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    PAWS Chicago

    PAWS Chicago


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    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...1997 N CLYBOURN AVE
    Chicago IL 60614-4922


    Chicago IL | IRS ruling year: 1999 | EIN: 36-4219778  


    PAWS Chicago is a national leader in the No Kill animal welfare movement, committed to building No Kill communities - starting with Chicago. Founded in 1997 when 42,000 pets were killed in Chicago, PAWS's robust programs have led the reduction of homeless pet euthanasia in Chicago by 92.5%. An industry-leading Adoption Center, a state-of-the-art Medical Center, and a high-volume Spay/Neuter Clinic work synchronously to address the needs of homeless and at-risk pets citywide. Lifesaving Adoption and Animal Health & Behavior programs find homes for about 5,000 homeless pets each year. An additional 20,000 pets from under-resourced communities receive free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, medical care and other support including a pet food pantry. Community engagement efforts mobilizing thousands of volunteers, foster families, adopters and advocates each year to take action for animals is the foundation of all PAWS programs.


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 99%, earning it a Four-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Accountability & Finance. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

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 As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for PAWS Chicago is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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


    PAWS Chicago has earned a 99% 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 - 1.70% - 10/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 6.06 years - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.03 - 10/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 7.19% - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 4.39% - 10/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 88.20% - 10/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - 9.02% - 9.02/10 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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