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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

The Wildcat Sanctuary

They will never know freedom. Can they at least know compassion?

four stars

92.60

P.O. Box 314 Sandstone, MN 55072
tel: (320) 245-6871   Web Site
EIN: 22-3857401

Board Leadership
Gail Plewacki
Chair

CEO
Tammy Thies
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.60 four stars
  Financial 96.95 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 90.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill big cat rescue located in Sandstone, MN. TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis. TWS is funded solely on private donations. The Sanctuary is a rescue organization and is not open to the public. Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart. As a true sanctuary, we do not buy, breed, sell or exhibit animals. The Wildcat Sanctuary is accredited by the American Sanctuary Association the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and a member of Tigers in America sanctuaries.

The Wildcat Sanctuary (TWS) is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill big cat rescue located in Sandstone, MN. TWS provides a natural sanctuary to wild cats in need and inspires change to end the captive wildlife crisis. TWS is funded solely on private donations. The Sanctuary is a rescue organization and is not open to the public. Combining natural and spacious habitats with a life free of exhibition, TWS allows all residents to live wild at heart. As a true sanctuary, we do not buy, breed, sell or exhibit animals. The Wildcat Sanctuary is accredited by the American Sanctuary Association the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and a member of Tigers in America sanctuaries.

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Financial

four stars

96.95

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

90.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
83.1%
  Administrative Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.42
  Program Expenses Growth 21.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Wildcat Sanctuary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Wildcat Sanctuary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Wildcat Sanctuary (MN) 92.60 four stars
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA (CA) 96.46 four stars
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (PA) 88.29 three stars
Animal Place (CA) 90.10 four stars
The Elephant Sanctuary (TN) 98.75 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,442,894
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $25,990
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,468,884
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,468,884
   Other Revenue $72,955
TOTAL REVENUE $1,541,839
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,035,320
   Administrative Expenses $121,235
   Fundraising Expenses $89,235
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,245,790
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $296,049
   
Net Assets $1,530,728

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
Wildcat Sanctuary $1,035,320 100.0%

Ratings History
The Wildcat Sanctuary has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 02/01/2019 92.60 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 93.87 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 91.87 four 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 22-3857401
Name in IRS Master File THE WILDCAT SANCTUARY
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
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 August, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$58,362 4.68% Tammy Thies Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Wildcat Sanctuary (MN) 92.60 four stars
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary (GA) 89.02 three stars
Center for Great Apes (FL) 95.55 four stars
Our Companions Animal Rescue (CT) 95.20 four stars
Keepers of the Wild (AZ) 89.05 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Wildcat Sanctuary
P.O. Box 314
Sandstone, MN 55072
tel: (320) 245-6871
EIN: 22-3857401

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Board Leadership

Gail Plewacki
Chair

CEO

Tammy Thies
Executive Director

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