Charity Review

Issued: April 2017 Expires: April 2019

The Humane Society for Seattle/King County

Accredited Charity
Meets Standards
 
(425) 641-0080 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue WA 98005-4408 www.seattlehumane.org
  1. Conclusions
  2. Complaints
  3. Purpose
  4. Programs
  5. Governance & Staff
  6. Fund Raising
  7. Tax Status
  8. Financial
Conclusions

The Humane Society for Seattle/King County meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Complaints

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1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 1
Total Closed Complaints 1

Purpose

The mission of Seattle Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need, regardless of age, ability, circumstance or geography.

Incorporated: 1897 in WA

Also Known As: Humane Society for Seattle/King County , Seattle Humane Society , Humane Society & SPCA of Seattle/King County , Humane Society Inc. & SPCA , Humane Society of Seattle/King County , Humane Society Pet Project , Humane Society's Pet Food Bank , Humane Society's Senior Citizen Pet Food Bank , Seattle Humane

Programs

Seattle Humane offers a variety of programs and services to the community. They are committed to saving lives and completing families.

Adoption: Seattle Humane is an open-door shelter with no time limits. That means they accept every animal in need of our help — regardless of age, breed, or physical condition. Seattle Humane provides them with the care they deserve for as long as it takes to find them a loving home. When pets are brought in requiring medical attention, their veterinary team performs life-saving medical procedures. If a pet requires training to thrive in his or her new home, they provide it. Why? Because their mission is to save pets in need and find them loving homes. As a result of their efforts, in fiscal year 2015/16 they placed nearly 7,000 pets.

Life-Saver Rescue Program: By partnering with 81 animal shelters, rescues and transfer organizations, Seattle Humane's Life-Saver team is able to transfer in pets from shelters both local and out-of-state. They give each pet as much time as needed to find them a new home. By giving these pets a second chance, they open up space for other shelters to take in additional animals – doubling the life-saving capacity of our program

Pet Food Bank: Seattle Humane's Pet Food Bank collects and distributes pet food donations for pets belonging to low-income seniors, families in crisis, and other community members in need. The program feeds more than 1,900 pets every month with eight tons of donated pet food delivered by volunteers to low-income senior housing complexes, senior centers and food banks. The Pet Food Bank keeps people and pets together and ensures that seniors who love their animal companions don’t have to choose between feeding their pets and feeding themselves. 

Pet Project - Helping Clients with HIV/AIDS and Cancer: Pet Project, an offshoot of the Pet Food Bank, provides services to more than 200 pets belonging to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Pet Project matches volunteers one-on-one with clients to help them with their basic pet care needs on a monthly basis and enable clients to keep their pets. All services and supplies are donated or purchased with donated funds.

Visiting Pet Friends Program: Through our Visiting Pet Friends program, Seattle Humane volunteers and their certified pets visit hundreds of seniors and people with disabilities in retirement homes and health care facilities throughout King County. Visiting Pet Friends also help preschool and school-aged children learn about safety with animals, responsible pet ownership, and the importance of animal shelters.

Spay/Neuter Services: For pets older than 4 months, Seattle Humane offers spay/neuter services for cats and dogs to income-qualified families. 

Microchips & Pet Licenses: Seattle Humane offers microchip identification to animals of income-qualified pet owners. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the animal's skin between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique number that is registered with a national database along with the pet owner's address and phone number. The microchip can be read by scanners that are currently used by most animal organizations and veterinary clinics.

Surrendering: Seattle Humane understands there are many reasons people are unable to keep their pets. They also know the bond between a person and a pet is strong and it's preferable to find a solution to keep families together. In light of that belief, we work with pet guardians to help find ways to keep their pets, including solutions to common issues like behavior problems or moving.

Dog Training: Seattle Humane is temporarily suspending dog classes and training during the construction of their new animal shelter and veterinary teaching hospital.

Humane Education for Kids & Teens: Seattle Humane makes it their mission to teach the next generation about humane animal care through a variety of kids programs including:
   - Humane Teen Club: HTC is a junior volunteer and teen development program created specifically for young adults, 13-17 years old. This club is for animal-loving teens interested in animal welfare, helping on campus, meeting other teens who love animals, exploring animal related careers, and developing public speaking and leadership skills.
   - MaxMobile Visits: The MaxMobile is a 38-foot bright yellow bus that brings adoptable pets and animal education to you. Seattle Humane staff will come to your school to teach students, preschool through high school, about empathy for furry friends and animal safety. Research shows that by interacting with companion animals, children develop compassion and empathy for both animals and people. Visiting Pet Friends are a certified volunteer-and-pet team. The pet handler will provide your students with safe animal-handling tips and pet care information while allowing them to interact with their certified therapy pet.
   - Kitty Literature: Children ages 5-10 can practice their reading skills with the supportive, comforting audience of cats at Seattle Humane!
   - Preschool Pets: Bring your kids ages 4-5 for an hour of companion animal fun and learning with Seattle Humane. This is a 5-session program that teaches little one’s proper care of and safety with animals. Each week teaches a different aspect of animal welfare and can be taken as a series or individual sessions.(This program will resume in Summer 2017.)

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Mr. Chris Falco CPA, Partner and Shareholder Business Affiliation: Falco-Sult & Company, PS

CEO: Mr. David Loewe, Chief Executive Officer

Board Size: 24

Staff: 61

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Telephone Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Print Advertisements (Newspapers, Magazines, etc.) Radio Appeals Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Planned Giving Arrangements Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.) Solicitations for Used Cars

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 6.89%

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 The Humane Society for Seattle/King County Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Source of Funds
Contributions $3,572,477
Bequests $1,461,086
Special events, less direct costs of benefit to participants of $245,528 $1,176,500
In-kind donations $413,534
Adoption fees $636,687
Other program service fees $458,235
Merchandise sales, net of cost of goods sold of $51,022 $33,391
Investment income, gains and losses, net ($154,025)
Capital campaign contributions $9,634,409
Total Income: $17,232,294
 
Fusion Chart
 
Program Expenses: $5,357,715
Fundraising Expenses: $1,119,472
Administrative Expenses: $558,602
Total Expenses: $7,035,789
 
Income in Excess of Expenses: $10,196,505
 
Beginning Net Assets: $22,666,766
Ending Net Assets: $32,863,271
Total Liabilities: $678,686
Total Assets: $33,541,957


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Standard 1: Board Oversight


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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.

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Standard 2: Board Size


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

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Standard 3: 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.

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Standard 4: Board Compensation


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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.

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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.

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Standard 6: Effectiveness Policy


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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.

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Standard 7: Effectiveness Report


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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.

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Standard 8: Program Expenses


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

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Standard 9: Fund Raising Expenses


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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.

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Standard 10: Accumulating Funds


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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.

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Standard 11: Audit Report


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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.

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Standard 12: Detailed Expense Breakdown


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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.

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Standard 13: Accurate Expense Reporting


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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.

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Standard 14: Budget Plan


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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.

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Standard 15: Truthful Materials


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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.

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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.

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Standard 17: Website Disclosures


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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.

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Standard 18: Donor 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.

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Standard 19: Cause Marketing Disclosures


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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).

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Standard 20: Complaints


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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.