Better Business Bureau Report for
The Anti-Cruelty Society

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2014

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: The Anti-Cruelty Society
Address: 157 WEST GRAND AVE.
  CHICAGO, IL 60610
Phone: 312-644-8338
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1899, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people.

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Evaluation Conclusions


The Anti-Cruelty Society does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 10: Ending Net Assets - Avoid accumulating funds that could be used for current program activities. To meet this standard, the charity's unrestricted net assets available for use should not be more than three times the size of the past year's expenses or three times the size of the current year's budget, whichever is higher.

The Anti-Cruelty Society does not meet this Standard because:

  • According to its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2011, the organization's total unrestricted net assets were $38,838,284, or 5 times the charity's total budgeted expenses of $7,155,351.
The Anti-Cruelty Society meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Cat and dog adoptions, low/no cost spay/neuter clinic, charity veterinary clinic, cruelty investigations, humane education programs, dog training classes, free behavior hotline,

For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2011, The Anti-Cruelty Society's program expenses were:

Shelter Services 3,130,344
Veterinary and clinical services 1,852,955
Humane education programs 545,021
Total Program Expenses: $5,528,320
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Chief Executive : Dr. Robyn Barbiers, President

Chair of the Board: Daniel S. Jaffee
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CEO of Oil-Dri Corporation

Co-Chair of the Board : W.B. Martin Gross

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 16

Paid Staff Size: 112

*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, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 13% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,253,122, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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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 The Anti-Cruelty Society's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Estate and Annuity Income 5,090,888
General public, corporate, and foundation support 2,771,584
Interest and dividends 836,798
Shelter, Clinic, and other service income 715,120
special events revenues 390,650
Retail sales and other revenue 83,120
Total Income $9,888,160


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 15%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $9,888,160
Program expenses $5,528,320
Fund raising expenses 1,071,048
Administrative expenses 555,983
Total expenses $7,155,351
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,732,809
Beginning net assets 38,618,945
Ending net assets 42,217,525
Total liabilities 380,907
Total assets $42,598,432

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