GLOBAL FEDERATION OF ANIMAL SANCTUARIES

Helping Sanctuaries Help Animals

aka GFAS   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.sanctuaryfederation.org

Mission

To accredit and recognize sanctuaries and rescue centers, support them to achieve the highest Standards of Excellence, promote collaboration, and raise awareness of their work.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Valerie Taylor

Main address

PO Box 73308

Phoenix, AZ 85050 USA

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EIN

26-1676217

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Management & Technical Assistance (D02)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The world over, thousands of facilities describe themselves as “sanctuary” for animals. However, the quality of animal care and sustainability of the organization varies widely among them; it’s a poorly regulated industry, where facilities that keep animals in deplorable conditions are able to identify themselves as comparable to those of the highest quality. There’s a real need and demand to differentiate true sanctuaries to not only ensure humane and responsible animal care is occurring, but also to assist donors and the public to determine where support and funds are best invested. GFAS conducts the only internationally-recognized accreditation program for animal sanctuaries. Accreditation not only acts as a “seal of approval”, recognizing the highest quality and most credible sanctuaries, but also facilitates support for the animals whose lives are dependent on the success of these sanctuaries by helping to enhance care practices, organizational sustainability and build capacity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Sanctuary Accreditation

GFAS supports the only international animal sanctuary accreditation program. With more than 190 organizations that are certified, we play a direct role in supporting the care and welfare of more than 30,000 animals worldwide and an indirect impact on many more animals cared for at these sanctuaries over time.

GFAS continues to maintain a set of 24 animal-specific standards that we use to promote excellence in animal care all over the world and use to evaluate organizations’ operations. These standards include valuable animal-specific information for the proper space, enclosure, diet and social needs and also general information for promoting organizational health and sustainability such as proper governance; safety training and protocols; financial practices; and outreach.

We offer two levels of accreditation: Accreditation and Verification. Both ensure that animals are provided humane care while promoting safety to both humans and animals alike; Accreditation also promotes long-term sustainability of the organization.

Population(s) Served
Adults

With outreach and educational resources from GFAS, we provide structure, motivation, and tools that sanctuary leadership and staff need to achieve a balance that promotes their immediate success and long-term sustainability.

Our outreach program consists of live and recorded webinars, in-person workshops, and downloadable resources.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Sanctuary Accreditation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    GFAS's primary work of sanctuary accreditation and related services benefits sanctuaries, sanctuary professionals, animal welfare organizations, as well as donors, law enforcement, lawmakers, and the general public. Achieving GFAS accreditation gives the people who are committed to helping distressed and displaced animals the comfort and confidence that they are giving their animals the best in care. Accreditation also gives sanctuary professionals a clear, objective, measurable outcome by which they can assess their performance, make improvements and reach out to GFAS for help in times of challenge.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Receiving complaints/concerns,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Recent surveys from sanctuary professionals identified a desire and need for enhancement and modernization of the GFAS accreditation application process. GFAS has since begun utilizing the services of Survey Monkey-Apply, an online system which will more seamlessly collect accreditation applications and replace outdated, manual processes. This system will enable GFAS to better coordinate accreditation reviews, make faster decisions, and accredit a larger number of new rescue and sanctuary facilities each year. GFAS also updated other technology, such as our online audio and web conferencing platform, to help better reach and serve the people we serve, particularly those located outside of the United States.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Although seeking feedback is not a new initiative at GFAS, feedback is important to facilitate listening, improve processes and performance, and to fuel growth. Of particular importance to GFAS, as a global organization, is to ensure fair opportunity for feedback from a broad range of those served regardless of geographic location. GFAS understands this to be integral to build capacity and enhance initiatives to increase brand awareness and grow sanctuary accreditation outside of the United States. Feedback also ensures diverse perspective, impartial and fair processes and programs which provide equal possible outcomes, and fosters a culture of support and belonging.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GLOBAL FEDERATION OF ANIMAL SANCTUARIES

Board of directors
as of 07/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Allan Kornberg

Medical Director, Physicians Association for Nutrition USA

Term: 2021 - 2024

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/5/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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