantmakers makes me better informed and better equipped to succeed in my work. It provides a unique forum and safe space for funders to learn, share and collaborate. It serves as an important collective voice. And it raises the visibility and importance of animal protection in the broader philanthropic sector—creating opportunities to partner with funders not in this space. My foundation and I feel privileged to be part of this group."

Louisa McCune
Kirkpatrick Foundation

"Animal Grantmakers is one of my very favorite organizations. Of all the groups I work with, this one has refined my understanding about animal protection the most and lends to my own expertise in the subject area. It’s also small enough that the network of funders can genuinely engage with one another and make substantive progress in our respective communities."

Bill Nimmo
Tigers in America

"Animal Grantmakers plays an essential role in the animal protection movement by bringing together foundations with a shared purpose and demonstrated effectiveness. The collective experience and willingness to work together is quite remarkable and we are proud to be a part of it."

Claire Sterling
Animal Welfare Trust

"The mere fact of Animal Grantmakers’ existence and the unique niche it occupies is cause for celebration given the dire need for advocates, resources, and strong networks in animal protection. Getting to know this community of funders as a member and volunteering on its board as an officer has been an eye-opening experience for me and an integral component of both my professional and personal growth."

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