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Why should I choose to give to Morris Animal Foundation?

Morris Animal Foundation is truly unique in its scope because we advance health and welfare for companion animals, horses and wildlife all over the world. No other organization provides as much funding, in as many locations, for so many different species.

Morris Animal Foundation

  • Is the leading funding organization for animal health research in the United States
  • Provides more funding in the areas of dog health, cat health, equine health and wildlife health than any other individual organization in the United States
  • Manages more than 300 studies per year at institutions around the world
  • Has built an outstanding scientific reputation based on its scientific review and monitoring process
  • Uses a stringent animal health and welfare policy and an animal welfare advisory board to ensure the safety and welfare of any animals in funded studies
  • Has developed a study selection process that ensures that only the most relevant studies are funded
  • Focuses on studies that will have a significant impact on animal health
  • Has a three-star rating from Charity Navigator

What is Morris Animal Foundation’s annual budget for funding studies?
How is Morris Animal Foundation funded?
How much is Morris Animal Foundation’s endowment, and what is it used for?
How much of my donation goes to help the animals?
What is Morris Animal Foundation’s Charity Navigator rating?
Can I donate to a particular study, disease category or species?
Does my sponsorship gift really go toward a specific study?
If a study doesn’t receive full sponsorship, will it continue?
Can I make a monthly gift?
How are donations designated for specific focus areas?
How can I memorialize or honor a pet or person?
How do I memorialize my pet on the “In Loving Memory” pages of AnimalNews?
I am hosting a fundraising event for Morris Animal Foundation. Can I request materials?
How can I spread the word about Morris Animal Foundation?
Do you offer financial assistance for veterinary bills?

What is Morris Animal Foundation’s annual budget for funding studies?
The budget for funding studies for FY14 is $8.1 million, which includes funding for traditional studies, pilot research and educational opportunities in veterinary research.

How is Morris Animal Foundation funded?
Morris Animal Foundation is funded by public support—from individuals, corporations, breed clubs and foundations—as well as earnings on our endowed funds.

How much is Morris Animal Foundation’s endowment, and what is it used for?
The endowment is about $70 million. Our endowment is used to support Morris Animal Foundation’s mission to advance animal health and welfare where the need is greatest. The foundation staff and board of trustees identify the greatest areas of need on an annual basis. Maintaining an endowment is also critical to ensuring the foundation’s financial stability and ability to continue its work into perpetuity.

How much of my donation goes to help the animals?
Morris Animal Foundation is committed to using contributions wisely and responsibly. To ensure that we accurately portray how donations are spent, the percentage of donations is reported each year based on our annual IRS Form 990 filing. This annual percentage is also reported in the Foundation’s annual report and on the Charity Navigator website. During our 2014 fiscal year, 79 percent of all the money spent went to out animal health scientific program. The remaining donation dollars are used to cover administration and fundraising costs.

What is Morris Animal Foundation’s Charity Navigator rating?
Charity Navigator independently evaluates the financial health of more than 5,500 of America’s largest charities. Charity Navigator lists Morris Animal Foundation as a three-star charity.

Can I donate to a particular study, disease category or species?
Our goal is to put your donation to work immediately to help animals in the best lway possible. Unrestricted gifts allow us to put your dollars to work immediately—and limit our administrative costs—thus allowing your donation to do the most good.

If money is restricted to a certain fund, we may have to wait for the appropriate study to come along. In addition, restricted gifts are less efficient to process and therefore increase our administrative costs. We do allow restricted gifts in the following limited ways.

  • Co-sponsor or sponsor a specific study, beginning at $10,000
  • Fully fund a proactive study (full cost plus administrative fees)
  • Make an estate gift that designates how your donation should be used

Does my sponsorship gift really go toward a specific study?
Study sponsorship gifts are designated for the specific species category for the chosen study rather than to the specific study. Because Morris Animal Foundation commits to funding high-impact research each year, sponsorship gifts help to refill the funding pot for the following year and therefore ensure that we are able to fund future health studies. Sponsorship benefits include a thank you from the investigator, study progress and final reports and recognition on our website. Since 1948, the foundation has funded 2,400 studies, investing more than $100 million in the health and well-being of animals.

If a study doesn’t receive full sponsorship, will it continue?
Yes. When Morris Animal Foundation commits to funding a study, the commitment is for the full length and cost of the study. Money from sponsorships and unrestricted funds will be used to ensure that the study continues in its entirety, as long as the study continues to meet the Foundation’s requirements.

Can I make a monthly gift?
Yes. You can sign up for automatic credit card donations through our website. Click here.

How are donations designated for specific focus areas?
Donations are distributed based on the advice and input of Morris Animal Foundation’s scientific advisory boards and chief scientific officer. Their goal is to review all proposals and recommend for funding those that they believe will have the greatest impact on improving the health and welfare of companion animals, horses and wildlife.

How can I memorialize or honor a pet or person?
Making a memorial or honor gift to Morris Animal Foundation is an excellent way to pay tribute to the special animals, people and events in your life. Click here to learn about our many options.

How do I memorialize my pet on the “In Loving Memory” pages of AnimalNews?
With a gift of $200 or more per pet, a special companion can be included in the “In Loving Memory” pages of AnimalNews. To memorialize a pet in this way, please make a donation here. You may also submit a photo of the pet to mailbox@MorrisAnimalFoundation.org; when sending the photo, please put “In Loving Memory—AnimalNews” in the subject line.

I am hosting a fundraising event for Morris Animal Foundation. Can I request materials?
Yes. We greatly appreciate the many animal lovers who come up with creative ways to support animal health. Email events@morrisanimalfoundation.org for information about planning your own fundraising event or to request materials.

How can I spread the word about Morris Animal Foundation?

  • All of our website pages offer “Share This Page” options at the bottom of the page. You can use these tools to send a message to friends via email or though a number of social networking sites.
  • You can also download our publications to your computer by clicking here.  

Do you offer financial assistance for veterinary bills?
Providing financial assistance for veterinary bills doesn’t fall within our mission, but we have developed a list of organizations that may provide assistance. You can access that list here