Charity Review Earns HSUS a 'D'

A self-appointed watchdog group says new information shows Humane Society of the United States gets bad grades for fundraising practices.

Published on: Apr 18, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States is in the news again, this time with a report from the American Institute of Philanthropy which offers its Charity Rating Guide. According to HumaneWatch.org, a website of the Center for Consumer Freedom that has become a self-appointed watchdog that aims to keep a spotlight on the activities of HSUS, this latest report earns the animal rights group a bad grade.

According to a press statement, HumaneWatch notes that HSUS spends less than 50% of what it takes in on program costs with the rest going to overhead. And the Institute showed that inefficient fundraising costs require HSUS to spend 48 cents for every dollar in contributions. From this HumanWatch gives HSUS a "D" which it says the organization has earned for the sixth time in the past two years.

AMAZING: HSUS finds itself with D on funding, and spending.
AMAZING: HSUS finds itself with 'D' on funding, and spending.

"It's still business as usual at HSUS," says J. Justin Wilson, CCF senior research analyst. "HSUS is a factory fundraising machine, sucking dollars out of local communities under the guise of helping dogs and cats, but very little of the money it raises helps local humane societies."

HumaneWatch points out that HSUS is not affiliated with local humane societies and gives only 1% of its budget to pet shelters, according to public tax returns. CCF notes that HSUS added $2.6 million into its pension plan in 2010, and reportedly "has a staff of almost 50 lawyers," the group claims.

Wilson says: "The best place for animal lovers' charitable donations is a local pet shelter or rescue group. These local organizations are focused on feeding and caring for needy pets - not lawyers and lobbyists."

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