Mark Paul Terk Charitable Trust: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Mark Paul Terk Charitable Trust broadly supports animal and wildlife conservation organizations working in the United States and abroad.

IP TAKE: This funder appears to award grants to many of the same organizations each year, making it difficult for new grantseekers to obtain funding. The trust also lacks transparency, which restricts information about its grantmaking process, application, and strategies.

PROFILE: Established in 2009, the Mark Paul Terk Foundation is based in Wilmington, Delaware. The foundation does not maintain a website or employ a paid staff; however, its tax filings indicate areas of funding interest including animal protection, child protection, environmental repair and protection and marketable skills training programs in developing and undeveloped countries.

The foundation’s animal protection program aims to “[t]each skills that will allow people to earn a living without depending on money earned by working for poachers, by becoming rangers and guards.”

Although grant amounts from the Terk Foundation can go as high as $650,000, the majority of grants tend to fall between $5,000 to $75,000. Past animal and wildlife grantees include the Second Ark Foundation, which received funding for tis work educating the public about the stocking, breeding and conservation of hoofed wildlife and alternative livestock; and the Stewards of Wildlife Conservation, which received a grant to support it work involving the conservation and proliferation of wildlife and wildlife habitats.

The Mark Paul Terk Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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