Lazin Animal Foundation

Grantmaking

Lazin Animal Foundation provides grants to organizations that need assistance caring for, and protecting homeless and at-risk dogs from unnecessary suffering, euthanasia or relinquishment.

CORE FUNDING AREAS

Urgent and Emergent Medical Care

Enrichment and Behavior Resources

Capacity Building

Target Populations

  • Animal welfare, shelter and rescue organizations whose sustainability, growth and significant improvement will benefit from capacity building resources. Populations of homeless dogs experiencing the highest rates of euthanasia and longest rates of stay in shelters when compared to the general shelter population of dogs.
  • Homeless dogs in need of urgent or emergent medical care to avoid unnecessary suffering, euthanasia or surrender; and as a result of medical care become adoptable.
  • Homeless dogs in need of enrichment, behavior resources, and behavior modification.
  • Veteran and canine partnerships that encourage work with, and the adoption of homeless dogs.

Desired Outcomes

  • Animal welfare, shelter and rescue organizations are able to provide evidence of improved capacity to affect the number of treatable homeless dogs being euthanized or experiencing longer lengths of stay in the shelter.
  • Populations of homeless dogs experiencing the highest rates of euthanasia and/or longest lengths of stay in a shelter served with Lazin Animal Foundation funded programs or projects reveal improved statistics.
  • Lazin Animal Foundation funded programs or projects exemplify sound business decisions and benefit the maximum number of dogs possible.
  • Lazin Animal Foundation funded programs or projects are innovative, and will inspire broad-scale, transformational, and systemic change throughout the industry.
  • Lazin Animal Foundation funded programs or projects launch long-term solutions that can continue to save animals year after year and be replicated by others across the country.
  • Whenever feasible, the Foundation will look for opportunities to leverage resources through collaborating service organizations, as well as collaboration with other funders.

Grants will generally not be awarded for unrestricted general operating expenses; fundraising activities or events; umbrella funding organizations that intend to distribute funds at their own discretion; political lobbying or legislative activities; or to reduce debts. Grants may be rejected if any member of our Board of Directors shares any financial interest with any member or your organization.

When the Foundation considers a grant to an organization, 100% of the grant money must be used for the purpose stated in the application. Unless specified by the Foundation, no fees for overhead, asset management, fundraising costs or percentages to development personnel may be taken out of the grant money.

Incomplete and/or unsolicited grant applications may not be reviewed.

To be eligible for funding from the Foundation, organizations:

  • Must be a U.S. based 501(c)3 not for profit organization, government entity, tribal nation, university or animal welfare organization with a focus on homeless dogs and able to provide a copy of its IRS Determination of Exempt Status Letter or appropriate documentation.
  • Will be asked to provide interim financial statements for the current year.
  • Will be asked to provide a copy of its prior year audited financial statement.
  • Will be asked to provide a copy of its most recent 990 tax return (nonprofits) or signed W-9 (government entities). Tribal nations may provide comparable documentation.
  • Will be asked to share annual animal statistics including its lifesaving percentage and the formula for how it was calculated, when applicable.
  • Must be current on all grant reporting requirements if they have received funding from the Foundation in the past.
  • Must have submitted a completed grant application or RFP response.

The Foundation will use a rubric, or predefined scoring criteria to quantify the strength of each grant application or RFP response. Broad evaluation criterion may include:

  • Compatibility with Core Funding Areas, Target Populations and Desired Outcomes
  • Statement of Need
  • Program/Project Efficacy
  • Capacity Building (when applicable)
  • Funding Use
  • Organizational Aptitude and Sustainability
  • Lazin Animal Foundation and Founder Legacy Opportunity

Request for Proposals

From time to time, the Foundation may release a Request for Proposal “RFP” to outline funding requirements for a specific, desirable program or project. The RFP process will be used to solicit responses from interested and qualified applicants and identify which organization(s) might be the best-qualified to complete the program or project.

Open RFPs: None