The Natalie W. Furniss Foundation

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To promote the humane treatment of animals.

Application deadlines

March 1

Program areas

Environment, animals

Program limitations

Funds are distributed to humane societies or other organizations furthering the prevention of cruelty to animals.

States served

New Jersey

Geographic limitations

There are no geographic restrictions; however, the foundation has a practice of supporting organizations located in New Jersey.


Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

The Natalie W. Furniss Charitable Trust awards grants to humane societies and other organizations for the prevention of cruelty to animals.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.

Average giving

Average grant size: $3,000
Average number of grants per year: 6

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by March 1 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within 6 months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

The Natalie W. Furniss Foundation was established in 1974 through the Last Will and Testament of Natalie W. Furniss, a resident of Longport, New Jersey. She was so devoted to her cats that her Will provided for their continued care and maintenance. Her Will also directed the bulk of her estate be used for the purpose of promoting the humane treatment of animals through contributions to humane societies and other organizations for the prevention of cruelty to animals.