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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Animal Rescue League of Iowa

Promoting animal welfare

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four stars

92.65

5452 Northeast 22nd Street Des Moines, IA 50313
tel: (515) 262-9503   Web Site
EIN: 42-0680427

Board Leadership
Carol Griglione
Chair

CEO
Tom Colvin
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.65 four stars
  Financial 90.42 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1926 the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is Iowa's largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves animals and people in need across the state, with a focus on Polk County and central Iowa. The ARL has grown dramatically since its founding expanding its programs and services. Through our proactive programs community outreach (which includes spay/neuter and veterinary assistance programs for owned pets), humane education and pet behavior programs, in the past few years we have begun to see a decrease in the number of animals we care for in the shelter, but our work is far from over. The ARL strives to serve people and pets in our community through our programs and services designed to promote animal welfare, to address the reasons animals end up in shelters, to find forever adoptive homes for the animals in our care, and to help keep pets in their homes with the people that love them.

Founded in 1926 the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is Iowa's largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves animals and people in need across the state, with a focus on Polk County and central Iowa. The ARL has grown dramatically since its founding expanding its programs and services. Through our proactive programs community outreach (which includes spay/neuter and veterinary assistance programs for owned pets), humane education and pet behavior programs, in the past few years we have begun to see a decrease in the number of animals we care for in the shelter, but our work is far from over. The ARL strives to serve people and pets in our community through our programs and services designed to promote animal welfare, to address the reasons animals end up in shelters, to find forever adoptive homes for the animals in our care, and to help keep pets in their homes with the people that love them.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Average number of days of shelter stay for animals
26
Number of animal adoptions
6,940
Number of animal intervention investigations.
233
This impact information is current as of March 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

90.42

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
80.0%
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.74
  Program Expenses Growth 9.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Animal Rescue League of Iowa on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Animal Rescue League of Iowa (IA) 92.65 four stars
Yavapai Humane Society (AZ) 88.87 three stars
Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society (MI) 94.63 four stars
SPCA Serving Erie County (NY) 86.67 three stars
The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County (WA) 91.13 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,251,950
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $118,216
   Related Organizations $450,000
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,820,166
   Program Service Revenue $1,558,049
Total Primary Revenue $6,378,215
   Other Revenue $444,155
TOTAL REVENUE $6,822,370
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,056,196
   Administrative Expenses $402,949
   Fundraising Expenses $646,737
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,105,882
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $716,488
   
Net Assets $10,104,288

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
Sheltering and Adoption $5,056,196 100.0%

Ratings History
Animal Rescue League of Iowa has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 07/01/2019 92.65 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 91.39 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.54 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.51 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 95.36 four stars
2013-12 02/01/2015 93.37 four stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 89.90 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 83.60 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 80.28 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 88.11 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 89.30 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.88 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 95.30 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 98.25 four stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 93.13 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 97.63 four stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 92.61 four stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 98.36 four stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 86.23 three stars
2002-12 02/01/2004 73.04 two 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 42-0680427
Name in IRS Master File ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF IOWA INCORPORATED
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 that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 August, 1949
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$154,879 2.53% Thomas Colvin Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Animal Rescue League of Iowa (IA) 92.65 four stars
Anderson Animal Shelter (IL) 94.45 four stars
Dane County Humane Society (WI) 87.15 three stars
Connecticut Humane Society (CT) 89.17 three stars
Humane Society of Charlotte (NC) 87.18 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Animal Rescue League of Iowa
5452 Northeast 22nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
tel: (515) 262-9503
fax: (515) 262-2612
EIN: 42-0680427

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Board Leadership

Carol Griglione
Chair

CEO

Tom Colvin
Chief Executive Officer

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