Morris Animal Foundation
720 South Colorado Blvd, Ste 174-A
Denver CO 80246
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Mission Statement

Morris Animal Foundation improves the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane health studies and disseminating information about those studies.

Contact Information
Contact Name Liz Nahon
Contact email
Address 720 South Colorado Blvd, Ste 174-A
Denver, CO 80246
Phone (303) 790-2345
Fax 303-790-4066
County Denver
Alternate Phone 800 243-2345
How to Give
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Ways to Donate
Animals need help from people, like you, who believe that science can improve their world. Whether you make a donation, host a fundraising event or get involved in some other way, you will be supporting an ongoing quest for new discoveries and knowledge will make a true difference in the lives of animals—today and tomorrow. Learn more here.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $13,956,601.00
Projected Expenses $13,956,601.00
History and Background
Former Names
Mark L Morris Memorial Foundation1951
Year Founded 1956
IRS Ruling Year 1956
State Registration Expiration Sept 2015

Morris Animal Foundation improves the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane health studies and disseminating information about those studies.

Background Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr. believed there was a need for a foundation that solely addressed the health and welfare of animals. He also knew science has the power to change the world. When he established Morris Animal Foundation in 1948, Dr. Morris envisioned a world in which scientific discoveries would lead to healthy lives for animals.
Impact Morris Animal Foundation is the global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine. Since our founding, we've invested more than $70 million in 2,000-plus studies that have improved the health and quality of life for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife in more than 100 countries.

These studies have led to better preventions, diagnostic tools, treatment protocols and even cures for what ails the world's animals. Some of these breakthroughs have become industry gold standards that are now used in every veterinary practice
in the country.

Morris Animal Foundation's ongoing investment in veterinary science has led to
• The first vaccines for deadly illnesses, including canine parvovirus, feline leukemia and equine valley fever
• Cancer breakthroughs, including better diagnostic tests and more effective chemotherapy for dogs and cats
• Knowledge that helps veterinarians manage feline diabetes and canine kidney disease through diet
• Genetic tools that help prevent and manage equine diseases, such as tying-up and lavender foal syndrome
• Establishment of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, a model conservation program for providing
care and treatment to an endangered species in its natural habitat
• Improved assisted reproduction protocols, better nutrition and disease management for a multitude of endangered animals, including cheetahs, frogs, pandas, elephants and sea otters
Needs Scientific discoveries are continuous, and Morris Animal Foundation's quest for better veterinary medicine never ends. Whether the goal is understanding the role of genetic mutations or unmasking the mysteries of a new virus, veterinary advances transpire one step at a time. Every study leads us one step closer to new treatments, better preventions and, ultimately, hope for a brighter world for animals.

We can't fulfill our mission without the support of committed partners. You can make animals' lives better by supporting research through Morris Animal Foundation.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

From fur to feathers to fins, the vast diversity of the animal kingdom inspires awe. Even animals of the same species can vary greatly in looks and personality. Their originality is one reason we love animals so passionately.

Morris Animal Foundation strives each day to keep every animal healthy. Our work helps dogs, cats, horses, llamas and alpacas, sea otters, birds, fish, lions, gorillas, elephants, pandas and many other species. We also recognize that although many health problems effect multiple species, each animal must be treated as an individual.

This is one reason why we have launched species-specific initiatives like the Canine Cancer Campaign, The Equine Health Initiative, and The Happy Healthy Cat Campaign. Focusing intensely on individual health issues can lead to even more rapid health advances. But we never forget our mission to serve all companion animals and wildlife. So many animals need our help, and we continue to fund studies to help them all.

Board Chair Statement

Morris Animal Foundation has a rich history and an even richer future. The Foundation has always sought cures for diseases of dogs, cats, horses, llamas, alpacas and wildlife species throughout the world. As we enter a new phase for the Foundation, we are excited to share our passion for science and the animals that can benefit from good science.

Through prudent management of our resources, generous gifts from donors of all magnitude and the support of animal lovers worldwide, we have the ability to significantly advance the health and welfare of our animal friends. Science is not easy. Science is not quick. But science offers us the best chance to find lasting cures for the most vexing diseases in veterinary medicine today. With your help, we can do great things. On behalf of all of the animals helped by Morris Animal Foundation-funded research, thank you.



Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Science & Technology/Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Tertiary Organizational Category Public & Societal Benefit/
Description Morris Animal Foundation's Canine Lifetime Health Project is an online community of dog lovers willing to have their dogs participate in studies that will improve the health of dogs. By participating in the project, dog lovers further Morris Animal Foundation's efforts to support science that advances veterinary care for dogs.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, first study of the Canine Lifetime Health Project, is a pioneering study focusing on identifying risk factors for development of cancer and other diseases in Golden Retrievers.

Learn more or register today at

Population Served Adults
Description Morris Animal Foundation offers sponsorships for veterinary students. The Veterinary Student Scholars Program gives veterinary students hands-on exposure to veterinary medical
research in hopes that some will consider a career in research, a field where they are so critically needed.

Through this program, Morris Animal Foundation awards stipends up to $4,000 to veterinary students who wish to participate in clinical or basic animal health and/or welfare research. Students must devote a minimum of 50 percent of
their time to the project for the equivalent of a 10- to 12-week period. Students are selected by their institution based on their academic standing, endorsement from a responsible mentor and a proposed research project consistent with the Foundation's guidelines.

