As with the current Glass Door reviews by employees and former employees, it appears as if the majority of these "reviews" are done by current CEO's or board members to bolster a sagging organization, quickly proving itself to be irrelevant. Although the Red Star program is one of their only viable and enviable programs, even they will soon be without jobs and without a mission if the current CEO has her way. She has gutted a once proud organization with complete lack of compassion or animal knowledge and has slashed staff by over 65%. Mostly lay-offs of those who had worked with AH for many, many years. Almost all laid off without severance, logic or compassion. The Film & TV Unit continues to be a smoke screen for the entertainment industry and as evidenced by the media all too well recently, in the filming of the HBO series Luck, horses are still being killed for entertainment and this is often hidden from the public while productions are given the ever-ready rubber stamp. I believe this organization is quickly on it's way out and these bolstered reviews are a last-ditch effort to save a sinking ship. It pays to be a CEO in the organization, as it appears as if those are the only jobs safe at the moment. The outside world has little respect for the organization and most don't even know of its existence, continually confusing it with HSUS and ASPCA. Instead of putting the organization on the map, the current CEO has obliterated it completely. Current high level management has virtually no animal experience, education or knowledge and it shows. Employees are often not treated with respect and retaliation is a common occurrence. Check out the Glass Door reviews for the real story.
According to Internal Revenue Service rules, nonprofit organization is supposed to work for the public benefit.The board of directors has the responsibility of protecting the public benefit. The “new” CEO pronounced early on that signature events were going to be a high priority. However, the events have not brought the desired financial success but yet these events are valued over the organization’s mission Recently, staff were intimated and threatened into walking in the Hollywood Christmas Parade carrying a 20-foot balloon dog which had a price tag of $40,000. Even more egregious, directive has been given to spend money foolishly so they don’t have to give it back their grantors at the end of their fiscal year. Nonprofits have an obligation to act as responsible stewards in managing their financial resources.
Review from CharityNavigator
Although a once historic and honorable organization, American Humane Association (AHA) is now a non-profit organization with negligent employee management, unfit leadership and questionable fundraising practices.
During the organization’s recent downsizing process, employees who had been with the organization for more than five years were laid off without severance pay. Staff members were told explicitly that they could continue their work if they moved to another office location, and then—after agreeing to the move—were laid off. Office closure announcements were made and then changed multiple times.
INCOMPETENCE IN HIGH PLACES
Many of AHA’s senior leaders lack sufficient expertise and competence in their field. There are several department heads who continually make poor choices for the organization and often rely on junior staff members for real expertise.
DISHONEST DONOR DEALINGS
As it has courted potential partners, AHA has sacrificed the integrity of its donor relations. More specifically, AHA has both sold and given away its email lists, as well as actively facilitated the distribution of commercial advertisements to its constituents.
For all of these reasons, I could not, in good conscience, recommend American Humane Association as a place to seek employment or to contribute charitable funds.
(Please note: American Humane Association is NOT affiliated with your local humane society.)
Review from CharityNavigator
As a television producer who has worked with dogs for 8 years, I understand the delicate balance between entertainment and the humane treatment of animals. I deeply appreciate the vital role American Humane has in the TV & Film industry. They make the tough (and sometimes unpopular) decisions about the treatment of animals on the set. I deeply respect American Humane's work and know they truly care about the treatment of our animals friends.
Executive Excess, Fat Cats with excessive salaries, and not much direct effect in the community. Misquided first time CEO who does not seem to grasp the meaning of social responsibility.
Where would the Hollywood film/television industry be without the great work of the American Humane Association? It is oversight from the AHA that gives voice to those that have none with their "No Animals Were Harmed" division. This is a top notch charity and organization with excellent leadership whom I've had both the privilege and honor to work with.
American Humane Association is a marelous charity with top notch leadership and a very strong and experienced board. Their 4 key programs deliver results and important resources in all 50 states. One of the best and most efficiently managed animal and children's charities operating in the US today.
I love it that American Humane Association cares about both animals and kids because it makes sense that both are vulnerable members of our society that need our protection. Research shows that people who abuse one will also abuse the other and we need to address both issues together for the greatest impact. I also like that trained volunteers are right there helping to rescue animals and help kids when there is a natural disaster like the tornado in Joplin, MO last year. There is always a heartwarming story on their website that just makes my day and it makes me feel good to support them, even in hard financial times!
My experience with American Humane Association has been working with them with animal disaster response. Over the last many years, I've been a volunteer with several of the national organizations, as well as co-founder of a local animal disaster response group in my area (Cincinnati). I've attended the animal rescue/disaster response training offered by each of the various groups, and observed them, volunteered with them in action. There's a big difference! -->> -->> -->> American Humane has a much more professional operation, without getting mired in the petty turf wars and political antics so in evidence with some of the others. Because of their expertise and focus - thousands of animals all around the country have been are are able to continue to be rescued and sheltered and reunited with their owners! -->> -->> -->> Because of having volunteered and worked with such a variety of organizations, and having a good basis of comparison -- my support and my recommendation goes to American Humane Association! ~~Evelyn in Cincinnati
Having worked with AHA for more than 30 years, I have seen it continue its over 130 year mission of helping children and animals. In recent years, the AHA Red Star emergency team has demonstrated the combined mission by both helping recover animals displaced during hurricane, AND helping the children and families have work to do in helping at the same time. Their ongoing work with FEMA and the state agencies in establishing the plans is not seen - but key to our societies increased success. The leadership it has in Hollywood with the "No Animals were Harmed program is another example of excellence.