Better Business Bureau Report for
Equine Advocates, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2016

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Equine Advocates, Inc.
Address: PO Box 354
  Chatham, NY 12037
Phone: 518-245-1599
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1996, New York
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines through education, investigations, rescue operations, the dissemination of information to the public and the operation of a horse rescue for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected horses."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Equine Advocates, Inc. (EA) does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 4: Compensated Board Members - Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

EA does not meet this Standard because:

  • Two (2) member(s) out of the nine (9) member borad of directors (22%) are compensated either directly or indirectly. 
Equine Advocates, Inc. (EA) meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Since 1996, Equine Advocates has helped rescue horses, ponies, donkeys & mules from slaughter, abuse and neglect. At its 140-acre horse sanctuary in Chatham, NY, it currently has 85 rescued equines. In 2006, it proudly opened its Humane Education Center on the sanctuary grounds. Every year it welcomes students, educators, law enforcement personnel, visitors and groups of all ages to attend and participate in classes, lectures, symposiums, workshops and special events. Equine Advocates organizes and hosts the annual American Equine Summit in the Education Center where experts from across the country come and talk about urgent issues affecting America's horses. Afterwards, all get to meet the animals who are an important part of the education program. Visitors can read graphics displayed at each paddock to better understand where a particular equine came from and why that animal needed to be rescued. Also, as part of the education program, it has created a children’s book titled “Do Horses Sleep Standing Up?” which has been purchased by many, including the New York City Board of Education.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, EA's program expenses were:

Equine Rescue and Sanctuary 819,776
Equine Education 270,338
Total Program Expenses: $1,090,114
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Chief Executive : Susan Wagner, President & Founder

Highest Paid Executive: Karen Wagner,Development Director
Compensation*: $64,874

Chair of the Board: Jeffrey Tucker
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Entrepreneur

Board Size: 9

Paid Staff Size: 13

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, Equine Sponsorship Program
Fund raising costs were 14% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,157,579, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
EA incurred joint costs of $224,422 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs $157,095 was allocated to program expenses and $67,327 was allocated to fund raising expenses.
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on EA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Donations and Grants 959,731
Special Events 196,169
Net Assets released from restrictions 18,475
In-Kind Donations 18,156
Interest 1,679
Total Income $1,194,210


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $1,194,210
Program expenses $1,090,114
Fund raising expenses 166,057
Administrative expenses 72,530
Total expenses $1,328,701
Expenses in Excess of Income (134,491)
Beginning net assets 3,673,407
Other Changes in Net Assets 21,525
Ending net assets 3,560,441
Total liabilities 26,291
Total assets $3,586,732

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