C A T T A L E S

Making a Difference for Wildlife Rescue, Care & Education Since 1991

aka Cat Tales Wildlife Center, Cat Tales Zoological Park, Cat Tales, Inc.   |   Mead, WA   |  http://www.cattales.org
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C A T T A L E S

EIN: 91-1538226


Mission

Our Mission is to Provide: ​A safe and secure home for rescued big cats and wildlife, Professional animal care to ensure their health and well being, and Public education to the benefit of all wildlife.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are currently developing a strategic plan that reflects the dynamic changes since the pandemic and increasing inflation that has affected all that we do. As a 30 year old nonprofit adjusting to current technology and giving, we are working towards a sustainable future that doesn't only rely on local demographics. With a modern giving platform we can offer more services to low income and disabled families.

Ruling year info

1996

Wildlife Director, CFO

Deborah Wyche

Executive Director

Lisa grey

Main address

17020 N Newport Hwy

Mead, WA 99021-9539 USA

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EIN

91-1538226

Subject area info

Vocational education

Education services

Wildlife sanctuaries

Zoos

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Vocational Technical (B30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Programs and results

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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?

Wildlife Education

Wildlife education for K-college, professional animal care, and vocational zoological training.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

WA Workforce Trade and Education Board 2022

USDA APHIS 2022

WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We are currently developing a strategic plan that reflects the dynamic changes since the pandemic and increasing inflation that has affected all that we do. As a 30 year old nonprofit adjusting to current technology and giving, we are working towards a sustainable future that doesn't only rely on local demographics. With a modern giving platform we can offer more services to low income and disabled families.

Our Out-of-School education programs include all ages with specific workforce training for high school through interns and volunteers. We incorporate all ethnicities and gender equality. Our environmental programs teach care for the planet and how all of the ecosystems are intertwined. We are developing a technological transition to incorporate audio, visual and ultimately braille systems to amplify our wildlife education platform.

Development of new funding strategies will allow us to acquire needed finances to keep our mission strong especially as it pertains to wildlife in need.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    In general K-12 students and college interns with programs designed for age groups, special needs and interests. Specific programs designed for the disadvantaged and/or low income.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, Google reviews, etc.,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Requests for private tours and more zookeeper interaction with our community is where the interest lies currently. Multiple requests for access to low income programs is being addressed, but difficult during times of lower income ourselves.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our volunteer and intern staff have become more involved in the funding relationship as they are incorporated into the knowledge, thus providing comprehensive information to others.

  • 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

C A T T A L E S
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.23

Average of 0.57 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.2

Average of 1.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

C A T T A L E S

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of C A T T A L E S’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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $6,640 $28,767 $32,426 $70,382 -$17
As % of expenses 2.3% 9.1% 9.9% 22.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$30,768 $21,259 -$2,628 $37,975 -$17
As % of expenses -9.6% 6.5% -0.7% 10.8% 0.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $289,764 $346,253 $363,976 $389,838 $328,596
Total revenue, % change over prior year -5.2% 19.5% 5.1% 7.1% -15.7%
Program services revenue 7.1% 3.7% 0.1% 0.6% 1.6%
Membership dues 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.4%
All other grants and contributions 92.4% 96.3% 99.9% 99.4% 95.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $283,122 $317,486 $326,498 $319,456 $335,369
Total expenses, % change over prior year -6.5% 12.1% 2.8% -2.2% 5.0%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 25.5% 35.8% 39.6% 25.1% 23.1%
Occupancy 6.6% 8.6% 14.5% 11.4% 8.2%
Interest 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 67.9% 55.6% 45.9% 63.5% 68.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $320,530 $324,994 $361,552 $351,863 $335,369
One month of savings $23,594 $26,457 $27,208 $26,621 $27,947
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $38,737 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $382,861 $351,451 $388,760 $378,484 $363,316

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash -0.2 0.6 0.1 1.5 1.2
Months of cash and investments -0.2 0.6 0.1 1.5 1.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -4.2 -0.9 0.1 1.5 6.4
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash -$4,120 $17,139 $2,424 $40,399 $33,713
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $144,500 $144,500
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $295,352 $275,009 $257,064 $180,733 $256,258
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 56.2% 61.8% 70.3% 82.1% 75.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 94.6% 111.8% 183.5% 66.5% 60.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $72,806 $240,969
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $29,356 $81,383 $78,755 $72,806 $240,969

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors Yes Yes Yes No Yes

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Wildlife Director, CFO

Deborah Wyche

Born in Denver, Colorado in 1955, Debbie Wyche spent her school years in Suburbia and her summers on a rolling farm her grandmother owned in North Dakota. Those months surrounded by nature led her to develop an early love of horses and all things classic country. When her family decided to move to California later in her life, Debbie continued to fuel her passion for animals by rescuing (to her mother’s chagrin) a variety of creatures from dogs, cats, to even squirrels and birds. Now with over 35 years of experience, Debbie oversees the everyday operations of the zoo while serving as the head educator of our student classes. Each of her students graduate with incredible skill wanted by zoos and rescues around the world. Her days are busy, but the experiences each and every day are living, breathing proof that hard work, dedication, and the courage to follow a calling pays off.

Executive Director

Lisa grey

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 11/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ryan Wyche

Ryan Wyche

Self-employed Handyman

Marilyn Valentine

School Principle - retired

Deborah Wyche

Cat Tales, Inc.

Doug Hoiby

Health Care - retired

Nancy Morrigeaux

NW Multiple Listing Service - Island Co. Branch Manager

Heather Keepers

Care & Facility Manager - Washington State University

Rhiannon Walther

Research & Development / Customer Service

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/21/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/18/2021

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 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.
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 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.