Charity Report Card: HSUS First in Class

By on August 18, 2011 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

With back-to-school season upon us, a charity rating group has released a different kind of report card: a ranking of which nonprofits are making the biggest difference in their fields. Philanthropedia (part of GuideStar) just published its latest rankings of national animal protection groups, and The Humane Society of the United States was named as the number-one organization, with the metric focused on highest impact for animals.

Cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Florida in 2011
Julie Busch Branaman
The HSUS works to protect all animals. Hundreds of cats
we rescued in Florida will be up for adoption next week.

Philanthropedia explains that its rankings are based on effectiveness because “the impact the organization is having is the most important measure of whether one should support that group.” To compile its list, it reached out to a wide range of well-respected experts throughout the field of animal protection—including shelter directors, veterinarians, senior staff members of animal nonprofits, professors and researchers, and foundation professionals. More than 170 animal experts responded with their recommendations and comments.

Of course, we get backhanded comments all the time from our adversaries, who seem to obsessively focus on The HSUS and try to find fault with us—not because we are inefficient or unfocused, but precisely the opposite.

In this case, it’s great to be recognized by our peers, and we are so grateful for their affirmation of our work.

Among the many comments posted from animal protection experts, I wanted to share a few with you.

On our hands-on care and rescue work:

“[The] Humane Society of the United States puts its money where its mouth is by supporting national and local campaigns against cruelty. Black Beauty Ranch, here in Texas, is a perfect example of how they don’t just talk about the issues of cruelty and neglect; they create solutions to correct the effects of such cruelty.”

“[The] Humane Society of the United States has responded well to large scale disasters (hurricanes) and puts on an effective annual conference for animal welfare professionals, making them both a role model for other national organizations and a resource for shelters across the country.”

“[The] Humane Society of the United States has broad influence on state and federal legislation affecting companion animals, farmed animals, animals used in research and wildlife. They also provide direct care for many animals through disaster response and other programs. The organization is well recognized by the public and has a very large base of members and supporters that help to make it effective.”

Several people praised the breadth of our programs focused on pets, wildlife, farm animals, and more:

“[The] Humane Society of the United States has good leadership and a focus on all animal issues, not just dogs and cats.”

“This organization addresses ALL animal abuse issues across the board, and doesn’t focus on one aspect only. They not only bring awareness to an issue, they lead legislative issues and actively go after solutions to the problem. They do this not only on regional levels, but they care about issues at local and state levels in order to affect the bigger picture.”

“Their staff directly impact public policy on a state and national level that saves the lives of thousands of animals, both companion animals and farm animals, and they do a better job of this than any agency I know.”

“They have made nationwide impact in a number of areas involving animal welfare, including farmed animals, research, companion animals, great apes, [and] dogfighting.”

“[The] Humane Society of the United States has been instrumental in influencing state and federal adoption of beneficial animal welfare legislation and opposing detrimental legislation, supporting state groups doing the same, responding to large-scale animal welfare crises (e.g., rescues in puppy mill shut downs, etc.), and educating the public on animal welfare issues.”

I was also glad to see additional recognition for the expertise and dedication of our staff:

“They have very strong and knowledgeable staff dedicated to making a lasting difference at state, regional, and national levels.”

“[The] Humane Society of the United States has a lot of staff at senior levels with tremendous knowledge and expertise. They do not rely solely on ethics and emotion, but can debate the science of any issue with the best experts in the world. They are a tremendous resource for other organizations and advocates in that way. They also have a strong disaster response program.”

Companion Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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