Many funders are working to protect wildife and improve the treatment of animals. We are tracking what these funders are doing and illuminate the terrain of animal and wildlife philanthropy in this guide. Please note: If you're looking for information on the conservation of marine life, please see our Marine Conservation Funding Guide. All the profiles of funders in this guide are updated regularly.

TOP FUNDERS

AMERICAN HUMANE

American Humane invests in animal welfare organizations across the United States. It also connects veterans with service dogs.

AMERICAN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

The America Wildlife Conservation Fund invests in both research and outreach programs that focus on the relationship between wildlife and habitats, and/or human-wildlife interactions.

ASPCA

The ASPCA boasts one of the largest grant programs for animal welfare in the United States, giving to organizations in all 50 states and the territories that work specifically with cats, dogs and horses.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PRIMATOLOGISTS

The American Society of Primatologists supports research that addresses captive and wild-primates.

ANNENBERG FOUNDATION

This foundation has several interests, including animal welfare. It funds domestic animal rescue work, as well as exotic wildlife protection, and is mostly interested in funding work in the Greater Los Angeles region.

ARCUS FOUNDATION

Arcus is a leading supporter of work to protect great apes, and also gives a wide array of grants to organizations involved with all types of primates in the U.S. and abroad.

BAY & PAUL FOUNDATIONS

Grants for animals and wildlife are through its Research & Initiatives for Ecosystems area, with additional aims to preserve or repair biodiversity and emphasize culturally significant natural heritage.

BEN & JERRY'S FOUNDATION

The philanthropic arm of the ice cream company supports grassroots initiatives, with keen interest in environmental problem solving and animal well-being.

BERNICE BARBOUR FOUNDATION

This foundation awards grants to wildlife conservation organizations, as well as those working for the protection and wellness of domesticated animals. Of additional interest is medical research to benefit animals.

GREG BIFFLE FOUNDATION

This foundation focuses on programs that benefit cats and dogs. Awards go to organizations that work directly with animals, such as humane societies, veterinary clinics, spay/neuter programs and no-kill animal shelters.

BLUE BUFFALO FOUNDATION

Blue Buffalo invests in organizations that conduct pet cancer research.

BOBOLINK FOUNDATION

Bobolink is devoted to the environment and birds. While a couple of big groups get the largest grants by far, there’s a long list of smaller grantees, including local initiatives.

DAVID BOHNETT FOUNDATION

The foundation of the tech investor has an interest in animal welfare and academic research, with a particular focus on great apes and chimpanzees.

LOUIS L. BORICK

Borick funds animal welfare, conservation, and protection organizations.

CAPITAL GROUPS COMPANIES CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The Capital Groups Companies Charitable Foundation invest in an array of animal and wildlife causes across the United States.

MARGARET A. CARGILL FOUNDATION

Cargill's animal and wildlife grants support projects that address the well-being of domestic animals, helping injured wild rehabilitate for eventual release into the wild, and programs working to increase peoples’ compassion toward animals.

LIZ CLAIBORNE AND ART ORTENBERG FOUNDATION  

A key player in wildlife and wildlands conservation, this foundation supplies large grants to many big nonprofits working to preserve iconic species and natural resources overseas and in the western United States.

CONSERVATION, FOOD AND HEALTH FOUNDATION

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation provides grants for small nonprofits performing research-based wildlife conservation in the developing world. Don’t apply unless you have highly qualified researchers on your team whose expertise directly relates to the project you are hoping to fund.

CTW FOUNDATION

The CTW Foundation invests in a variety of animal and wildlife efforts, which include those both national or local in scope.

DALIO FOUNDATION

The Dalio Foundation's diverse interests include animal and wildlife organizations, with a particular focus on ocean research and preservation. It often supports scientific exploration and media production about oceans.

DORIS DAY ANIMAL FOUNDATION

The great American actor and singer has long supported animal welfare, as well as programs involving animals that help humans, such as senior companion animals.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION

LDF is a major player in wildlife conservation. It supports programs that reintroduce native populations to the wild, expand natural habitats, and end poaching, illegal hunting, and overfishing in critical regions. 

WALT DISNEY COMPANY

Among other things, Disney Conservation Fund awards grants for wildlife research and habitat protection, with a special interest in organizations that want to make a long-term impact on wildlife and habitats.

MAX AND VICTORIA DREYFUS FOUNDATION

Makes relatively small grants that it believes can make a big difference for a program. It's pretty open to any animal or wildlife program, as long as you can make a compelling case.

ECOLAB FOUNDATION

Among other causes, this foundation supports animal welfare and wildlife preservation. It's particularly keen on programs that have a community education component. In order to qualify for a grant, your program must serve in an Ecolab region.

FOUND ANIMALS FOUNDATION

This foundation aims to reduce the number of euthanized animals through adoption, microchip identification and sterilization. A major component is its Michelson Prize and Grants for research in pursuit of a non-surgical sterility solution for cats and dogs.

FUND FOR WILD NATURE 

The Fund for Wild Nature gives to small organizations on the front lines of the environmental movement that are working to preserve the wildlands and ecosystems that animals depend on for survival.

GEORGIA-PACIFIC FOUNDATION

The paper manufacturer's philanthropic arm devotes a significant chunk of its giving to environmental and animal issues; notably, all grants go toward general operating support.

T.S. AND K.D. GLIDE FOUNDATION  

This foundation awards grants to small animal welfare organizations, mostly within California, and prefers capital item acquisition efforts. Some grants also go towards habitat preservation and the rehabilitation of wild animals.

