Charity Review

Issued: February 2014 Expires: February 2016

Friends of Animals

Accredited Charity

Meets Standards

203-656-1522 777 Post Road, Suite 205
Darien, CT 06820
www.friendsofanimals.org

Conclusions


Friends of Animals (FoA) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Purpose

Year, State Incorporated: 1957, New York

Affiliates: Primarily Primates, Inc.

Stated Purpose: "to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic; to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation."

Programs


In 1957 FoA began a spay-neuter program to help pet owners avoid the high costs of altering in order to reduce overpopulation of cats and dogs. The organization reports that it has facilitated more than 2.6 million procedures, with approximately 30,000 added annually. FoA also funds field research on Alaskan wolves and files lawsuits to halt the state-sponsored wolf control program. The organization reports that a 2009 lawsuit against the US Fish & Wildlife Service challenged the hunting of three endangered African antelope species at fenced hunting ranches and that the court ruled in FoA’s favor by prohibiting hunting ranches or anyone else from harming or killing scimitar-horned oryxes, dama gazelles and addax antelopes. FoA also works in West Africa to secure protection for wild chimpanzees in their natural homelands. A project in Senegal involves digging wells as a solution to the competition between humans and chimps over access to water. In Gambia, FoA funds an island-refuge national park -- home to 99 chimpanzees. Project staff monitor chimps and provide protection, extra food, and other care when needed. The park also supports manatees, hippos, baboons, monkeys and birds. In 2008, FoA and Primarily Primates, formed a corporate affiliation to provide support for the refuge. The sanctuary's has 400 residents, which includes 60 chimpanzees, 32 species of other primates, birds, wild cats, etc.

For the fiscal year ended April 30, 2012, FoA's program expenses were:

  
Spaying and neutering costs 2,469,795
Public information and animal protection 2,182,861
Total Program Expenses: $4,652,656

Governance & Staff


Chief Executive : Priscilla Feral, President
Compensation*: 
$116,542

Chair of the Board: Carol Fleischmann
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Psychotherapist; Founder & President, Partnership of Women Entrepreneurs

Board Size: 5

Paid Staff Size: 16

*2011 compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Direct mail, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, Internet appeals, planned giving, cause-related marketing, and membership appeals.
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,090,651, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
FoA incurred joint costs of $250,039 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs $189,959 was allocated to program expenses and $60,080 was allocated to fund raising expenses.

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.

Financial


The following information is based on FoA's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Spay certificate program 2,363,776
Bequests 1,244,492
Contributions 723,403
Grants 122,756
Investment income 55,189
Miscellaneous income 29,001
Merchandise literature sales 20,705
Loss on sale property and equipment -15,417
Change in value of trusts -130,355
Total Income $4,413,550


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 93%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $4,413,550
Program expenses $4,652,656
Fund raising expenses 108,003
Administrative expenses 247,344
Total expenses $5,008,003
Expenses in Excess of Income (594,453)
Beginning net assets 6,174,277
Ending net assets 5,579,824
Total liabilities 694,568
Total assets $6,274,392


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Standard 1: Oversight of Operations and Staff

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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.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 2: Number of Board Members

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Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings

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An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 4: Compensated Board Members

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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.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 5: Conflict of Interest

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No transaction(s) in which any board or staff members have material conflicting interests with the charity resulting from any relationship or business affiliation. Factors that will be considered when concluding whether or not a related party transaction constitutes a conflict of interest and if such a conflict is material, include, but are not limited to: any arm's length procedures established by the charity; the size of the transaction relative to like expenses of the charity; whether the interested party participated in the board vote on the transaction; if competitive bids were sought and whether the transaction is one-time, recurring or ongoing.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness

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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.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 7: Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness

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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.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio

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Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 9: Fund Raising Expense Ratio

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Spending should be no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fund raising efforts.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 10: Ending Net Assets

Description:

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 organization meets this standard.

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Standard 11: Financial Statements

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Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 12: Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses

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Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 13: Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements

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Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 14: Budget

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Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 15: Misleading Appeals

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Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 16: Annual Report

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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.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 17: Web Site Disclosures

Description:

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.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy

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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.

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 19: Cause Related Marketing

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Clearly disclose how the charity benefits from the sale of products or services (i.e., cause-related marketing) that state or imply that a charity will benefit from a consumer sale or transaction. Such promotions should disclose, at the point of solicitation: (a) the actual or anticipated portion of the purchase price that will benefit the charity (e.g., 5 cents will be contributed to abc charity for every xyz company product sold), (b) the duration of the campaign (e.g., the month of October), (c) any maximum or guaranteed minimum contribution amount (e.g., up to a maximum of $200,000).

The organization meets this standard.

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Standard 20: Complaints

Description:

Respond promptly to and act on complaints brought to its attention by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and/or local Better Business Bureaus about fund raising practices, privacy policy violations and/or other issues.

The organization meets this standard.

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