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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Born Free USA

Keep Wildlife in the Wild

86.96

8737 Colesville Road #715 Silver Spring, MD 20910
tel: (202) 450-3168   Web Site
EIN: 94-6187633

Board Leadership
Sean Cassidy
Chair

CEO
Angela Grimes
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.96
  Financial 81.81
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Born Free USA works tirelessly to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs.

We oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong - in the wild.

We promote Compassionate Conservation to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals.

We seek to have a positive impact on animals in the wild and protect their ecosystems in perpetuity, for their own intrinsic value and for the critical roles they play within the natural world.

Born Free USA works tirelessly to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs.

We oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong - in the wild.

We promote Compassionate Conservation to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals.

We seek to have a positive impact on animals in the wild and protect their ecosystems in perpetuity, for their own intrinsic value and for the critical roles they play within the natural world.

Financial

81.81

Accountability & Transparency

97.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.86
  Program Expenses Growth 3.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Born Free USA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Born Free USA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Born Free USA (MD) 86.96
American Anti-Vivisection Society (PA) 85.97
Animal Legal Defense Fund (CA) 91.30
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) (IL) 85.56
International Fund for Animal Welfare (MA) 86.43

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,024,984
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $20,010
Total Contributions $2,044,994
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,044,994
   Other Revenue $60,745
TOTAL REVENUE $2,105,739
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $1,885,745
   Administrative Expenses $202,108
   Fundraising Expenses $376,157
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,464,010
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-358,271
   
Net Assets $2,206,498

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 & Education $1,129,009 56.6%
Primate Sanctuary $866,038 43.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 11/01/2020 86.96
2018-12 10/01/2019 84.75
2017-12 10/01/2018 88.05
2016-12 03/01/2018 87.54
2015-12 12/01/2016 83.74
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.67
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 90.93
2013-12 08/01/2015 81.43
2013-12 07/01/2015 78.85
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
2011-12 07/01/2013 69.66
2011-12 08/01/2012 67.17
2010-12 09/20/2011 75.77
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 76.91
2008-12 12/15/2009 80.24
2007-12 11/01/2008 82.47
2006-12 10/01/2007 89.16
2005-12 11/01/2006 94.21
2004-12 10/01/2005 87.33

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
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$119,195 4.83% Angela Grimes Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Born Free USA (MD) 86.96
Humane Farming Association (CA) 93.56
Animal Welfare Institute (DC) 99.99
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) (IL) 85.56
American Anti-Vivisection Society (PA) 85.97

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Charity Contact Info

Born Free USA
8737 Colesville Road #715
Silver Spring, MD 20910
tel: (202) 450-3168
EIN: 94-6187633

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Board Leadership

Sean Cassidy
Chair

CEO

Angela Grimes
Chief Executive Officer

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