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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

CN Advisory: Moderate Concern

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation

People Rescuing Animals . . .Animals Rescuing People.

98.11

2890 Mitchell Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94598
tel: (800) 567-1273   Web Site
EIN: 68-0240341

Board Leadership
Tony La Russa
Chairman

CEO
Elena Bicker
Executive Director

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On April 19, 2021, The Mercury News reported on the charges of improper conduct allegedly taking place at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation in an article titled, "Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation in turmoil after he and family resign." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory as the allegations have yet to be confirmed. For more information regarding this matter, please see The Mercury News article.

  • On April 22, 2021, The San Francisco Chronicle published an article titled, "Why Tony La Russa is staying with Animal Rescue Foundation despite his family’s protest." For more information, please see The San Francisco Chronicle article.

Charity Response

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation has provided their response to this Advisory.

This charity has received a Moderate Concern Advisory due to an open or pending investigation regarding allegations of possible illegal activity, improper conduct, organizational mismanagement, or other matters of concern. Please note that this investigation has not concluded and that the allegations being investigated have not been confirmed by the U.S. legal system. Charity Navigator aims to provide donors and users with as much information as possible in order to make an informed giving decision. This advisory will be updated once we become aware that the investigation is completed. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.11
  Financial 97.34
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) was created in 1991 by Tony and Elaine La Russa to address the needs of companion animals. ARF saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each others' lives. ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care. ARF is an organization that can not only aid abandoned and homeless animals, but also promote the concept that people's lives can be enhanced by strengthening the bonds between humans and animals.

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) was created in 1991 by Tony and Elaine La Russa to address the needs of companion animals. ARF saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each others' lives. ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care. ARF is an organization that can not only aid abandoned and homeless animals, but also promote the concept that people's lives can be enhanced by strengthening the bonds between humans and animals.

Financial

97.34

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
85.8%
  Administrative Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.37
  Program Expenses Growth 7.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (CA) 98.11
Humane Society of Pulaski County (AR) 96.24
Cat Adoption Team (OR) 88.81
Lange Foundation (CA) 93.76
Humane Society of Tampa Bay (FL) 97.34

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $19,166,316
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,607,855
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $20,774,171
   Program Service Revenue $988,735
Total Primary Revenue $21,762,906
   Other Revenue $1,966,595
TOTAL REVENUE $23,729,501
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,999,539
   Administrative Expenses $604,833
   Fundraising Expenses $651,751
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,256,123
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $15,473,378
   
Net Assets $58,864,965

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
Animal Care & Adoption $2,740,076 39.1%
Clinic $2,162,945 30.9%
Community Outreach $1,269,161 18.1%

Ratings History
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation has received 13 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
-- 06/07/2021 --Moderate Concern Advisory

On April 19, 2021, The Mercury News reported on the charges of improper conduct allegedly taking place at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation in an article titled, "Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation in turmoil after he and family resign." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory as the allegations have yet to be confirmed. For more information regarding this matter, please see The Mercury News article.

Charity Response

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation has provided their response to this Advisory.
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 98.11
2018-06 04/01/2019 100.00
2017-06 07/01/2018 98.11
2016-06 07/01/2017 99.90
2015-06 06/01/2016 98.21
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 96.51
2014-06 09/01/2015 95.51
2013-06 11/01/2014 92.03
2012-06 12/20/2013 91.07
2012-06 08/01/2013 90.63
2011-06 04/01/2012 90.34
2010-06 09/20/2011 93.05
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 90.90
2009-06 06/01/2010 94.49
2008-06 04/01/2009 91.60
2007-06 03/01/2008 91.14
2006-06 03/01/2007 83.92
2005-06 02/01/2006 72.96
2004-06 03/01/2005 69.89
2003-06 06/01/2004 82.40

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

EIN 68-0240341
Name in IRS Master File TONY LARUSSAS ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION
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 (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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 July, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$337,906 4.09% Elena Bicker Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (CA) 98.11
Blue Ridge Humane Society (NC) 95.05
Elmbrook Humane Society (WI) 91.67
IndyHumane (IN) 94.60
Lynchburg Humane Society (VA) 88.58

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Charity Contact Info

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation
2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
tel: (800) 567-1273
fax: (925) 977-9079
EIN: 68-0240341

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Board Leadership

Tony La Russa
Chairman

CEO

Elena Bicker
Executive Director

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