Ethel Frends Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Ethel Frends Foundation supports animal welfare, canine care, and canine education in Southern California.

IP TAKE: This is a good foundation to know for the unrestricted general support needs of local animal shelters and adoption centers.

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the Ethel Frends Foundation supports animals, primarily dogs, in Southern California. The Bank of America Philanthropic Solutions’ California office oversees its work. Grantmaking interest areas include animal welfare, canine care, and canine education.

The foundation prioritizes dogs in Southern California and helping vulnerable dogs find good homes and quality of life. It often supports spay and neuter programs and adoption programs at local animal shelters. The funder also provides support for animal education programs that include animal therapy operations for children, the elderly, and the disabled.

Foundation grants range between $2,500 to $10,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. This funder distributes approximately $275,000 each year. The foundation’s giving is focused on the following California counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego. Past grantees include C.A.R.E. 4 Paws in Santa Barbara and the FACE Foundation in San Diego. It provides one-year grants mostly for general operating support and program support. Grant seekers may also include small program-related capital expenses in their funding requests. The Ethel Friends Foundation does not typically support start-up organizations.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits and has an online application process through Bank of America. It accepts applications all throughout the year, but the application deadline is December 1. The funder informs applicants of grant decisions by February 28. The general contact information for the foundation staff is or 213-861-5183.


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