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American Humane Association
1400 16th St., N.W.
Suite 360
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (866) 227-4645
fax: (202) 450-2335
EIN: 84-0432950

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Board Leadership

John Payne


Robin Ganzert
President & CEO

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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

American Humane Association

The nation's voice for the protection of children & animals.

(out of 100)
Overall 73.51 2 stars
  Financial 62.66 1 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 4 stars
This rating was published 09/01/2015 using data for FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics (Data from FY2014 990)
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.24
  Primary Revenue Growth -9.6%
  Program Expenses Growth -22.5%
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.31
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Humane Association on the FY2014 990 they filed with the IRS

Income Statement     (FYE 06/2014)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,704,234
   Federated Campaigns $197,612
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $33,570
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,935,416
   Program Service Revenue $1,920,114
Total Primary Revenue $9,855,530
   Other Revenue $1,517,603
TOTAL REVENUE $11,373,133
   Program Expenses $8,774,247
   Administrative Expenses $743,365
   Fundraising Expenses $1,923,320
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-67,799
Net Assets $10,279,401


Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 06/2014)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$284,912 2.49% Robin R. Ganzert President, CEO


Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Our mission is to ensure the welfare, wellness and well-being of children and animals, and to unleash the full potential of the bond between humans and animals to the mutual benefit of both. Our goal is to measurably, demonstrably and significantly increase the number of children and animals who are protected from harm - and the number of humans and animals whose lives are enriched through direct action, thought leadership, policy innovation, and expansion of proven, effective programs.

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American Humane Association has made fiscally responsible and necessary changes to its programs and financial operations to ensure long-term sustainability for our humane mission, which is to ensure the welfare, wellness and well-being of America’s children and animals. In light of a financial crisis with multiple years of deficit spending, American Humane Association transformed programs in a strategic planning effort while significantly reducing expenses with a focus on increasing operating efficiencies.   We purposely transferred several programs to trusted partner organizations given that they were not within our revitalized mission and vision.   American Humane Association reversed over $34 million of deficit spending and is now fiscally prudent and a sound operating organization. These changes, however, have impacted the financial rating.  While American Humane Association’s financial health is now strong, the financial rating is low due to the reduction of expenses in order to balance the operating budget, reverse the deficit spending pattern, and stabilize this historic humane organization.  

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