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Animal Charity Evaluators

Helping people help animals

Berkeley, CA   |  https://animalcharityevaluators.org

Mission

The mission of Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) is to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Leah Edgerton

Main address

PO Box 348

Berkeley, CA 94701 USA

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Formerly known as

Justice For Animals

Effective Animal Activism

EIN

36-4684978

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animal suffering in our world is diverse and immense, but the magnitude of human-caused animal suffering inflicted on farmed animals dwarfs all other categories. Despite the fact that farmed animals represent over 99% of animals used by humans, charities that exclusively advocate for farmed animals receive less than 1% of the donations to animal charities. This suggests that in order to have the most impact, donors should concentrate their efforts on preventing the suffering of factory farmed animals. Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) uses evidence-based research to provide recommendations to donors, advocates, and charities on how to be the most effective in making positive change for as many animals as possible.

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?

Research & Evaluation

ACE evaluates international animal charities in order to determine their effectiveness at reducing animal suffering. Currently, we recommend four Top Charities and five Standout Charities to donors. Our comprehensive evaluations process provides an in-depth look at each charity’s programs, track record, strategy, leadership, and culture. Outside of our annual charity evaluation activities, we maintain a robust research program devoted to resolving uncertainties relevant to our work and to the animal advocacy movement as a whole.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$428,521

Through online and offline efforts, ACE educates people on how they can help the greatest number of animals. We produce informational videos aimed at explaining the concepts of effective animal advocacy to a broad audience. Our annual Guide to Effective Giving educates donors and advocates about where to invest their resources in order to help the most animals. Our international team speaks at conferences around the globe to share our work and reach more people interested in reducing animal suffering. We also support those working in the animal advocacy movement by publishing guidance, interviewing leaders and experts, and sharing advice on successful nonprofit practices and operations in order to increase effectiveness.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$216,441

ACE encourages individuals and foundations to direct their resources to the most effective ways to help animals. Our Recommended Charity Fund and Effective Animal Advocacy Fund provide convenient opportunities to support our Top Charities, Standout Charities, and other promising charities or programs that our research indicates will have the most impact reducing animal suffering. Since 2014, ACE has influenced more than $26 million in donations within the animal advocacy movement. We are also committed to supporting quality research and have awarded 38 research grants through our Animal Advocacy Research Fund since 2016.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$3,592,169

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.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Fundraising & Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, ACE influenced $8,903,998 in donations within the animal advocacy movement. This includes donations to our effective recommended charities and grants from our Effective Animal Advocacy Fund.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our organizations has four goals. In carrying out these goals, we will ensure that we continue to provide animal advocates with the best available information on helping animals effectively.<br/><br/>Goal 1: Continue to produce and disseminate quality research and recommendations.<br/>Goal 2: Increase brand awareness and use of our recommendations through community outreach. <br/>Goal 3: Ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency.<br/>Goal 4: Increase revenue to allow for growth.

Strategies to accomplish Goal 1:<br/>1. Examine and improve research program quality.<br/>2. Determine and define research program direction, scope, and priorities.<br/><br/>Strategies to accomplish Goal 2:<br/>1. Develop a comprehensive outreach plan. <br/>2. Improve transparency by publishing materials on our website. <br/>3. Build web presence. <br/><br/>Strategies to accomplish Goal 3:<br/>1. Develop and implement a quality management system in order to improve overall organizational performance. <br/>2. Optimize our organizational structure.<br/>3. Develop staff, volunteers, and board through education and skill development.<br/><br/>Strategies to accomplish accomplish Goal 4:<br/>1. Develop a 3­-year fundraising plan.<br/>2. Develop the capabilities of the Board of Directors, key staff, and supporters to lead major donor fundraising efforts.

ACE has grown to a team of ten full-time staff and seven part-time staff. Our current team consists of an Executive Director, a Managing Director, a Director of Operations, an eight person Research team, a seven person Communications team, and a Director of Philanthropy. In addition to the core staff, ACE utilizes a network of academics and professionals to inform our work. We hold interviews and conversations with experts to add perspective to our findings, and work with interns and volunteers to accomplish our goals in a timely manner.

One of the main ways we measure our impact is by looking at how many donation dollars we have influenced to our Top Charities. The amount of money we influence in donations indicates the effectiveness of our charity evaluations and allows us to track movement building, by looking at how much this number grows every year. In 2014 this was $147k, in 2015 it was nearly $1.2M, in 2016 it was $3.5M, in 2017 it was over $6M, and in 2018 it was more than $6.5M. When you look at the amount of philanthropic dollars we've moved, that number has increased each year, for a total of over $17M. This shows that more and more people are using our recommendations to make sure that their gifts are supporting effective charities, which is our mission. We also send out annual donor surveys to help us collect some anecdotal evidence of our impact. It helps us make sure that our work is influencing philanthropists and to better understand how our work impacts them. For our 2018 donor survey, we found that 92% of respondents used ACE's recommendations to guide their donations. We also saw that approximately 79% of donors increased their donation amount based on ACE's recommendations. These figures show the value of our research into cause prioritization, the impact of our charity evaluations, and the growth of the effective animal altruism movement.

Read about ACE's progress and future goals in our 2018 Year in Review and 2019 Prospective Goals, respectively, at animalcharityevaluators.org. A few of our 2018 accomplishments: 1. Influenced $6.5 million dollars in donations to effective animal charities. 2. Considered 112 animal charities for evaluation. 3. Recommended 4 Top Charities and 8 Standout Charities. 4. Developed a Charity Evaluation Handbook as a transparent guide to our evaluation process. 5. Awarded 13 grants for advocacy research as part of our Animal Advocacy Research Fund. 6. Launched our new Effective Animal Advocacy Fund. 7. Celebrated our most successful Giving Tuesday to date. 8. Published comprehensive intervention reports and foundational research reports. 9. Created an interactive charity quiz to help donors find which recommended charities best fit their giving preferences. 10. Increased outreach by attending and presenting at several effective altruism and animal advocacy events.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Animal Charity Evaluators

Board of directors
as of 5/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jonas Müller


Board co-chair

Persis Eskander

S. Greenberg

Sam Bankman-Fried

Peter Singer

Princeton University

Jeff Sebo

Robert Wiblin

Eric Herboso

Allison Smith

Jeff Sebo

New York University

Jon Bockman

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 ? Yes
  • 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

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