Mission: American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals. For more than a hundred years American Humane has been first in promoting t ... (More)

American Humane is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1942, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.americanhumane.org

 1400 16th Street, NW
Suite 360
Washington DC 20036 

  800-227-4645


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Exceptional

This charity's score is 90.09, earning it a 4-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. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

View this organization’s historical ratings.

Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View American Humane's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

83.1%


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

6.4%


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

10.3%


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

14.7%


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

$0.14


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

0.71 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

9.36%


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 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)
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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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Partial

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

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 this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. 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 W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Robin Ganzert, President, CEO

$569,403 (3.18% of Total Expenses)


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:

Preservation of natural resources (conservation) (BMF activity code: 350)

Other school related activities (BMF activity code: 059)

Emergency or disaster aid fund (BMF activity code: 902)


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

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. 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, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


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

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Balance Sheet


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

As with so many other nonprofits, the global pandemic had a significant impact on our finances. We were unable to hold fundraising events, galas and in-person cultivation efforts to generate the revenue to operate our programs. Program revenue declined by 26.8% in FY20 alone and the decline was even greater in our fiscal year ending 6/30/21, putting pressure on our efforts to rescue animals, and oversee the protection and welfare of animals in film and television, in zoos and aquariums, and on farms and ranches. As a result, our programmatic spending, as a percentage of total spending, decreased. Despite this decrease, we are proud to report that through new emergency programs designed to help feed 1,000,000 abandoned shelter animals during COVID and an innovative use of technology, we were able to help more animals than ever in our 144-year history. Our flexible and inventive approach to solving humane challenges facing animals in a crisis time proved successful, aided by a PPP loan.


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

Our renowned, 81-year-old program, “No Animals Were Harmed®,” which protects nearly 100,000 animals in film and television each year, was halted for several months as movie studios and production houses around the world suspended operations. Our oversight of the health, welfare and treatment of hundreds of millions of farm and zoo animals was affected as institutions temporarily closed or restricted visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our largest single fund-raiser, the annual, nationally televised Hero Dog Awards gala, could not be held in person due to the pandemic. And our American Humane Rescue team, which has been saving animals in disasters for more than 100 years, was impacted by employee safety concerns and COVID-19 restrictions on travel and working with others.


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

Despite the drop in program revenue and unprecedented worldwide restrictions, American Humane rose to meet the need. We created new aid programs to help animals in crisis due to the pandemic, adapted to monitor animal welfare using technology wherever possible, and instituted coronavirus protocols that allowed our rescue teams to continue saving lives. As a result, in just the past 12 months we: Saved, sheltered and fed 1 million animals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the animal victims of Hurricanes Laura and Sally and the California wildfires Protected nearly 400,000 remarkable and endangered animals worldwide Kept 50,000 animals safe on hundreds of film and television productions through our renowned “No Animals Were Harmed®” program Helped improve the lives of nearly one billion farm animals Held our annual Hero Dog Awards virtually Saved the lives of veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury with free, trained service dogs


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Our new virtual programs, including virtual recruitment and training of animal rescuers nationwide to help animals caught in major natural disasters and cruelty cases, were a significant success and we will continue to utilize them moving forward. And while many humane groups were sidelined, we worked to galvanize humanity into better treating animals by: • Creating “A New Deal for Animals,” a major 10-point global call to end the inhumane “wet markets” that engendered COVID-19, the dog and cat meat trade, and other abuses • Creating a major, award-winning conservation documentary, “Escape from Extinction” • Publishing a best-selling book, “Mission Metamorphosis,” on revitalizing the humane movement • Advocating for animals with new Program Position Statements • Creating groundbreaking new humane standards for aquaculture and ecotourism • Reaching billions through advocacy and lifesaving humane education materials via tens of thousands of news articles, op-eds, and white papers


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
6/1/20202019 90.09
6/1/20192018 90.49
7/1/20182017 90.25
7/1/20172016 87.26
6/1/20162015 75.52
Rating Version: 2.0
9/1/20152014 73.51
7/1/20142013 77.17
8/1/20132012 81.00
11/6/20122011 85.46
9/20/20112010 89.31
Rating Version: 1.0
7/1/20112010 85.19
8/1/20102009 88.36
8/1/20092008 88.18
8/1/20082007 73.01
3/1/20072006 85.47
4/1/20062005 67.86
5/1/20052004 82.40
1/1/20042003 67.83
6/9/20032002 73.57
10/15/20022001 79.76

...   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

American Humane 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



American Humane reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$4,802,572

Spent in most recent FY

33%

Percent of program expenses


AMERICAN HUMANE HOLLYWOODAMERICAN HUMANE'S "NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED" CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WAS - AND IS - THE FIRST TO SERVE IN THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS IN FILM AND TELEVISION, SAFEGUARDING MILLIONS O ... (More)


$1,980,387

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


AMERICAN HUMANE'S LOIS POPE LIFE CENTER FOR MILITARY AFFAIRSSINCE 1916, AMERICAN HUMANE HAS BEEN FIRST TO SERVE THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY BY HELPING OUR NATION'S MILITARY HEROES ON THE BATTLEFIELD A ... (More)


$1,908,920

Spent in most recent FY

13%

Percent of program expenses


AMERICAN HUMANE CONSERVATIONIN THE FACE OF WHAT SCIENTISTS ARE CALLING A "SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION" WITH SPECIES DISAPPEARING AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE, ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS ARE PLAYING AN OUTSIZED ROLE IN  ... (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

Not Currently Scored

American Humane is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.


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...   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

American Humane 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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Culture & Community Report

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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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