After receiving a “D” grade by independent nonprofit watchdog CharityWatch for two years, the Humane Society of the United States has reportedly improved marginally, receiving a C- in the latest review.
CharityWatch, formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy, claims to be America’s most independent and assertive charity watchdog. The group previously found the HSUS was spending as little as 50 percent of its budget on programs and was spending 48 cents to raise every dollar.
New data corresponding with the “C-minus” rating shows HSUS spends 42 cents to yield a dollar in fundraising and was spending as little as 55 percent of its budget on programs.
CharityWatch reviews nonprofit tax returns to check a charity’s budget. Unlike the BBB and Charity Navigator, CharityWatch separates fundraising expenses from program expenses.
HumaneWatch has monitored the HSUS, criticizing its misleading ads. HumaneWatch says its own analysis of HSUS’ tax return found the organization only gives 1 percent of its budget to local shelters.