Doris Day Animal Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Doris Day Animal Foundation is solely focused on its mission “to help animals and the people who love them.”

IP TAKE:  This is a modest grantor (in amounts and numbers dispersed). The foundation’s focus is on animal welfare, but that welfare is seen through the lens of animals’ relationships with humans. Most grantees have long relationships with the foundation. It might be tough to break in, but it is an open application.

PROFILE: The Doris Day Animal Foundation, established in 1978 by legendary actor and singer Doris Day, has a mission “to help animals and the people who love them.”

The foundation describes this mission as “straightforward.” And on the surface, it is. But in addition to prioritizing programs that rescue and adopt animals, the foundation acknowledges an interest in programs that "also demonstrate a significant human element.”

This includes a current focus on senior companion animals and programs that assist with their food, care and veterinary costs. In other words, it’s not just people who “love” animals, it’s about people who need them too.

The grant coffers of the Doris Day Animal Foundation are modest, both in number given and amounts per grant. In recent years, only eight grants have been awarded annually, with most of them going to repeat grantees. The foundation states that awards rarely exceed $5,000, though its recent giving history shows amounts much larger than that sum, so perhaps this is a very new policy. 

Recent grantees include:

The Doris Day Animal Foundation has an open application process, with traditional LOI letters accepted quarterly.


Doris Day, Founder and CEO

T. Robert Bashara, CFO