T.S. and K.D. Glide Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The T.S. and K.D. Glide Foundation awards grants to small 501(c)(3) or 170(c) animal welfare  organizations--mostly within the state of California. Some grant money also goes towards habitat preservation and the rehabilitation of wild animals. 

IP TAKE: The foundation prefers to give to organizations who are either based in California or who operate there, and they also prefer awarding grants for specific capital items. Although many grantees are returners, they are known for awarding upwards of 100 grants in a given year, so newcomers have a good shot.

PROFILE: The T.S. and K.D. Glide Foundation is one of the larger private charities dedicated to animal welfare in the United States. It was established by husband and wife Thornton S. Glide Jr. and Katrina Dangberg Glide shortly before their respective deaths in 1995, with the goal of carrying on their legacy as committed environmental and animal advocates.

Today, the foundation still runs a rescue for abused and neglected animals on the ranch where it is based, in Yolo County, California. The foundation also gives out numerous grants each year to animal rescue centers, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, and other organizations involved in various aspects of animal welfare. The grants run on the small side; most fall between $3,000 and $10,000. The foundation shows a propensity for spreading its money around, however; it is not uncommon for the foundation to provide support to 100 or more individual candidates in a given year. 

With annual rosters of grantees running that long, the foundation clearly makes plenty of room for first-time applicants to make bids for funding, and a good number of its grantees end up becoming regular customers. It’s made recurring annual awards to animal-rescue and adoption facilities such as 2nd Chance for Pets; wildlife sanctuaries such as the Barry S. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation; and horse-caretaking and rehabilitation organizations such as the United Pegasus Foundation; among many others.

The foundation is choosy about what kinds of organizations and projects it will fund, though. Generally speaking, it only gives awards for capital-improvement projects. Also, the grantees themselves need to have been in operation for at least two years. It’s also best if they are local, rather than national.

The verdict on who gets grants in any year rests with the foundation’s three board members, all of whom have ties to the Yolo County area. Dick Bruga is a retired veterinarian and former friend of Mr. and Mrs. Glide; Russell E. White is a former entrepreneur, who alongside his role as a trustee, oversees much of the rescue operation at the ranch; and Yvonne Le Maitre was born in Yolo County and has been developing blood lines for performance quarter horses for most of her life. 


Russell White, trustee

Yvonne Le Maitre, trustee

Dick Bruga, trustee