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Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary, Inc

Save the Animals

aka Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary   |   Locust Grove, GA   |  http://www.noahs-ark.org
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Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary, Inc

EIN: 58-1909303


Mission

Noah's Ark is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Animal Sanctuary dedicated to bringing children and animals together with the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service, and a future full of hope. To provide a home for injured, abused, and orphaned animals. To provide awareness through our education programs that emphasize all living things have value no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. When we as a society can recognize this fact, we will begin to win the battles for conservation and preservation. To provide a home with unconditional love and care for animals who have special needs in their lives whether mental, physical, or emotional.

Ruling year info

1991

President

Ms. Michelle Lakly

Main address

712 LG Griffin Rd

Locust Grove, GA 30248 USA

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Formerly known as

Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center, Inc.

EIN

58-1909303

Subject area info

Natural resources

Wildlife biodiversity

Domesticated animals

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Families

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Situated on 250 acres outside of Atlanta, Georgia, Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary is an educational sanctuary for abused, injured, orphaned, and relinquished exotic animals, livestock, companion animals and Native Georgia wildlife. Nestled in a scenic landscape of majestic oak trees and meadows, the sanctuary offers an idyllic, natural habitat for approximately 600 animals who have been abused or surrendered. Noah’s Ark provides a peaceful refuge for their animals to live with dignity in a safe, nurturing environment, where they can run, play, swim and enjoy fresh air. In addition to providing the best care possible to the animals living out their lives at Noah’s Ark, the Ark works to educate the public about the Captive Wildlife Crisis and other animal welfare issues of concern in the Unites States and abroad.

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?

Aviarys - Phase I

Noah's Ark has many different species of tropical birds. Those that are compatible are currently housed in one large flight care - Amazon parrots, African greys, etc. Phase I of our Aviary program will allow each species of bird to be housed separately, creating a more natural environment for the birds. The Aviaries are created from small pole barns and appropriate wire to fence the exterior. They are then equipped with proper elements for feeding, watering, and climate control.  Phase I will add five new aviaries to our tropical bird habitat area.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Noah's Ark has been in existence since 1978 - and at this site since 1990. Many of our habitats are in need of updating and require regular maintenance and repairs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Noah’s Ark is licensed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and US Fish & Wildlife Services as an accredited Wildlife Rehabilitator. Over 5,000 phone calls and emails are received annually, with questions ranging from animal identification, habitat destruction, and injured or orphaned animals in need of assistance. In 2019 Noah’s Ark treated 834 wildlife patients including 517 mammals, 273 birds, and 44 reptiles.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Noah’s Ark is open to the public free of charge in order to ensure that cost is not a factor in preventing people from learning about and interacting with the animals. Self guided tours are offered Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. weather permitting. We are a place of refuge where people can come and enjoy the outdoors and our animal residents. Over 150,000 individuals visit Noah’s Ark annually including over 18,500 school children participating in educational filed-trips. Additionally we host youth volunteer groups including Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, Girl Scouts, Junior-ROTC, middle-school and High school clubs and service learning groups.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Top Rated Nonprofits 2021

Charity Navigator 4 Star 2022

Charity Navigator 4 star 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of free admissions

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

Habitat Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Visitor numbers were down in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Numbers down in 2022 due to closure for Avian Influenza outbreak.

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students educated through field trips

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Numbers were down due to closure to the public from August through December due to Avian Influenza outbreak onsite.

Number of paid Walk on the Wildside private tours

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Tour numbers down due to Avian flu closing sanctuary to the public

Number of animals rehabilitated

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

Age groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to bringing children and animals together to provide unconditional love, nurturing care, and a future full of hope. Noah’s Ark has the following goals that relate to its mission:
1. To build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness.
2. To provide a high-quality life-long home for animals that are abused, injured, orphaned, or relinquished.
3. To educate the public about the issues surrounding the Captive Wildlife Crisis and other animal welfare issues of concern in the Unites States and abroad.
4. To assist other animal welfare organizations in their quest to provide high levels of care to captive animals and conserve their species in the wild.
5. To act as a community resource by taking in and providing care for injured or orphaned Native Georgia wildlife through the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program.
6. To establish a broad network of support that will continue to grow the Ark’s financial capacity and strength so the mission of the organization can continue to function with stability and purpose.

In order to achieve our mission and goals, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary has plans and procedures in place:
Noah's Ark is one of the preferred destinations for confiscated and rescued animals through our state and federal partnerships with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Department of the Interior (USDI), Georgia Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

As a true animal sanctuary, Noah’s Ark does not buy, breed, or loan our animals. Noah's Ark promotes humane, responsible, and informed animal treatment and ownership. We serve as a living classroom, helping students of all ages develop an appreciation for and sense of responsibility toward the treasure of animal and plant life on our Earth.

Noah’s Ark has been a leader in animal sanctuary care and in the rehabilitation of native wildlife since its founding in 1991, helping to set standards for ensuring that animals receive the high level of care necessary to address both their physical and psychological needs. Noah’s Ark provides a forever home for animals who have been determined to be living in abusive, unhealthy and neglectful situations by local, state and/or federal governmental agencies. Noah’s Ark offers educational programs to over 18,500 school-aged children annually to educate the community about the Captive Wildlife Crisis and other animal welfare issues, and how individuals can take action to protect the animals they learn about at Noah’s Ark and conserve their homes in the wild.

