2016 Grant Accelerator Charities

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 [...]

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 [...]

Humane Society for Hamilton County

Established in 1984, the Humane Society for Hamilton County (INDIANA) is a unique animal welfare organization in that it considers all good-tempered animals – regardless of age, breed, special needs, or disability – adoptable. Every animal will receive the medical care it needs, the love it craves and the second chance it deserves. HSHC operates an "open admission" facility which means no animal is turned away due to space or financial limitations. Remarkably, HSHC annually places over 90% of animals in its care into loving homes compared to the national average of 35% which includes the medically difficult cases. Social Media WWW.HAMILTONHUMANE.COM How the Money Will Be Used In 2016, the [...]

Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN)

Founded in 2001, Indiana Canine Assistant Network (INDIANA) believes that service dogs can be catalysts for positive change in peoples’ lives. Today that change is meeting two important needs in our communities; (a) ICAN provides Hoosier children and adults living with a disability greater independence and an opportunity for a more enriched life by partnering them with a service dog and, (b) ICAN prepares offenders to return to their communities better equipped to successfully reintegrate with their families and obtain employment. ICAN brings hope through the spirit of the dog. Service dog placements include mobility, facility (Hospitals, schools, courthouses, and rehabilitation centers), PTSD assist for veterans, autism assistance, and diabetic alert. ICAN is the only [...]

The KEYS Program

The KEYS Program (NEW YORK) is a 501c3 children’s charity that delivers music, hope and smiles to kids battling cancer through music outreach, education and advocacy. Founded in 1993 by retired NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Official David Bennett and his wife Colleen, the KEYS Program provides bedside music, live concerts, music care packages and family respite programs for kids in children’s hospitals, camps and hospice care…all at no cost to the families they serve. Where words fail music speaks.” Hans Christian Anderson. The KEYS Program experiences the power of music every day. Whether singing a silly echo song with a child undergoing chemotherapy treatments, dancing in the halls of the hospital with IV in one hand and [...]

National Mill Dog Rescue

National Mill Dog Rescue (COLORADO) is the leading organization in the country devoted exclusively to rescuing puppy mill survivors. From 2007 through 2015, we have saved 10,468 dogs from "dog factories" primarily in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. We generally rescue breeding dogs that are either too old or too sick to continue producing litters-but also take other dogs that are about to be discarded, including puppies that are over the age desired by pet stores. Most of these dogs have years of life ahead of them. They would otherwise be sold for pennies at dog auctions or destroyed; and, indeed, across the country, thousands suffer these fates; but we rescue as many as we [...]