2014 Grant Accelerator Charities

Brown County Humane Society

The Brown County Humane Society (BCHS) (INDIANA) is a private, volunteer-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting animal welfare. The BCHS is an open-admission shelter that accepts all of Brown County's stray and homeless cats and dogs. We are nationally recognized for our outstanding Save Rate of 95+%, compared to a national average of 50%. The BCHS S.P.O.T. (Serving Pets Outreach Team) program provides low-cost spay/neuter assistance to Brown County residents to reduce the number of unwanted animals in the community.  Since the inception of the S.P.O.T. program in 2010, the program has reduced the intake into the shelter by 60%.  In addition, this program provides mentoring to surrounding communities to help them develop a S.P.O.T. like program. [...]

Camp Riley

Camp Riley (INDIANA) empowers children with physical disabilities by providing life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs. For 60 years, campers have shattered perceived limitations, met new friends and reached greater achievements, allowing them to return home with an increased sense of independence and confidence. During their time at Camp Riley, they prove to themselves and others that their strength and willpower define them – not their physical circumstances. Each summer, Camp Riley holds five different camp sessions at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s 2,500-acre outdoor recreation center in Martinsville, Ind. From the waterfront to the climbing tower, the facility is universally accessible. The staff-to-camper ratio never exceeds 1-to-3, and a team of [...]

Camp Spifida

Camp Spifida (PENNSYLVANIA) is a camp for children who have spina bifida.  Children ages 6 through 18 attend camp for a week full of fun and friendship.  Camp Spifida offers lots of exciting activities, such as; craft projects, fishing, swimming, dancing, paddle boats, pontoon boat rides, campfires, hayrides, woodworking and an exciting ropes challenge course.  Most importantly camp offers children with spina bifida a chance just to be kids. Due to our camper’s various medical needs this camping experience is usually their first time away from home and their families.  Camp Spifida is fully staffed with trained counselors, nursing staff and doctors.  Our entire staff comes to Camp Spifida as volunteers, out of love for the children [...]

Conquer Paralysis Now

Conquer Paralysis Now, A Global Project of the Sam Schmidt Foundation, (NEW JERSEY) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to cure paralysis. The organization is leading the charge for a cure through funding scientific research, medical treatment and technological advances benefiting those paralyzed by spinal cord injuries, stroke or diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's or in other ways. In 2014, Conquer Paralysis Now launched the CPN Challenge. The goal of the CPN Challenge is to accelerate the development of treatments for spinal cord injury in order to provide significant improvements in patients' quality of life. The CPN Challenge program intends to award nearly 20 million dollars in grants and prizes over [...]

American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue

American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue (based in OHIO and saving hounds nationwide) is unique among dog rescue groups because of its national scope, target breeds and all-volunteer organization.   We are the largest single group dedicated solely to rescuing Coonhounds and Bloodhounds in the United States.  Each of our dogs is housed in a foster home, rather than in a shelter facility or kennel.  We now have more than 90 foster homes in 44 states and adopt our dogs out as pets to families in all 50 of the United States and several provinces in Canada.  In 2013, we adopted out over 500 dogs and this work is accomplished by an all-volunteer organization.  There are no salaried [...]

Camp Soaring Eagle Foundation

Founded in 2007, Camp Soaring Eagle (CSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the healing power of laughter to seriously ill children by giving them the opportunity to go to medically supervised camps at no cost to the campers and families. According to the 2011/2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, 4.4% (71,119) of Arizona’s children are in poor health, as compared to 3.2% nationally (childhealthdata.org). Their daily activities are limited by their illness and their families are stressed by illness and medical costs (childhealthdata.org).   CSE serves 1,600 children and family members annually.  Illness-specific camps are supervised by the Medical Director and staffed by medical volunteers. Children make friends, play sports, fish, ride horses, [...]

Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California

Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California (CCFSC) (CALIFORNIA) is more than 700 families strong committed to serving children with cancer and their families throughout Southern California emotionally, financially, educationally and with emergency assistance. CCFSC prides itself in being a very personal organization, serving the oncology community since 1981 powered by over 200 volunteers and a small staff of two. Every three and a half minutes a parent hears the devastating news, “Your child has cancer.” With these words, normal life stops and a difficult new journey begins; a journey that will test families physically, emotionally, socially, and financially. Communication with another family experiencing this devastating disease is very beneficial and CCFSC family events and activities provide this [...]

Cody Unser First Step Foundation

In October 1999, the Cody Unser First Step Foundation (CUFSF) (NEW MEXICO) was established as a not-for-profit organization aimed at raising awareness for Transverse Myelitis after Cody became paralyzed by this rare disorder. CUFSF is focused on awareness, advocacy and quality of life. Growing up in the Unser Racing Family, Cody is accustomed to extreme sports and “standing on the gas” to improve quality of life through her Adaptive SCUBA program. CUFSF Volunteer Dive Team, “Operation Deep Down”, employs a Family-focused approach that includes participants training to dive with a loved one; valuing inclusion and emphasizing that no one is left behind. Taking steps to leverage the benefits of SCUBA, CUFSF documentary film, "SEA OF CHANGE", illustrates [...]

Greenwood Wildlife Rehab Center

Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center's (COLORADO) mission is to rehabilitate orphaned, injured and sick wildlife for release into appropriate habitats. Greenwood also strives to educate the public, emphasizing humane solutions to human/wildlife interactions. Greenwood cares for approximately 2,400 animals annually at an average cost of $310 per patient. More than 70% of these are orphans. During our busy summer season, we have up to 400 animals on site. In our 33 years of existence, we have successfully released tens of thousands of wildlife, from hummingbird to coyote size, back into their natural habitats. We are the only rehabilitation center serving songbirds, waterfowl and mammals on the Colorado Northern Front Range. In addition, we offer educational presentations to more [...]

Hoosier Burn Camp

Hoosier Burn Camp, Inc. (INDIANA) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing life-changing experiences for young people who have suffered the physical and emotional trauma associated with a severe burn injury. Our annual summer camp and monthly events create experiences for burn survivors where they can be just one of the kids in a safe and supportive environment. HBC provides a week-long resident camp experience for burn survivors ages 8-18, family programs for all ages from infancy through 18, overnight camping and adventure trips for teenagers and scholarship and retreat opportunities for young adults. Hoosier Burn Camp programs provide a non-judgmental atmosphere, where children have the opportunity to build self-esteem as they enjoy the varied activities that [...]