GREENBAUM FOUNDATION

This foundation gives to non-mainstream organizations and projects devoted to animal advocacy, animal abuse prevention, animal sanctuaries, and halting the use of animals in entertainment and testing. It does not accept unsolicited proposals. 

HAMIL FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder supports animal and wildlife organizations involving local and regional Chicagoland organizations for the most part, but also some national and international outfits.

HAROLD G. AND SUE ANN HAMM FOUNDATION

This animal-loving couple has divorced, meaning that the fate of the foundation is unclear and grantmaking is quiet. Stay tuned for updates on future animal and wildlife funding.

REX AND NELLIE JACKSON FOUNDATION

The Rex and Nellie Jackson Foundation predominately funds domesticated animal organizations.

ARTHUR L. AND ELAINE V. JOHNSON FOUNDATON

This foundation supports seeing eye dogs and other service animals that work with people who have physical handicaps. But some funds also support wildlife protection and environmental conservation.

LUDWICK FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Ludwick Foundation invests in a handful of animal and wildlife organizations across the United States.

MADDIE'S FUND

This foundation, bankrolled by tech billionaire David Duffield, is a leader in promoting the no-kill concept to animal shelters. It is currently in a period of transition, and is primarily funding veterinarian education.

CHARLOTTE MARTIN FOUNDATION

The Charlotte Martin Foundation funds animal and wildlife conservation organizations that address ecosystem stewardship in the face of climate change.

GORDON AND BETTY MOORE FOUNDATION

Although it doesn't focus specifically on wildlife protection, this foundation funds wildlife conservation groups and programs indirectly through its broader work on environmental conservation.

MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION

This large niche funder, which has very strict grant guidelines, is dedicated to advancing scientific research in veterinary care for cats, dogs, large companion animals (horses and llamas/alpacas) and wildlife.  

NATIONAL ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY

The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) Sanctuary Fund is a niche grant maker that supports organizations working to rescue animals in emergency situations where there is an immediate, dire need.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY   

National Geographic is a longtime leading supporter of wildlife. Grantseekers must demonstrate a proven history of success in their field.  

OAK FOUNDATION

Oak funds animals and wildlife grants to organizations that address illegal wildlife trade.

PACKARD FOUNDATION

Although it does not accept unsolicited proposals, Packard gives heavily to protect marine wildlife (but does not explicitly fund efforts for other forms of wildlife unless they are part of a larger conservation effort).

PARK FOUNDATION

This foundation is devoted to spay/neuter programs, anti-dogfighting efforts and public education. It also supports advocacy work on behalf of threatened wildlife, and programs that care for primates after they're liberated from labs, entertainment venues and the pet trade.

PEDIGREE FOUNDATION

The Pedigree Foundation is dedicated to finding homes for dogs by funding a variety programs and services that make dogs more adoptable.

PETCO FOUNDATION

The Petco Foundation invests in animal welfare, rescue, and shelter organizations across the United States.

POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION

The Pollination Project Foundation offers micro-grants to individuals and projects that support its compassion-oriented philosophy.

RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION

The Raptor Research Foundation seeks individuals and organizations that study and help to protect birds of prey.

SAM SIMON FOUNDATION

The Sam Simon Foundation invests in animal groups, as well as rescued, abused, or captive animals.

SUMMERLEE FOUNDATION

Dedicated to animal welfare causes throughout the U.S. and abroad, this foundation is particularly interested in dog and cat sterilization and vaccination programs, and preserving and rehabbing threatened wildlife.

SEAWORLD AND BUSCH GARDENS CONSERVATION FUND

This fund is involved with wildlife conservation on a global scale, and has four major areas of focus: species research, habitat protection, conservation education and animal rescue and rehabilitation.

TOSA FOUNDATION

The foundation has no website and is difficult to reach, and tends to give more funding to conservation than animal welfare, but still—if animal and wildlife welfare is your cause, then it's worth looking up. Just don’t expect too big an award for your trouble.

TURNER FOUNDATION

It supports the protection of wildlife in different ways, working through several entities that create opportunities for many grantseekers working on land- and sea-based species and biodiversity conservation.

VAN SLOUN FOUNDATION

The Van Sloun Foundation largely invests in animal and wildlife work that relates to domestic animals.

VERIZON FOUNDATION

The Verizon Foundation’s animal-related giving often supports local chapters of the Humane Society, rescue shelters, and pet adoption organizations.

WIEDERHOLD FOUNDATION

This small foundation gives almost entirely to animal welfare, including aquariums and shelters, but also to some interesting veterinary medicine and research projects.

WILBURFORCE FOUNDATION

The foundation's grantmaking addresses animals and wildlife protections through science-based interventions, advocacy for effective policymaking, and capacity-building efforts to achieve sustainable outcomes.

ROBERT W. WILSON CHARITABLE TRUST 

Before he died, the elusive Robert Wilson was a major funder of wildlife protection. The foundation has neither a website nor a professional staff, and it's not clear what the status is now that Wilson is deceased. 

WALLACE GENETIC FOUNDATION

This foundation gives mostly large grants to several major players in wildlife and biodiversity conservation, but the scope of its funding is quite limited, and it tends to stick with favorite grantees.

MOHAMED BIN ZAYED SPECIES CONSERVATION FUND

The fund seeks to protect endangered and critically endangered species.