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MERCY FOR ANIMALS

Mercy For Animals’ vision is a world where animals are respected, protected, and free.

aka MFA   |   Hagerstown, MD   |  www.MercyForAnimals.org
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MERCY FOR ANIMALS

EIN: 54-2076145


Mission

Our mission is to end industrial animal agriculture by constructing a just and sustainable food system.

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Ms. Leah Garcés

Main address

1150 Conrad Court

Hagerstown, MD 21740-5905 USA

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EIN

54-2076145

Subject area info

Climate change

Domesticated animals

Animal welfare

Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mercy For Animals exists to end one of the greatest causes of suffering on the planet: the exploitation of animals for food, in particular, industrial animal agriculture, aquaculture, and fishing. These forms of food production cause egregious animal suffering and have detrimental effects on the planet and people. Mercy For Animals is dedicated to eradicating this cruel food system and replacing it with one that is not just kind to animals but essential for the future of our planet and all who share it. We are on the front lines fighting to protect farmed animals. From factory farms to corporate boardrooms, courts of justice to courts of public opinion, Mercy For Animals is there to speak up against cruelty and to shift the food industry toward plant- and cell-based products.

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?

Undercover Investigations

Mercy For Animals' undercover investigations reveal that animal abuse is rampant in the meat, dairy and egg industries. Wired with hidden cameras, MFA's team of undercover investigators document the harsh realities for billions of cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys who are forced to endure intensive confinement, abusive handling, painful mutilations, careless neglect, and merciless slaughter.

Through the power of video documentation, Mercy For Animals' investigators act as the eyes and ears for the public, who are kept largely in the dark about factory farm conditions. Undercover investigations are a vital part of our grassroots activism, education, and advertising efforts aimed at opening consumers' hearts and minds to the plights of farmed animals and empowering people with the accurate information they need to make humane food choices.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Mercy For Animals works globally with policymakers to ban cruel factory farming practices and make plant-based foods more accessible by: pushing for enforcement
of animal protection laws; outlawing inhumane factory farming practices; using
civil litigation to punish factory farms’ fraudulent, deceptive, and often
illegal conduct; and holding the government accountable for its responsibility
of regulating the agricultural industry.

MFA’s legal advocacy work has contributed to a staggering
number of animal cruelty arrests and convictions, sending a clear message to
the meat, dairy, and egg industries that animal abuse will not be tolerated.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Mercy For Animals keeps farmed animals in the headlines and on millions of minds worldwide.

The world is waking up to the cruelty of factory farming and demanding a compassionate food system. Our public engagement team is at the forefront of this change, inspiring news stories in some of the world’s largest media outlets, collaborating with influential celebrities to expand our reach, producing hard-hitting videos that expose factory farming, and educating millions through social media on the benefits of plant-based eating.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Mercy For Animals works to eliminate the worst animal abuse and grow market share of plant- and cell-based foods.

Standard practices used widely by the meat, dairy, and egg industries cause tremendous animal suffering. Piglets routinely have their tails cut off and teeth ground down without painkillers. Chickens are bred to grow so fast their legs often bow in or out and break easily. Some become immobile and are unable to reach water. Hens break wings, which are brittle from lack of movement and unnaturally high egg production, and are trapped in small, cramped cages.

Mercy For Animals’ corporate engagement program moves the biggest players in the food industry to eliminate the worst farming practices and adopt meaningful policies to protect animals. We also strive to enable increased market share of plant- and cell-based foods.

Population(s) Served

Mercy For Animals supports animal advocates every day while training the leaders of tomorrow.

We have incredible momentum in our movement right now. People are marching in the streets, organizing their communities, amplifying their voices online, and refusing to be silent.

Our organizing program inspires more people to get active in the animal protection movement and develops community leaders who spread our mission far and wide.

We aim to build the capacity, scale, and breadth of the movement so that it is inclusive, diverse, empowered, and well-equipped to achieve our shared vision of a world where animals are respected and protected.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau 2021

Great Nonprofits Top Rated 2022

Best in America 2022

Awards

Nonprofit of the Year 2006

VegNews Magazine

Nonprofit of the Year 2011

VegNews Magazine

MFA was named one of the "15 Top High-Impact Nonprofits" in the category of Animal Welfare, Rights, and Protection 2011

Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar

Top Recommended Charity 2014

Animal Charity Evaluators

Standout Charity 2021

Animal Charity Evaluators

Standout Charity 2022

Animal Charity Evaluators

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign 2021

1% for the Planet 2021

Combined Federal Campaign 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of policies formally established

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Government Affairs and Public Policy

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

pro-animal bills passed; laws enacted; and rules, regulations, and amendments adopted with Mercy For Animals’ help

Number of policies formally introduced

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Government Affairs and Public Policy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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Organizing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of undercover investigations/videos to uncover unethical treatment of animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Public Engagement

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Organizing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Animals Potentially Impacted Each Year by Corporate Animal Welfare Policies

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Corporate Engagement

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We achieve much of our corporate animal welfare progress in partnership with other organizations. Figures represent animals impacted per year once policy commitments are fully implemented.

Animals Potentially Impacted Each Year by Legislative Policies

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Government Affairs and Public Policy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

​We achieve much of our legal progress in partnership with other organizations. Figures represent animals impacted per year once policies are fully implemented.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. We work to create a society in which all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightly deserve.

Our aim is to reduce as much as possible the number of animals raised and killed for food and to reduce the suffering of animals who are raised in cruel conditions on modern farms. Our overall aim is to spare as many farmed animals as we can from a lifetime of misery and abuse and create a compassionate food system for all, including non-human animals, humans, and the planet.