This type of support allows you to help further the career of a talented student.
Population Served Adults
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Since its inception in 2005 the Veterinary Student Scholars Program has supported 335 students
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Scholars are required to present their projects to Morris Animal Foundation's scientific advisers and trustees at our scientific review meetings.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Our Veterinary Student Scholars Program has helped shaped the careers of many promising students who have gone on to make a difference in the lives and health of the world's animals.
Description Good science is good for animals. That's why Morris Animal Foundation invests in only the best science.

We are committed to unbiased study selection, which has earned us
respect and credibility among the veterinary and scientific communities. Morris Animal Foundation's reputation for advancing veterinary medicine is second to none. At any given time, Morris Animal Foundation is managing about 300 active studies for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife.

Support from public donors is our main source of funding.
Population Served Adults
FIP is a deadly disease in cats for which there is currently no cure or prevention. This program is helping to solve the problem of the FIP virus causing disease and death in cats.
The overarching goal of this program is development of a cure or a prevention for FIP through increasing understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease.
Population Served General/Unspecified
The purpose of this program is to prevent and treat metastatic canine osteosarcoma.
Osteosarcoma is a common and deadly cancer that affects approximately 10,000 dogs every year; 80% of dogs will die within two years of diagnosis. The most common cause of death in affected dogs is the spread or metastasis of the cancer in the body.
The overarching goal of this program is to prevent the metastasis of canine osteosarcoma, and by so doing, to improve the quality of life and survival time of dogs diagnosed with this deadly and rapidly-spreading disease.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments We continue to achieve our revenue, budget and donor retention goals despite the downturn in the economy. We are currently in a hiring mode as we look to sustain growth and launch our 10 year canine longitudinal study. Obtaining totally unrestricted gifts is more of a challenge than previously. Staff turnover has been low but there are some indications that the job market is improving slightly. We are continuously reviewing salaries and benefits to ensure we are competitive.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director David Haworth
Start Date June 2011

David Haworth, DVM, PhD, joined Morris Animal Foundation as its president and CEO in 2011. David has a diversity of experiences that include corporate partnership development, veterinary research, nonprofit oversight and clinical practice. He was the director of global alliances for Pfizer Animal Health from 2008 to 2011 and held various other positions with the organization, including director of clinical development at Pfizer Veterinary Medicine Research & Development from 2000 to 2008. While at Pfizer he was also on the board of directors for the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Prior to that, he was an associate veterinarian at a small animal and emergency clinic in Washington State. David received his bachelor of science in biology from the College of William & Mary and his doctor of veterinary medicine and doctorate of philosophy from Colorado State University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center. He and his wife, Claudia, have two children, Connor and Alaina, and two Labradors, Bella and Luna.

Senior Staff
Diane BrownChief Scientific Officer
Chris OrzechowskiChief Marketing Officer
Dan ReedExecutive Development Officer
John TaylorChief Operating Officer
Number of Full-time Staff 31
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 30
Staff Retention Rate 85
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 33
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 24
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Boiler and Machinery
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Commercial General Liability and Medical Malpractice
Computer Equipment and Software
Corporal Punishment Liability
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Extra Expense Insurance
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Internet Liability Insurance
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Workplace Violence
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Jim Kutsch Ph.D.
Company Affiliation Seeing Eye Inc.
Term July 2014 to June 2016
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2015
Board of Directors List
Deborah Davenport DVM, DACVIMHill's Pet NutritionVoting
Amy Eagle-Thompson RetiredVoting
Bob Gain BlackRockVoting
Walter George G3 Consulting, LLCVoting
Colin Giles BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS
Amy Hunkeler DVM, DACVOVeterinary OpthalmologistVoting
Wendy Knudsen Cequel IIIVoting
James Kutsch, Jr. Ph.D.CEO, The Seeing EyeVoting
Richard Lichter Newbury PartnersVoting
Patrick Long DVMCamelid Healthcare ServicesVoting
Jonna Mazet DVM, MPVM, Ph.D.University of California - DavisVoting
Bette Morris Ph.D.RetiredVoting
David Morris CEO, Zupreem
Cynthia Morris Peterson-ArneVoting
David Petrie Blue BuffaloVoting
Richard Swanson RetiredVoting
Stanley Teeter DVM
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 7
Not specified 0
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 90 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 10 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2015-June 30, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $13,956,601
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $13,956,601
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$19,811,519$16,760,966$7,688,807
Total Expenses$14,631,655$13,896,218$12,898,714
Revenue Less Expenses$5,179,864$2,864,748($5,209,907)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$8,497,644$10,636,743$9,388,226
Investment Income, Net of Losses$191,540$52,723$231,014
Unrealized Gain/Loss$9,736,968$5,135,577($2,907,291)
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$992,030$766,918$808,774
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$11,612,910$10,921,925$10,106,785
Administration Expense$755,560$760,374$871,625
Fundraising Expense$2,263,185$2,213,919$1,920,304
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.351.210.60
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%79%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue27%21%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$86,340,689$80,609,845$78,298,011
Current Assets$2,091,521$1,796,684$1,539,359
Long-Term Liabilities$871,483$563,198$565,599
Current Liabilities$3,470,171$3,227,476$3,777,989
Total Net Assets$81,999,035$76,819,171$73,954,423
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.600.560.41
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%1%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnrealized Gain/Loss $9,736,968Individuals $10,636,743Individuals $9,388,226
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $8,497,644Unrealized Gain/Loss $5,135,577Revenue In Kind $808,774
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $992,030Revenue In Kind $766,918Investment Income $231,014
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 4.25 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
Address 720 South Colorado Blvd, Ste 174-A
Denver, CO 80246
Primary Phone 303 790-2345
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director David Haworth
Board Chair Mr. Jim Kutsch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Seeing Eye Inc.