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Giving Wisely: Five of The Most Effective Animal Charities

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People often want to give to charities, but are worried their donation isn’t going directly to the cause. To help you with the process, Vimvest handpicked five efficient animal charities to help you give wisely.

Animal Charities

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Congress created the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 1984 to protect and restore the fish, wildlife, and habitats in the United States.

The Foundation is addressing the nation’s most pressing conservation issues by awarding thousands of organizations grants. About 96% of the $273 million raised in 2016 went to its programs and services.

PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities saves the lives of homeless animals and improves the relationships between people and pets.

PetSmart joins forces with thousands of Adoption Partners to develop PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers. It also provides emergency relief for disasters, and conducts customer fundraising programs. PetSmart raised about $50 million in 2017, and about 93% of PetSmart’s donations go toward its programs and services.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.

It preserves and protects East Africa’s wildlife through anti-poaching efforts, safeguarding the environment, increasing awareness, and providing veterinary assistance to animals in need. The Trust raised around $4.5 million in 2017, and about 92.5% of the donations were allocated to its wildlife preservation programs.


WildAid aims to end the illegal wildlife trade within our lifetimes by reducing the demand for illegal wildlife products, and promoting energy conservation. WildAid uses global public awareness campaigns to convince consumers to avoid illegal or unsustainable wildlife products, such as shark fin soup, ivory and rhino horn, and to make better transportation and food choices in order to reduce climate change impacts. In 2016, WildAid raised about $10 million in revenue, and about 91% of the money raised went to its programs.

The Animal Welfare Institute

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) works to eliminate the suffering of animals by people.

The Institute rescues animals tortured by snares and traps, identifies cruel animal factories, and minimizes harmful actions to endangered species. Its Animal Welfare Approved program labels products that are humanely produced. The AWI raised about $4.6 million in 2017, and 90% of those funds were distributed to its programs.

Finding the right charity can take some time! If you found a charity that aligns with your beliefs, create a giving goal and start making a difference.

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Vimvest (now known as Monorail) is a goal-based financial planning app that allows you to invest, save, and give all at once using a patent-pending single deposit system that divides your funds between goals based on priority. Whether it’s a downpayment on a house, saving for next year’s summer vacation, or contributing to a cause you believe in, Vimvest is designed to help get you there.

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