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Animals : Wildlife Conservation

Big Cat Rescue

Caring for Big Cats - Ending the Trade as Pets, Props & Parts

97.40

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
tel: (813) 920-4130   Web Site
EIN: 59-3330495

CEO
Carole Baskin
CEO, Founder

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.40
  Financial 96.33
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Our Mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care, end abuse of big cats in captivity, and prevent extinction of big cats in the wild.

Our Goal is for our donors to find their gifts to us to be among the most satisfying they make by accomplishing our mission in the most financially responsible manner possible. We consistently receive Charity Navigator's highest 4 star rating and are in the 1% of nonprofits who have received Charity Navigator's perfect numerical score of 100.

Big Cat Rescue, founded in 1992, is an educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats, and to educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild.

Our Mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care, end abuse of big cats in captivity, and prevent extinction of big cats in the wild.

Our Goal is for our donors to find their gifts to us to be among the most satisfying they make by accomplishing our mission in the most financially responsible manner possible. We consistently receive Charity Navigator's highest 4 star rating and are in the 1% of nonprofits who have received Charity Navigator's perfect numerical score of 100.

Big Cat Rescue, founded in 1992, is an educational sanctuary devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats, and to educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild.

Financial

96.33

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
89.9%
  Administrative Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.82
  Program Expenses Growth 6.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Big Cat Rescue on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Big Cat Rescue on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Big Cat Rescue (FL) 97.40
Animal Place (CA) 90.80
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA (CA) 91.22
Performing Animal Welfare Society (CA) 93.01
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (NY) 93.10

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,063,971
   Federated Campaigns $56,688
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $321
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,120,980
   Program Service Revenue $1,183,411
Total Primary Revenue $4,304,391
   Other Revenue $952,979
TOTAL REVENUE $5,257,370
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $3,101,574
   Administrative Expenses $102,326
   Fundraising Expenses $214,231
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,418,131
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,839,239
   
Net Assets $13,288,463

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 $2,739,802 85.5%
Advocacy $326,494 10.2%
In-Situ Grants for Conservation Work $138,085 4.3%

Ratings History
Big Cat Rescue has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/23/2020 97.40
2018-12 10/01/2020 93.85
2017-12 10/01/2018 100.00
2016-12 12/01/2017 100.00
2015-12 02/01/2017 99.71
2014-12 06/01/2016 99.55
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 98.72
2014-12 12/01/2015 96.89
2013-12 12/22/2014 95.17
2012-12 02/01/2014 99.10
2011-12 12/01/2012 95.08
2010-12 11/01/2011 98.79
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.94
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 95.60
2008-12 02/01/2010 97.81
2007-12 11/01/2008 98.59

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

EIN 59-3330495
Name in IRS Master File BIG CAT RESCUE CORP
NTEE Code P30
NTEE Classification Children's, Youth Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Animals
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(355) Wildlife sanctuary or refuge
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 February, 1996
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$65,617 1.91% Carole Baskin CEO, Founder
Other Salaries of Note
$73,262 2.14% Howard Baskin Secretary
$69,154 2.02% Jamie Veronica Murdock President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Big Cat Rescue (FL) 97.40
Center for Great Apes (FL) 99.17
American Eagle Foundation (TN) 97.03
Keepers of the Wild (AZ) 85.63
Performing Animal Welfare Society (CA) 93.01

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Charity Contact Info

Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy Street
Tampa, FL 33625
tel: (813) 920-4130
fax: (866) 571-4523
EIN: 59-3330495

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CEO

Carole Baskin
CEO, Founder

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