In 1990 Arthur L. "Bud" Johnson established the foundation in memory of his wife Elaine. Bud had a life-long love of German Shepherd dogs and loved seeing them used to help people. He began making grants to assist organizations providing German Shepherd guide dogs. Over time, Bud expanded the Foundation's focus to include other dog breeds and handicap assistance animals in general, as well as funding nature conservation and the preservation of wildlife.
The Foundation may award grants to organizations which provide for the care, benefit, support and preservation of guide dogs or other animals trained to assist the sight impaired or otherwise physically handicapped individuals (or that facilitate the use of such animals by sight-impaired or otherwise handicapped individuals). The Foundation may also award grants that provide for the preservation, care and benefit of wildlife and the world’s natural resources.
For funding in the area of handicap assistance animals:
For funding in the area of nature conservancy: