Animal Welfare Trust awarded grants totaling $397,880 which was a record amount. This was broken down as follows:
- $175,000 in grants from our general grant program to 11 organizations.
- $100,000 in our direct project program to HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) and the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.
- $103,000 for two grants under our fellowship program.
- $19,880 in grants to 5 student internship projects which are discussed in the student internship section of the web site.
While we were able to fund some great projects in 2014, the highlight for the year was the establishment of an Animal Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School. Although not directly funded by AWT, this project was facilitated by an AWT board member and is part of our goal to advance animal studies in higher education. This is the second major effort to extend animal studies in higher education with the establishment of the Animal Studies Initiative at NYU in 2010 being the other.
Animal studies programs at Universities and Law Schools are rarely offered. It is difficult to find a university that does not have programs in civil rights and human rights issues. Animal protection is a global social justice movement that needs and deserves academic representation. The lack of such programs is a major void for the movement. Lost is the opportunity to help promote a new generation of ethical leaders whether they be headed for the private sector, government or social services.
Once again I want to thank the AWT board and staff for their guidance and dedication. Animal Welfare Trust is in our 15th year of operation. Over this period we have given over 200 grants to animal protection causes. Our board is about to embark on a strategic look at how we can maximize our impact in the years ahead. All considerations will be on the table including the possibility of going into a spend down mode over the coming years.