Mission: TO PROVIDE EXCELLENCE IN SANCTUARY MANAGEMENT AND RESPONSIBLE CARE OF ANIMALS.

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2008, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.sanctuaryfederation.org

  2446 E PATRICK LN
Phoenix AZ 85024-7549


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

87.80%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

10/10 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

2.94%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



PETER BENDER, DIRECTOR

$0


KIM HADDAD DVM, VICE CHAIR

$0


ALLAN E KORNBERG, SECRETARY

$0


SUE LEARY, DIRECTOR

$0


MICHAEL MARKARIAN, DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Loss of revenue was experienced at GFAS, as annual fees were waived or deferred for our organization’s accredited sanctuaries experiencing economic hardships. In October, 2020, GFAS received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, which was forgiven as of February, 2021. In 2021 GFAS received a second PPP loan, which was forgiven as of August, 2021. This funding allowed GFAS to maintain staffing levels.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

In 2020 and 2021, the cancellation of visitor programs, conferences and in-person fundraising events, as well as the closing of national borders had real costs and implications for GFAS and our accredited sanctuaries dependent on these activities and sources of revenue. Through the implementation of a temporary COVID-19 travel policy, GFAS staff was able to continue to conduct site visits, as a part of our main accreditation program, in the United States. All international visits were delayed due to travel restrictions.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacted our work with both new and renewing applicants; an in-person site visit is a crucial step in the GFAS accreditation process. However, GFAS staff resumed travel to most regions of the U.S. on March 1, 2021 and travel restrictions to Canada have recently eased, which should allow for quick completion of any visits needed. On-going global travel restrictions continued to affect in-person events. The need and benefits of guiding and supporting sanctuaries with ongoing counseling and education was still great, necessitating a pivot to virtual events. To do so, GFAS collaborated with several long-standing partners to present educational content. GFAS presented and had a virtual booth at the Asia for Animals Conference; a partnership between GFAS and PASA launched webinars; GFAS hosted a webinar featuring new IUCN guidelines; and GFAS hosted a webinar on accreditation with P.E.A.C.E. Canada.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The virtual events that GFAS offered and participated in were so well received that GFAS now looks to implement a series of on-going (quarterly, monthly) virtual small group meetings to continue to offer opportunities to check in with each other to share updates and victories, offer ideas and support, and provide time for troubleshooting and resource sharing.


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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries reported its two largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$49,575

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


OUTREACH: GFAS PROVIDED A VARIETY OF OUTREACH PROGRAMMING IN 2019 TO COMMUNICATE THE BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION, HEIGHTEN AWARENESS FOR TRUE SANCTUARIES, ASSIST SANCTUARIES IN ENHANCING EFFECTIVENESS,  ... (More)


$454,167

Spent in most recent FY

90%

Percent of program expenses


ACCREDITATION: AT THE END OF 2019, THERE WERE 188 ACCREDITED OR VERIFIED SANCTUARIES, RESCUE AND REHABILITATION CENTERS DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT 16 COUNTRIES AND 36 STATES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERIC ... (More)


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


To accredit and recognize sanctuaries and rescue centers, support them to achieve the highest Standards of Excellence, promote collaboration, and raise awareness of their work.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


A world in which true sanctuary is given to animals in need.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Accreditation/Verification Program - efficiency of process; enhance international efforts; and refinement and review of GFAS Standards

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Services and Communications - enhance benefits and value; communications; and advocacy

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Operational Excellence -sustainability, promote stability and continuity internally to ensure organizational effectiveness through investments in appropriate infrastructure and operational needs

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

GFAS facilitates membership and participation in several professional associations to its staff, such as the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the World Federation of Animals (WFA), and the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA). This allows staff access to a multitude of resources such as models/samples and professional development. GFAS also maintains a budget line item for staff professional development.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

As an accompaniment to the GFAS accreditation program, we maintain and make available a growing library of resources to help sanctuaries help animals, including 40+ webinars and a multitude of sample and template documents on topics ranging from animal care to non-profit governance and business operations. GFAS also attends, tables, and presents at a number of major animal welfare industry events each year, to communicate the value of GFAS accreditation for sanctuaries and raise the profile of GFAS to sanctuary groups, foundations, donors, and the public. GFAS embraces collaborative spirit, as we work together with like-minded partner organizations to improve animal care, sanctuary safety and sustainability, and seek feedback on our Standards. We serve as a steering committee member of the BCSA, associate member of WFA, member of the Homes for Horses Coalition, Right Horse Initiative Industry Partner, and ambassador of the Equine Welfare Data Collective, among others.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


The cancellation of visitor programs, conferences and in-person fundraising events, as well as the closing of national borders had real costs and implications for GFAS and our accredited sanctuaries dependent on these activities and sources of revenue. GFAS was able to maintain staffing levels throughout the last year partially due to a PPP loan which was received. GFAS is actively taking measures to sustain a healthy and safe workplace environment for all employees and to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, ensuring that intended travel really is “essential” to the work being proposed. Staff travel for accreditations and renewals recommenced March 1, 2021, under a thoughtful and rigorous Temporary COVID-19 Travel Policy, approved by the GFAS Board of Directors. Since GFAS’s inception, our accreditation programs have grown tremendously, and now support 210+ sanctuaries, providing care for more than 35,000 animals at any one time, in addition to many more each year, as new animals come in. In 2021, GFAS staff conducted over 70 site visits to sanctuaries to ensure the welfare of animals in sanctuaries worldwide. Over the last year, it was imperative that GFAS continue activities of monitoring and enforcing compliance. Several factors facilitated this work; GFAS is fortunate to have embraced a completely remote staffing model since our inception, negating any need to pivot to such over the past year; utilization of an online system which seamlessly collects accreditation applications and replaces outdated, manual processes; and capacity to pivot educational content to virtual events through webinars and virtual booths and the creation of a new suite of downloadable branding/marketing materials.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (100% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Not Scored


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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