Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Animal Legal Defense Fund

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four stars

93.04

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 93.04 four stars
  Financial 90.64 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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 2017
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
315
Number of civil litigation matters handled
128
Number of pro bono hours contributed
7,136
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Financial

four stars

90.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 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)
78.5%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.96
  Program Expenses Growth 15.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.2%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,494,151
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $67,785
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $12,561,936
   Program Service Revenue $36,282
Total Primary Revenue $12,598,218
   Other Revenue $153,543
TOTAL REVENUE $12,751,761
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,977,529
   Administrative Expenses $1,305,054
   Fundraising Expenses $1,204,975
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,487,558
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $264,203
   
Net Assets $11,894,610

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$196,133 1.57% Stephen Wells Chief Executive Officer

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Animal Legal Defense Fund (CA) 93.04 four stars
American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (NC) 92.32 four stars
American Anti-Vivisection Society (PA) 87.61 three stars
Humane Society International (DC) 87.97 three stars
American Veterinary Medical Foundation (IL) 92.38 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