2011 Grantees

The Binky Foundation experienced a two-fold increase in grant applications in 2011. With resources limited we focused first on the smaller First Steps grants, particularly those that we determined would bring long-term benefits to the grantee as opposed to simply helping with current operating expenses. We have posted our revised criteria and information on our new application windows commencing in 2012 because of the large number of requests for funding (see our Grant Program page.)

First Step Grants

During 2011, First Steps grants of $2500 or less were awarded to 20 organizations in 11 states. These grants largely reflecting our revised criteria, and we were also pleased to be able to include grants to organizations helping some of our underserved animal friends, including rabbits and turtles. Here is a list of our 2011 First Steps grantees:

Forward Steps Grants

The Binky Foundation also provided support in 2011 for a few new larger Forward Steps programs that our grant committee determined would provide long-term, valuable benefits for animals or habitat, including:

  • Contributing toward the acquisition of needed equipment for the veterinary facility of a wild cat sanctuary in Oregon (WildCat Haven Sanctuary)
  • Helping purchase much needed equipment for the long-term development of a spay/neuter clinic and infirmary in Iowa (C & W Rustic Hollow Shelter, Inc.)
  • Funding for the purchase of walk-through gates for a repeat applicant, a horse rescue facility in Washington State (Wind Haven Horse Rescue)
  • Funding for another repeat applicant for the purchase of much needed equipment for an on-sight hospital for the treatment of injured or ill wildcats in New Mexico (The Wildcat Sanctuary)
  • Ongoing support for an environmental law fellowship, The Environmental Law & Policy Center, dedicated to wildlife protection, particularly for its Wildlife Habitat Protection Initiative in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin.

The Binky Foundation also continues to provide ongoing support for several “old friends”—organizations that provide significant and important services to animals—domestic and wild—and their habitat, including grants to:

  • A small refuge in Southern New Jersey providing a haven for beavers, other indigenous wildlife and migratory birds, protecting them from encroachments of farmers, hunters and civilized development. (Unexpected Wildlife Refuge)
  • An organization in Central New Jersey providing for the rehabilitation and re-entry in to the wild of injured or orphaned raptors and other birds, most of which are harmed by their proximity to the New York metropolis. (The Raptor Trust)
  • A nationally and internationally known animal sanctuary in support of its educational programs (Best Friends Animal Society)