The Petfinder Foundation assists the 13,500+ animal shelters and rescue groups that post their adoptable pets on Petfinder.com. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Petfinder Foundation helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster Fund, Care & Feeding and other programs. Since its founding in 2003, the Petfinder Foundation has given more than $20 million in cash and product grants to shelters and rescue groups in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information, go to http://www.petfinderfoundation.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/petfinderfoundation.
WildlifeNow* operates a magnificent, 3,270 square kilometer park in Tanzania known as Mkomazi, which the Tanzania government recently awarded National Park status. WildlifeNow was created by Tony Fitzjohn and his mentor George Adamson, whose long efforts to protect wildlife was memorialized in the film “Born Free.” WildlifeNow operates a Black Rhino Sanctuary, a 40 square mile reserve within the greater park. Seriously endangered and a prime target for poachers, Mkomazi has provided the Black Rhino a sanctuary which is key to the species’ survival. WildlifeNow also has a world-class program to save the African Wild Dog and works to protect numerous other at-risk species, including elephants, elands, lions and zebras. WildlifeNow develops partnerships with local villages to re-establish ecosystems, protect endangered African wildlife and educate future generations of Africans about conservation efforts, thus changing local sentiment towards conservation and preservation and its team is considered one of the foremost authorities in the area of African wildlife conservation. In addition to the extraordinary work done at Mkomazi, Tony and his team are in the early stages of reversing many years of damage and re-establishing complete ecosystems in Kora National Park in Kenya. For his extraordinary leadership and success at preserving species at risk, Tony was honored for his work in 2006 by the Queen of England with the Order of the British Empire (OBE). For more information, go to http://www.wildlifenow.com and https://www.facebook.com/pages/WildlifeNOW
*Also known as the George Adamson Preservation Trust
Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to achieving civil marriage equality in every state and at the federal level. With volunteer leaders, members and partners in all 50 states, MEUSA is the largest grassroots organization of its kind engaged in education, organizing, advocacy and coalition building to win equal rights for all LGBTQ families. As the chair of the National Equality Action Team (NEAT), MEUSA has been instrumental in almost every state level campaign to win marriage since 2010. Its nationally recognized “License Our Love” actions in County Clerk offices have served as a model for similar work across the country. In 2014, MEUSA will be launching powerful new education and training initiatives that will further empower individuals to be effective advocates in their community and the media for achieving marriage equality. For more information, go to http://www.marriageequality.org and https://www.facebook.com/marriageequalityusa