Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Winning the case against cruelty

four stars

96.06

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

Board Leadership
Sarah Luick
Chair

CEO
Stephen Wells
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.06 four stars
  Financial 95.32 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 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, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF'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 100,000 members. ALDF 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, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF'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 100,000 members. ALDF 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.

Financial

four stars

95.32

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 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)
77.4%
  Administrative Expenses 13.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  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, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF'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 100,000 members. ALDF 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.

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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

Sarah Luick
Chair

CEO

Stephen Wells
Executive Director