Someone posted that Charity Navigator gives this organization the lowest grade. This is actually NOT true. You can see the three stars they received last year here:
Also, even though I agree that a $300,000 salary for the President seems high, the real number to consider is the PERCENTAGE of the organization's assets that goes to this salary. For IFAW it is 1.5%. This is one of the lowest percentages in the nonprofit world, given that IFAW is NOT (as the same post claimed) a small nonprofit. It is huge and has bases and operations worldwide.
I am very involved in wildlife conservation and have come across IFAW's teams several times over the years. Saving penguins in Patagonia; helping anti-poaching units in Kenya; rescuing domestic animals after Katrina. I was always impressed and inspired by the effective, professsional and committed work they did. I also had the pleasure of chatting with IFAW's president at Jane Goodall's 80th birthday party. He struck me as a passionate, driven, creative wildlife and animal lover. I believe his leadership has done wonders for IFAW.
Wonderful organization that provides great aid to all animals, from wildlife conservation efforts to helping domestic animals after natural disasters this organization does it all!
I would like to donate to this organization but I too think the CEO makes too much. $200,000 a year seems more than enough. I also think that sending gifts is a waste of resources. Their latest mail claims they spend $0 .89 of each dollar on animals and institutional expenses. That should be separated. I'm not sure my little contribution is worth it.
Uniquely, IFAW has pulled together all the elements necessary to take the lead in protecting animals, especially endangered species.
It doesn't think about populations, it thinks one animal at a time. It rescues and protects individual creatures that are in danger all around the world, and learns, teaches and expands support for its thinking at the same time.
It also works at the highest levels to change cultures from within, and catch criminals who organize mass slaughter for for profit. IFAW's Grace de Gabriel devoted many years of meticulous work to lead the process that convinced China to outlaw ivory trading, and that's just one of many awesome examples!
If - like me - you care about saving our vulnerable species, please trust me, I've checked them all out. IFAW's unique approach delivers by far the most conservation value per dollar donated.
Yesterday, IFAW saved 10 dolphins stranded in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, and last month it hosted a Ted talk with Dr. Carl Safina (see picture). He's a MacArthur "Genius Grant” winner who hosts “Saving the Ocean” on PBS. He also wrote the book: "“Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel”, the subject of his talk, which powerfully establishes what many of us believed, that many (perhaps all?) wild and domestic animals have individual personalities and feelings. It isn't just humans, or just primates, or just mammals!
For me, this so well sums up the brilliance of IFAW, which I've followed and supported for decades. It is the only animal protection charity that cares about helping each animal as an individual, not just en masse as a species, AND stretches to the highest levels of international culture, policy and policing to achieve this in the most powerful ways. Amazingly, it successfully reaches from saving individual dolphins on Cape Cod, elephants in Kenya and dogs in South Africa, to quietly leading countries like China and Japan to change their norms and laws to respect, value and protect individual living creatures.
Others are good, but I believe IFAW is the most effective short AND long term protector of wildlife and animal life in the world.
Oh! For those looking at the accounts, it does make sense to raise the point below about the high proportion of corporate expenses to programs - I did as well. There is actually a good explanation! The US accounts include the global HQ in Yarmouth Port, which coordinates work in Africa, China, Europe (especially Holland and UK), Russia, Australia, US, Canada - in fact, all over the world. All those regions have a much higher percentage of spending on programs, but US regional programs come in the same accounts as all the strategic global planning and coordination, which give IFAW tremendous influence for the good of animals - and humans - all around the world.
Sure they do very good work, but way to many requests for donations- most charities I support send 4 a year, these can send 4 a month. And frequently send unnecessary 'free gifts' which do nothing to make ME want to support them. Waste. No more....
I have no story but I will only donate to charities that give the most to the animals, you ceo's need to think more of the animals then your wallets.
I reviewed the Form 990 Tax return and was a little disappointed to see how much of the revenue goes to officer salaries and regular business expenses. As an accountant I would expect a charitable organization to give a much larger % of the contributions collected to the animals, not to big business. I just contributed today :-(. Next time I will review more carefully and unfortunately will not be giving this charity money anymore. Clean it up IFAW, more for the animals less for greed.
Review from Guidestar
This is one of the few organizations that I regularly support whole-hearted! They do amazing work world wide, saving countless lives and making a difference in this world.
IFAW goes above and beyond to ensure the welfare of animals around the world. I am so impressed with their work, particularly after the earthquake in Nepal.
Has anyone noticed the large number of reviews written on June 26, 2015 most of which read like excerpts from their website? Seems a bit contrived.
Review from Guidestar
Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it's dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters. They also advocate saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as our campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts.
Vision: IFAW vision is a world where animals are respected and protected.
Mission: IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world.
Promise: They promise supporters and policy makers effective animal protection solutions delivered with intelligence, compassion and integrity.
Belief: IFAW believes in the intrinsic value of animals and that we have a responsibility to protect them from suffering and unnecessary exploitation.
Work: They rescue and care for individual animals and deliver effective solutions for the long-term protection of animal populations and habitats.
They promote addressing animal welfare concerns in policy, legislation and society.
Team: Their team includes rescue workers, veterinarians, policy experts, campaigners, scientists, educators and the highest quality support staff all driven by a determination to help animals in need.
Approach: They are international, with local expertise and leadership in all of our field offices. Through strong international coordination, they leverage regional campaigns and projects to achieve global influence and impact.
