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What is the Rescue Bank Program?
Rescue Bank is a signature program of GreaterGood.org, an international non-profit that benefits People, Pets, and the Planet.
Rescue Bank provides grants to the animal rescue community in the form of donated pet food, delivered through our network of regional affiliates. We pay to ship the products directly from the donor to the affiliate’s warehouse. Affiliates then distribute these grants to pre-qualified recipients based on demonstrated need and verified census. Pet food grants allow rescue organizations to transfer part of their food budget to much-needed services such as spay/neuter, vet services, facility maintenance or improvement, adoption events, etc.
GreaterGood.org supports many other animal welfare programs, such as Rescue ReBuild, A Shot at Life, and One Picture Saves a Life. Please visit their website for more details on how GreaterGood.org supports rescue groups worldwide.
Who can apply?
Animal welfare organizations that have a valid, non-revoked IRS Determination Letter establishing their 501(c)(3) status apply for pet food grants though this website. A group applying under a Group Exemption or using an alternate name (for example “Doing business as…”) must submit the relevant documents as described by the IRS or state/local authorities.
Applications are made in specific categories, with criteria tailored to each category. Rescue Bank and its local Affiliates confirm that these criteria are met and monitor the group’s 501(c)3 status. For more information, view our Recipient Criteria.
Our goal is to support – as resources allow –those organizations that exhibit the highest standards of care, demonstrate their ability to make a difference in their community, and work collaboratively with others.
How does it work?
Are there any costs to the recipient organizations?
Our program operates on the national food bank model. Except for disasters and law enforcement actions, recipients pay a small handling fee per pound of food received. While the pet food is donated, the freight, warehouse, and other program costs are not. The small per pound fee charged recipients is shared by the local affiliate and Rescue Bank. This fee only partially reimburses Rescue Bank and the affiliate for their expenses, outside donors make up the rest.
Handling fees are not charged for disaster response or law enforcement actions such as recoveries from hoarders. GreaterGood.org conducts separate, dedicated fundraising for these events so that donations can be delivered without further straining limited budgets.
In some cases, the donor pays for all or part of the shipping, reducing or eliminating the fee to the recipient.
How can I apply?
You must apply online by completing the appropriate Recipient Application at www.rescuebank.org. Applications must be complete and are subject to approval.
Who can I contact for questions?
For more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 702-629-6351.
PAL Humane Society is in the process of becoming an Affiliate of Rescue Bank. As soon as we have 35 rescues signed up for the program, we can start bringing in food. So please go to Rescue Bank's site and register. PAL looks forward to assisting your organization in the life saving work that you do.