2015 Grant Accelerator Charities

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 [...]

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) (WASHINGTON) is all about second chances for deserving chimpanzees. CSNW is one of only a handful of sanctuaries in the United States that cares for chimpanzees and is currently home to the only chimpanzees in Washington State. They not only provide wonderful care for their chimpanzee residents, but also strive to provide educational and advocacy opportunities to help all great apes in need. Those who follow their blog and social media sites become enamored with the chimpanzees and their personalities, quickly learning that Foxie loves troll dolls and Jamie, the boss of the group, is obsessed with cowboy boots. Each day is a new adventure at the sanctuary! CSNW is currently [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Exotic Feline Rescue Center

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! The EFRC was founded in 1991 as an organization dedicated to the rescue of exotic felines who have been abused, abandoned, mistreated or otherwise homeless. We own 108 acres of land in Center Point, Indiana where a staff of 15 employees, interns, and volunteers provide daily care for around 200 big cats. The EFRC is a non-profit corporation that does not buy, sell, trade, give away, nor breeds cats; gives rescued animals a home for life; provides stable social groups; provides enhanced natural environments; and provides the best veterinary care. We believe these cats have much to give and deserve to be treated in a humane and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Happy Hollow Children’s Camp

Since its start in 1951, Happy Hollow Children’s Camp (INDIANA) has welcomed more than 40,000 children to experience a summer camp full of opportunities for learning and adventure. Children ages 7 to 14 from the Greater Indianapolis area make friends, learn about nature and take part in supervised camp activities that help them see new possibilities for themselves. Happy Hollow serves over 700 children each summer. Of the children attending camp, 77% of the children are minorities and 95% of our campers live in poverty. As one of the only residential camps in Indiana focusing on service to economically challenged children, the Happy Hollow camp’s staff and directors are working diligently to help Central Indiana families meet [...]