Enterprise Holdings Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Enterprise Holdings Foundation awards grants to animal and wildlife organizations across the country.

IP TAKE: Even though this is a rather large foundation, its grants are typically modest. This is not necessarily a funder to approach for organizations looking for high dollar grant amounts.

PROFILE: Jack Taylor, founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car established the Enterprise Holdings Foundation in 1982. The company now includes the Alamo and National car rentals brand. The foundation broadly aims to “[g]ive back to the communities in which our customers and employees live and work.” Grantmaking includes community improvement, education and environmental stewardship.

Enterprise does not have a grantmaking program dedicated to protecting animals and wildlife; however, tax filings indicate a broad, undefined interest in the field. Past grantees include organizations such as Helping Animals Live On (HALO) and the Feline Rescue Association.

Average grant amounts typically fall in the $2,500 to $5,000 range and the foundation limits first time grantees to awards not exceeding $1,500. Grantseekers should note that Enterprise awards more than 95 percent of its grants to organizations actively supported by employees, their spouses/partners and “loyal customers.”

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications three times per year and the board meets to make grant decisions on August 1, November 1 and February 1 of each year.

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