Once again, the American Institute of Philanthropy has awarded the Humane Society of the United States a “D” rating in its Charity Rating Guide. The report, which AIP publishes three times each year, is based on a rigorous analysis of charitable organizations, and serves as a guide to donors who look for independent information before selecting charities to support.
According to AIP, the groups in the top-rated list generally spend 75 percent or more of their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support, do not hold excessive assets in reserve, and receive "open-book" status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents to AIP.
You can read more about the organization’s criteria for rating charities on the CharityWatch.org website
The Center for Consumer Freedom notes that last year AIP gave HSUS a “D” grade twice, due to the animal rights group’s lackluster performance in using donors’ contributions. According to the report, HSUS spends up to 49 cents to raise every dollar, while spending as little as 49 percent of its budget on programs.
Even PETA, best known for publicity stunts involving partially naked women, topped HSUS with a “C-plus” grade in the latest AIP report,
The AIP report groups charities by type of mission, helping potential donors compare among similar charities such as those focused on cancer research, hunger or homelessness. Among the category for Animal and Animal Protection, several earned spots among the report’s top-rated charities. These include the Animal Welfare Institute, Farm Sanctuary and the Humane Farming Association.
These organizations, while apparently more forthright in their financial disclosures and efficient in appropriating funds, are not especially friendly to commercial livestock production.
The motto listed on the Animal Welfare Institute’s website states: “Working to abolish factory farms, support high-welfare family farms and achieve humane transport and slaughter for all animals.”
Farm Sanctuary takes the message even further, stating the organization “works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.”
Humane Farming Association lists its goals to “protect farm animals from cruelty and abuse, to protect the public from the misuse of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals used on factory farms, and to protect the environment from the impacts of industrialized animal factories.”