2014 Grant Accelerator Charities

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction (VIRGINIA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) with one mission: Improved health and well-being through human-animal interaction. We achieve this mission with goals in three areas: research, service, and education. Our research goal is to increase knowledge of the benefits of the human-animal interaction through interdisciplinary research. We are a recognized pioneer in the area of researching health benefits of human-animal interaction with many studies published internationally in scholarly journals. Our service goal is to enhance health and wellbeing through Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and pet visitation. Our volunteer Dogs On Call therapy dog teams provide comfort and warmth to patients, families, and staff in the VCU Medical Center. Dogs On Call teams [...]

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction 2017-01-13T01:50:26+00:00

Central Illinois Greyhound Adoption

Begun in 2001, Central Illinois Greyhound Adoption (ILLINOIS) serves to take injured greyhounds from the tracks throughout the country and provide the necessary medical/surgical treatment. Once the greyhounds have convalesced, they are spayed/neutered, evaluated for temperament, placed in foster care and then adopted to a great home. CIGA is staffed entirely by volunteers and funded by donations, grants and sales, plus the volunteers who give up their time, energy and resources for the greyhounds. Volunteers receive no compensation for their work other than the true joy of seeing greyhounds united with their loving families. CIGA is not a first-time TSF Grant recipient. In 2010, the organization received $5,000 and their stewardship of the donation was impeccable. The [...]

Central Illinois Greyhound Adoption 2017-01-13T01:28:27+00:00

Children’s Craniofacial Association

Children’s Craniofacial Association’s (TEXAS) mission is empowering and giving hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. CCA is the premier national organization addressing the medical, financial, emotional, psychosocial and educational issues related to craniofacial conditions, which includes any anomaly of the face or head. Each year approximately 100,000 children in the United States are born with or develop some form of facial anomaly. In many cases, reconstructive surgeons can correct these problems early—often while the child is still an infant. However, many children must undergo dozens of surgeries and procedures throughout their life and face isolation and teasing from their peers. Throughout childhood and into adulthood, CCA helps families navigate, prepare for, and [...]

Children’s Craniofacial Association 2017-01-13T01:51:28+00:00

The Children’s TherAplay Foundation

Founded in 2001, The Children’s TherAplay Foundation (INDIANA) is one of the few clinics in the country dedicated to providing physical and occupational therapies on horseback for children with special needs. Our therapists combine a sensory-rich, child-centered clinic with hippotherapy – the movement of horses – to provide carefully graded motor, sensory, and neurological input. Each week we are honored to help nearly 150 children with diagnoses such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, and more grow stronger and more independent through equine-assisted PT and OT. Awards & Recognitions In honor of his tenth horsiversary at Children’s TherAplay, therapy horse Rocky was recognized by the Tony Stewart Foundation, Indianapolis Mayor’s Advisory [...]

The Children’s TherAplay Foundation 2017-01-13T01:52:37+00:00

Colorado Horse Rescue

Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR) (COLORADO) is dedicated to saving the disadvantaged horse…One human, one rescue, one home at a time. CHR has been contributing to our community for 29 years. Our mission is to save the disadvantaged horse and to do so in a way that helps people as well. For every horse there is a human attached. Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR) is often a horse's and horse owner's last chance. When horse owners are faced with illness, foreclosure, divorce, or any other unfortunate family crisis including natural disasters, CHR is there to provide assistance and to give those beloved horses a second chance at finding a loving home. The former owner has peace of mind and [...]

Colorado Horse Rescue 2017-01-13T01:33:13+00:00

Discovery Arts

Discovery Arts (CALIFORNIA) provides the healing power of the arts to children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses while they are hospitalized for treatment. Our programs, called Arts Adventures, are fun, creative, interactive explorations of music, art, dance and drama that strengthen the emotional health of critically ill children and positively impact their treatment and recovery.  By addressing children’s emotional needs, our programs also provide essential, welcome support to both the medical community and the children’s families. Children with cancer are robbed of their childhood. They are torn from the comfort of home and family, and thrown into the scary world of hospitals and intensive treatments.  School, sports, the arts and friends are all left behind as [...]

Discovery Arts 2017-01-13T01:53:37+00:00

Friends of Ferdinand

Organized in 2005, Friends of Ferdinand Inc. (INDIANA) brought together volunteers who admired the indomitable spirit and work ethic of ex- race horses and wished to see them find successful homes and careers after the track. FFI's volunteers work tirelessly with the Midwest equine community, the Indiana racing community and the public at large to share their mission and their vision. Together they have placed extraordinary ex-racers, who have been rehabilitated and retrained, in new homes and in new careers. These thoroughbreds are "retired from racing but not from life". Through both Board Grants and Accelerator Awards TSF has supported the evolution of the FFI program from a small band of volunteers to a multi-state organization. These [...]

Friends of Ferdinand 2017-01-13T01:38:09+00:00

Georgia SPCA

The Georgia SPCA (GEORGIA) is young – only 8 years old – but as of today we have already rescued and provided a second chance for nearly 9,000 homeless cats and dogs who are now in loving homes! We are a no-kill organization whose animals come primarily from high-kill animal control facilities in and around metro-Atlanta. In addition to adoptions at our shelter, which is open 7 days a week, we regularly take our animals to local festivals and events that promote animal welfare. We have an dedicated group of active volunteers, who contributed over 13,000 hours of their time in 2015, as well as more than 100 active foster “parents,” and we could not [...]

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Greyhound Alliance

Begun in 2005, the Greyhound Alliance (ILLINOIS), is a small, all-volunteer group dedicated to greyhound welfare, facilitating adoption and furthering education and support for greyhound owners, potential adopters and the community at large. On August 1, 2011, The Greyhound Alliance's Sunburst Project opened its Sunburst Kennel at Ebro Greyhound Park in Florida. Since then, more than 4,000 Florida retired racing greyhounds have been moved to our partnering adoption groups and found their forever homes in non-racing states. The demand is great, as more than one-half of the greyhound tracks in the U.S. have closed in the last 12 years, including 2 this year. With 13 tracks, and an estimated 8,000 greyhounds in Florida, Sunburst has [...]

Greyhound Alliance 2017-01-13T01:39:24+00:00

Hand in Paw

Founded in 1996, Hand in Paw (ALABAMA) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve human health and well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy. Hand in Paw’s programs address some of the greatest challenges facing north central Alabama, working to combat illiteracy, teach compassion, prevent bullying and family and community violence, and improve the lives of people with chronic illnesses and special needs. A corps of more than 175 specially-trained volunteers and their therapy animals deliver 105,000 therapeutic interventions annually. Hand in Paw’s work is 100% collaborative: all services are delivered free of charge in 100 medical centers, schools, and human service agencies. To learn more about Hand in Paw, please visit www.handinpaw.org. To see a [...]

Hand in Paw 2017-01-13T01:54:37+00:00