By promoting compassionate, plant-based food choices through our educational outreach and communications work, and providing free resources to help the public make such choices, we strive to significantly lower the number of farmed animals raised and slaughtered for human consumption each year.

By carrying out undercover investigations of factory farms and engaging with corporate partners, we aim to lead the world's largest food industry companies to implement meaningful animal welfare guidelines that reduce the suffering of animals in their supply chains.

Through our undercover investigations and government affairs and public policy work, our goal is to bring about new animal welfare laws to eliminate the worst cruelties of factory farms and to bring civil and criminal penalties to those who abuse farmed animals.

Mercy For Animals possesses unique expertise in carrying out undercover investigations of factory farm facilities and generating widespread media coverage of the investigative footage. This includes great depth of experience at recruiting and training investigators, operating the latest video technology equipment, and securing employment at farms.

MFA also has unique expertise in crafting messaging and communications that are effective at inspiring the public to move toward compassionate, plant-based food choices. Through personnel resources, research and design capabilities, and financial resources, we are able to implement robust and far-reaching programs.

Further, we can leverage our extensive network of supporters, volunteers, and social media followers to generate widespread public awareness of animal protection issues and drive corporate and legislative policy changes.

Finally, MFA's president and staff possess a wealth of talent and experience at effectively driving dietary changes, corporate policy shifts, and legal advancements for farmed animals.

Mercy For Animals has succeeded in persuading some of the country's largest food industry companies, including Nestlé, Costco, Safeway, and Popeyes, to implement meaningful animal welfare guidelines that have reduced the suffering of millions of farmed animals each year.

We have also succeeded in inspiring hundreds of thousands of individuals to move toward or fully adopt a compassionate, plant-based diet, sparing millions more animals each year from a lifetime of misery on factory farms. Further, MFA has played an important role in securing the passage of landmark state laws banning some of the worst factory farming practices, such as confinement in battery cages, veal crates, and gestation crates, which has improved the welfare of tens of millions of farmed animals each year.

While MFA has been able to achieve remarkable victories that have improved the lives or spared the suffering of many millions of animals, there is a huge amount of progress still to be made. This includes further reducing the number of animals raised and killed for food each year, bringing about more corporate policy changes to improve the welfare of farmed animals, and securing further-reaching legal protections for farmed animals.

Financials

MERCY FOR ANIMALS
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Audited Financials 2020 Audited Financials 2019 2019 Audited Financials 2018 MFA_2018_AuditedFinancials 2016
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11.54

Average of 241.96 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11.4

Average of 11.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

19%

Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of MERCY FOR ANIMALS’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $4,643,627 $3,728,389 -$1,074,586 $2,191,914 $2,371,419
As % of expenses 71.5% 36.1% -9.2% 22.0% 21.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $4,591,627 $3,698,035 -$1,090,077 $2,177,518 $2,358,285
As % of expenses 70.2% 35.7% -9.3% 21.8% 20.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $11,185,086 $11,329,052 $10,825,327 $15,672,950 $12,538,359
Total revenue, % change over prior year 69.7% 1.3% -4.4% 44.8% -20.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 1.4% 2.9% 2.1% 1.7%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.1% 99.2% 95.0% 96.1% 97.1%
Other revenue 0.6% -0.6% 2.0% 1.8% 1.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $6,491,401 $10,320,107 $11,655,436 $9,983,818 $11,284,358
Total expenses, % change over prior year 57.5% 59.0% 12.9% -14.3% 13.0%
Personnel 43.3% 45.7% 51.8% 57.1% 53.9%
Professional fees 7.7% 12.1% 17.8% 14.3% 10.7%
Occupancy 1.8% 1.2% 1.1% 0.9% 0.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 8.7% 16.8% 13.0% 14.3% 21.3%
All other expenses 38.6% 24.2% 16.3% 13.3% 13.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $6,543,401 $10,350,461 $11,670,927 $9,998,214 $11,297,492
One month of savings $540,950 $860,009 $971,286 $831,985 $940,363
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $25,693 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $7,084,351 $11,210,470 $12,667,906 $10,830,199 $12,237,855

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 17.1 4.4 4.6 8.7 11.4
Months of cash and investments 22.7 15.1 13.4 21.1 23.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 22.7 17.2 14.1 19.1 19.4
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $9,256,192 $3,781,878 $4,464,448 $7,222,339 $10,708,418
Investments $3,007,778 $9,225,048 $8,575,111 $10,312,400 $11,542,200
Receivables $944 $2,435,503 $961,898 $2,354,000 $525,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $317,276 $172,366 $198,058 $205,631 $217,431
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 56.1% 82.4% 79.5% 83.6% 85.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.9% 1.6% 2.9% 1.6% 5.9%
Unrestricted net assets $12,439,664 $14,795,867 $13,705,790 $15,883,308 $18,241,593
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $503,333 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $503,333 $0 $3,994,894 $3,433,783
Total net assets $12,439,664 $15,299,200 $13,705,790 $19,878,202 $21,675,376

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Ms. Leah Garcés

Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy For Animals. She has been fighting for better food and farming systems for nearly 20 years as a leader in the animal protection movement. She oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. She is the author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry from Bloomsbury Publishing. Leah’s work has been featured in many national media outlets including The New York Times, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Vice Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune among others. Leah is also on the advisory councils of Encompass and Rebellyous Foods. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three kids, and two cats.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Neysa Colizzi

Derek Coons

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Jaime Surenkamp

Lisa Feria

Alexis Fox

Michael Pellman Rowland

Tyson-Lord Gray

Siddharth Hariharan

Liza Heavener

Ashley Vuu

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 ? 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? No
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/11/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

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