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

Bridging science and resources to advance the health of animals.

Contact Information
Contact Name Laurie Peterson
Contact email
Address 720 South Colorado Blvd, Ste 174-A
Denver, CO 80246
Phone (303) 708-3422
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 $15,333,959.00
Projected Expenses $15,333,608.00
History and Background
Former Names
Mark L Morris Memorial Foundation1951
Year Founded 1956
IRS Ruling Year 1956
State Registration Expiration Sept 2018

Bridging science and resources to advance the health of animals.

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 Morris is in an exciting period of growth. Our 10-year canine study has reached its midpoint and proposals have already been accepted to use collected data and expand study impact. Unprecedented fundraising efforts and donor relations have resulted in record breaking campaigns. Our new website has been published, offering the public more information about our unique work and sharing more ways to be involved in our mission. Every organizational success translates to more advances in animal health, so we are excited about the good to come and determined to build on every achievement.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Tiffany Grunert
Start Date Feb 2018


Tiffany is a veteran to nonprofit animal causes and joined the Morris Animal Foundation’s Leadership Team in 2017, leaving her position of Vice President of External Relations on the Executive Team of the Denver Zoological Foundation.
During her 13-year tenure at the Zoo, she was known to many in the Denver community as the Zoo’s spokesperson and known throughout the country as a communications and issues management strategist through her service with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Grunert led cross-functioning teams to open Denver Zoo’s signature $55 million elephant exhibit and worked with other cultural leaders to ensure the reauthorization of the Scientific Cultural Facilities District Tax before joining the Morris Animal Foundation in March of 2017.
At home, Tiffany lives with her 10-year-old daughter, Basha, and Pawter, a handsome 3-year-old rescue pup. Tiffany is a member of numerous professional organizations, and serves on the board of her daughter’s school.


Senior Staff
Carol BorchertSr. Director of Communications
Michael CinkoskySr. Director of Bioinformatics
Laurie PetersonVice President of Development
Stacy van BurenSr. Director of Accounting
Number of Full-time Staff 35
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 441
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 35
Hispanic/Latino 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 31
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. Walter George
Company Affiliation Morris Animal Foundation, Board Chair
Term June 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 28, 2018
Board of Directors List
Lee Cohn Voting
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
Denny H. Liggitt DVM, Ph.D., DACVIMVoting
Patrick Long DVMCamelid Healthcare ServicesVoting
Jonna Mazet DVM, MPVM, Ph.D.University of California - DavisVoting
Jay Messinger Voting
Bette Morris Ph.D.RetiredVoting
David Morris CEO, Zupreem
Cynthia Morris Peterson-ArneVoting
David Petrie Blue BuffaloVoting
Chuck Stephens Voting
Stanley Teeter DVM
Bob Vetere Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 8
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
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $15,333,959
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $15,333,608
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 Year201620152014
Total Revenue($1,332,515)$182,017,604$18,660,411
Total Expenses$15,683,135$14,934,090$13,480,547
Revenue Less Expenses($17,015,650)$167,083,514$5,179,864
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$41,199$248,806$487,253
Unrealized Gain/Loss($8,047,617)$7,587,333$9,470,056
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$38,210
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$11,997,486$11,519,497$10,642,725
Administration Expense$1,576,243$1,167,496$733,716
Fundraising Expense$2,109,406$2,247,097$2,104,106
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.0012.191.38
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%77%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue----5507%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$78,530,229$91,171,668$86,340,689
Current Assets$2,088,434$2,650,490$2,091,521
Long-Term Liabilities$920,930$909,780$871,483
Current Liabilities$9,352,400$4,989,339$3,470,171
Total Net Assets$68,256,899$85,272,549$81,999,035
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.220.530.60
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%1%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $8,315,397Contributions $9,806,280Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $9,470,056
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $41,199Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $7,587,333Contributions $8,063,763
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $6,980Earned Revenue $355,155Investment Income $487,253
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 the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
Note:  Fiscal year 2016 had a Realized Gain of $1,577,281 and an Unrealized Loss of ($9,624,898) showing a net of ($8,047,617.)  Also, "Other" was a prior period adjustment of ($1,648,474).  The Earned Revenue of $6,980 is actually noted as "Other Income" on the Form 990. 
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Address 720 South Colorado Blvd, Ste 174-A
Denver, CO 80246
Primary Phone 303 708-3422
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Tiffany Grunert
Board Chair Mr. Walter George
Board Chair Company Affiliation Morris Animal Foundation, Board Chair