Mission: Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1982 that promotes humane and healthy farms through science-based advocacy, consum ... (More)

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1982, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/

 3525 W. Peterson Ave.
Suite 213
Chicago IL 60659 

  3525 W. Peterson Ave.
Suite 213
Chicago IL 60659

  773-525-4952


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Good

This charity's score is 85.56, 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

76.2%


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

7.0%


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

16.7%


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

0.1%


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

$0.19


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

1.40 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

-0.70%


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:
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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

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 include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



ROBIN FITELSON, CHAIR

$0


JILL WEINSTEIN, VICE CHAIR

$0


TINA SALANDRA, TREASURER

$0


DARLENE OLIVER, SECRETARY

$0


ADAM LEFF, DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

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:

Prevention of cruelty to animals (BMF activity code: 913)

Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code (BMF activity code: 994)


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.


Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Grants Sent


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

We received a PPP loan in May 2020, which gave us the financial security to retain all of our staff.


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

We raised emergency funds for farmer mini-grants to help humane farmers cope with COVID-19. We distributed grants to 202 farmers, totaling $95,000. Interest in our work and in healthy and safe food has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our farmer network increased from 6,000 to over 8,000 farmers.


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

During our strategic planning process in the fall of 2020 we conducted scenario planning, since there were a lot of unknowns about the state of the economy, the political situation and the future of our work during the pandemic. This helped us be prepared with plans for different situations.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We improved our virtual communication capacity through Zoom. Our staff, which is spread around the country, will continue to have weekly video meetings. Likewise our national Board of Directors switched from conference phone call meetings to video meetings via Zoom. We also realized that our Chicago-based staff does not need to be in the office every day, and we instituted a more flexible schedule that enables some staff to work from home as needed.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
2/1/20212019 85.56
12/23/20202018 82.59
2/1/20192017 82.97
12/1/20172016 84.19
11/1/20162015 94.31
6/1/20162014 94.94
Rating Version: 2.0
9/1/20152014 85.05
9/1/20142013 85.70
7/1/20132012 78.36
7/1/20122011 86.22
5/1/20122010 75.18
9/20/20112010 73.98

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

Rating Version: 1.0
6/1/20112010 71.22
7/1/20102009 88.57
6/1/20092008 89.17
7/1/20082007 86.14
7/1/20072006 87.47
9/1/20062005 83.42
5/1/20052004 80.00
12/1/20042003 84.26

...   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

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) 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



Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$175,196

Spent in most recent FY

30%

Percent of program expenses


FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM: TO IDENTIFY AND ADVOCATE FOR STEPS FARMERS SHOULD TAKE TO KEEP THEIR CATTLE, PIGS, TURKEYS AND CHICKENS FROM BEING THE CAUSE OF HUMAN DISEASE. IN ADDRESSING THIS GOAL FACT STAFFS  ... (More)


$356,567

Spent in most recent FY

61%

Percent of program expenses


HUMAN FARMING PROGRAM GOAL: TO ENCOURAGE FARMERS TO USE HUMANE PRACTICES TO IMPROVE FARM ANIMAL WELFARE AND TO EMPOWER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO SUPPORT HUMANE FARMS. THE PROGRAM'S FUND-A-FARMER PROJEC ... (More)


$51,771

Spent in most recent FY

8%

Percent of program expenses


PROGRAM COMMUNICATION GOAL: INFORM AND EDUCATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON ISSUES CENTRAL TO FACT'S MISSION INCLUDING FARM ANIMAL WELFARE; HUMANE FARMING; ANTIBIOTIC USE AND HARMFUL DRUGS USED IN FOOD 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 Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) 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


FACT advances our vision that all food-producing animals are raised in a humane and healthy manner. We accomplish this by supporting humane farmers, promoting policies that make foods from animals safe and healthy to eat, and helping consumers make informed food choices.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


All food-producing animals will be raised in a humane and healthy manner, and everyone will have access to safe and humanely-produced food.


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: Deliver resources to support humane livestock and poultry farmers

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


Goal Two: Make all foods from animals healthy and safe to eat

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


Goal Three: Help consumers make humane and healthy food choices

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

In the second half of 2020, our entire staff team participated in the Strategic Planning Committee that resulted in a comprehensive strategic plan that guide the organization into 2025. Staff learned new planning techniques, and were empowered with the tools needed to implement this plan. This was a new experience for most of FACT staff and it helped each one grow as a leader in the organization.

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?

We became members of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders organization. We took the lead in researching, writing and publishing the Chain Reaction VI Report in July 2021, together with partner organizations around the country. Our Humane Farming Program works to strengthen our network of over 8,000 farmers through educational training programs and information sharing. We lead the Keep Antibiotics Working Coalition, a national coalition of 20 member organizations, calling for changes in how antibiotics are used on farms. We work to raise awareness about the importance of humane farming through social media, newsletters and our website. We advocate nationally for improved animal welfare and humane farming practices that keep animals healthy so they won’t need to be given antibiotics inappropriately.

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.


This was certainly an unusual year with new challenges. FACT adapted quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, and continued to adapt as the situation changed. Our Chicago-based staff shifted to working remotely for a significant portion of the last year. As an organization we have experience with remote work, since 3/5 of our staff work remotely on a regular basis. However, we needed to coordinate many administrative needs, such as bill payments, mail collection, deposits, etc. We took turns coming to the office weekly to make sure that we didn't miss anything. We stopped all organizational travel. This meant that all of our policy and advocacy work was done virtually, mostly by using Zoom. We couldn't travel to visit farms, so we had to find alternative methods for communicating with the farmers in our network and with farmers who received grants. Finally, we could not meet in person with our funders so we had to rely on phone conversations and on three virtual events that we organized.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   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

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) 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


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. 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.


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 award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

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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