Colorado: Animal Welfare Organizations
Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs (CLSD)
A group of Colorado animal health, care, and control professionals who have come together to offer assistance to municipalities striving to create and enforce good dangerous dog laws. The Coalition also aims to educate owners and the general public on how to live safely with dogs. CLSD was the idea of Animal Assistance Foundation's Executive Director, David Gies, and was created by Metro Denver Shelter Alliance members. AAF funds administrative support for the Coalition.
Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention (CACP)
CACP is an alliance of professionals in the state of Colorado educating themselves and other professionals about the LINKTM between animal abuse and family violence. The Animal Assistance Foundation is a founding member of the Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention (CACP), which is sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association.
Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDOA)
CDOA administers PACFA (Pet Animal Care Facilities Act), which licenses pet care facilities. AAF promotes PACFA licensing and reporting and makes that a requirement of all its grantees. CDOA also manages the Bureau of Animal Protection, which investigates animal cruelty cases.
Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW)
AAF has consulted with DOW on bonding requirements for exotic animal sanctuary regulations and on moose relocation procedures
Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies (CFAWA)
A statewide organization to advance collaboration, advocacy, and professional development within the Colorado animal welfare community. AAF is a member organization. CFAWA serves an important role by monitoring legislative activity at the state level. Through its affiliation with CFAWA, AAF is able to stay current on what's happening legislatively and informs its grantees so that they stay in compliance.
Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF)
Created by the Colorado State Legislature to help curb pet overpopulation and reduce euthanasia of surplus, unwanted animals; tax payers can select to contribute any amount to the fund on their tax return OR make direct donations. Since its inception the fund has subsidized more than 26,000 spay and neuter surgeries in underserved areas of Colorado AAF provided testimony for the passage of the legislation to enact the tax check-off and is a member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, AAF provides clerical support to the Pet Overpopulation Fund, which is valued at over $20,000 annually.
Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance
A group of concerned Colorado organizations and individuals convened at the invitation of the Animal Assistance Foundation, based on the work of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, a broad alliance of equine organizations within the American Horse Council.
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
A proactive group of more than 1,600 professionals representing each setting of veterinary medicine - clinical practice, public health, academe, industry, and military. CVMA members work together to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine. The Executive Director of AAF serves on the board of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation and the AAF Program Officer serves on the steering committee for the State Animal Response Team.
Community College of Denver Veterinary Technology Program
AAF was influential in the formation of the CCD Vet Tech School and supported the school with grants for the first few years of its existence. AAF continues to serve on the advisory committee for the school.
Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital (HMAH)
Originally a component of the Animal Assistance Foundation; now its own organization, providing direct medical services to low-income pet owners.
Metro Denver Shelter Alliance (MDSA)
A group of public and private animal service providers who have come together to better assist pets and people and to reach a common goal - reducing euthanasia by increasing the number of animals adopted and reunited at shelters throughout the community. MDSA fosters collaborative efforts of local animal welfare groups to increase the save rate of companion animals in our community and promote responsible pet ownership. AAF has taken an active role in MDSA since its inception and is a supporting member.
University of Denver, Institute for Human-Animal Connection
The Institute for Human-Animal Connection was founded at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work in 2006 to address the critically important relationships between animals and people. Multidisciplinary in focus, it is the first program of its kind within a human services academic setting. The program's mission is to provide an unbiased, academic setting in which to conduct research, training and education, technical assistance, and advocacy projects from a human service and animal welfare perspective, based on the values of resiliency, multiculturalism, critical thought, social justice, humane behavior, quality of life, and person/animal-in-environment. AAF provided an establishment grant
Colorado: Technical Assistance and Philanthropic Organizations
Colorado Association of Funders (CAF)
CAF is a nonprofit regional membership organization for grantmakers throughout the state. CAF's mission is to bring people, information, and resources together to promote effective and responsible philanthropy in Colorado. CAF is comprised of funders of many sizes and types. As members of CAF, funders have the ability to network with each other and learn about current issues within the community at large and the nonprofit industry. CAF members reflect the broad diversity of the Colorado grantmaking community. CAF is committed to the following values: education and skill development; idea sharing and networking; resources for grantmakers; collaboration among grantmakers.
Colorado Association of Small Foundations
The Colorado Association of Small Foundations is a membership organization of foundations with few or no staff. The organization provides peer learning opportunities, targeted resources, and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community.
Colorado Nonprofit Association
The Colorado Nonprofit Association is a statewide nonprofit membership coalition connecting nonprofits of all sizes, missions, and geographic locations (within Colorado). The organization leads the nonprofit sector in influencing public policy and public opinion and serves members by providing tools for communication, networking, and administration. They strengthen the nonprofit community through trainings, issue discussions, and public advocacy about the importance of the nonprofit sector.
