Better Business Bureau Report for
The Anti-Cruelty Society

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2019

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: None

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Evaluation Conclusions


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

Standard 10: Ending Net Assets - 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.

In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, solicitation materials, annual report, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 12Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.
The Anti-Cruelty Society meets the remaining 6 Standards for Charity Accountability. Please note that as of the date of this report 1 out of the 20Standards for Charity Accountability are not currently effective. As a result, this standard has not been applied to this evaluation.
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For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2015, The Anti-Cruelty Society's program expenses were:

Shelter Services 3,359,199
Veterinary and Clinical Services 2,148,021
Community Programs 514,253
Auxiliary Services 71,585
Total Program Expenses: $6,093,058
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*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 18% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $6,109,775, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


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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, 2015.

Source of Funds  
General Public, Corporate and Foundation Support 3,125,899
Estate and Annuity Income 2,785,677
Interest and Dividends 865,022
Shelter, Clinic, and other service income 808,033
Special event revenue 198,199
Retail Sales and other revenue 63,921
Total Income $7,846,751


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 8%  Other Expenses: 1%

Total income $7,846,751
Program expenses $6,093,058
Fund raising expenses 1,109,977
Administrative expenses 607,630
Other Expenses 85,048
Total expenses $7,895,713
Expenses in Excess of Income (48,962)
Beginning net assets 51,101,934
Ending net assets 51,128,636
Total liabilities 876,382
Total assets $52,005,018

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