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Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary Inc.


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Archived Donor Advisory

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary on July 1, 2015 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since November 2012) and because the following public domain documentation confirms the issues that led to the Donor Advisory have been resolved:

  • US Department of Labor provided proof of payment for back wages under the provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement has cleared the organization of nearly all charges

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory on for Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On November 15, 2012, News Channel 8, in Tampa, FL, reported that the “Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary has agreed to pay $21,336 in back wages to nine employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.” The news coverage also states that “the Department of Labor says it determined the nonprofit bird rescue organization failed to pay some employees ‘for several work weeks’ and did not pay overtime to others who worked more than 40 hours of week.” Additionally, the news station reported that “the IRS has filed liens amounting to $187,000 for unpaid payroll taxes over the past two years.” For more information, please see News Channel 8.
  • On November 2, 2012, News Channel 8, in Tampa, FL, reported that “former employees of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary say one reason the wildlife rescue center is struggling to pay its debts is that founder Ralph Heath took cash from donation boxes but failed to account for it.” For more information, please see News Channel 8.
  • On January 24, 2013, New Channel 8, in Tampa, FL, reported that "creditor Ronald Cooper has filed a foreclosure action in Pinellas Circuit Court against the sanctuary to recover an unpaid $550,000 loan secured by the charity's 35,000-square-foot warehouse." For more information, please see New Channel 8.
  • On May 6, 2014, Tampa Bay Times reported that "fish and wildlife officials have cited the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary with dozens of violations stemming from the nonprofit organization's handling of animals in its care." The article went on to state, "the violations issued by the wildlife commission investigators against Health included 54 incidences of failing to maintain treatment logs for wildlife under his care; two violations on rehabilitating protected migratory birds in unapproved locations; one violation each for unclean drinking water for its 78 turtles; and failing to meet minimum caging and water requirements for captive wildlife." For more information, see the Tampa Bay Times article.
EIN 23-7271061
Street Address 12388 STARKEY RD
City, State, Zip LARGO, FL 33773-2609
NTEE Code D32
NTEE Classification Bird Sanctuary, Preserve
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (913) Prevention of cruelty to animals
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1973
Asset Amount $2,600,090
Income Amount $722,038
Form 990 Revenue Amount $666,806
Latest Form 990 Return December, 2015
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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