In the face of hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, many organizations rose up to the challenge of relocating displaced animals and reuniting pets with their owners. You might wonder which of these charities are the best ones to donate to and which ones do a better job at actually using the money you donate for their main causes. We wanted to recommend charities you could feel confident donating to, while providing some information about them and the reasons why we chose them.
How to evaluate a Charity?
We selected these non-profit organizations based on their Charity Navigator ranking, which is an indicator of how much of the funds go to help the organization’s main cause, as opposed to operational expenses, advertising and salaries, for example. The other criteria was size, we chose mid-size charities (between $3.5M to $13.5M) to help those nonprofits that might not be the most well-known, but large enough to make an impact. We also wanted to select charities from different parts of the country to help you find one near you or near one of your areas of interest.
Charity navigator rates charities based on 2 major components: Financial health (according to financials reported to the IRS) and Transparency & Accountability (T & A). Then, an overall rating is computed based on these two measurements.
Financial health takes into account what percentage of their budget is used for fundraising and administrative expenses versus program functions, since they want to offer an indicator about how effectively the organization uses its funds. Working capital ratios, liquidity ratios and other standard financial health metrics are used to assess the long-term position and stability of the nonprofit.
Transparency and Accountability is a rating that serves as a proxy for ethical behavior. The variables considered come mainly from the IRS form 990 and they are a way to verify the organization reported all required disclosures and the additional information associated with each of them. This category also evaluates if the financials were audited and disclosure of conflicts of interest.
Here is our list. Keep in mind it is not definitive and we’ll revise it to reflect any rating changes and will expand with more organizations in the future.
Top 20 Pet Charities in America
|Nonprofit name||Financial||T & A||CN Rating|
|Nevada Humane Society||100.00||100.00||100.00|
|Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation||99.86||100.00||99.90|
|The Humane Society Naples||97.50||100.00||98.23|
|Jacksonville Humane Society||97.50||100.00||98.23|
|Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League||97.50||100.00||98.23|
|Virginia Beach SPCA||97.50||100.00||98.23|
|Animal Defense League of Texas||99.05||97.00||97.77|
|St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center||97.35||97.00||97.17|
|Connecticut Humane Society||95.60||100.00||96.89|
|Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation||95.30||100.00||96.68|
|Idaho Humane Society||97.40||96.00||96.63|
|Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce Cty||94.97||100.00||96.44|
|Humane Society of Indianapolis||93.74||100.00||95.57|
|Animal Humane New Mexico||93.67||100.00||95.52|
|Charleston Animal Society||94.65||96.00||95.28|
|Animal Rescue League of Iowa||93.41||96.00||94.55|
Our list is only a snapshot of the thousands of organizations doing good work for animal rights and finding pets new homes. We’ll update this list to reflect any changes in ratings and publish a lot more information about national nonprofits you can get behind. If you know about a nonprofit you love and that you’d like us to review, please let us know in the comments or contact us directly.