April 19, 2017
Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications
PLEASANTON, CA--( April 19, 2017) - Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, has made a $100,000 investment in Shelter Animals Count. Shelter Animals Count is the only 501c3 independent organization dedicated to collecting, sharing and stewarding a national database of shelter statistics, resulting in a greater understanding of the state of animal welfare and, ultimately, more lives saved.
This grant will support the organization's day-to-day operations so they can continue to help communities at the local level to understand the trends, opportunities and challenges they face, and to help create a picture of how those translate to the regional and national levels.
"Maddie's Fund is one of the original funders of the national database project," said Jodi Buckman, Chair of the Shelter Animals Count Board of Directors. "This generous grant demonstrates their confidence in this project, and in the importance of gathering data, nationwide, from animal rescue and sheltering organizations," said Buckman. "We're proud to be partnering with them in this effort."
"We believe data collection and reporting is vital to the work of shelters and rescue organizations," said Shelly Thompson, Director of Grants at Maddie's Fund. "Shelter Animals Count is the only national vehicle for achieving this and we are thrilled to support them."
About Maddie's Fund
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987 - 1997 and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.