How It Works

The Scott Foundation Wild At Heart Project advances the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire and motivate young people to care for our natural world.  Our leadership programs provide year-round hands-on experiences that bring young people together with animal and aquarium related industry leaders.  Working together, they create and support events that raise awareness and generate action to rescue, heal, educate and care for animals and their habitats.

In the spirit of selfless service, once a year, our growing Thought & Service Leaders get involved to help and gift a local Animal Welfare & Rescue organization funds to support their mission.

  • Only active** Scott Foundation Vision Keepers and/or Vision Partners are eligible to nominate a Fashion Paw Tea charity recipient. 
  • Nominations must be submitted by the third Friday of October, and be approved for name inclusion.
  • Each active Scott Foundation Vision Keeper and/or Vision Partner has the opportunity to nominate a local Animal Welfare & Rescue charity.
    There are eligibility requirements and nominations must be approved at least four (4) weeks prior to the Annual Fashion Paw Tea event and actively involve Scott Foundation Thought & Service Leaders in one or more learning experiences in the same awarding calendar year. 
  • Each year, following the presentation of funds to the present charity, a name will be drawn from “the hat” announcing the following years selected charity that the kids will be working with. 


The selected charity must be local and based in the Greater Phoenix North East or North West Metropolitan Area.

The selected charity is not eligible to be nominated/presented again for one year.

The selected charity must agree not to give out Scott Foundation information to any third parties or add them to their mailing list for future solicitation.

The selected charity must agree to send a charitable tax donation receipt.

Nominate A Charity

Selected Charities

Nominate A Charity

Charities must be:

  • Focused on serving Animal Welfare & Rescue.
  • Local and based in the Greater Phoenix North East or North West Metropolitan Area.
  • Must have 501(c)(3) status in Arizona for a minimum of three (3) years under the same name and EIN and be in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
  • Organizations who meet the 501(c)(3) requirements based on their “religious” purpose will not be eligible for consideration.  501(c)(3) religious organizations include churches, conventions and associations of churches, integrated auxiliaries of churches, nondenominational ministries, interdenominational and ecumenical organizations, and other entities whose principal purpose is the study or advancement of religion.  This also includes schools who are under the umbrella of a religious organization for tax exempt purposes.
  • Charities must have three (3) years of 990 tax returns on file and be willing to share that information with us if not readily available on their website or GuideStar. In the case of smaller non-profits (annual gross receipts up to $50,000) who file an e-Postcard (Form 990-N), those organizations must be willing to share three (3) years of year-end financial statements with us.
  • A fund held by a community foundation is eligible to be nominated.  Funds must meet the three (3) year minimum status requirement and provide the last three (3) years of quarterly statements from the foundation.
  • Charitable organizations must be able to provide charitable tax receipts for donations.
  • Charities must be actively engaged in the community and executing their mission statement.
  • Guide Star and Charity Navigator are helpful websites to verify information on charities. Final approval of charity nominations is at the discretion of the Governing Board of Vision Keepers.

In addition:

  • National or international charities, programs or organizations will not be considered at this time as the focus is on contributing to our local Animal Welfare & Rescue community.  The funds must stay in our community.
  • Active** Scott Foundation Vision Keepers or Vision Partners may nominate only one (1) approved charitable organization per calendar year.
  • We do not stack “the hat” for multiple nominations, the charity name will be in “the hat” only once

Active** - Must be a member of the private SF Vision Partner page and attend 2 or more Quarterly Business/Community Gatherings per calendar year.

List of Nominated & Approved Charities

  • Rusty's Angels Sanctuary

Nomination Form