Loudoun Veterinarians Launch Nonprofit Fund for Animals

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties on Monday, announced a newly created giving circle to benefit animal-serving organizations.

The PAW Fund, or Pay-it-Forward Animal Welfare Fund, will support nonprofit organizations focusing on animal safety, education, adoption, health, and overall animal welfare. It will also support animal-based human therapy organizations.

As a giving circle, the PAW Fund will pool donations made by individuals and businesses to make grants to eligible organizations. Donors contributing to the PAW Fund will have a seat at the table during the grantmaking process.

The fund was created by a group veterinarians of the Loudoun County Veterinary Medical Association, led by local veterinarian Dr. Bill Tyrrell. Tyrrell and the PAW Fund founders saw great need in the community that trickled down to the pets in their care. They wanted to find a way to give back to the community in which they practice, and to the pets, service animals, horses, and livestock in Loudoun County.

Tyrrell previously participated another local giving circle within the Community Foundation, and experienced firsthand how giving circles provide an opportunity to make high-impact grants to local organizations.

“We never want someone to have to decide between feeding their family or caring for their pet. Also, many organizations utilize animals as therapy for children and adults with special needs or who have suffered a traumatic event,” Tyrrell said. “The aim of this giving circle under the Community Foundation is to help provide some very needed funding for the nonprofit organizations that support these animal related causes.”

The PAW Fund joins the Community Foundation’s portfolio of giving circles.

“Giving circles amplify support for causes its members care about,” stated Community Foundation President and CEO Amy Owen. “Joining the PAW Fund gives each and every animal lover a deeper appreciation for the charitable work taking place right here in our community.”

The Community Foundation expects to release a request for proposals to eligible organizations seeking funding in late 2018.  To learn more about the PAW Fund or to donate, visit http://www.communityfoundationlf.org/PAW.

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