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    Tree House Humane Society

    Tree House Humane Society


    ...Is this your nonprofit?

    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...7225 N WESTERN AVE
    Chicago IL 60645-1811


    Chicago IL | IRS ruling year: 1975 | EIN: 23-7444825  


    Mission & Vision:
    We empower communities of caregivers to protect, nurture, and support new solutions so no cat suffers.

    We envision a world in which every cat thrives.

    Tree House Humane Society began in 1971 as a volunteer-run effort to provide food and shelter for cats and dogs, operating out of a single-family home on Chicago's north side. Since that time, we have grown into a leader in animal welfare and a trusted resource for communities of caregivers. We were one of the first cageless humane societies and earliest organizations using Trap-Neuter-Return strategies to control feral cat populations, rather than euthanasia. Over the last 50 years we have found homes for over 35,000 cats, performed over 44,000 spay/neuter and other life-saving surgeries and cared for over 4,000 community cats.


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 85%, earning it a Three-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Accountability & Finance, 10% Culture & Community. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

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     Important note on the timeliness of ratings

    The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for Tree House Humane Society is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

    Rating Report

    • Impact & Results
    • Accountability & Finance
    • Culture & Community
    • Leadership & Adaptability
    Accountability & Finance
    Impact & ResultsAccountability & FinanceCulture & CommunityLeadership & Adaptability


    Accountability & Finance


    Tree House Humane Society has earned a 83% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.

    This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

    This Accountability & Finance score represents IRS Form 990 data up until FY 2019, which is the most recent Form 990 currently available to us. 

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    Accountability and Transparency
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable

    Financial Metrics
    ...Full Credit
    ...Partial Credit
    ...No Credit
    ...Not Applicable
    ...Liabilities to Assets Ratio - 5.40% - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 3.75 years - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.13 - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 14.00% - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 15.10% - 5/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 70.70% - 5.91/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - -7.08% - 0/10 pts

    Unscored Information

    Total Revenue and Expenses - Data Available
    Salary of Key Persons - Data Available
    IRS Published Data (Business Master File) - Data Available
    Data Sources (IRS Forms 990) - Data Available

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