The Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund is dedicated to making the world better for animals, with an emphasis on systemic change that also benefits people.
The Fund issued $52,000 in grants during calendar year 2022 — $1,000 for each year of Greg’s life.
2022 grant recipients were:
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
- Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
- Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
Below are details of the Fund’s 2022 grants to these organizations, followed by a shout-out to those who generously donated into the Fund during the calendar year.
1 – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) — Norfolk, VA and worldwide
a – The Fund made a grant to PETA’s Cruelty Investigations Department (CID) for the 7th consecutive year. In 2022, CID conducted an undercover investigation and worked with Virginia and U.S. legislators and officials to close research breeding facility Envigo and release thousands of surviving dogs for adoption. Media coverage included the Washington Post article Profit, pain and puppies: Inside the rescue of nearly 4,000 beagles.
PETA’s Cruelty Investigations Department also presented its 7th annual Gregory J. Reiter Animal Rescue Award to Helga Tacreiter, founder of The Cow Sanctuary in New Jersey.
b – The Fund made a grant to PETA’s Equine Matters campaigns for the 7th consecutive year. Achievements included an exposé of unregulated “bush tracks,” covered by the Washington Post in A Horse Track with No Rules; and defeat of a New York bill that sought $450 million in state-backed bonds for reconstruction of the Belmont Park racetrack.
c – The Fund made a grant to PETA’s Global Compassion Fund for the 2nd consecutive year — specifically, this year, for Ukraine relief work that brought more than 1,800 dogs, cats, and equines to safety in neighboring countries; and supplied over 1,000 tons of food to animals still in Ukraine. More at PETA Germany Helps Ukraine Animals.
d – The Fund made a grant to PETA’s Science Consortium for the first time this year — contributing to its programs to replace animal tests with humane and scientifically sound approaches, which were honored in 2022 with the Society of Toxicology Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award.
2 – Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) — Washington, D.C.
The Fund made a grant to the Physicians Committee in 2022 for the 7th consecutive year — and sponsored the Exam Room Live podcast for the 4th consecutive year. Highlighting the many ways plant-based diets improve human health while also sparing animals and the global environment — and featuring programs like Universal Meals — in 2022 this podcast celebrated the milestone of 10 million downloads around the world.
The Fund made a grant to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in 2022 for the 4th year — specifically, this year, helping to launch its Fair Coalition initiative to end cruel practices at state and county fairs.
THANK YOU to everyone who donated into the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund and the above partner initiatives in 2022!
- Austin Almanza
- Scott Anderson
- Jennifer Bailey
- Greg Bell
- Ting Yi Bell
- Monica Chen in memory of Kathryn Chen
- Jeana Curro
- Maggiejen Donahue
- Andrea Dyar
- Shannon Gilmore
- Gary Hardy
- Rob Haworth
- Susan Johnson
- Stephanie Jones in memory of Betty White
- Keith Kemplin
- Malita Kim
- Ilona Lantos
- Linda Mason
- Greta Morris in memory of Susan Davis
- Emily Perryman
- David Red
- Lindsey Sanders