Remy Fund Endowment tops $1 million in assets; see how this money will help Birmingham nonprofits

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Ken Jackson and Jed the therapy dog
Ken Jackson and Jed the therapy dog. Photo via HIP

Ken Jackson is Birmingham’s own Tony Stark (in terms of being a community-supporting philanthropist, that is.) In honor of his late pup Remy, Jackson established Remy’s Dog Park—one of the most popular dog parks in the Birmingham area. In addition, Jackson created the Remy Fund to assist local nonprofits. Check out how the Remy Fund is supporting local pets.

Supporting Local Animals One Donation at a Time

Remy Jackson The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham grants $50,000 philanthropic
Photo via Ken Jackson

Not only did Jackson found Remy’s Dog Park, but he also established the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services. This special fund was created with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and is dedicated to supporting companion animal (dogs, cats and horses) organizations through annual grants.

“Remy Fund grants provide much needed support to dedicated nonprofits that are making a significant positive impact on the lives of animals, and the humans they touch, in our community.”

Ken Jackson, Founder, Remy Fund

Each year, grants from the fund are available to five counties in the Birmingham area (Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, St. Clair and Walker). These grants go towards spay and neuter, rescue/shelter, therapy, education and advocacy programs.

Who gets this year’s grants?

John Archibald's dogs
Because a person can only write for so long before needing to go out for a walk. Photo supplied

This year $55,000 is going to 10 organizations including:

  • Alabama Spay Neuter: $10,000 to support affordable spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats through the Remy SNIP program.
  • Bama Bully Rescue: $5,000 to provide comprehensive care for pit bulls and other “bully” breeds that have been abandoned, abused or neglected.
  • Hand in Paw: $5,000 to support the agency’s Transition Training for volunteer teams providing animal-assisted therapy in a post-COVID environment, incorporating new safety procedures and protocols.
  • Special Equestrians: $3,000 to provide care for horses in their animal-assisted equine therapy program.
  • Birmingham AIDS Outreach: $2,500 to support spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats of low-income clients in conjunction with the Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) program of the agency.

Ken Jackson has left his “paw print” on Birmingham’s community through his philanthropy. In addition to establishing Remy’s Dog Park and Remy Fund, Jackson has donated $500K to Hand in Paw’s new headquarters campaign. Jackson is proof that one man can make a difference.

How do I get involved?

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Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society

For those who share Ken’s passion for animals, you can give an online gift at www.cfbham.org/remy-fund. If you want to apply for a grant for your organization, applications for the 2022 grant cycle will open on March 15, 2022.

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