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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

Charleston Animal Society

Preventing Cruelty to Animals Has Always Been Our Mission. Since 1874.

three stars

87.73

2455 Remount Road North Charleston, SC 29406
tel: (843) 747-4849   Web Site
EIN: 57-6021863

Board Leadership
Laurel Greer
Chair

CEO
Joe Elmore
President & Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.73 three stars
  Financial 82.66 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For over 144 years, Charleston Animal Society has been preventing cruelty to animals. Nationally recognized as a leader in animal protection and rescue, Charleston Animal Society will not rest until every animal in need of a home finds one.

For over 144 years, Charleston Animal Society has been preventing cruelty to animals. Nationally recognized as a leader in animal protection and rescue, Charleston Animal Society will not rest until every animal in need of a home finds one.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Live Release Rate: calculated by dividing total live animal outcomes (adoptions, outgoing transfers, and return to owner) by total of all outcomes (total live outcomes plus euthanasia).
93
Number of animal adoptions
5,266
Number of animals euthanized
581
Total of animal intake
8,728
Total of animals returned-to-owner
932
Total of free roaming/feral cats trapped/vaccinated/altered/returned to field
1,528
Total of animals surrendered by owners (part of total intake)
852
Total of stray animals received (part of total intake)
6,899
Total of animal transfers to other organizations
219
This impact information is current as of March 2020, 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

three stars

82.66

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
80.4%
  Administrative Expenses 3.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.54
  Program Expenses Growth 6.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charleston Animal Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Charleston Animal Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charleston Animal Society (SC) 87.73 three stars
Humane Society of Westchester (NY) 90.33 four stars
Willamette Humane Society (OR) 91.06 four stars
Humane Society of Boulder Valley (CO) 88.04 three stars
Providence Animal Center (PA) 90.43 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,345,235
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,654,778
Total Contributions $6,000,013
   Program Service Revenue $1,366,182
Total Primary Revenue $7,366,195
   Other Revenue $800,698
TOTAL REVENUE $8,166,893
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,725,802
   Administrative Expenses $343,620
   Fundraising Expenses $1,291,124
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,360,546
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $806,347
   
Net Assets $19,497,511

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 $4,031,437 70.4%
Veterinary Treatment $1,027,328 17.9%
Education $333,205 5.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 87.73 three stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 94.16 four stars
2016-12 12/01/2017 95.14 four stars
2015-12 11/01/2016 95.27 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.47 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 91.29 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 95.97 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 95.37 four stars
2011-12 02/11/2013 --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 Monday, February 11, 2013

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for the Charleston Animal Society on May 1, 2014 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since February 2013) and because the issues that prompted the Donor Advisory have been resolved as noted in a news report. Specifically:

  • On November 21, 2013 the Post and Courier reported that  "prosecutors have dismissed an embezzlement charge against former Charleston Animal Society President Charles Karesh in connection with about $71,000 that went missing from the organization." The article goes on to say that "Karesh, 57, of Windermere Boulevard, resigned from his position with the animal society in December 2011 after being questioned about $69,000 that was reported missing. Board members later said the money was returned, and no charges were brought at the time." Furthermore, the charity  "made changes after Karesh left the organization. Among other things, it established separate finance and audit committees, and hired new chief financial and executive officers with nonprofit management experience." For more information, please see the Post and Courier article

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

  • On February 1, 2013, ABC News in Charleston, S.C., reported that "the former president of the Charleston Animal Society [Charles Karesh] who stepped down from the post more than a year ago has been charged with embezzlement of public funds." The news report went on to say that "according to the affidavit, Karesh stole $71,388 while acting as Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors [of the Charleston Animal Society] between September 2007 and September 2011. " For more information, please see the ABC News report.
2011-12 12/20/2012 91.11 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 86.93 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.27 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 96.02 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 98.32 four stars
2007-12 12/17/2008 87.94 three stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 91.34 four stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 80.82 three stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 96.32 four stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 90.11 four 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 57-6021863
Name in IRS Master File CHARLESTON ANIMAL SOCIETY
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
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 July, 1965
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$234,806 3.19% Joe Elmore Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Charleston Animal Society (SC) 87.73 three stars
Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (NY) 88.91 three stars
Capital Area Humane Society, MI (MI) 91.07 four stars
Humane Society of Missouri (MO) 91.89 four stars
Española Humane (NM) 95.71 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Charleston Animal Society
2455 Remount Road
North Charleston, SC 29406
tel: (843) 747-4849
fax: (843) 747-1012
EIN: 57-6021863

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Board Leadership

Laurel Greer
Chair

CEO

Joe Elmore
President & Chief Executive Officer

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