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Animal Charity Evaluators

Helping people help animals

aka ACE   |   Covina, CA   |  https://animalcharityevaluators.org
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Animal Charity Evaluators

EIN: 36-4684978


Mission

The mission of Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) is to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals. Our vision is a world in which no individual is given less than full moral consideration on the basis of any morally irrelevant feature of their identity, including species membership.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Stien van der Ploeg

Main address

440 N Barranca Ave #3480

Covina, CA 91723 USA

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Formerly known as

Justice For Animals

Effective Animal Activism

EIN

36-4684978

Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info

Adults

Researchers

Activists

NTEE code info

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

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Blog

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animal suffering in our world is diverse and immense, but the number of animals used and killed for food dwarfs the number of animals used by humans for other purposes. Furthermore, the number of wild animals is several orders of magnitude greater than the number of farmed animals. However, the distribution of resources to help animals is highly inconsistent with these patterns. Although farmed animals represent over 99% of animals used by humans, charities that exclusively advocate for farmed animals receive less than 1% of all donations to animal charities. Similarly, despite the fact that wild animals represent 99.9% of all vertebrates on earth, there are few charities and almost no resources dedicated exclusively to evaluating and improving the welfare of wild animals. In order to have the most impact, Animal Charity Evaluators recommends that donors concentrate their efforts on preventing the suffering of as many farmed animals and wild 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?

Charity Evaluations

ACE conducts annual charity evaluations to identify the most effective animal charities working in high-priority cause areas. Annually, we publish lists of recommended charities to promote organizations that would likely produce the greatest gains for animals with additional donations. We are transparent about our charity evaluation process and make improvements to it each year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists
Researchers

ACE awards grants via our Recommended Charity Fund and Movement Grants program. The Recommended Charity Fund is for anyone who wishes to support ACE’s recommended charities through a single donation. Funds are dispersed twice a year, in January and July, to our Top Charities and Standout Charities working on a diverse range of effective interventions. Each June, we award Movement Grants to organizations and individuals working on various approaches to animal advocacy—especially those that lack funding, target large numbers of animals, or operate in regions with a small animal advocacy movement. This allows us to reach organizations that are too small or novel to be considered in our Charity Evaluations program, ensuring that we can support the growth of a broad range of effective organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists
Researchers

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

Adults, Activists, Researchers

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2022, ACE helped to influence an estimated $8.3 million in donations within the animal advocacy movement. Since 2014, the total influenced amount is estimated to be more than $56 million.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Adults, Activists, Researchers

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ACE awards grants to our Recommended Charities via our Recommended Charity Fund and to promising animal advocacy projects in neglected regions around the globe via our Movement Grants program.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) is dedicated to our mission of finding and promoting the most effective ways to help animals. We aim to assist compassionate donors, advocates, and volunteers in making informed decisions about how to help animals as effectively as possible. ACE strives to identify ways to alleviate suffering and improve the lives of animals on a wide scale, while continuously updating our recommendations based on new evidence. Our goal is to help people help animals. Ultimately, ACE's vision is a world in which no individual is given less than full moral consideration on the basis of any morally irrelevant feature of their identity, including species membership.

To achieve ACEs mission of finding and promoting the most effective ways to help animals, we pursue two main programs: Charity Evaluations and Grantmaking.

Charity Evaluations: ACE evaluates animal charities around the globe in order to determine their effectiveness in reducing animal suffering. Our comprehensive Charity Evaluations Program provides an in-depth look at each charitys Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Room for More Funding, and Leadership and Culture in order to recommend them as either a Top Charity or a Standout Charity. We publish our recommendations to help people help the most animals with their donations.

Grantmaking: ACE awards grants from both our Recommended Charity Fund and Movement Grants program. Our Recommended Charity Fund is distributed biannually to our current effective Recommended Charities. Our Movement Grants program aims to build and strengthen the global animal advocacy movement by awarding grants annually to applicants working on approaches that are underfunded, target large numbers of animals, and are in regions with a relatively small advocacy movement. Since 2014, ACE estimates that we have helped to influence over $56 million USD in donations within the animal advocacy movement.

