Svanee's Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Svanee's Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to animals.

IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: Established in 2013, the Svanee's Foundation was founded by retired dentist Russell Castner and his wife Svanhild. The foundation does not maintain a website, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities. According to tax filings, the Svanee's Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to animals.

Russell and Svanhild Castner committed $250,000 to create scholarship opportunities for Central Washington University students in memory of their daughter, Amy Castner, through the Amy Marie Castner Scholars Program. The couple also created the Russell L. Castner Endowed Research Fund at University of Washington’s Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. Russell earned an environmental health degree as one of the first graduates of the UW School of Public Health.

Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $250,000. Past grantees include Save a Forgotten Equine, Central Valley Animal Rescue, Greyhound Pets Inc., Progressive Animal Welfare Society, and Seattle Humane Society.

The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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CONTACT:

Svanee's Foundation
P.O.Box 77012
Seattle, WA 98177