For Associates, By Associates
The Better Together Fund was established in 2016 to provide financial assistance to our associates in the event of natural or manmade disasters; in 2019, the fund expanded to include domestic violence. The fund is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity led by a Board of Directors and Grant Selection Committee comprised completely of associates who volunteer their time to represent the more than 50,000 associates of Banfield® Pet Hospital, BluePearl™, and VCA. 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!”
100% of funds go to
associates in need
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How to Apply
Carefully read the application instructions and follow the directions below to apply for a 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.
The Better Together Fund assists Banfield, BluePearl, and VCA associates who are experiencing financial hardships as a result of a natural disaster, manmade disaster, or domestic violence, including but not limited to:
- Tornado or Hurricane
- Domestic Violence
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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Why was the Better Together Fund created?
The well-being of our associates has always been a top priority for Banfield, BluePearl and VCA 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 50,000 associates caring for pets in more than 2,100 hospitals in 48 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 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 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 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 17 associates from various Banfield, BluePearl, and VCA departments and markets — will review and determine eligibility based on qualification and circumstances. All grant-funding decisions are made solely by Banfield®, BluePearl™ and VCA associates 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 Better Together Fund?
For years, 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 Better Together Fund was established to serve the entire Banfield, BluePearl, and VCA 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, BluePearl, and VCA. To meet this federal requirement, Banfield, BluePearl, and VCA associates can make tax-deductible donations to the Better Together Fund, and the Better Together Fund can subsequently make tax-free grants to qualifying associates.
Who can donate to the fund?
The Better Together Fund was established in order to facilitate associates helping other associates in need. However, if those outside the Banfield, BluePearl, and VCA family want to help, we would be extremely grateful for their donations and happy to accommodate.
Are donations to the 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 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 Better Together Fund’s governing body is made up entirely of associates. The Board of Directors is comprised of 6 associates, and the Grant Selection Committee is comprised of 17 associates from various Banfield, BluePearl, and VCA 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 do Banfield Pet Hospital, BluePearl, and VCA support the Better Together Fund?
Banfield, BluePearl, and VCA cover all administrative costs related to running the Better Together Fund and is matching associate contributions up to $25,000 and $15,000 respectively. This allows for 100% of the donations to go to associates with a qualifying need.