Better Business Bureau Report for
The Anti-Cruelty Society

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 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: The Anti-Cruelty Society
Address: 157 WEST GRAND AVE.
  CHICAGO, IL 60610
Phone: 312-644-8338
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1899, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: See 990

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Evaluation Conclusions


The Anti-Cruelty Society does not meet the following Standard for Charity Accountability.

Standard 16: Annual Report - 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 Anti-Cruelty Society does not meet this standard because the most recent annual report did not include:

  • Total end of year net assets.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, finances, solicitation materials, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 8Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 15, and 19.
The Anti-Cruelty Society meets the remaining 11 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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See 990

For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2013, The Anti-Cruelty Society's program expenses were:

Shelter Services 3,134,107
Veterinary and clinical services 1,933,531
Humane education programs 538,058
Total Program Expenses: $5,605,696
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Chief Executive :

Chair of the Board: Daniel S Jaffee
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Co-Chair of the Board : W.B. Martin Gross

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size:

*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
Fund raising costs were 17% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,123,418, 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 The Anti-Cruelty Society's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
General public, corporate, and foundation support 2,793,934
Estate and annuity income 2,329,484
Interest and dividends 849,133
Shelter, clinical, and other service income 670,681
Special event revenue 329,404
Retail sales and other revenue 80,378
Total Income $7,053,014


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 78%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 8%  Other Expenses: 2%

Total income $7,053,014
Program expenses $5,605,696
Fund raising expenses 870,280
Administrative expenses 542,821
Other Expenses 152,117
Total expenses $7,170,914
Expenses in Excess of Income (117,900)
Beginning net assets 42,802,724
Ending net assets 45,801,664
Total liabilities 710,636
Total assets $46,512,300

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