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    Animal Rescue League of Iowa

    Animal Rescue League of Iowa


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    ...501(c)(3) organization

    ...Donations are tax-deductible


    ...5452 NE 22ND ST
    Des Moines IA 50313-2528


    Des Moines IA | IRS ruling year: 1949 | EIN: 42-0680427  


    Since 1926 the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) has been a safe haven for animals who have nowhere else to turn. Over the course of nearly a century, more than 1 million abused, abandoned, neglected and even very loved animals have found refuge within our doors.
    The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. mission is:
    To promote animal welfare, strengthen the human-animal bond, and prevent the overpopulation of pets.
    The ARL strives to serve people and pets in our community through our programs and services designed to promote animal welfare, to address the reasons animals end up in shelters, to find forever-adoptive homes for the animals in our care, and to help keep pets in their homes with the people that love them.
    Principle Programs and Services
    - Shelter and care for lost and found pets; Pet Receiving (of strays and owner-released animals); Pet Adoptions at two ARL locations and twelve adoption partner locations in the Des Moines metro; Pet Support Services programs: reclaim assistance


    Rating Information


    This charity's score is 91%, 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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    Historical Ratings
     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 As a result, the Accountability & Finance score for Animal Rescue League of Iowa is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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
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    Accountability & Finance


    Animal Rescue League of Iowa has earned a 91% 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 - 9.70% - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Working Capital Ratio - 1.34 years - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Efficiency - $0.16 - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Administrative Expense Ratio - 7.10% - 10/10 pts
    ...Fundraising Expense Ratio - 10.90% - 7.5/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Ratio - 81.89% - 9.11/10 pts
    ...Program Expense Growth - 6.04% - 6.04/10 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
    Pandemic Response - Data Available

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