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Banfield
Better
Together
Fund

For Associates, By Associates

The Banfield Better Together Fund was established in 2016 to provide financial assistance to our associates in the event of natural or manmade disasters. The fund is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity led by a Board of Directors and Grant Selection Committee comprised completely of Banfield associates who volunteer their time to represent the other 16,000 associates of Banfield Pet Hospital. All contributions are tax-deductible and go toward assisting associates in need.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for me and my family. It means more to me than you know! My pups say thank you too!”

Associate who received a Banfield Better Together Fund grant in the wake of flooding in Louisiana

100% of funds go to
associates in need

501(c)(3) nonprofit
public charity
Federal Identification Number:
81-2199219

Tax-free &
tax-deductible

Grants range from
$500-$3,000

How to Apply

Carefully read the application instructions and follow the directions below to apply for a Banfield Better Together Fund grant:

  • Fill out the application form.
  • Compile necessary documentation that supports your situation. A description of required documentation is available on the application.
  • Submit your application and supporting documentation via one of the two methods explained in the application instructions.
  • A decision will be made within 5 business days after your application has been received.
  • Once the application is approved, you can expect to receive aid within 48 hours.

Qualifying/Non-qualifying Situations

The Banfield Better Together Fund assists Banfield associates who are experiencing financial hardships as a result of a natural or manmade disaster, including but not limited to:

  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Tornado
  • Hurricane
  • Earthquake
  • Terrorism

Events that do not qualify

  • General hardships not created by a disaster
  • Failure to conduct routine maintenance (car repairs, home maintenance)
  • Burglary or theft

The fund is not meant to serve as an insurance policy, nor is it intended to replace the need for fire, flood, earthquake or home insurance.

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FAQs

Why was the Banfield Better Together Fund created?

The well-being of our associates has always been a top priority for Banfield and we believe it’s our duty as a business and a corporate citizen to provide special support when they need it most. With more than 16,000 associates caring for pets in more than 950 hospitals in 42 states as well as Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, it’s inevitable that some will be impacted by a natural or manmade disaster or other emergency situation. Over the years, we’ve heard from many associates looking for ways to help colleagues when disaster strikes — the Banfield Better Together Fund is designed to do just that in a sustainable, targeted way that will ensure the fund serves associates and their families for years to come.

How does the Banfield Better Together Fund work?

If an associate is impacted by a federal- or state-declared disaster – or has experienced hardship due to other qualifying situations – they can fill out an application for a tax-free financial grant ranging, on average, between $500 and $3,000. The Banfield Better Together Fund will help pay for essential living expenses such as housing, utilities, food, clothing and other basic necessities not otherwise covered by insurance.

Once an application is submitted, the Grant Selection Committee comprised of 15 associates from various Banfield departments and markets — will review and determine eligibility based on qualification and circumstances. All grant-funding decisions are made solely by Banfield associates.

Once an application is approved, the qualifying associate will receive their tax-free grant within five business days. Associates are only eligible to receive a grant once a year. Not all applications will be funded.

Why should I give to the Banfield Better Together Fund?

For years, Banfield associates have reached out and asked how they can help fellow associates during or following a disaster — until now, there has not be an easy way for associates to give or receive help beyond emotional support. The Banfield Better Together Fund was established to serve the entire Banfield associate community, to give us a way to help each other when we need it most.

As a public charity, a significant amount of donations must come from sources outside of Banfield corporate. To meet this federal requirement, Banfield associates can make tax-deductible donations to the Banfield Better Together Fund, and the Banfield Better Together Fund can subsequently make tax-free grants to qualifying associates.

Who can donate to the fund?

The Better Better Together Fund was established in order to facilitate associates helping other associates in need. However, if those outside the Banfield family want to help, we would be extremely grateful for their donations and happy to accommodate.

Are donations to the Banfield Better Together Fund tax deductible?

Yes, because the fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity all donations are tax deductible. In addition, a grant from the Banfield Better Together Fund does not result in taxable compensation to the associate who receives it. The fund’s Federal Identification Number is 81-2199219.

Who makes the decision about which associates receive funding?

The Banfield Better Together Fund’s governing body is made up entirely of associates. The Board of Directors is comprised of four CTS and field associates, and the Grant Selection Committee is comprised of 15 CTS and field associates from various Banfield departments and markets. Once an associate application is submitted, the Grant Selection Committee meets to review the application and makes the determination based on qualification and circumstances. All grant-funding decisions are made solely by associates.

How does Banfield Pet Hospital support the Banfield Better Together Fund?

Banfield is covering all administrative costs related to running the Banfield Better Together Fund and is matching associate contributions up to $25,000 annually. This allows for 100% of the donations to go to associates with a qualifying need.