Better Business Bureau Report for
Heart of America Humane Society

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2015

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: Heart of America Humane Society
Address: PO Box 12703
PO Box 12703
  Overland Park, KS 66282
Phone: 800-384-3143
Web Address:
Also known as:HAHS
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1992, Kansas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Heart of America Humane Society is committed to promote kindness to animals, the prevention of cruelty to animals, the extension of humane education, the encouragement of spay/neuter programs among individual pet owners and animal shelters, and the encouragement of programs designed to adopt animals held at approved animal shelters to approved members of the public.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Heart of America Humane Society does not meet the following 6 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff - Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

Heart of America Humane Society does not meet this Standard because its board of directors does not:

  • Review the performance of the chief executive officer at least once every two years.
  • Have an approved conflict of interest policy.
  • Receive a copy of the organization’s financial statements.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Heart of America Humane Society does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors does not have a written policy stating that, at least every two years, an appraisal be done assessing the organization’s performance and effectiveness and determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness - Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

Heart of America Humane Society does not meet this Standard because:

  • It has never completed an effectiveness assessment.

Standard 16: Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

Heart of America Humane Society does not meet this standard because:

  • The organization states it does not have an annual report covering activities conducted in the past year.

Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

Heart of America Humane Society does not meet this Standard because the organization's website,, does not include all of the recommended information for those charity websites that solicit for donations. Specifically, it does not include:

  • Electronic access to the organization’s most recent IRS Form 990.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Heart of America Humane Society meets the remaining 14 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Save and improve the lives of Kansas City's homeless companion animals by promoting responsible pet ownership. The Heart of America Humane Society partners with two local animal shelters, the Lee's Summit Animal Shelter (MO) and the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter (Ottawa, KS), to manage a spay/neuter program and to increase pet adoptions into permanent homes.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Heart of America Humane Society's program expenses were:

Vet Services 47,437
Medical Supplies 28,061
Adoption Supplies 3,411
Shelter Fees 3,016
Spay Day 1,160
Total Program Expenses: $83,085
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Chief Executive : none, none

Highest Paid Executive: no one is paid,none
Compensation*: $

Chair of the Board: Jacque David
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: president

Board Size: 8

Paid Staff Size: 0

The Heart of American Humane Society has no paid staff. The requirement for reviewing the performance of the CEO is not applicable.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

invitations to fund raising events, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,613, 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 Heart of America Humane Society's IRS Form 990-EZ for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Adoption Fees 57,082
Donations 26,826
Fund raising 5,613
Van sale 500
Membership Dues 404
Interest 12
Total Income $90,437


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 5%  Other Expenses: 11%

Total income $90,437
Program expenses $83,085
Fund raising expenses 693
Administrative expenses 4,867
Other Expenses 10,883
Total expenses $99,528
Expenses in Excess of Income (9,091)
Beginning net assets 63,538
Ending net assets 54,447
Total liabilities
Total assets $54,447

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