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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Best Friends Animal Society

Save Them All®

two stars

79.19

5001 Angel Canyon Road Kanab, UT 84741
tel: (435) 644-2001   Web Site
EIN: 23-7147797

Board Leadership
Francis Battista
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Julie Castle
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.19 two stars
  Financial 70.58 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Best Friends is to end the killing in America's animal shelters and create a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by building community programs and partnerships all across the nation.

The mission of Best Friends is to end the killing in America's animal shelters and create a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. We do this by building community programs and partnerships all across the nation.

Financial

two stars

70.58

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
68.9%
  Administrative Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.86
  Program Expenses Growth 2.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 35.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Best Friends Animal Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Best Friends Animal Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Best Friends Animal Society (UT) 79.19 two stars
Vegan Outreach (CA) 85.52 three stars
Mercy For Animals (CA) 87.55 three stars
Animal Welfare Society (ME) 93.43 four stars
Doris Day Animal Foundation (CA) 85.99 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $93,161,289
   Federated Campaigns $150,145
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $213,680
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $192,950
Total Contributions $93,718,064
   Program Service Revenue $2,961,342
Total Primary Revenue $96,679,406
   Other Revenue $6,217,334
TOTAL REVENUE $102,896,740
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $64,273,665
   Administrative Expenses $14,981,723
   Fundraising Expenses $20,679,397
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $99,934,785
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,961,955
   
Net Assets $99,143,790

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
Initiatives, Program Cities and National Outreach $43,616,531 66.7%
Animal Care Activities $21,789,484 33.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 02/01/2021 79.19 two stars
2018-09 02/01/2020 81.92 three stars
2017-09 03/01/2019 88.75 three stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 87.00 three stars
2015-09 12/01/2016 87.20 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2016 89.40 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 03/01/2016 90.67 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 83.89 three stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 87.30 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 91.11 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 91.11 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 82.90 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 10/01/2010 81.04 three stars
2008-12 11/01/2009 90.71 four stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 85.27 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 80.31 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 84.75 three stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 85.35 three stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 82.60 three stars
2002-12 08/01/2003 85.68 three 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 23-7147797
Name in IRS Master File BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY
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 (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 December, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$210,226 0.21% Julianne Castle CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$254,644 0.25% Stephen Howell COO/CFO
$238,330 0.23% Greogory Castle CEO Emeritus

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Best Friends Animal Society (UT) 79.19 two stars
Vegan Outreach (CA) 85.52 three stars
Equine Advocates (NY) 91.88 four stars
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center (NJ) 98.23 four stars
Mercy For Animals (CA) 87.55 three stars

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This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Official Charity Response

Our supporters' trust is very important to us. For this reason, we pride ourselves on being transparent about how donations are used to help the animals. 

The primary driver of our rating reduction from 3-star in 2018 to 2-star in 2019 is due to the program growth measurement.  In 2017 we activated a large-scale animal rescue operation in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey, resulting in significantly higher program expenses that year. In addition, and somewhat related to that event, we also experienced a large increase in contribution revenue that year due to the generosity of donors supporting our Hurricane Harvey work and Best Friends more broadly.  Because of the growth of our revenue and related program spending in 2017 as compared to our program spending in 2019, the lack of program growth as measured by the calculation is enough to cause us to drop just below the 3 star threshold in 2019.

We are continually ensuring that we are as efficient as we can be, and we want people to be confident that when they give to Best Friends Animal Society, that every dollar you give to us is going as far as it possibly can to save more lives. You can find additional details about how we put donor dollars to work at the financial information section of our website.   

Charity Contact Info

Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741
tel: (435) 644-2001
fax: (435) 644-2078
EIN: 23-7147797

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Board Leadership

Francis Battista
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Julie Castle
Chief Executive Officer

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