THINKING ANIMALS INC

aka Thinking Animals United   |   New York, NY   |  www.thinkinganimalsunitedunited.org

Mission

Mission: To better understand animals and inspire a unified commitment to their protection and well-being world-wide. Thinking Animals United is a communications, advocacy and coalition-building organization whose purpose is to galvanize world-wide support for the care, protection and conservation of animals • We unify and amplify the voices of other organizations through the production of public conferences, lectures and media; • We work across multiple sectors on the local, national, and international levels, bringing together diverse groups upon which our treatment of other species has an impact; • We mobilize global action through our work at the United Nations, national action through our Rethinking Animals Summits, and local action through our Exploring Animal Minds lecture series.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Bonnie Wyper

Main address

311 E 72nd St

New York, NY 10021 USA

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Formerly known as

Thinking Animals

EIN

27-0623779

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Exploring Animal Minds

ExAM is a monthly lecture series, Exploring Animal Minds, in New York City, which brings the latest scientific research to the public in an exciting and lively series of lectures, debates, and panel discussions. This monthly public series includes renowned scientists in the fields of cognition, ethology, comparative psychology, communications, biology, evolutionary behavior, and neuroscience, and is designed to enlighten and inspire the audience with what scientists now know about the ways animals think and behave. It affords members of the public unique and entertaining opportunities to learn about animal intelligence and the roots of our own behavior, and to be inspired to participate in fostering the conservation and well-being of other species.

Population(s) Served

The Rethinking Animals Summit is a bi-annual gathering of leaders in wildlife conservation, and animal welfare advocates, with scientists, business people, entrepreneurs, artists, religious leaders, and others. It is designed to highlight the consequences of our relationship with other species on Human Health, Global Security, National Economies, Environmental Sustainability, and Individual Happiness -- as well as ways to mitigate these impacts.

It will be the most diverse and comprehensive gathering to date of global experts in the research, conservation
and humane treatment of animals conversing with leaders in business, government, media, education, theology
and the arts to challenge our current understanding of animals and their future.

Through new insights and dialogue, we’ll increase awareness, evolve attitudes, develop new models
of thinking, and set precedent for necessary action on behalf of other species.

Population(s) Served

The AITC was founded by Thinking Animals, Inc. in 2017 as part of the NGO Major Group at the United Nations. We are a coalition to ensure that the care, protection and conservation of animals world-wide is included in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in that they are represented in each of the 17 Sustainable Sustainable Goals.

Population(s) Served

Interviews with conservationists, scientists, animal advocates, and innovators.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Recognize our moral and ethical responsibility to protect other species.

Build bridges between the different means of studying and protecting animals, and conserving their environments by bringing together stakeholders in a unified effort to inspire the public to rethink and reimagine their relationships with other species.

Expand our understanding of the human connection and our interdependence with other species through multi-disciplinary and broader perspectives on the nature of these relationships.

Share current successful practices and positive, solution-oriented models to make the world a safer and more compassionate place for all animals.

The ReThinking Animals Summit in May, 2017 in New York City will be the most diverse and comprehensive gathering to date of global experts in the research, conservation and humane treatment of animals conversing with leaders in business, government, media, education, theology and the arts to challenge our current understanding of animals and their future.

Through new insights and dialogue, we'll increase awareness, evolve attitudes, develop new models
of thinking, and set precedent for necessary action on behalf of other species.

We have a team of dedicated professionals who work with the organization and are committed to its goals. This team brings marketing, design, scientific and organizational skills to the table. We have access to a broad range of internationally known professionals who are active in the areas of conservation and animal protection, economics. health, ethics, and the environment who will speak at the Summit. We have a following of volunteers from local universities and friends of the organization. And we will partner with other groups as needed.

Since July when we received our first funding, we have revised our mission, created a new identity, launched a new website and social media campaign. We have reached out to the communities that we will be dealing with in outreach and cultivation events. We are developing a blog to drive interest and various interactive activities to involve new audiences. we have developed a schedule of advertising on social media and hired volunteers to implement them.
We are still raising money for the Summit--a task that, as all know who have done it, is time consuming and at time frustrating.

Financials

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THINKING ANIMALS INC

Board of directors
as of 8/31/2018
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Board chair

Tom Powel

Tom Powel Imaging

Term: 2014 - 2018

Tom Powel

Tom Powel Imaging

Eric Steinhauser

David Lahti, PhD

CUNY

Bonnie Wyper

Thinking Animals, Inc

Scott Hajost, Esq

Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

Jennifer Conetgiacomo, Esq

McDermott Will & Emery

Stephan Bognar

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No