Better Business Bureau Report for
Animal Welfare League

Better Business Bureau Report issued March 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires March 2017

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: Animal Welfare League
Phone: 708-636-8586
Also known as:AWL
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Better Business Bureau Comments


Year, State Incorporated: 1935, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: • Prevent cruelty to animals. • Provide quality homes for animals through our adoption program. • Promote respect and compassion for all creatures through humane education. • Provide shelter and care for homeless and unwanted animals. • Reduce pet overpopulation through our low cost spay/neuter clinic. • Provide veterinary care for low-income pet owners. • Relieve the suffering of all animals.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Animal Welfare League does not meet the following 3 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.

Animal Welfare League 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.

Standard 4: Compensated Board Members - 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.

Animal Welfare League does not meet this Standard because:

  • TWO (2) member(s) out of the SIX (6) member board of directors (33%) is/are compensated either directly or indirectly.
  • The paid chief executive officer also serves as the chair of the board of directors.
  • The chair of the board is compensated either directly or indirectly.

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.

Animal Welfare League 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.
Animal Welfare League meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs include: Adoption, Lost/Found, Humane Investigation, Pet Food Pantry, Full Service Low Cost Clinic, Humane Education, Volunteer. AWL is open 24/7/365 to receive animals and no animal is ever refused; no matter breed, species, age, temperament, health. AWL houses over 1,100 animals at any given time. We see nearly 18,000 animals per year.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, Animal Welfare League's program expenses were:

Salaries and Wages 2,801,559
Animal Care Supplies and Maintenance 1,231,848
Employee Benefits and Related Taxes 454,323
Donated Supplies 391,541
Depreciation 168,034
Repairs and Maintenance 112,886
Utilities 109,293
Animal Disposal 96,754
Insurance 48,610
Office and Computer Supplies 33,903
telephone 21,823
Membership Dues 6,532
Employee Training 6,045
Recruitment 5,688
Postage and Shipping 4,013
Miscellaneous 1,996
Interest 1,438
Security 1,410
Printing 1,070
Professional Services
bank fees
special events
advertising promotion
Total Program Expenses: $5,498,766
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Chief Executive : Linda Estrada, President and Executive Director

Highest Paid Executive: Kehinde Soloa,Chief Financial Officer
Compensation*: $106,300

Chair of the Board: Linda Estrada
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President and Executive Director

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 125

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,394,974, 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 Animal Welfare League's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Animal Care Services 4,587,639
Contributions, Grants, and Legacies 890,223
Investments Income 395,025
Donated Supplies 394,541
Special Events - Contributions 70,492
Other, Including Forfeited Deposits 47,813
Special Events Revenue 39,718
Net Assets Released from Restrictions - Satisfaction of Time Restriction
Less Costs of Direct Benefits to Donors -16,495
Total Income $6,408,956


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $6,408,956
Program expenses $5,498,766
Fund raising expenses 101,199
Administrative expenses 511,803
Total expenses $6,111,768
Income in Excess of Expenses 297,188
Beginning net assets 15,021,226
Other Changes in Net Assets 267,889
Ending net assets 15,586,303
Total liabilities 834,433
Total assets $16,420,736

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