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Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

Where the Animals Always Come First

Ramah, NM   |  www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org
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Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

EIN: 85-0424026


Mission

To rescue captive-bred, displaced, unwanted, and non-releasable wild canids; to provide each rescue with permanent, safe sanctuary and lifelong care addressing physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness through species-specific nutrition, medical support, enrichment, and animal companionship, when applicable; and to educate the public about the plight of our rescued wild canids while providing species-specific information, focusing especially on wolfdogs, how to tell the difference between a wolf, a wolfdog, and a domestic dog, and about the ethical care and treatment of domestic and wild animals alike.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Brittany McDonald

Main address

378 Candy Kitchen Rd HC 61 Box 28

Ramah, NM 87321 USA

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Formerly known as

Candy Kitchen Wolf and Wolfdog Rescue Ranch

EIN

85-0424026

Subject area info

Wildlife sanctuaries

Domesticated animals

Environmental education

Philanthropy

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

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

Other Services (D60)

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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?

Standard Tour

The Standard Tour is an on-site educational opportunity to see and learn more about the several different canid species for which Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary provides daily care. The Standard Tour is guided, open to all age groups, and it typically runs between 45 minutes and an hour.

Topics covered during the Standard Tour: brief history and information about Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary as an organization and its mission, goals, and vision; species-specific facts, such as average lifespan in captivity versus the wild, feeding types, social dynamics and hierarchy, physical traits for identification, and behavioral tendencies; individual animal histories, personalities, and social dynamics between companions; and the definition, identification tools, and specialized care information regarding wolfdogs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Academics
Activists

The Feeding Tour is an on-site educational opportunity to see and learn about species-specific diets and nutrition, feeding methods used, and to watch them chow down! The Feeding Tour is guided, open to all age groups, and it typically runs between 45 minutes and an hour. The experience is also hands-on, allowing participants to assist feed some of the animals under the guidance of a trained WSWS Team member.

Topics covered during the Feeding Tour: species-specific diets and nutrition; definition and identification of feeding types (i.e., carnivorous, omnivorous); common meal distribution methods utilized in the animal care industry; individual rescue meal information and food preferences; resource data and food production and preparation of meals and food-based enrichment at WSWS; and comparative information regarding species-specific behavior as it pertains to eating (i.e., hunting, scavenging) for the animals in captivity versus in the wild.

Population(s) Served
Families
Academics
Activists
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Academics
Activists
Adults
Children and youth

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.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals in collection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have recently decreased our number of enclosures in order to expand a few of them, reducing our carrying capacity. We remain operating at full capacity.

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have recently decreased our number of enclosures in order to expand a few of them, reducing our carrying capacity. We remain operating at full capacity.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2020 2020 Audit 2019 Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Audit
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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.29

Average of 0.87 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

12.3

Average of 6.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

13%

Average of 25% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

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 Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $27,320 $92,605 $93,608 -$59,686 $29,521
As % of expenses 5.9% 18.1% 18.1% -10.3% 6.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$2,754 $43,139 $42,947 -$104,159 -$2,943
As % of expenses -0.6% 7.7% 7.6% -16.8% -0.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $465,454 $601,220 $604,858 $453,119 $517,007
Total revenue, % change over prior year -25.8% 29.2% 0.6% -25.1% 14.1%
Program services revenue 19.6% 11.9% 10.6% 1.0% 3.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 78.5% 76.7% 81.4% 97.8% 96.9%
Other revenue 1.7% 11.4% 8.0% 1.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $464,910 $510,850 $516,982 $576,775 $487,486
Total expenses, % change over prior year -22.0% 9.9% 1.2% 11.6% -15.5%
Personnel 44.8% 43.7% 52.2% 43.7% 42.7%
Professional fees 1.6% 3.7% 0.8% 0.0% 2.1%
Occupancy 6.5% 9.8% 3.8% 3.5% 13.0%
Interest 3.2% 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 44.0% 41.6% 43.2% 52.8% 42.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $494,984 $560,316 $567,643 $621,248 $519,950
One month of savings $38,743 $42,571 $43,082 $48,065 $40,624
Debt principal payment $2,645 $2,444 $0 $27,445 $25,140
Fixed asset additions $49,305 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $585,677 $605,331 $610,725 $696,758 $585,714

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 6.3 7.9 10.0 10.8 12.3
Months of cash and investments 6.3 7.9 10.0 10.8 12.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -1.4 0.9 3.0 8.2 9.3
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $242,589 $336,920 $430,930 $520,613 $498,872
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $4,032 $0 $1,349 $1,262 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,519,538 $1,519,536 $1,526,437 $1,106,708 $1,127,755
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 31.2% 34.5% 38.0% 50.2% 52.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 34.7% 33.5% 31.9% 22.6% 20.5%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $864,380 $907,519 $950,466 $846,307 $843,364

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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

Executive Director

Brittany McDonald

Brittany first fell in love with wolves when she was 8-years-old and has been actively pursuing her dream of working with them since! Her passion for wildlife has led her all over the United States where she has gained experience caring for wolves, big cats, primates, reptiles, and so many more. As a long-time supporter of Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, Brittany has always admired the sanctuary’s dedication toward making our rescues’ health and happiness the number one priority. With her knowledge of animal health and behavior, enrichment, and operant conditioning, she’s excited for the opportunity to further contribute to that philosophy! It goes without saying that the role of Executive Director is one that encompasses many responsibilities, but, as she prepares to follow in the footsteps of those that came before her, Brittany is confident in her abilities to lead the team toward continued growth that will forever aim to honor each “wild spirit” to call the sanctuary home.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 03/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Kimberly Kepler

Jennifer Whitener

Byron Miller

Justin Bishop

Sue Burley

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 ? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/24/2024

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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: 03/24/2024

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

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.