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FRIENDS OF STRAYS INC

St Petersburg, FL   |  www.friendsofstrays.org
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FRIENDS OF STRAYS INC

EIN: 59-2156540


Mission

Friends of Strays is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 in St. Petersburg, FL, dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless pets. Our mission is to inspire compassion for all animals, provide shelter and humane care to homeless animals, and promote adoptions and responsible pet guardianship in our community. Through our efforts, we envision a safe and loving home for every adoptable animal and humane treatment for all.

Ruling year info

1982

CEO

Dara Eckart

Main address

2911 47th Ave N

St Petersburg, FL 33714 USA

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EIN

59-2156540

Subject area info

Domesticated animals

Animal adoptions

Population served info

Adults

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Other Services (D60)

Other Services (D60)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Friends of Strays is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter that works to reduce the number of homeless and abandoned dogs and cats in Pinellas County, Florida.

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 Rescue and Care

We provide care to over 1000 animals each year. Some of the abandoned animals that enter our doors are sick, injured or traumatized. Each animal receives the care that is necessary to make them feel safe and loved. Our trained staff gives each animal medical attention upon intake. It costs us an average of $800 to care for each animal including a Veterinarian exam, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, county license and daily care until they are placed into a new home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Friends of Strays collects and delivers donated dog and cat food for distribution at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Community members in need can access not only free pet food to keep their pets at home where they belong, but also many other programs to help them through their current financial struggles. In 2019, Friends of Strays delivered more than 20,000lbs of pet food to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic for distribution.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Friends of Strays is proud to announce its new Safer At Home Fund, a resource for Pinellas County residents facing financial hardships. It is designed to offer an alternative to surrendering their beloved pet to a shelter by providing vouchers for free veterinary care and pet supplies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Pinellas Cats Alive! is a Friends of Strays return-to-field (RTF) program that provides a lifesaving option for community cats that would have otherwise been euthanized, while continuing to work toward the goal of reducing the overall community cat population. Under the program, community cats that are surrendered to Friends of Strays are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, given basic medical care including flea and tick prevention, and then returned to their communities.

Population(s) Served

MEOW Now works with community cat caregivers to target colonies for the Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) program. Volunteer trappers are available by appointment to help trap cats.
Caregivers who want to trap by themselves but cannot transport can also receive assistance from our MEOW Now volunteers.

MEOW Now is designed to work with community cat caregivers to target colonies for the TNVR program through volunteer-assisted trapping or through self-trapping and volunteer-assisted transport. This program is best suited for trapping multiple cats at a time from a colony that has a regular feeding schedule and a regular caregiver.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Good 'Burger Award/Community Conscious: Large 2018

St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Good 'Burger Award/Essential 'Burger 2020

St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

One Tampa Bay Award 2021

Tampa Bay Business Journal

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 animal adoptions

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

Animal Rescue and Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Animal Intakes

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

Animal Rescue and Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of animals admitted to the shelter receiving medical and daily care until adoption.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our mission is to inspire compassion for all animals, provide shelter and humane care to homeless animals, and promote adoptions and responsible pet guardianship in our community.

In order to reach our goals of reducing the homeless pet population in Pinellas County, Florida, we implement a range of services including spay/neuter, medical treatment, socialization and daily care until each animal is adopted as well as programs that educate the public about humane treatment and care of animals and programs to help keep pets at home where they belong.

We also have two programs that address the overpopulation of community cats in Pinellas County. Pinellas Cats Alive is a return to home program for single cats living in local communities. MEOW Now is a trap, neuter, vaccinate, return program for cats living in colonies being cared for by colony caretakers. Cats from both programs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped, and given necessary medical treatments before being returned to their outside homes.

Friends of Strays has the capacity to care and shelter for approximately 100 animals at any given time. We have 5 full time veterinary technicians and one full time medical manager to provide daily medical care to the animals in our care and employ a full time veterinarian who provides surgical and other high level medical services 5 days a week. We also offer reduced cost medical services to local rescue organizations and perform spay/neuter, vaccinations, and ear tipping for community cats in the county.

We have significantly improved the health of the pets in our care and have created a more comfortable environment for our cats by reducing the number of cats housed in the shelter and providing more time outside of their cages to allow for socialization. This has made for greater adoptability for our animals as they are happy and healthy. Potential adopters have noticed the change and our adoption numbers have increased since we have implemented our changes. In 2018, we undertook a reorganization of the physical space in our current building in order to expand our medical services to include low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, and wellness exams to rescue partners in our community and double the available space for adoptable dogs.

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.
  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

FRIENDS OF STRAYS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

87.15

Average of 48.78 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

17

Average of 8.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

13%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

FRIENDS OF STRAYS INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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 info

This snapshot of FRIENDS OF STRAYS INC’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$63,027 -$183,874 $3,315,566 -$3,572,253 $13,310
As % of expenses -9.0% -20.9% 300.0% -240.4% 0.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$94,187 -$222,313 $3,281,850 -$3,627,348 -$39,158
As % of expenses -12.9% -24.3% 288.2% -235.3% -2.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $636,155 $693,842 $4,446,875 $2,698,351 $1,410,841
Total revenue, % change over prior year -51.3% 9.1% 540.9% -39.3% -47.7%
Program services revenue 20.5% 26.5% 3.6% 7.5% 14.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income -10.6% 27.3% 1.8% 5.3% -10.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 89.4% 45.0% 66.5% 86.0% 94.4%
Other revenue 0.7% 1.3% 28.1% 1.2% 1.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $699,182 $877,716 $1,105,214 $1,486,210 $1,707,046
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.7% 25.5% 25.9% 34.5% 14.9%
Personnel 61.2% 64.5% 59.5% 57.5% 62.7%
Professional fees 7.3% 2.0% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9%
Occupancy 3.9% 3.2% 5.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 27.6% 29.4% 34.5% 41.6% 36.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $730,342 $916,155 $1,138,930 $1,541,305 $1,759,514
One month of savings $58,265 $73,143 $92,101 $123,851 $142,254
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $112,998 $0 $1,029,491 $77,795 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $901,605 $989,298 $2,260,522 $1,742,951 $1,901,768

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.6 0.9 25.3 16.9 17.0
Months of cash and investments 19.5 12.7 35.5 25.6 23.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 19.5 12.5 34.8 -2.9 -2.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $153,619 $66,552 $2,330,265 $2,096,611 $2,420,101
Investments $982,533 $861,965 $935,231 $1,076,347 $930,634
Receivables $4,400 $7,431 $27,810 $1,243,466 $763,967
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,540,153 $1,573,711 $2,252,746 $2,325,787 $2,314,977
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 47.9% 49.3% 20.4% 21.9% 23.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.8% 2.2% 0.6% 0.5% 0.6%
Unrestricted net assets $1,935,664 $1,713,351 $4,995,201 $1,452,715 $1,413,557
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $84,862 $4,784,395 $4,474,880
Total net assets $1,935,664 $1,713,351 $5,080,063 $6,237,110 $5,888,437

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

CEO

Dara Eckart

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 12/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mo Eppley

Alison Barlow

Elizabeth McMurray

Arin Greenwood

Eve Epstein

Benjamin Kirby

Rosa Lopez

Michael McKenny

Cathy Unruh

Sarah Penner

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? 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
  • 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 12/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/04/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.