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Where Giving Shelters Those without a Voice: MNT Fund

Since he was a young boy, Michael Shannon has loved animals. He grew up with dogs, but when he moved to Florida in 1972 with the United States Air Force, cats better suited his lifestyle. Through his financial advisor, Randy Coleman of Merrill Lynch, Michael was introduced to the Community Foundation for Brevard to create a fund that will support his passion for animals – forever.

Michael partnered with the Community Foundation team to create a uniquely customized charitable giving plan. The MNT Fund was created in 1998 to support local organizations providing care for homeless, sick, or injured wild or domestic animals. This field of interest endowment is named after Missy, Neko and Tony, the three felines in Michael’s life when he created the fund.

Over the years, Michael has generously continued to invest in his fund providing critical support to organizations like Aiding Space Coast Animals “Snip-a-Pit” spay and neuter program, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute for the local stranding program, Florida Wildlife Hospital, SPCA of Brevard, and Central Brevard Humane Society. Michael has also provided thousands of hours volunteering for area pet shelters and the wildlife hospital, and he continues to care for the strays and feral cats who have adopted him.

Additionally, in 2015, Michael was inspired to create the Missy and Tony Shannon Memorial Scholarship Fund to support students at Eastern Florida State College’s Veterinary Technology Program.

I’ve seen the foundation’s growth and impact for years,” shared Michael. “It feels good to know I’m helping someone and I like the fact it’s permanent. I enjoy being part of the Community Foundation’s family during my lifetime and feel confident in their prudent investment so that the good I’m creating today will last forever.”

Over the years, Michael’s custom-built field of interest and scholarship funds have grown. Through his tireless service, dedication and partnership with the Foundation, Michael knows that his love of and commitment to animals will continue to help others forever.

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