ACE has a talented globally-distributed team that is knowledgeable in research, development, communications, management, and leadership. Our organization welcomes diverse perspectives from both the animal advocacy and effective altruism communities to help inform our decision-making processes about the best ways to help the most animals. Each year, our research team solicits feedback and consults experts in academia as well as in the field on what ACE can do to increase our support of the movement. In our work, we include the ideas of people with expertise and lived experiences in their local areas. Our team solicits input from the animal advocacy movement and listens openly, seeking to understand their point of view. When we encounter new information, we update our thinking. ACE learns from the charities working in the communities they serve so that we can help them operate more effectively to reduce animal suffering.

Since our founding in 2012, Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) has considered thousands of charities for evaluation and recommended 33 charities as impactful giving opportunities to help people make a difference for the most animals with their donations. We have supported our Recommended Charities with $9.5 million distributed through our Recommended Charity Fund and awarded $5.3 million to 228 promising animal advocacy projects in 42 countries through our Movement Grants program. Since ACE began tracking this metric in 2014, we estimate that weve helped to influence nearly $60M within the animal advocacy movement.

Select 2023 accomplishments:
Recommended 11 charities as effective giving options to help the most animals
Distributed $1.9 million in grants from our Recommended Charity Fund to our Recommended Charities
Awarded $811,000 from our Movement Grants program to 50 promising animal advocacy projects around the globe
Updated our Theory of Change, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Plan
Rebranded ACE to better encapsulate who we are today and our aspirations for the future

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

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

7.91

Average of 4.10 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.7

Average of 8.7 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2%

Average of 7% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 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: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Animal Charity Evaluators’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 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $259,977 -$164,747 $240,583 -$38,614 $324,371
As % of expenses 16.1% -3.7% 5.0% -1.4% 5.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $259,977 -$164,747 $240,583 -$38,614 $324,371
As % of expenses 16.1% -3.7% 5.0% -1.4% 5.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,703,693 $3,366,744 $5,164,018 $2,194,955 $5,991,534
Total revenue, % change over prior year 25.5% -9.1% 53.4% 0.0% 173.0%
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 0.0% 0.1% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.9% 98.9% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,617,893 $4,495,902 $4,768,740 $2,687,291 $5,718,741
Total expenses, % change over prior year -30.7% 177.9% 6.1% 0.0% 112.8%
Personnel 43.1% 17.3% 15.8% 6.9% 18.5%
Professional fees 4.0% 1.7% 3.4% 1.8% 3.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 46.7% 78.5% 73.4% 90.5% 75.2%
All other expenses 6.2% 2.6% 7.3% 0.9% 2.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,617,893 $4,495,902 $4,768,740 $2,687,291 $5,718,741
One month of savings $134,824 $374,659 $397,395 $223,941 $476,562
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,752,717 $4,870,561 $5,166,135 $2,911,232 $6,195,303

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2022 2023
Months of cash 11.9 4.2 7.0 15.5 6.7
Months of cash and investments 15.7 5.0 8.4 17.7 8.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.1 2.8 3.3 7.7 4.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2022 2023
Cash $1,600,886 $1,586,919 $2,775,326 $3,471,716 $3,197,376
Investments $519,488 $278,702 $547,377 $483,626 $758,234
Receivables $1,546,129 $1,357,437 $998,097 $141,372 $205,028
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 12.0% 32.7% 39.9% 17.8% 12.6%
Unrestricted net assets $1,228,406 $1,063,659 $1,304,242 $1,733,153 $2,057,524
Temporarily restricted net assets $2,005,364 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 $2,005,364 $1,113,659 $1,291,541 $1,634,767 $1,577,757
Total net assets $3,233,770 $2,177,318 $2,595,783 $3,367,920 $3,635,281

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2022 2023
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

Stien van der Ploeg

Stien van der Ploeg joined Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) in 2022. She brings over 15 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, advocating for various causes in multiple countries. Stien has supported organizations through challenges, including periods of growth and leadership transition, and has led several sessions on fundraising and leadership at the Conference on Animal Rights in Europe. Her breadth of experience in impact-focused animal advocacy and strategic insight into ACE’s position at the intersection of effective altruism and animal advocacy is valuable to the movement. Stien has a thoughtful and well-developed approach to reconciling values and priorities, including effectiveness, transparency, and equity.

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 04/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Verónica Díaz Carrai

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Zachary Freitas-Groff

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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 10/6/2022

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/23/2024

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

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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.

Contractors

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