American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Keeping America's wild horses and burros wild

aka American Wild Horse Campaign   |   Davis, CA   |
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American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

EIN: 47-4016989


The American Wild Horse Campaign: Working to ensure the future of America's iconic wild horses and burros and the public lands where they roam.

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Executive Director

Suzanne Roy

Main address

P.O. 1733

Davis, CA 95617 USA

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Subject area info

Land resources

Wildlife sanctuaries

Animal welfare

Environmental education

Population served info


NTEE code info

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

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Establishing the Model and Protecting Historic Herds

We have implemented the largest wild horse management program in the world for the historic wild horses of the Virginia Range in northern Nevada. This program utilizes a birth control vaccine to reduce population growth and decrease population numbers humanely over time.

We train local groups to implement this humane model for wild horse management to other Western herds, providing expertise and support and empowering them in their fight to save and humanely manage historic herds in their areas.

Population(s) Served

For over six years, the American Wild Horse Campaign has defended America’s wild horses in the courts of law. Working with our coalition partners, including the Cloud Foundation, photographers, local citizens and our top-notch legal team at Meyer Glitzenstein and Eubanks, we have amassed a strong record of successful litigation.

Population(s) Served

AWHC is committed to advancing federal and state legislation to improve the welfare of wild horses and burros on the range and in government holding facilities. Our efforts include working collaboratively with other advocacy groups, meeting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill and their district offices, and mobilizing and empowering our supporters to reach out to their elected officials on behalf of wild horses and burros

Population(s) Served

Only the power of the people can defeat the powerful special interests that want our wild horses eliminated from our public lands. That’s why we place a high priority on growing our grassroots army! In 2016 alone, we collected more than 400,000 petition signatures, grew our online community by nearly 100,000 and had 300,000 actions taken on behalf of wild horses and burros.

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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Animal Film Festival Award 2017

Our results

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

Number of people influenced to undertake conservation action

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Education and Grassroots Advocacy

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Number of animals spayed and neutered

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Establishing the Model and Protecting Historic Herds

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric relates to our PZP darting program on the Virginia Range in Nevada. The year runs as May 1-April 30. Learn more:

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Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 AWHC Audited Financial Statements 2021 AWHC Audit Report 2021 2020 American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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


Average of 107.94 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12.3 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

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

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $114,069 $530,888 $1,151,695 $970,883 -$443,133
As % of expenses 9.1% 34.5% 73.2% 47.4% -14.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $104,773 $521,065 $1,141,131 $952,183 -$469,166
As % of expenses 8.3% 33.7% 72.0% 46.0% -14.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,369,028 $2,067,300 $2,725,993 $3,049,715 $5,235,398
Total revenue, % change over prior year 23.3% 51.0% 31.9% 11.9% 71.7%
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% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.4% 3.3% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 95.0% 94.4% 99.6% 95.7% 99.6%
Other revenue 5.0% 5.5% 0.0% 1.0% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,254,959 $1,537,498 $1,574,298 $2,049,623 $3,115,299
Total expenses, % change over prior year 21.2% 22.5% 2.4% 30.2% 52.0%
Personnel 20.7% 30.5% 37.5% 39.5% 35.3%
Professional fees 48.7% 23.4% 20.1% 26.8% 26.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.4% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 2.5% 2.1% 0.5%
All other expenses 30.5% 46.1% 39.8% 31.2% 37.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,264,255 $1,547,321 $1,584,862 $2,068,323 $3,141,332
One month of savings $104,580 $128,125 $131,192 $170,802 $259,608
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $99,251 $0
Fixed asset additions $23,219 $0 $44,382 $0 $55,008
Total full costs (estimated) $1,392,054 $1,675,446 $1,760,436 $2,338,376 $3,455,948

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.5 8.7 17.6 20.2 21.3
Months of cash and investments 5.5 8.7 17.6 20.2 21.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.5 8.6 16.9 18.6 10.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $574,044 $1,112,428 $2,303,470 $3,456,454 $5,532,467
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $13,681 $243,193 $9,008 $37,874
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $49,119 $49,119 $93,501 $93,501 $148,509
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 11.8% 31.8% 28.0% 48.0% 47.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.2% 1.9% 12.8% 6.6% 4.8%
Unrestricted net assets $617,471 $1,138,536 $2,279,667 $3,231,850 $2,762,684
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 $0 $50,000 $2,613,232
Total net assets $617,471 $1,138,536 $2,279,667 $3,281,850 $5,375,916

Key data checks

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

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Executive Director

Suzanne Roy

Suzanne Roy is a 25-year animal welfare professional. During her career, she has worked to improve the plight of elephants, chimpanzees, marine mammals, and other animals both in captivity and in the wild. In the 1990s, she launched the fight to save America's Air Force Chimpanzees, an effort that ultimately led to the retirement of these deserving animals to a Florida sanctuary. An avid horse lover and mother of a horse-crazy daughter, she turned her attention to the fight to save America's wild horses and burros in 2009. Prior to entering the animal welfare field, Roy was a political consultant, working on a variety of campaigns from the local state senate to congressional to presidential election bids. She currently resides in Davis, CA with her family, including an amazing horse named Cobalt.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/08/2024
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Board chair

Ellie Phipps Price

Stephanie Zill

William Hake

Suzanne Roy

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Joan DaVanzo

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2024

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Female, Not transgender
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/08/2024

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  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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.
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  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 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.


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