Many funders are working to protect wildlife 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. For those seeking information on the conservation of freshwater or marine life, please see Inside Philanthropy's guide to Marine & Freshwater Funders. All the profiles of funders in this guide are updated regularly. Only paid subscribers can access these resources (subscribe here.)
American Humane invests in animal welfare organizations across the United States. It also connects veterans with service dogs.
The America Wildlife Conservation Fund invests in both research and outreach programs that focus on the relationship between wildlife and habitats, and human-wildlife interactions.
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.
The American Society of Primatologists supports research that addresses captive and wild-primates.
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 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.
While Baird supports philanthropy with a global reach, it only funds nonprofit organizations located in the United States.
The Bancker-Williams Foundation supports animal and wildlife organizations working domestically in the United States and abroad.
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.
The philanthropic arm of the ice cream company supports grassroots initiatives, with keen interest in environmental problem solving and animal well-being.
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.
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 invests in organizations that conduct pet cancer research.
Bobolink is devoted to the environment and birds. While a couple of big groups get the largest grants, there’s a long list of smaller grantees, including local initiatives.
The foundation of the tech investor has an interest in animal welfare and academic research, with a particular focus on great apes and chimpanzees.
Borick funds animal welfare, conservation, and protection organizations.
The Capital Groups Companies Charitable Foundation invest in an array of animal and wildlife causes across the United States.
Cargill's animal and wildlife grants support efforts to boost the well-being of domestic animals, rehabilitate injured wild animals for eventual re-release, and increase compassion toward animals.
The Caterpillar Foundation invests in organizations that alleviate the root causes of poverty, focusing on education, the environment, and basic needs.
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation funds local, regional, and national animal and wildlife organizations.
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.
Common Stream awards animal and wildlife grants to organizations operating across the United States.
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.
The CTW Foundation invests in a variety of animal and wildlife efforts, which include those both national or local in scope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This foundation awards grants to small animal welfare organizations, mostly within California, and prefers capital item acquisition efforts. Some grants also go toward habitat preservation and the rehabilitation of wild animals.
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.
This funder supports animal and wildlife organizations involving local and regional Chicagoland organizations for the most part, but also some national and international outfits.
The animal-loving founders have divorced, meaning that the fate of the foundation is unclear and grantmaking is quiet. Stay tuned for updates on future animal and wildlife funding.
The Hexberg Family Foundation does not maintain a specific grantmaking program dedicated to animals and wildlife; however, it offers a fair number of grants toward animals and wildlife.
The Rex and Nellie Jackson Foundation predominantly funds domesticated animal organizations.
This foundation supports seeing-eye dogs and other service animals that work with people who have physical handicaps. But it also supports wildlife protection and environmental conservation.
The foundation invests in a variety of animal organizations across the United States.
The Lawrence Foundation is a family foundation that prioritizes giving for environmental causes. It provides the flexibility of operating grants, as well as more typical program grants. Grantmaking is very competitive.
The Ludwick Foundation invests in a handful of animal and wildlife organizations across the United States.
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.
The Charlotte Martin Foundation funds animal and wildlife conservation organizations that address ecosystem stewardship in the face of climate change.
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.
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.
The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) Sanctuary Fund is a niche grantmaker that supports organizations working to rescue animals in emergency situations where there is an immediate, dire need.
National Geographic is a longtime leading supporter of wildlife. Grantseekers must demonstrate a proven history of success in their field.
Oak funds animals and wildlife grants to organizations that address illegal wildlife trade.
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).
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.
The Pedigree Foundation is dedicated to finding homes for dogs by funding a variety of programs and services that make dogs more adoptable.
The Petco Foundation invests in animal welfare, rescue and shelter organizations across the United States.
The Pollination Project Foundation offers micro-grants to individuals and projects that support its compassion-oriented philosophy.
The Raptor Research Foundation seeks individuals and organizations that study and protect birds of prey.
The Salesforce Foundation invests in local and national animal and wildlife organizations.
The Sam Simon Foundation invests in animal groups, as well as rescued, abused or captive animals.
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.
This fund backs wildlife conservation on a global scale, and has four major areas of focus: species research, habitat protection, conservation education and animal rescue and rehabilitation.
The Tembo Preserve Foundation was formed to provide a permanent, one-of-a-kind sanctuary for retired zoo elephants in Northern California.
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 inquiring. Just don’t expect too big an award for your trouble.
The T. Rowe Price Foundation supports animal and wildlife protection, as well as conservation organizations across the United States.
Supports the protection of wildlife, working through several entities that create opportunities for grantseekers working on land- and sea-based species and biodiversity conservation.
The Van Sloun Foundation largely invests in animal and wildlife work that relates to domestic animals.
The Verizon Foundation’s animal-related giving often supports local chapters of the Humane Society, rescue shelters and pet adoption organizations.
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.
The Weeden Foundation broadly invests in animal and wildlife organizations in the United States and abroad.
This small foundation gives almost entirely to animal welfare, including aquariums and shelters, but also to some interesting veterinary medicine and research projects.
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.
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.
The Workday Foundation supports an array of animal welfare projects.
The fund seeks to protect endangered and critically endangered species.