Membership – Animal Education Foundation

The Importance of Sponsors and Donors to Animal Education Foundations

No matter what the charity, financial donors and sponsors are essential for the many groups that exist today to help those in need. There never seems to be enough funding available to combat ongoing concerns, whether animal or human-related, so donations are critical. Even though some organizations have an easier time than others in generating donations, fundraising is never easy. With hundreds of different aid groups and charities that exist in support of everything from cancer research to autism, rainforest depletion to animal cruelty, it is no wonder how many times animal welfare organizations come up short as people’s charity dollars end up donated elsewhere.

Animal Welfare Causes – Who Are the Typical Donors?

Most animal lovers give to favorite animal welfare causes if and when they can (though this is becoming harder as economic factors worsen). It is these individual donations – whether $1 or $1000 – that add up to become the lifeblood that keep smaller organizations “in business”, so to speak, though there are no actual profits to be made. The only “profits” are monies raised above and beyond operational costs, which are then turned around and used to extend service elsewhere. It is a never-ending cycle of fundraising and donation depletion.

Animal Education Foundation Sponsors – Sponsorship on Two Levels

Though these smaller animal welfare groups – and even some research and animal medical organizations – cannot survive without the individual donations made by the average person, other means of funding is essential. These methods frequently include sponsorships, grants and charitable gifts from companies, families and individual philanthropists themselves. This is also the basis on which most animal foundations are built: large donations and sponsorships coming from larger wallets, which are then used to sponsor smaller, deserving efforts.

Most, if not all, animal foundations are started by philanthropists for one reason, and one reason only – to express a concern for animals, and a deep desire to help. Their love of a special pet, or their feelings about cruelty, euthanasia or even habitat destruction has inspired them to put their effort – and their money – toward bringing together other like-minded people to make a difference. For those who cannot get involved in other ways, giving money is the best way they can help, and it feels good, too. This is why many affluent people donate – to make a difference in a way that they can. It is even sometimes considered to increase status in certain social circles if someone makes a sizable contribution to a specific foundation. However, status symbol or no, it is these sponsors who help spread the notoriety of certain foundations, which in turn increases awareness, and secondary donations to both the foundation fund itself, and to its sponsored charities.

Corporate, Estate and Family Donors and Sponsors

It is generally beneficial for large companies and very wealthy families alike to be seen in the public eye as giving back to their community. For this reason it is common to see big brand names associated with some animal foundations, such as Hill’s pet food company and its support of the Morris Animal Foundation, and VISA’s support of the World Wildlife Fund. With these types of sponsorships, and even those from businesses which are not as big, companies and individuals of note are seen as caring about the causes at hand, and sharing some of their wealth to see a foundation achieve its goals. Many individual donations can follow, simply because of the association of a trusted name.

Other types of donors that animal foundations typically attract include family sponsors and estate donors. Family sponsorships involve a regular, timely donation of an agreed amount that is sent on behalf of a family, something that has become a popular way to donate. Many financial planners will suggest this to families as a way to donate to their worthy foundation of choice, while obtaining certain tax time benefits. Additionally, estate donations – in which a deceased person’s worth of estate has been willed for donation – is sent, providing a true meaning to “leaving an estate to the dogs”. For many though, this is where they feel their money will be most appreciated and best used.

Regardless of how donations are received, the important part is that people continue to support an animal education foundation  that provides grants and funding to animal welfare. For a list of animal foundations to donate to, and the grants that they offer toward animal welfare, visit http://www.animalgrantmakers.org/