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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Saving One Animal May Not Change The World... But Surely, For That One Animal... The World Will Change Forever!

four stars

94.69

1946 County Road 53 Keenesburg, CO 80643
tel: (303) 536-0118   Web Site
EIN: 84-1351483

Board Leadership
Toni Scalera
Chair

CEO
Pat Craig
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.69 four stars
  Financial 92.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1980, and has been operating for more than 38 years. The refuge is open to supporters daily, and is run by staff and volunteers. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is one of only a handful of true sanctuaries for abused and abandoned great cats and bears in the United States, where the animals are not bred, sold, or otherwise commercially exploited in any way. The Sanctuary is located on the plains northeast of the Denver Metro area, and also operates a second location in southeastern Colorado. Comprising 9,793 acres and sheltering more than 470 lions, tigers, bears, leopards, mountain lions, wolves and other large carnivores, it is the largest carnivore sanctuary in the world, as well as the only sanctuary providing large acreage (5 to 100 acres each) species-specific habitats for its rescued animals.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1980, and has been operating for more than 38 years. The refuge is open to supporters daily, and is run by staff and volunteers. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is one of only a handful of true sanctuaries for abused and abandoned great cats and bears in the United States, where the animals are not bred, sold, or otherwise commercially exploited in any way. The Sanctuary is located on the plains northeast of the Denver Metro area, and also operates a second location in southeastern Colorado. Comprising 9,793 acres and sheltering more than 470 lions, tigers, bears, leopards, mountain lions, wolves and other large carnivores, it is the largest carnivore sanctuary in the world, as well as the only sanctuary providing large acreage (5 to 100 acres each) species-specific habitats for its rescued animals.

Financial

four stars

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
89.9%
  Administrative Expenses 2.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.83
  Program Expenses Growth 31.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Wild Animal Sanctuary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Wild Animal Sanctuary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Wild Animal Sanctuary (CO) 94.69 four stars
The Elephant Sanctuary (TN) 98.88 four stars
Our Companions Animal Rescue (CT) 99.63 four stars
American Eagle Foundation (TN) 95.05 four stars
Return to Freedom (CA) 91.14 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,621,672
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,621,672
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $11,621,672
   Other Revenue $388,587
TOTAL REVENUE $12,010,259
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,395,449
   Administrative Expenses $261,489
   Fundraising Expenses $937,509
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,594,447
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,415,812
   
Net Assets $8,076,084

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Sanctuary for Rescued Wildlife $6,377,145 67.9%
Education $2,516,034 26.8%
Animal Rescue $502,270 5.3%

Ratings History
The Wild Animal Sanctuary has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 08/01/2017 94.69 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.69 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 97.56 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 96.26 four stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 92.18 four stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 94.30 four stars
2010-12 11/06/2012 96.23 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 81.44 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 84-1351483
Name in IRS Master File THE WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY A COLORADO NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
NTEE Code D34
NTEE Classification Wildlife Sanctuary, Refuge
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 June, 1999
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$154,451 1.45% Patrick L. Craig Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Wild Animal Sanctuary (CO) 94.69 four stars
The Elephant Sanctuary (TN) 98.88 four stars
Center for Great Apes (FL) 93.84 four stars
Big Cat Rescue (FL) 100.00 four stars
The Wildcat Sanctuary (MN) 91.87 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Wild Animal Sanctuary
1946 County Road 53
Keenesburg, CO 80643
tel: (303) 536-0118
EIN: 84-1351483

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Board Leadership

Toni Scalera
Chair

CEO

Pat Craig
Executive Director

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