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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

The Humane Society of the United States

Celebrating animals, confronting cruelty

85.09

1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450 Washington, DC 20037
tel: (202) 452-1100   Web Site
EIN: 53-0225390

Board Leadership
Eric L. Bernthal
Chair

CEO
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.09
  Financial 79.31
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

79.31

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
77.1%
  Administrative Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.45
  Program Expenses Growth 6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Humane Society of the United States on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Humane Society of the United States on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Humane Society of the United States (DC) 85.09
Friends of Animals (CT) 86.86
Animal Welfare Institute (DC) 92.92
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation (NC) 94.34
PetSmart Charities (AZ) 97.17

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals - a world that will also benefit people. We work to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world. We are the lead disaster relief agency for animals, and we provide direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries and rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $121,819,368
   Federated Campaigns $917,217
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,751,065
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $124,487,650
   Program Service Revenue $1,086,774
Total Primary Revenue $125,574,424
   Other Revenue $9,924,626
TOTAL REVENUE $135,499,050
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $100,282,096
   Administrative Expenses $3,989,132
   Fundraising Expenses $24,649,995
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $128,921,223
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,577,827
   
Net Assets $213,579,387

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
Advocacy and Public Policy $57,776,533 57.6%
Cruelty Prevention Program $26,629,243 26.6%
Research and Education $15,876,320 15.8%
Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.09
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 87.00
2013-12 07/01/2015 86.43
2012-12 06/10/2014 --Donor Advisory

This donor advisory was published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for HSUS on July 1, 2015 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year and because the issues that prompted the Donor Advisory have been resolved. Specifically, the charity provided confirmation of the settlement between it and Feld Entertainment, Inc. For further information, please see the supplemental materials below:

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory on HSUS because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • On May 15, 2014, Feld Entertainment ended its long running legal dispute with the Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute, the Fund for Animals and other non-profit animal rights groups who had accused the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus of abusing its world famous elephants, in violation of the Endangered Species Act ("ESA"). 
  • The Fund for Animals and the Humane Society the United States, which merged in 2005 but operate separately, issued this statement in which they said: "Although The HSUS was never a plaintiff in the case against Ringling, we believe it was prudent for the parties to settle, because this court would never address the core claims of elephant abuse, and there would be significant cost to continuing to litigate.  We expect that a substantial portion, if not all, of the settlement costs to The HSUS and The Fund for Animals will be covered by insurance, and in the end, that no donor dollars from The HSUS will go to Feld."
  • As described in this February 20, 2014 decision: "The plaintiffs in the ESA action premised their case on the testimony of the late Tom Rider, who testified that he observed the mistreatment of the elephants when he worked for the circus.  [The judge], however found that Rider was not credible and that he was essentially a paid plaintiff witness whose sole source of income throughout the litigation was provided by the animal advocacy organizations, which were his co-plaintiffs in the ESA action. [The judge] therefore concluded that Rider lacked standing and entered judgment for Feld, the defendant."  Feld then sued the plaintiffs in the ESA case as well as their attorneys, arguing that the ESA plaintiffs' payments to Rider during the litigation violated the RICO Act.  After Feld's RICO case survived a motion to dismiss, and the animal rights groups were ordered to disclose the names of certain donors in discovery, the defendants agreed to pay Feld $15.75 million to settle Feld's claim for attorneys fees in the ESA case and the pending claims in the RICO action.  Media coverage of the $15.75 million settlement, in which none of the parties admitted liability, can be found here, here and here and Feld's statement on the settlement is available here.
  • On July 7, 2014, the Washington Examiner reported that on May 15, 2014 "when the [voluntary] settlement…' between Feld Entertainment and several non-profit animal rights groups "…was announced, officials at the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Fund for Animals, which were responsible for paying the $15.7 million, defiantly claimed their insurance companies, not their donors, would pay the money to Feld." The article goes on to note that "what the animal rights groups failed to disclose to the public was that they'd been told four years before that their insurance companies would not provide coverage." The article also states that "today, the groups are suing their insurers." In response, " Wayne Pacelle, the Humane Society's president and CEO, shrugged off the insurance companies' refusal to cover the settlement, saying in an interview, 'denial of coverage is a standard posture within the industry.' Pacelle… said they have a 'commitment' from one carrier 'to cover the bulk of what our responsibility is.' He said he hopes there can be settlements with the other two insurance carriers." For more information, please see The Washington Examiner article.
  • On March 5, 2015, NPR reported that "the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will begin phasing out one of its most enduring acts. By 2018, elephants will no longer perform under its big tents. The announcement today stunned animal welfare groups, which, for years, fought legal battles over the circus's treatment of animals." For more information, please see NPR's coverage of the story.  
2012-12 05/01/2014 81.72
2011-12 03/01/2014 84.76
2011-12 07/01/2013 92.86
2010-12 02/01/2012 90.73
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.70
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 83.28
2008-12 04/01/2010 81.57
2007-12 06/01/2009 92.61
2006-12 07/01/2008 93.07
2005-12 02/01/2007 92.90
2004-12 01/01/2006 92.61
2003-12 01/05/2005 82.24
2002-12 10/01/2003 76.88
2001-12 10/15/2002 65.94
2000-12 04/15/2002 81.43

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 53-0225390
Name in IRS Master File HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES
NTEE Code D20
NTEE Classification Animal Protection and Welfare
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Animals
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related 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 January, 1956
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$372,023 0.28% Wayne Pacelle President, CEO

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals - a world that will also benefit people. We work to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world. We are the lead disaster relief agency for animals, and we provide direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries and rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Humane Society of the United States (DC) 85.09
Alley Cat Allies (MD) 90.35
FACT (IL) 94.94
The Fund for Animals (NY) 88.61
National Anti-Vivisection Society (IL) 86.97

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Humane Society of the United States (DC) 85.09
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NY) 86.14
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (VA) 74.74
Alley Cat Allies (MD) 90.35
PetSmart Charities (AZ) 97.17

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Charity Contact Info

The Humane Society of the United States
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20037
tel: (202) 452-1100
fax: (301) 548-7700
EIN: 53-0225390

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Board Leadership

Eric L. Bernthal
Chair

CEO

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO


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