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The American Anti-Vivisection Society Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/07/2014: The American Anti-Vivisection Society

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: AMERICAN ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY

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AKA  AAVS
Jenkintown, PA
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The American Anti-Vivisection Society Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/07/2014: The American Anti-Vivisection Society

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: AMERICAN ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY

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Also Known As: AAVS
Physical Address: Jenkintown, PA 19046 1611
EIN: 23-0341990
Web URL: www.aavs.org 
NTEE Category: D Animal related
D20 Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs)
Ruling Year: 1999 


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Mission Statement

The mission of the American Anti-Vivisection Society is to unequivocally oppose and work to end experimentation on animals and to oppose all other forms of cruelty to animals.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $2,767,895
Total Expenses $2,783,031

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Ms. Sue A. Leary

Term:

Since June 2009

Profile:

Sue A. Leary has served as President of the American Anti-Vivisection Society and its affiliate the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation since 1995, leading them through a modernization phase and re-dedicating the organizations to legal, effective advocacy, in order to achieve meaningful, lasting change for animals used in science. Sue’s areas of expertise are management of nonprofit organizations, animal experimentation and alternatives. Through a variety of volunteer and paid leadership positions, including establishment of the first animal rights organization in the Philadelphia area, her career has focused on coordination of programs and services; education and advocacy; administration and planning; and membership development. Dedicated to animal protection from a young age, Sue studied Biology, with a concentration in Animal Behavior, at Pennsylvania State University, receiving her B.S. in 1976.  She received her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from The New School in 2011. Sue’s other board appointments have included:  National Council for Animal Protection (past President), Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, Gray Panthers, and International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals. Ms. Leary also serves as Advisor to the Avian Welfare Coalition, and has served on the Planning Committees for the Spotlight on Ingredients alternatives forum,  and other alternatives conferences.  She continues to serve on the ALTWEB Project Team, based at the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Johns Hopkins University.

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Programs

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Budget:
$1,000,209
Category:
Animal-Related
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

AAVS' Outreach division educates the public about animal issues through our award winning quarterly publication AV Magazine and bimonthly newsletter Activate For Animals, both of which are sent to all members and provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on animal experiments and alternatives. Outreach staff also speak at conferences and place advertisements to reach a large audience, exposing what occurs behind laboratory doors. AAVS also provides grant support to sanctuaries that care for animals formerly used in laboratory research.

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Budget:
$176,123
Category:
Animal-Related
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Animalearn is AAVS' education division and focuses on ending vivisection and dissection in the classroom from elementary through college levels. Animalearn operates The Science Bank, a dissection alternatives lending library, which provides alternatives to using animals, from basic dissection to psychology experiments. By participating in national teacher conferences, hosting workshops and in-service days and providing information to individuals who request assistance, Animalearn helps countless students, teachers, parents and other community members make their classrooms more humane.

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Budget:
$41,458
Category:
Animal-Related
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

AAVS is the chair of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) and consequently manages the CCIC's Leaping Bunny Program, which promotes the purchase and use of products not tested on animals.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

All of AAVS’s programs make a difference in ending the use of animals in research, testing, and education: Promoting scientific, non-animal alternative methods Presenting humane science education techniques to educators Pressuring companies and governments to end toxicity testing Connecting compassionate consumers and cruelty-free companies AAVS's education department, Animalearn, provides a host of resources for educators and students at no cost. Our programs are suitable for a variety of educational levels, including K-12, college/university, and veterinary/medical. We offer humane education curricula and educational kits that cover issues ranging from dissection to product testing. Educators and students can also choose from a large variety of books, brochures, videos, and more, many of which are available for free. Additionally, our Science Bank is home to the latest in high-tech, animal-friendly educational technology for the classroom. AAVS also manages the Leaping Bunny Program (www.leapingbunny.org), which administers a cruelty-free standard for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products, providing the best assurance that no animal testing is used in any phase of product development by a company, its laboratories, or suppliers. Since 2007, AAVS has doubled the number of certified companies to 450.
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