Margaret A. Cargill Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Margaret Cargill Foundation focuses its animal and wildlife grants on 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.

IP TAKE: Cargill supports work that demonstrates the potential for lasting and measurable impact.

PROFILE: The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF) is one of the grantmaking entities that fall under the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) umbrella. MACP formed the MACF upon Ms. Cargill’s passing in 2006. The foundation focuses its grantmaking on arts and culture, the environment, disaster relief and recovery, and animal welfare.

MACF’s animal welfare program focuses on the “well-being of domestic animals and injured wild animals, and ways to increase empathy toward animals among children and adults.” Cargill’s animal welfare features three subprograms:

Companion animals helps local shelters with community outreach programs, spay/neuter programs, and sheltering homeless animals.

Empathy through accredited zoos and aquariums subprogram awards grants to organizations that “[foster] strong connections between humans and other animals, focusing on children and teens.

The wildlife rehabilitation/restoration subprogram supports groups helping sick, orphaned, and injured wild animals recover with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. This subprogram also funds habitat restoration projects.

MACF grants range from $100,000 to over $3 million. MACF does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.


  • Christine Morse, CEO and Board Chair
  • Paul Busch, President and Director
  • Terrence Meersman, Vice President of Programs
  • Robyn Hollingshead, Managing Program Director
  • Mark Sanderson, Managing Program Director