Community Resource Center (CRC)
CRC provides training, technical assistance and consultation to community-based organizations in Colorado and across the country
Conference of Southwest Foundations
The Conference of Southwest Foundations is a non-profit membership association of grantmaking organizations in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and expertise among grantmakers as well as the resources to help enhance the ability of each organization to fulfill its charitable mission.
Rural Philanthropy Days
Since 1990, the Community Resource Center (CRC) and the Anschutz Family Foundation have partnered with rural communities throughout Colorado to produce Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) events. The following are the primary goals of Rural Philanthropy Days: (1) Increase the number of grants and the total dollar amount of grants that are made to nonprofit organizations, community groups, and public agencies in rural Colorado. The increased revenue effectively improves the delivery of services and stimulates development in rural Colorado; (2) Improve regional collaboration among nonprofit organizations and between the nonprofit sector, public agencies, and the business community. The effect of collaboration is to encourage the development of initiatives that benefit an entire community or region; and (3) Increase the capacity of local organizations and agencies to provide services for rural communities so that organizations are run more efficiently and are able to attract more resources for improved community services. Two Rural Philanthropy Days are held annually. Colorado has been divided into eight regions for this purpose and each region hosts an RPD every four years.
National: Animal Welfare Organizations
Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACCD)
ACCD's mission is to expedite the successful introduction of methods to non-surgically sterilize dogs and cats and to support the distribution and promotion of these products to humanely control cat and dog populations world wide. AAF is an organizational partner of ACCD.
American Humane Association (AHA)
A network of individuals and organizations striving to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society. Offers professional education, training, advocacy, research, and evaluation. Animal Assistance Foundation Executive Director, David Gies, is current AHA board president.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
The first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Formed to alleviate the injustices animals faced then. ASPCA continues to battle cruelty. Whether it's saving a pet that has been accidentally poisoned, fighting to pass humane laws, rescuing animals from abuse, or sharing resources with shelters across the country, we work toward the day in which no animal will live in pain or fear.
Delta Society is the leading international resource for the human-animal bond. Delta Society has been the force to validate the important role of animals for people's health and well-being by promoting the results of research to the media and health and human services organizations. Delta Society's current programs implement the mission of incorporating pets into the lives of: the general population to improve health (Health Benefits of Animals activities); people who are ill to improve healing (Animal-Assisted Therapy Services and Pet Partners Program®); people who are disabled to improve independence (National Service Dog Center® resources and information).
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
The nation's largest animal protection organization. A mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, animals in research, and farm animals. Mission is to celebrate animals and confront cruelty through legislation, litigation, investigation, education, advocacy, and field work.
National Council for Pet Overpopulation Study and Policy
A group of representatives from 12 diverse animal-related organizations brought together to work on mutual goals regarding homeless pets, working in conjunction with scientific advisors who are experts in the field alongside consultants to our coalition.
A database of adoptable pets from thousands of adoption groups. The Foundation provides disaster relief assistance and other grants.
Pets 911 A Partnership for Pets
Finding homes for pets.
National: Technical Assistance and Philanthropic Organizations
Foundation for Protection of Animals
The mission of the Foundation for the Protection of Animals is to promote responsible human interaction with animals and their environment for their protection and welfare. The FPA strongly believes that encouraging proactive, responsible pet ownership is the key to ending the suffering of homeless animals. Currently the FPA is working to further its mission through the funding of spay/neuter and humane education programs, and by participation in animal rescue operations during national disasters. The FPA also provides a limited amount of consultation and in-kind services to qualifying 501(c)(3) animal rescue organizations in the Four Corners area.
The mandate of the Summerlee Foundation is to fund programs to relieve cruelty to animals in all its manifestations, and to support research and education projects on the history of Texas. Since its inception, The Summerlee Foundation has promoted a new ethic towards our fellow beings through its international grantmaking program in support of rescue research, advocacy, and education. Our grants have assisted a wide variety of projects, including companion animal issues, predator protection and research, sanctuary and refuge, and endangered species issues. In response to current conditions, The Summerlee Foundation has narrowed its focus considerably and has created a variety of strategic initiatives to achieve its mission of animal protection throughout North America. Geographically, the organization is funding only in those communities which are the most underserved and the most challenged. Programmatically, the organization is only funding spay/neuter programs and feral cat protection. In our wildlife program, we are emphasizing funding for mountain lion and coyotes through research, advocacy, and protection. The organization is continuing its cetacean program by funding the Sunny Initiative through the Earth Island Institute. Currently, it is not accepting any unsolicited proposals as its initiatives are receiving the bulk of its funding.