Mission: The Vanderburgh Humane Society (VHS) was founded in 1957 to provide protection for homeless animals, intervention for animals in abusive environments, and community  ... (More)

Vanderburgh Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1964, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.vhslifesaver.org/

 400 Millner Industrial Drive
Evansville IN 47710 

  P.O. Box 6711
Evansville IN 47719

  812-426-2563


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Good

This charity's score is 85.44, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

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

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

86.1%


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. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

7.7%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

6.0%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

18.1%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.12


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.25 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

3.40%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Kendall Paul, Executive Director

$54,371 (3.26% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

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 that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


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.


Vanderburgh Humane Society reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


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

We saw a dramatic drop in program income with our adoption department and clinic closed for more than 6 weeks. We have also had to cancel all in person fundraising events which hurt our bottom line. We still had hundreds of animals in our care which had to be served daily regardless of the pandemic. We were able to apply and receive both rounds of PPP loans which allowed us to bring our team back on board to resume operations.


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

Our programs were halted during a governor ordered shut down but we still had more than 200 animals in our building that needed daily care. Once allowed, we opened by appointment to continue to serve. We set up parking lot drop offs and pick ups for our spay & neuter clinic to maintain social distancing. We implemented a number system for our vaccine clinics to allow clients to stay outside until it was their turn. We increased our pet food assistance program. We are back open fully but have continued to focus on foster care as a way to increase our reach.


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

We made a big adoption push and increased our foster care program at the beginning of the shutdown. This allowed for fewer animals in our shelter while we had to be closed. We installed protective barriers for face to face meetings. We decreased the amount of guests we could hold at our shelter and cat café. We transitioned our board meeting and some team meetings to online. We worked with in person team members to adjust schedules to accommodate their kid's school situations. We had to work with team members on salaries and schedules.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We have continued to increase our fosters, even after we have opened. This allows us to collaborate with other animal welfare agencies to transfer in adoptable pets from their agencies to ours where they will have a better chance of finding a home. We are continuing to find ways to help our team members to keep them with our organization. We have had to increase our flexibility with our team and find new ways to retain them. We


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
9/1/20212019 85.44
4/1/20202018 86.01
6/1/20192017 88.73
4/1/20182016 87.37
12/1/20162015 87.59
6/1/20162014 84.57
Rating Version: 2.0
2/1/20162014 84.05
5/1/20152013 81.78
2/1/20142012 82.63
12/1/20122011 82.24
10/1/20112010 91.45
9/20/20112009 88.94
Rating Version: 1.0
5/1/20112009 93.05
5/1/20102008 95.77
2/1/20092007 67.52
12/15/20072006 89.92
12/15/20062005 79.86
1/1/20062004 86.55
5/1/20052003 80.26
3/1/20042002 93.41
6/9/20032001 95.31

...   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

Vanderburgh Humane Society 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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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Vanderburgh Humane Society reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$619,596

Spent in most recent FY

43%

Percent of program expenses


ANIMALS ARE GIVEN MEDICAL CARE IN ORDER TO PLACE HEALTHY ANIMALS UP FOR ADOPTION TO THE PUBLIC. IN 2019, VHS TOOK 3,428 ANIMALS INTO THEIR SHELTER AND PLACED 89% OF THESE ANIMALS INTO HOMES. VHS ALSO  ... (More)


$746,297

Spent in most recent FY

52%

Percent of program expenses


VHS OPERATES A LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC. IN 2019, 6,769 SPAY/NEUTER SURGERIES WERE PERFORMED. ALL ANIMALS ARE ALTERED BEFORE BEING PLACED IN THEIR NEW HOME TO ENSURE NO BREEDING OCCURS ONCE ANIMALS ... (More)


$58,728

Spent in most recent FY

4%

Percent of program expenses


THE EDUCATION AND VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS OF VHS REACHES THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS EVERY YEAR. THESE PROGRAMS INCLUDE TOURS OF THE SHELTR AND CLASS ROOM STYLE PRSENTATIONS ON BEING SAFE AROUND ANIMA ... (More)


...   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 Vanderburgh Humane Society is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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


Leading our community to eliminate pet overpopulation through Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Alter. Adopt. Adore.


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: The pandemic combined with a national veterinarian shortage has increased the demand for our vital services. Our goal is to expand hours & services offered in both our clinic & adoption departments.

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


Goal Two: Outreach to populations we aren't currently serving is important to achieving our mission. Our goal is to create programs that appeal to and can be accessed by those who need our services.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Three: Our goal is to focus on cultivation and stewardship with private donors to increase our unrestricted funds. This will allow us to be prepared for anything that comes along that disrupts revenue.

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

We recently sent three senior members of our Spay & Neuter Clinic team for training with the National Spay & Neuter Response Team. This training gave them an opportunity to learn important skills and methods so they could return and implement in our clinic. This has improved the overall effectiveness and productivity of our team.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We collaborate with other animals welfare agencies through a group called EPAW (Evansville Partnership for Animal Welfare). We work directly with other agencies by offering our clinic services and by transferring in adoptable animals from groups like Evansville Animal Care & Control. We network with other agencies and frequently host groups who want to learn about our sheltering polices and procedures. We utilize social medial to promote our mission. We are actively engaged in our community's "E" is for Everyone campaign. We also utilize our local Leadership Everyone program for leadership growth amount team members.

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.


We implemented a number changes this past year to adjust to the world around us. Our organization dramatically increased our foster care program. When faced with a shut down to the public we needed to find a way to care for the hundreds of animals in our facility with limited in person team members. Screening members of the public who would be working from home and able to house an animal became a great way to place some of our population. Although we opened back up, we have grown that program to increase our reach. We also evaluated the way conduct transactions and made serval changes to offer more contactless methods. We have had to evaluate the way we handle employees work schedules. We found ways to have some team members work from home while adjusting schedules for those who need to be in person. We recognize the need to focus our fundraising efforts on cultivation and stewardship in an effort to make us financially stronger and able to withstand market changes.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Kendall D. Paul

Executive Director

Josh Howe

President

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Vanderburgh Humane Society is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.



Methodology


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. We've partnered with GuideStar by 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.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

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. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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