Program Stories

A partnership to build capacity of animal welfare organizations

The Animal Welfare domain at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) seeks to improve care for domestic animals through building the capacity of local animal welfare organizations within our seven-state region (Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin). To achieve this goal, we partner with highly-capable intermediary organizations, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), to impact communities across the region.

MACP began supporting the Northern Tier Shelter Initiative in 2015. Within this initiative, a dedicated team of four full-time ASPCA staff mentors and provides funding to local organizations. The ASPCA assists groups with a variety of opportunities, including veterinary capacity, healthier shelter environments, and programs to enhance adoptions and community services.

Since the launch of the Northern Tier Shelter Initiative, the ASPCA has engaged in-depth with over 100 local organizations, delivering more than $4 million in sub-grants. Thanks to our partnership with the ASPCA, veterinary care and shelter conditions are indeed improving for animals.

Two female veterinary staff examine a white and grey kitten.

Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Oneida County Humane Society.