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Animals : Animal Rights, Welfare, and Services

CN Advisory: Moderate Concern

Animal Welfare League

Chicagoland's largest humane society

90.58

10305 Southwest Highway Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
tel: (708) 636-8586   Web Site
EIN: 36-2235155

Board Leadership
Chris Higens
President

CEO
Diane Spyrka
Interim Executive Director

 
 

On February 27, 2018, it came to the attention of Charity Navigator that Animal Welfare League, is the subject of an investigation by the DEA according to an article titled, "DEA, state officials investigate controversial Chicago Ridge animal shelter." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see the WGN9 article.

  • On March 1, 2018, The Chicago Tribune published an article titled, "Amid protests over conditions, authorities investigate Chicago Ridge animal shelter." For more information, please see The Chicago Tribune article.

  • On September 21, 2018, The Daily Southtown published an article titled, "Chicago Ridge animal shelter pushes back on accusations of poor conditions after positive state report." For more information, please see The Daily Southtown article.

  • In November of 2018, The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued a Cease and Desist to Linda Estrada, the former executive director, for practicing veterinary medicine without a license. For More Information, see page 1.

  • In December of 2018, The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation placed the organization’s certified euthanasia agency licenses on probation and issued a fine in response to an investigation and complaints of malpractice. For more information, see page 9.

  • On November 22, 2019, The Chicago Tribune published an article titled, "As Animal Welfare League struggles to win back public trust, critics offer help and Chicago Ridge trustee wants a takeover." For more information, please see The Chicago Tribune article.


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 90.58
  Financial 87.30
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1935, the Animal Welfare League saves animals' lives and works to improve the way they are treated and regarded by society. The Animal Welfare League strives to: prevent cruelty to animals, provide quality homes for animals through our adoption programs, promote respect and compassion for all creatures through education, provide shelter and care for homeless and unwanted animals, reduce pet overpopulation through our low cost spay/neuter clinic, provide veterinary care for low income pet owners, and relieve the suffering of all animals. We work to improve municipal, city and state laws and regulations regarding the treatment of animals, and operate the state's largest non-profit animal shelter program.

Established in 1935, the Animal Welfare League saves animals' lives and works to improve the way they are treated and regarded by society. The Animal Welfare League strives to: prevent cruelty to animals, provide quality homes for animals through our adoption programs, promote respect and compassion for all creatures through education, provide shelter and care for homeless and unwanted animals, reduce pet overpopulation through our low cost spay/neuter clinic, provide veterinary care for low income pet owners, and relieve the suffering of all animals. We work to improve municipal, city and state laws and regulations regarding the treatment of animals, and operate the state's largest non-profit animal shelter program.

Financial

87.30

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
84.3%
  Administrative Expenses 15.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.51
  Program Expenses Growth -17.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Animal Welfare League on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Animal Welfare League on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Animal Welfare League (IL) 90.58
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation (TX) 97.11
Doris Day Animal Foundation (CA) 85.99
Front Range Equine Rescue (FL) 92.61
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (VA) 86.13

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,982,808
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $748
   Fundraising Events $30,449
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,014,005
   Program Service Revenue $2,752,621
Total Primary Revenue $6,766,626
   Other Revenue $593,897
TOTAL REVENUE $7,360,523
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,439,646
   Administrative Expenses $877,737
   Fundraising Expenses $6,732
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,324,115
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,036,408
   
Net Assets $19,283,267

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
Food, Shelter and Medical Care $3,439,646 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-09 11/01/2021 90.58
2019-09 12/23/2020 89.86
2018-09 07/01/2019 89.96
2017-09 06/01/2018 91.39
-- 03/12/2018 --Moderate Concern Advisory

On February 27, 2018, it came to the attention of Charity Navigator that Animal Welfare League, is the subject of an investigation by the DEA according to an article titled, "DEA, state officials investigate controversial Chicago Ridge animal shelter." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the charges reported, please see the WGN9 article.

2016-09 10/01/2017 94.35
2015-09 07/01/2016 92.99
2014-09 06/01/2016 91.40
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 09/01/2015 88.66
2013-09 12/01/2014 88.38
2012-09 08/01/2013 93.32
2011-09 07/01/2012 86.46
2010-09 09/20/2011 89.60
 
CN 1.0
2010-09 06/01/2011 95.53
2009-09 06/01/2010 90.41
2008-09 08/01/2009 79.57
2007-09 04/01/2009 70.91
2006-09 04/01/2008 82.99
2005-09 07/01/2006 79.18
2004-09 07/01/2005 87.27
2003-09 12/01/2004 89.37

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

EIN 36-2235155
Name in IRS Master File ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE
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
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 January, 1952
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
None reported -- Chris Higens President, Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Animal Welfare League (IL) 90.58
Helen Woodward Animal Center (CA) 87.20
Front Range Equine Rescue (FL) 92.61
Habitat for Horses (TX) 90.29
Soi Dog USA (TX) 92.92

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Charity Contact Info

Animal Welfare League
10305 Southwest Highway
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
tel: (708) 636-8586
fax: (708) 636-9488
EIN: 36-2235155

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Board Leadership

Chris Higens
President

CEO

Diane Spyrka
Interim Executive Director

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