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CATTALES

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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CATTALES

EIN: 91-1538226


Mission

Our Mission is simple yet profound: Wildlife Rescue, Compassionate Care, and Education Ambassadorship.

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

Our program service enriches the community through engaging on-site experiences for public visitors meticulously designed to be educational and safe. We prioritize our guests' and staff's health and well-being by investing in essential protective gear, rigorous sanitation practices, and clear signage, along with constructing barriers where needed to ensure a secure environment for all. Additionally, we serve as a dynamic out-of-school learning hub catering to students from kindergarten through college. Our specialized wildlife and conservation education programs aim to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. By offering a hands-on, immersive learning experience, we bridge the gap between academic knowledge and real-world conservation challenges, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for wildlife and their habitats. Our commitment extends beyond mere visits; we are cultivating a community deeply invested in the preservation of our natural w

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Our organization has secured and maintains over 40 animals, including large felines, bears, wolves, and other zoo and wildlife species. Our comprehensive care program includes the provision of species-appropriate nutrition, essential supplies, dedicated staffing, and specialized veterinary care, underscoring our commitment to the welfare of these animals. This initiative offers a secure and nurturing forever home for rescued, retired, and non-releasable animals, ensuring their health, safety, and well-being. Our efforts provide sanctuary for these animals and embody our dedication to conservation and the promotion of responsible wildlife management.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Our program is dedicated to providing safe, comfortable, and species-appropriate habitats for our animals, focusing on the innovative use of available resources to construct and maintain housing and exhibits. Leveraging carefully selected materials, along with donated tools and supplies, we strive to create environments that meet our animals' basic needs and promote their well-being and natural behaviors. Our approach is guided by a deep commitment to animal welfare, ensuring that, despite budgetary limitations, each habitat we construct or maintain offers a secure and enriching space. This effort underscores our dedication to maximizing every dollar towards enhancing the living conditions of our animals, demonstrating our resolve to provide them with a sanctuary that respects their needs and dignity.

Population(s) Served
Researchers
Students
Adults
Researchers
Students
Adults

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 free participants on field trips

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

Wildlife Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of paid participants on field trips

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

Wildlife Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.
  • 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 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

CATTALES
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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.43

Average of 0.28 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.4

Average of 1.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 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

CATTALES

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of CATTALES’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 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $32,426 $70,382 -$17 -$12,343 -$68,176
As % of expenses 9.9% 22.0% 0.0% -3.9% -13.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$2,628 $37,975 -$17 -$12,343 -$70,934
As % of expenses -0.7% 10.8% 0.0% -3.9% -13.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $363,976 $389,838 $328,596 $301,079 $441,834
Total revenue, % change over prior year 5.1% 7.1% -15.7% -8.4% 46.8%
Program services revenue 0.1% 0.6% 1.6% 0.9% 0.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 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% 2.4% 53.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 99.4% 95.9% 41.6% 87.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.4% 11.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $326,498 $319,456 $335,369 $313,422 $510,010
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.8% -2.2% 5.0% -6.5% 62.7%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 39.6% 25.1% 23.1% 27.7% 30.6%
Occupancy 14.5% 11.4% 8.2% 6.4% 5.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 45.9% 63.5% 68.8% 65.9% 64.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $361,552 $351,863 $335,369 $313,422 $512,768
One month of savings $27,208 $26,621 $27,947 $26,119 $42,501
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,000
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $388,760 $378,484 $363,316 $339,541 $570,269

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.1 1.5 1.2 5.4 1.4
Months of cash and investments 0.1 1.5 1.2 5.4 1.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.1 1.5 6.4 5.5 1.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $2,424 $40,399 $33,713 $141,794 $58,539
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $144,500 $144,500 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $257,064 $180,733 $256,258 $312,087 $312,087
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 70.3% 82.1% 75.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 183.5% 66.5% 60.0% 33.8% 36.4%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $72,806 $240,969 $306,660 $235,726
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 $78,755 $72,806 $240,969 $306,660 $235,726

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors Yes No Yes No No

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

Executive Director – Cat Tales Wildlife Center - 2018 to present Experience and Education  Property management including HR, ADA compliance, Fair housing, Civil Rights, BOD meetings & annual owner meetings.  Experience & knowledge in insurance, damage mitigation, structural assessments and maintenance, disaster preparedness, etc.  Create and run programs for children, low-income households and experienced in property inspections and file audits.  Currently manage social media, fundraising, PR, HR, and day-to-day zoo operations.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

CATTALES

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Ryan Wyche

Ryan R Wyche

Self-employed Handyman

Janae Carrothers

Spokane Fall Community College - Education

Deborah J Wyche

Cat Tales, Inc.

Doug H Hoiby

Health Care - retired

Nancy L Morrigeaux

NW Multiple Listing Service - Island Co. Branch Manager

Heather L Keepers

Care & Facility Manager - Washington State University

Rhiannon D Walther

Research & Development / Customer Service

Julia Conrath

Nuclear Medicine

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 2/13/2024

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
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
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender 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.