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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute

Keep wildlife in the wild

three stars

87.54

P.O. Box 32160 Washington, DC 20007
tel: (202) 450-3168   Web Site
EIN: 94-6187633

Board Leadership
Sean Cassidy
Chair

CEO
Preshant Khetan
Chief Executive Officer

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.54 three stars
  Financial 82.65 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute is a national animal advocacy organization. Our mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife - including highly endangered species - in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. Every year, millions of animals suffer in fur farms and circus cages. In our campaigns against such cruelties, we use powerful tools including legislation, public education, litigation, and grassroots networking. We also work actively with media to spread the word about challenges facing animals. Our primary campaign areas currently include animals used in entertainment, captive exotic animals, trapping & fur, and the international wildlife trade.

Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute is a national animal advocacy organization. Our mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife - including highly endangered species - in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. Every year, millions of animals suffer in fur farms and circus cages. In our campaigns against such cruelties, we use powerful tools including legislation, public education, litigation, and grassroots networking. We also work actively with media to spread the word about challenges facing animals. Our primary campaign areas currently include animals used in entertainment, captive exotic animals, trapping & fur, and the international wildlife trade.

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Financial

three stars

82.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
76.8%
  Administrative Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.23
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.81
  Program Expenses Growth 30.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (DC) 87.54 three stars
Animal Welfare Institute (DC) 92.92 four stars
American Anti-Vivisection Society (PA) 89.90 three stars
Humane Farming Association (CA) 86.88 three stars
American Veterinary Medical Foundation (IL) 96.53 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,466,001
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $139,899
Total Contributions $2,605,900
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,605,900
   Other Revenue $216,594
TOTAL REVENUE $2,822,494
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,302,815
   Administrative Expenses $222,586
   Fundraising Expenses $445,392
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,970,793
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,148,299
   
Net Assets $3,102,264

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 for Animals $1,815,449 55.0%
Primate Sanctuary $896,195 27.1%
Public Education $591,171 17.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2018 87.54 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 83.74 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.67 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 90.93 four stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 81.43 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 78.85 two stars
2012-12 06/10/2014 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

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 Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute 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 Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute 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").  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 herehere and here and Feld’s statement on the settlement is available here.
  • The Animal Protection Institute (renamed Born Free USA) provided this statement on the settlement:

" …Born Free USA was not involved and didn’t even enter the case as a party until five years after the case was initiated and after the allegations of any wrongdoing occurred."

2012-12 10/01/2013 74.82 two stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 69.66 one star
2011-12 08/01/2012 67.17 one star
2010-12 09/20/2011 75.77 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 76.91 two stars
2008-12 12/15/2009 80.24 three stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 82.47 three stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 89.16 three stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 94.21 four stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 87.33 three stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 75.17 two stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 85.77 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 82.76 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 94-6187633
Name in IRS Master File BORN FREE USA UNITED WITH ANIMAL PROTECTION INSTITUTE
NTEE Code D01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
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, 1968
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$131,708 3.31% Adam Roberts CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute (DC) 87.54 three stars
American Humane (DC) 90.25 four stars
National Anti-Vivisection Society (IL) 88.55 three stars
Last Chance for Animals (CA) 98.23 four stars
Animal Legal Defense Fund (CA) 96.56 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute
P.O. Box 32160
Washington, DC 20007
tel: (202) 450-3168
fax: (202) 450-3581
EIN: 94-6187633

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Board Leadership

Sean Cassidy
Chair

CEO

Preshant Khetan
Chief Executive Officer

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