Founded in January of 2001, Animal Welfare Trust operates as a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation devoted to promoting the well-being of the animal community. Among our guiding values is the belief that animals have rights to experience a life of respect, free from unnecessary suffering.
AWT recognizes that much abuse toward animals is based in deep-rooted cultural and social attitudes, which requires fundamental changes in how people think about their relationship with the animal community.
AWT has operated three strategies in helping to make a difference to the welfare of animals:
- First, a grant program that is particularly focused on helping grassroots efforts that have a compelling vision as to how they can make a unique contribution to the animal welfare cause.
- Second, establishing our own projects, either alone or in partnership with other organizations, that serves the mission to advance the cause of animal welfare.
- Third, a student internship and fellowship program designed to encourage and help enable a pathway to careers in the animal protection arena.
The board of Animal Welfare Trust has given considerable deliberation as to the ability to continue to operate the Trust as an effective private foundation on a longer term basis. Considering the relatively small remaining asset base and related inability to hire professional staff that can sustain operations into the future, we have decided the best course of action is to initiate a spend down policy that will sunset the organization in 2021 which will be our twentieth anniversary year.
Over the remaining life of AWT we will be looking largely for AWT board member sponsored projects. Accordingly, we regrettably are no longer accepting unsolicited grant proposals.