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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Animal Legal Defense Fund

All our clients are innocent

four stars

91.80

525 East Cotati Avenue Cotati, CA 94931
tel: (707) 795-2533   Web Site
EIN: 94-2681680

Board Leadership
Andrea Arden
Chair

CEO
Stephen Wells
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.80 four stars
  Financial 88.80 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) fights to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life.

Today, the organization's groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 200,000 members. the Animal Legal Defense Fund files groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse; provides free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases; works to strengthen anti-cruelty statutes; encourages federal enforcement of existing animal protection laws; nurtures the future of animal law; and provides public education.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) fights to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life.

Today, the organization's groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 200,000 members. the Animal Legal Defense Fund files groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse; provides free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases; works to strengthen anti-cruelty statutes; encourages federal enforcement of existing animal protection laws; nurtures the future of animal law; and provides public education.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Number of animal cruelty cases where ALDF provided direct assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement officers
120
Opportunities coordinated for law students including student chapters, scholarships, and grants
350
Number of civil litigation matters handled
120
Number of pro bono hours contributed
4,241
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

88.80

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
80.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.87
  Program Expenses Growth 12.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Animal Legal Defense Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Animal Legal Defense Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Animal Legal Defense Fund (CA) 91.80 four stars
Humane Farming Association (CA) 91.28 four stars
American Anti-Vivisection Society (PA) 85.00 three stars
Alley Cat Allies (MD) 90.58 four stars
Last Chance for Animals (CA) 97.10 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,470,554
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $113,235
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $14,583,789
   Program Service Revenue $480,339
Total Primary Revenue $15,064,128
   Other Revenue $183,746
TOTAL REVENUE $15,247,874
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,327,772
   Administrative Expenses $966,265
   Fundraising Expenses $1,663,758
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,957,795
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $290,079
   
Net Assets $11,739,135

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
Litigation $12,327,772 100.0%

Ratings History
Animal Legal Defense Fund has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 91.80 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 93.04 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 96.06 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 96.56 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 91.84 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.51 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 10/01/2015 92.12 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 84.39 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 89.08 three stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 88.72 three stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 93.69 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 87.65 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 83.72 three stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 90.28 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 85.11 three stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 85.59 three stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 87.94 three stars
2004-12 11/01/2005 76.18 two stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 68.36 one star
2002-12 09/01/2003 75.18 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 94-2681680
Name in IRS Master File ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
NTEE Code D01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Animals
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 September, 1980
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
$203,750 1.36% Stephen Wells Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Animal Legal Defense Fund (CA) 91.80 four stars
American Anti-Vivisection Society (PA) 85.00 three stars
Animal Welfare Institute (DC) 99.99 four stars
Alley Cat Allies (MD) 90.58 four stars
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation (NC) 94.34 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Animal Legal Defense Fund
525 East Cotati Avenue
Cotati, CA 94931
tel: (707) 795-2533
fax: (707) 795-7280
EIN: 94-2681680

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Board Leadership

Andrea Arden
Chair

CEO

Stephen Wells
Executive Director

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