Banfield Foundation™ Launches with Inaugural Grant of $200K in Support of American Veterinary Medical Foundation

October 06, 2015 • Portland, OR

The Banfield FoundationTM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,  launched today with an inaugural $200,000 commitment over three years to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), in support of its Our Oath in Action® initiative.

AVMF is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMF’s  Our Oath in Action program connects members of the veterinary profession with volunteer opportunities in their community. This program gives veterinarians, technicians, assistants and staff members the opportunity to reach out and connect to the animal loving public outside of the veterinary hospital. The inaugural donation demonstrates the Banfield Foundation’s goal of raising awareness for the importance of preventive care.

"I am honored to be part of a charitable organization that is deeply-rooted in making a better world for pets, enriching the communities in which they live and play, and supporting the veterinarians who are passionate about their health and well-being,” said Lilisa Hall, the newly-appointed Executive Director of the Banfield Foundation. “By funding programs such as Our Oath in Action we are demonstrating our commitment to giving back to communities in need, and partnering with organizations dedicated to providing necessary care for pets and their owners.”

The Banfield Foundation was established by Banfield Pet Hospital in May 2015. While it is a separate non-profit entity, the Banfield Foundation shares a similar mission and vision with Banfield Pet Hospital in its focus of improving the well-being of pets, communities and the science of veterinary medicine. Through grants and service programs, the Banfield Foundation focuses on elevating the power of the human-animal bond, strengthening the pet welfare community, providing disaster relief for pets and advancing the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education.

As of the launch, the Banfield Foundation will initially focus on growing two specific programs—Pet Advocacy and Veterinary Assistance grants. Both programs fund non-profit partners and programs aimed at helping keep pets with their families and supporting struggling pet owners in covering the cost of preventive and emergency medical care as well as medications. In partnership with Banfield and its hospitals, the foundation will also focus heavily on programs that support the science of veterinary medicine, as well as disaster relief in local communities. Moving forward, the Banfield Foundation will continue to develop and expand both grants and service programs.

As a private foundation, the Banfield Foundation is governed by a board of directors comprised of Banfield Pet Hospital senior leadership and led by Marta Monetti, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs, who fills the role of President and Chairman of the Board. Other senior leaders within Banfield include: Vincent Bradley, president and CEO; Phil Freeman, chief financial officer (CFO); Tami Majer, senior vice president of Personnel & Organization; David Feitel, general counsel; Dr. George Melillo, Northeast regional medical director; and Teresa Fox, Southeast regional vice president.

Lilisa Hall was recently appointed Executive Director of the Banfield Foundation. Prior to joining the Banfield Foundation, Lilisa was the Executive Director of the PacifiCorp Foundation and Community Affairs for nearly 10 years, where she was responsible for all charitable activities, a robust community investment strategy, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications and employee community program management. She also sits on the Board of Directors for several Portland-based organizations including: United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, Concordia University Foundation and Grantmakers of Oregon Southwest Washington.

Learn more about the Banfield Foundation by visiting BanfieldFoundation.org or following the foundation at Facebook.com/BanfieldFoundation.

About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 86,500 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. For more than 50 years, the foundation has been helping veterinarians help animals with support for education, advocacy, service, and research programs and activities. Visit AVMF.org for more information.

About the Banfield FoundationTM
Founded in 2015 by Banfield Pet Hospital®, the Banfield FoundationTM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to improving the well-being of pets and communities. Our mission is to elevate the power of the human-animal bond, strengthen the pet welfare community, provide disaster relief for pets and advance the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. We also offer support for emergency and preventive veterinary care and provide grants to pet-related nonprofit organizations in order keep pets healthy and in loving homes. For more information visit BanfieldFoundation.org or follow us at Facebook.com/BanfieldFoundation