Sidewalk Angels

Sidewalk Angels Foundation is a New York-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing critically needed funds and support to grassroots groups across the country. It is the primary supporter and sponsor of a number of no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues, reflecting the passion of the foundation’s co-founders to fight for the rights and fair treatment of those with no voice. Additionally, the foundation also supports a myriad of other causes, from childhood health and wellness to the fight against homelessness.

Established by singer-songwriter Rob Thomas and his wife Marisol in 2003, Sidewalk Angels Foundation functions like an umbrella organization that provides funds and resources to smaller local and regional entities that are doing vital work, but may lack the marketing and organizational clout and financial budgets to continue or expand their services.

Born out of a lyric in Thomas’ evocative holiday song “New York City Christmas,” Sidewalk Angels Foundation has since raised over a million dollars and helped organizations as diverse as Pets Alive, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, The Animal House in Jamaica and private individuals in need.

Firm in their belief that organizations deeply entrenched in their local communities are the ones best equipped to resolve those communities’ ails, the Thomases are dedicated to helping these grassroots organizations thrive. Sidewalk Angels Foundation selects recipients based on past program success, demonstrable use for future funds and resources, and a shared charitable philosophy.

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The world can move so fast that those in need are often passed by. From animals that have been abandoned and abused to those who are destitute, homeless, or cannot afford proper medial care – these are universal problems that Sidewalk Angels Foundation, through its efforts, encourages people to address locally.


“Sidewalk Angels Foundation is a true foundation helping those less fortunate. They have supported Chattanooga Room in the Inn, a program for homeless women and children. The contribution helped our operating expenses to provide help and hope for 73 individuals last year. Additionally, their process is simpler than that of other foundations, which leaves our time free to provide the services to our community’s most vulnerable individuals.”

Erin Creal, Executive Director, Chattanooga Room in the Inn

“Without the support of Sidewalk Angels Foundation, we would not be able to have saved 1,200 dogs in just 20 months. They have provided funding at the most critical times for us, especially this past winter when South Carolina saw record low temperature and animals were at risk of freezing to death in the shelter. With their help, we have been able to save so many lives and rescue dogs that would have otherwise never gotten a chance at life. We are forever indebted to Sidewalk Angels Foundation for their partnership in our life-saving mission.”

Judith Langmaid, Web Administer, Last Chance Animal Rescue