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Kansas Humane Society
August 26, 2012

Financial data for 2011 from the Kansas Humane Society is STILL not available in late August 2012. I would advise that no one make any contributions to this organization until this information is publicly available. I believe that every charitable organization is responsible to the public which both donates to them and essentially subsidizes their programs. This long delay in making any financial available leads one to question the integrity, and indeed financial viability, of any organization. A charitable 'humane' shelter is essential to a community the size of Wichita. The question is, 'are we getting good management of donated funds and publicly subsidized facilities, or does the public need to re-evaluate the current organization...and find an equation that works for the unwanted and unloved animals in this community'?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My everyday life and companionship with my dogs.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Require an administrative and financial audit to understand, and make public, an unbiased, truth-based evaluation of the organization's strengths, weaknesses, and importance to the community. That is essentially the responsibility of its Board if Directors. But I personally believe that this organization, and it's Board, are not only not interested, but fearful of releasing any kind of financial or evaluative information to the public.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

General knowledge. Almost every community, of any size, has a charity-based animal shelter.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I have adopted two dogs from this organization. I also served as a volunteer for this organization for over 7 years.

Review from CharityNavigator
Kansas Humane Society
April 13, 2012

Actually, I am a former volunteer and was in fact dismissed from this organization because I was not in 'philosophical agreement' with the administration. And no, I wasn't. I do not condone subterfuge. It is my opinion, that the UN-AUDITED financial report (see Charity Navigator) makes a false statement when identifying this agencies assets (listed at approximately $10 million), because in fact the Kansas Humane Society does NOT OWN its shelter (which this agency paid to be constructed at a cost in excess of $10 million) but is instead a lessee of the building which is owned by the City of Wichita. It is my opinion that this is misrepresentation of agency assets made to deceive the public and donors as to the 'success' of this agency, which in turn generates confidence...and more donations. I would volunteer for this agency again, in a heartbeat if there were what I consider (my opinion) qualified, competent, and ethical administration and board.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

Review from CharityNavigator