Noah’s Ark is open to the public free of charge in order to ensure that cost is not a factor in preventing people from learning about and being inspired by the animals. Over 150,000 individuals visit Noah’s Ark annually including over 18,500 school children participating in educational filed-trips. Volunteers are critical to the daily operations of the Ark with 200 individuals volunteering over 17,000 hours on average each year.

• Developed an exotic and domestic animal sanctuary that is a recognized leader among reputable animal sanctuaries in providing the highest standards of care required for the physical and psychological wellbeing of captive animals.
• Maintained the highest level of accreditation with state and local agencies.
• Noah’s Ark is a recognized leader in exotic and domestic animal rescue, working with other reputable sanctuaries to find permanent homes for animals in need, and continues to serve as a resource for local, state and federal governmental agencies when animals are in need of rescue.
• For the future, Noah’s Ark continues to welcome thousands of visitors each year, free of charge, so that humans can connect to animals and enjoy the wonders of nature; continues to expand its capacity to care for a sustainable number of rescued animals needing life-long care; hoping to expand its education programs; continue to raise the funds needed to further its important work on behalf of abused, injured, orphaned, and relinquished animals.
We are expanding our volunteer programs and launching a new private special event space for retreats, parties, reunions to promote Noah's Ark within the wider community.

Financials

Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary, Inc
Fiscal year: May 01 - Apr 30
Financial documents
2022 Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary 2021 Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary 2020 Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary 2019 2019 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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.59

Average of 3.57 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.6

Average of 1.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16%

Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary, Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

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: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary, 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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $652,779 $266,430 $133,685 $115,366 -$567,462
As % of expenses 40.8% 14.9% 6.9% 6.2% -23.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $435,687 $65,016 -$71,100 -$77,552 -$754,050
As % of expenses 24.0% 3.3% -3.3% -3.8% -29.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,934,053 $2,036,518 $2,008,468 $1,967,672 $1,801,891
Total revenue, % change over prior year 17.6% 5.3% -1.4% -2.0% -8.4%
Program services revenue 8.1% 9.6% 16.2% 12.5% 7.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 6.5% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 93.4% 89.3% 75.2% 85.9% 89.1%
Other revenue -1.5% 1.0% 2.1% 1.6% 3.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,599,683 $1,785,579 $1,940,484 $1,846,421 $2,383,139
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.0% 11.6% 8.7% -4.8% 29.1%
Personnel 41.0% 38.5% 39.2% 47.1% 36.4%
Professional fees 6.2% 2.9% 5.9% 4.8% 23.5%
Occupancy 7.8% 6.2% 5.3% 5.0% 4.2%
Interest 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 44.5% 52.4% 49.5% 43.1% 35.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,816,775 $1,986,993 $2,145,269 $2,039,339 $2,569,727
One month of savings $133,307 $148,798 $161,707 $153,868 $198,595
Debt principal payment $12,376 $12,704 $14,010 $1,240 $0
Fixed asset additions $577,094 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,539,552 $2,148,495 $2,320,986 $2,194,447 $2,768,322

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 2.2 2.0 1.9 2.4 0.6
Months of cash and investments 2.7 3.0 2.8 3.3 0.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.8 2.5 2.3 2.8 -0.8
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $294,450 $300,677 $302,883 $361,930 $128,573
Investments $59,866 $151,352 $151,435 $151,508 $59,050
Receivables $23,551 $26,876 $20,821 $17,123 $165
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $6,410,733 $6,202,479 $6,315,122 $6,293,705 $6,132,201
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 65.9% 66.1% 67.9% 70.1% 71.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.1% 2.2% 2.8% 2.5% 16.7%
Unrestricted net assets $2,401,435 $2,460,898 $2,389,798 $2,312,246 $1,558,196
Temporarily restricted net assets $36,030 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 $36,030 $65,091 $41,696 $47,581 $33,795
Total net assets $2,437,465 $2,525,989 $2,431,494 $2,359,827 $1,591,991

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

President

Ms. Michelle Lakly

Dr. Shelly Lakly has over 20 years of experience working for conservation and environmental organizations. Prior to joining Noah’s Ark, she served as the Executive Director for Save the Chimps in Florida. She spent 12 years in executive leadership roles at The Nature Conservancy as well as seven years at Zoo Atlanta serving various roles including Vice President of Education and Conservation Programs, Director, Academy for Conservation Training, and Director of Education. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Ecology, a Master of Science, Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor of Science, all from the University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology-Athens. Her accolades include a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Award and a U.S. Department

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center and Sanctuary, Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/26/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Glenn Ross

Glenn S. Ross & Associates

Term: 2018 - 2026

Marty Allen

Lynn Henkel

The Coca-Cola Company, retired

Jo Costanzo

Rialto Theatre, retired

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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/26/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2023

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • 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.