2015 Grant Accelerator Charities

Arts for Life

Arts For Life (NORTH CAROLINA) is dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs, we enrich patients’ lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families. Arts For Life helps children and their families in four communities across North Carolina. Arts For Life began in 2001 with one patient, one camera, and one art lesson. Our founder's sister was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, at age 11. While Katie was in treatment for weeks and months at a time, her sister Anna found that dynamic, educational art lessons helped young patients cope with the short and long-term effects of illness, remain [...]

Arts for Life 2017-01-13T01:44:12+00:00

Austin Dog Alliance

Austin Dog Alliance (TEXAS) has a mission to improve human lives through programs incorporating the powerful connection between dogs and humans. Our programs include: S+CORE! (Students + Canines = Opportunities for Rewarding Employment) provides vocational training for dog-related careers to adults with special needs The Bow Wow Reading Dogsprogram improves reading levels for local elementary students by providing non-judgmental listeners (dogs). Special Dogs for Special Needs is a unique program that rescues dogs with friendly temperaments from local kill shelters, provides extensive training and then places the dog in a home with a special need child The Hounds for Heroes program rescues dogs from local shelters, provides extensive training and then places the dog as a PTSD Service Dog with a [...]

Austin Dog Alliance 2017-01-13T01:26:20+00:00

Austin Hatcher Pediatric Cancer Foundation

The Austin Hatcher Foundation (TENNESSEE) for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnoses and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation provides services to children with cancer as well as their families through its three major divisions; Diversionary Therapy, Psycho-Oncology, and Healthy Lifestyle Education. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of its supporters. Diversionary Therapy provides families faced with pediatric cancer a variety of specialized motorsports related activities that promote the involvement of leisure, recreation and play by reducing barriers. These opportunities promote self-esteem, personal [...]

Austin Hatcher Pediatric Cancer Foundation 2016-12-23T19:20:31+00:00

Brent’s Place

Since 1997, Brent's Place (COLORADO) has advanced to become a leader in specialized Safe-Clean housing and support programs tailored specifically for immune-compromised pediatric hematology/oncology patients who, along with their families, have traveled far from home to receive last-resort medical treatments in the Denver area. It is the only facility nation-wide: DESIGNEDand maintained to minimize the risk of infection to the patient; PROVIDING independent apartments suitable for the entire family together; OFFERING long-term housing before, during and after life-saving treatment; SUPPORTINGeach member of the resident family with individualized respite activities and programs addressing the many day-to-day challenges they face; AT NO COSTto families, offering financial relief in a time of great need. Brent’s Place is recognized by world-class hospitals in [...]

Brent’s Place 2017-01-13T01:45:14+00:00

Can Do Canines

Can Do Canines (MINNESOTA) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. We envision a future in which every person who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one. Can do Canines is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that trains and places five distinct types of assistance dogs with people who have disabilities, free of charge. They train assistance dogs to help with hearing loss, mobility challenges, seizure disorders, type 1 diabetes and childhood autism. This Minnesota based organization placed their first assistance dog in 1989 and has since graduated more than 500 similar assistance dog teams, placed with people living in seven states. [...]

Can Do Canines 2016-12-23T19:20:31+00:00

Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc.

Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc.’s ("C.A.T.") (FLORIDA) mission is to be dedicated to providing pet therapy to children and adults who have developmental and physical challenges as well as those who desire comfort and companionship of a loving pet. C.A.T. improves people's lives physically, mentally and emotionally. Founded in 2009, Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc. (C.A.T.) is the premier volunteer pet therapy organization in South Florida, currently with 125 certified pet therapy teams.  C.A.T.’s vision is to educate and teach people how therapeutic animals can change a person’s life. Whether a person is developmentally challenged, physically challenged, lonely or simply loves the companionship of a pet, our certified C.A.T. Dogs can make a life changing difference. C.A.T. provides support, [...]

Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc. 2017-01-13T01:47:43+00:00

The Center for Courageous Kids

The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) (KENTUCKY) understands the challenges families face when caring for a seriously ill or disabled child.  It is a 24/7 Herculean calling which requires every last ounce of energy and optimism.  This goes for everyone; parents and siblings, as well as the child living with a serious illness.  This is the very reason that CCK exists and offers its services to these “courageous kids” and their families, free of charge.  Children and their families experience days filled with horseback riding, bowling, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, just to name a few. When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, everything changes.  Long-term plans and dreams for the future often must be [...]

The Center for Courageous Kids 2017-01-13T01:48:40+00:00

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