Saturday, April 12, 2014

Charity of the Month: American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation


American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation promotes health and well-being of all dogs by supporting research in canine diseases and dissemination of canine health information.

The Foundation embraces the OneHealth model by supporting medical, physical, and social well-being of dogs and their owners. 


It provides grants and seed funding to scientists and researchers investigating causes of various canine illnesses, developing diagnosis methods and treatments, or engaged in the identification of disease prevention strategies. The granting process is rigorous and stringent involving a panel of top scientists and experts in the field.

The Foundation determines its funding priorities by gathering information from the AKC Parent Clubs as well as dog owners, breeders, veterinarians, academic institutions, and researchers. It raises monies from corporate sponsors, dog owner clubs, veterinarians, and through private fund-raising efforts.

Since 1995, the Foundation has funded over 550 grants totaling $40 million, making it one of the largest canine research funding institution in the world.


The Foundation uses its website, email list, traditional mailings, podcasts, as well as presentations at symposiums and scientific conferences to disseminate authoritative literature regarding canine health and research.


American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation is the only dog health organization making to the top ranks of the Charity Navigator rankings. It received 4 out of possible 4-stars in January 2014. This is the eight time, the Foundation has received the 4-star rating in the last 12 years. Charity Navigator gave the foundation top score for Accountabilty and Tranparency (score of 70 on a scale of 0 – 70).

In 2012, the Foundation spent, 80% of its budget is spent on programs and approximately 10% each on administrative and fund-raising activities.



American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation
8051 Arco Corporate Drive
Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27617
tel: (888) 682-9696
fax: (919) 334-4011

EIN: 13-3813813

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 900061

Raleigh, NC 27675

Online donation: visit foundation website.


Conflict of interest statement: I, Ajay Malik, have no financial, personal or professional relationship with American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation; and I do not own a dog, though many of my friends and neighbors do.

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