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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

The Fund for Animals

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three stars

87.18

200 West 57th Street New York, NY 10019
tel: (888) 405-3863   Web Site
EIN: 13-6218740

Board Leadership
Marion G. Probst
Chair

CEO
Holly Hazard
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.18 three stars
  Financial 82.32 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

82.32

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2017 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)
84.3%
  Administrative Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.67
  Program Expenses Growth 5.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 51.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Fund for Animals on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Fund for Animals on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Fund for Animals (NY) 87.18 three stars
Friends of Animals (CT) 87.10 three stars
Animal Legal Defense Fund (CA) 91.84 four stars
Animal Welfare Institute (DC) 92.92 four stars
American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (NC) 88.41 three stars

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The Fund for Animals was founded in 1967 by prominent author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory. The Fund's direct animal care operations provide veterinary treatment for thousands of animals year-round, while training volunteers and supporting their local communities.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,746,884
   Federated Campaigns $50,574
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $17,088
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,814,546
   Program Service Revenue $38,328
Total Primary Revenue $6,852,874
   Other Revenue $23,986
TOTAL REVENUE $6,876,860
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $6,878,348
   Administrative Expenses $350,559
   Fundraising Expenses $847,767
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,076,674
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,199,814
   
Net Assets $6,026,548

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
Direct Animal Care Services $4,176,015 59.0%
Humane Education and Advocacy $2,906,348 41.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 04/01/2017 87.18 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.61 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 86.11 three stars
2013-12 07/02/2015 91.49 four stars
2012-12 06/10/2014 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for the Fund for Animals on July 1, 2015 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year and because the issues that prompted the Donor Advisory have been resolved. Specifically, the charity provided confirmation of the settlement between it and Feld Entertainment, Inc. For further information, please see the supplemental materials below:

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

  • On May 15, 2014, Feld Entertainment ended its long running legal dispute with the Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute, the Fund for Animals and other non-profit animal rights groups who had accused the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus of abusing its world famous elephants, in violation of the Endangered Species Act ("ESA").  As described in this February 20, 2014 decision: "The plaintiffs in the ESA action premised their case on the testimony of the late Tom Rider, who testified that he observed the mistreatment of the elephants when he worked for the circus.  [The judge], however found that Rider was not credible and that he was essentially a paid plaintiff witness whose sole source of income throughout the litigation was provided by the animal advocacy organizations, which were his co-plaintiffs in the ESA action. [The judge] therefore concluded that Rider lacked standing and entered judgment for Feld, the defendant."  Feld then sued the plaintiffs in the ESA case as well as their attorneys, arguing that the ESA plaintiffs' payments to Rider during the litigation violated the RICO Act.  After Feld's RICO case survived a motion to dismiss, and the animal rights groups were ordered to disclose the names of certain donors in discovery, the defendants agreed to pay Feld $15.75 million to settle Feld's claim for attorneys fees in the ESA case and the pending claims in the RICO action.  Media coverage of the $15.75 million settlement, in which none of the parties admitted liability, can be found here, here and here and Feld's statement on the settlement is available here.
  • The Fund for Animals and the Humane Society the United States, which merged in 2005 but operate separately, issued this statement in which they said: "Although The HSUS was never a plaintiff in the case against Ringling, we believe it was prudent for the parties to settle, because this court would never address the core claims of elephant abuse, and there would be significant cost to continuing to litigate.  We expect that a substantial portion, if not all, of the settlement costs to The HSUS and The Fund for Animals will be covered by insurance, and in the end, that no donor dollars from The HSUS will go to Feld."
  • On July 7, 2014, the Washington Examiner reported that on May 15, 2014 "when the [voluntary] settlement…' between Feld Entertainment and several non-profit animal rights groups "…was announced, officials at the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Fund for Animals, which were responsible for paying the $15.7 million, defiantly claimed their insurance companies, not their donors, would pay the money to Feld." The article goes on to note that "what the animal rights groups failed to disclose to the public was that they'd been told four years before that their insurance companies would not provide coverage." The article also states that "today, the groups are suing their insurers." In response, " Wayne Pacelle, the Humane Society's president and CEO, shrugged off the insurance companies' refusal to cover the settlement, saying in an interview, 'denial of coverage is a standard posture within the industry.' Pacelle… said they have a 'commitment' from one carrier 'to cover the bulk of what our responsibility is.' He said he hopes there can be settlements with the other two insurance carriers." For more information, please see The Washington Examiner article.
  • On March 5, 2015, NPR reported that "the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will begin phasing out one of its most enduring acts. By 2018, elephants will no longer perform under its big tents. The announcement today stunned animal welfare groups, which, for years, fought legal battles over the circus's treatment of animals." For more information, please see NPR's coverage of the story.  
2012-12 02/01/2014 83.37 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 82.86 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 79.70 two 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 13-6218740
Name in IRS Master File FUND FOR ANIMALS INC
NTEE Code D20
NTEE Classification Animal Protection and Welfare
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (350) Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
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 May, 1968
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

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$22,834 0.28% Michael Markarian President $205,509
Other Salaries of Note
$124,663 1.54% Dickie J. Vest Veterinarian --
$112,427 1.39% Melissa Rubin Senior Vice President $37,476

The Fund for Animals was founded in 1967 by prominent author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory. The Fund's direct animal care operations provide veterinary treatment for thousands of animals year-round, while training volunteers and supporting their local communities.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Fund for Animals (NY) 87.18 three stars
Humane Farming Association (CA) 89.28 three stars
Animal Welfare Institute (DC) 92.92 four stars
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Alley Cat Allies (MD) 92.89 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Fund for Animals
200 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
tel: (888) 405-3863
fax: (212) 246-2633
EIN: 13-6218740

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Board Leadership

Marion G. Probst
Chair

CEO

Holly Hazard
President

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