(HealthNewsDigest.com) – American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, which for 141 years has been dedicated to the protection of animals, has once again been included on the Better Business Bureau’s highly select list of “Wise Giving Alliance Accredited Charities.” Fewer than 600 of the 1,000,000 charities currently operating in the United States are included on the list – only about 1/16th of one percent – which demands that organizations meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability, including rigorous protocols on governance and oversight, effectiveness, accuracy of solicitation and fund-raising materials, and finances, mandating that charities spend at least 65 percent of their total expenses on program activities. At American Humane, 91 cents of every dollar now spent goes directly to programs.
This recognition, which has been earned by the organization every year for the past 12 years, is part of a long list of top honors for the organization. American Humane has been named a “Top-Rated Charity” with an “A” rating by the American Institute of Philanthropy’s CharityWatch, was deemed a “Top-Rated Charity” by Great Nonprofits, and earned the gold level seal from GuideStar USA for demonstrating its deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability. American Humane was named the “Outstanding Animal Welfare Organization of the Year” by the Pet Philanthropy Circle, and has also earned the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. The seal is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the U.S. Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of all the charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than five percent meet or exceed these standards. Fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this seal.
“We are honored to once again be included on the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious list of Wise Giving Alliance Accredited Charities,”said American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. “Today’s knowledgeable donors are increasingly demanding innovation, efficiency, transparency and accountability to ensure that nonprofit organizations are not only delivering vital, lifesaving services but acting as good stewards of precious philanthropic dollars.”
Since 1877, American Humane has been first to serve in the protection of the nation’s most vulnerable, creating landmark programs that help ensure the humane treatment of some 1 billion animals each year. American Humane rescues thousands of animals caught in disasters and large-scale cruelty cases, and oversees the welfare of animals on farm and ranches, in film and television productions, and in the world’s zoos and aquariums. In addition, American Humane works to bring home and reunite military dogs with their handlers and unleash the power of animal therapy to help veterans, as well as the families of children with cancer.