Grants for animal shelters

6,944 animal shelters and animal welfare organizations received at least $491.7 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 11,957 grants made from 3,111 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $13,040. Of these 3,111 foundations, 67% made just a single grant to animal shelters, and 12% made grants to four or more animal shelters. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$491,696,277
Total grant dollars given to animal shelters
11,957
Number of grants made annually to animal shelters
3,111
Number of grantmakers funding animal shelters
$13,040
Median grant size to animal shelters

Foundations that support animal shelters and animal welfare organizations

Out of all grants made to animal shelters, 60% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 25% of the dollar-value of grants to animal shelters. Foundations funding animal shelters also made grants to trade / professional associations, youth development programs, land conservation groups, universities, and educational institutions.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
1,866
Medium
 
652
Large
 
586
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
360
Private
 
1,726
Corporate
 
66
Other
 
959

Grants made

Grants made to animal sheltersNumber of grantmakers
1
 
2,091
2-3
 
633
4-10
 
251
11+
 
136

Top 10 foundations supporting animal shelters and animal welfare organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to animal sheltersNumber of grants made to animal sheltersMedian grant size
Network for GoodDCNational12.4%1,723$10,800
Petsmart CharitiesAZNational63.2%383$20,000
The Humane Society of the United StatesDCNational28.6%43$90,000
National Philanthropic TrustPANational0.5%157$16,000
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To AnimalsNYNational69.3%164$25,000
American Online Giving FoundationDENational2.6%388$10,101
Schwab Charitable FundCANational0.9%199$11,555
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)DCNational2.1%50$56,780
PayPal Giving FundDCNational5.2%358$9,765
American Endowment FoundationOHNational1.4%117$13,752

Animal shelters and animal welfare organizations grantees

Animal shelters with more than $5 million in total revenues received 41% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 24% of all animal shelters.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
3,540
$10k-$25k
 
4,755
$25k-$100k
 
2,733
$100k+
 
929

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$10,000
$100k-$500k
 
$12,000
$500k-$1M
 
$15,000
$1M-$5M
 
$16,000
>$5M
 
$20,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
1,622
Texas
 
907
Florida
 
819
New York
 
683
Other
 
7,926

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Washington DC
 
597
New York City
 
539
San Francisco
 
404
Los Angeles
 
384
Other
 
8,562

Top 25 grants made to animal shelters

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League$2,486,354General SupportEunice Joyce Gardiner Charitable Foundation
Wildlife Protection Solutions$2,329,500Environmental and AnimalsSchwab Charitable Fund
The Fund For Animals$2,304,053Cash TransfersThe Humane Society of the United States
Revive & Restore$2,213,463HealthNational Philanthropic Trust
Spay Neuter Network$2,200,377General SupportThe Dallas Foundation
The Humane Society of the United States$2,090,624Cash TransfersHumane Society International (HSI)
SPCA of Texas$2,024,486General SupportThe Dallas Foundation
Best Friends Animal Society$2,006,100Environment & Animal ProtectionGoldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund (GSPF)
Humane Network$1,817,000Animal WelfareDave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation
International Crane Foundation$1,700,000GeneralThe Walbridge Fund
Lawrence Humane Society$1,675,856Capital and GeneralDouglas County Community Foundation
fka Heartland SPCA$1,660,000Animal WelfareThe Quinn Foundation
American Bird Conservancy (ABC)$1,556,335Various ConservationNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
San Antonio Humane Society$1,555,500Satellite Adoption Center With Retail Adoption PartnerSan Antonio Area Foundation
Animal Care and Control of New York City (ACC)$1,555,000Live ReleaseThe American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)$1,445,000Environment, AnimalsNational Philanthropic Trust
Humane Society Legislative Fund$1,435,251Program GrantThe Humane Society of the United States
Humane Society Legislative Fund$1,435,251Funds To Cover Federal Affairs CostsThe Humane Society of the United States
Save the Chimps$1,430,063General Operating SupportArcus Foundation
Best Friends Animal Society$1,425,000An Unrestricted Grant To Further the Donee's Exempt PurposeThe Rachael Ray Foundation
No Kill Contra Costa County$1,416,540Program ExpensesMeals On Wheels of Contra Costa
Paws - Gulf Coast Humane Society$1,380,000OperationsWindow Ledge Foundation
Humane Pennsylvania (HSBC)$1,364,263CashHumane Pennsylvania Foundation
Humane Pennsylvania (HSBC)$1,364,263Shelter and Operational SupportHumane Pennsylvania Foundation
Humane Pennsylvania (HSBC)$1,364,263CashHumane Pennsylvania Foundation
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Animal shelters" category for this page is determined by the "D20: Animal Protection and Welfare" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.