A $500,000 gift from Ken Jackson is providing a big boost to the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services and its efforts to support animal-related programs that provide rescue/shelter services, spay/neuter services and animal-assisted therapy in greater Birmingham. A separate year end gift of $100,000 to his Advised Fund at the Community Foundation will allow him to do even more for the community he loves.
Jackson established the Remy Fund with a $250,000 gift and named it in honor of his late dog Remy, a Jack Russell-Shih Tzu mix. He named the Mac and Tosh Advised Fund, established as part of a birthday celebration, in honor of two other beloved pets.
Using the Community Foundation as a philanthropic partner has been a rewarding experience, Jackson says, especially the grants from the Remy Fund to support great work with traditional companion animals – cats, dogs and horses. This experience makes him want to do more.
If you want to create a Field of Interest Fund to fuel your passion for positive change in greater Birmingham or establish an Advised Fund to increase the effectiveness of your personal philanthropy in partnership with the Community Foundation, contact Erin Stephenson.
To find out more about the Remy Fund, keep reading:
The Remy Fund has awarded grants totaling $40,000 since 2011. A committee of volunteers (pictured at right) reviews proposals submitted through an on-line process, visits facilities and meets with organization leaders to evaluate finalists. Members include Brenda Bell Guercio, Beth A. Franklin, Debra J. Linton, James “Murphy” Lynch and Beverly S. Virciglio, with Jackson as ex-officio and non-voting member.
Nonprofit organizations serving Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties can submit applications for Remy Fund grants starting April 1, 2013. Priorities include:
- Rescue/shelter programs for traditional companion animals
- Spay/neuter programs
- Animal-assisted therapy programs involving traditional companion animals
- Education and advocacy programs (promoting the humane and dignified treatment of traditional companion animals)
- Service dog programs
If you want to give to support the Remy Fund, you can do that on-line or by check.