Their work connects animal welfare and conservation, demonstrating that healthy populations, naturally sustaining habitats and the welfare of individual animals are intertwined.
They use our hands-on projects on the ground to inform and influence policy.
They are sensitive to the needs of communities and work for solutions that benefit both animals and people.
IFAW is a small org that pays huge salaries. The CEO gets $325K; the former CEO who retired two years ago, is still paid $350K (how that works, I have no idea). Everyone else on the management team earns $175K.n Charity Navigator gives IFAW the lowest possible rating for financial performance. The director of corp comm's husband reports to her, a gross conflict of interest. IFAW spends millions on a few pet projects (seals, elephants and whales, particularly) yet has very little to show for their efforts spanning many, many years. Donate to animal rescue -- it's a worthy cause -- but give it to orgs that actually have a record of success and not to orgs that have bloated, slow-acting leadership. Sign me, former, and wiser, donor.
I stopped donating after I learned the exec team is paid outrageous sums ((millions). Only 61 percent of what they take in goes to programs and if you search the media for success stories of their work, you'll find very little. Charity Navigator gives them only two stars. Notably, they receive only one star for financial performance. IFAW's revenues come mainly from outside the US and I suspect that's because they have so littlie credibility or visibility in the US. Want more information? Contact Shawna Moos, director of communications.
I have been a long time supporter of IFAW because they work to help animals in need worldwide, and they do so effectively.
So glad for this organization and the wonderful work they do around the world to help animals in need.
I love this organization; the work they do is wonderful!
ALL I CAN SAY, FOLKS, IS THAT I HAVE BEEN AN ANIMAL PROTECTOR FOR OVER 60 YEARS AND, BELIEVE ME, I DO NOT THROW MONEY AWAY ON ORGS. I DO NOT BELIEVE ARE SINCERE IN REALLY HELPING THE ANIMAL VICTIMS OF ABUSE AND NATURAL DISASTERS AND ONLY BELIEVE IN LINING THEIR OWN POCKETS WITH MONEY!!!! I HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND WHAT THESE BLESSED PEOPLE DO TO HELP THESE VICTIMS IN TIMES OF DISASTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND BELIEVE ME, INDIA HAS BEEN THE WORST WITH DISASTERS!!!
GOD BLESS THEM ALL AND ONLY SHOULD MANY BLESSING COME THEIR WAY!!!
Although I cannot afford to donate for every cause, I do manage to send small amounts to support their efforts when I feel that a situation needs immediate donations (as many do), no matter how small. I appreciate their incredible efforts and the fact that they send me information on the status of various projects that are in progress or have been resolved. They are doing absolutely wonderful and much-needed work to rescue and to see that animals are treated humanely and cared for properly throughout the world. (I truly wish that I were able to provide them with more monetary support.)
I love IFAW because they help ALL animals, whether it be domestic, farm or wild. They truly care about the well being of all animals in ALL parts of the world. I feel so strongly about the positive direction IFAW takes that I am leaving some of my estate to the organization when I depart this world.
This organization reaches all over our world to right wrongs against animals and to insure their freedom. IFAW has made a great impact on all species threatened by Nature and by Man, and continues to protect the future of all living things.
I love IFAW. I've been donating for many years now and am fully supportive of their far-reaching global work that covers many areas. From helping domestic animals to wildlife rehabilitation to worldwide sanctuaries, emergency response in natural disasters and fighting injustices such as the Canadian seal hunt - IFAW is there. They're very informative, telling members how their donations are being used. I'm very proud to be a member of IFAW.
I've been a supporter of the IFAW for over 40 years. As a child I would send my allowance to the organization after seeing a news report on Brian Davies' effort to stop the Canadian baby seal slaughter that was occurring back then. The IFAW helped to end that slaughter. Unfortunately, the Canadians have re-instituted this disgusting, inhumane hunt, and I know that the IFAW will continue the effort to help the seals and all animals around the world that are suffering.
I adore this charity....and know they are so very worthy! They continue to step in, where needed, and make a huge difference for animals in need. They have been one of my favorite charities for many years....and I remain grateful TO HELP THEM! DRB
This group is amazing....they help so many animals and animal groups through out the world. They are incredibly thankful for all the support they receive...and I find it a joy to help them!
They are always on the scene when ever and wherever there is a need....I can not say enough for all the good they do...I am honored to support them...and always will! DRB
I often see IFAW on the news rescuing wildlife. I am proud to support their work on behalf of the animals and our planet.
IFAW has been tireless supporter for animals, esp fighting for a ban on ivory. When I was researching what Eco-friendly flooring I could use for my new apt. IFAW was so very helpful in helping me figure out what we're good and not as good choices. Yay IFAW!
IFAW is always there to help animals all over the world. Their work has saved countless lives from dogs to elephants. They do great work!
What a wonderful organization. They help animals all over the world. They are caring, genuine and super worth supporting in any way we can.
Money is meaningless unless every penny is used to save and end the suffering of animals. IFAW places the singular dollars from those of use that are unable to donate more, to battling the world war of the neglect, torture, and pain of the helpless.
IFAW is very effective at making a difference for animals around the world. With so much attention focused on human ills, we too easily neglect the plight of other species, who are being decimated by pollution, poaching, the "entertainment" industry, and human developments that ravage their habitats and shrink them to nothingness. Please check out IFAW's website and consider our nonhuman kin. We're all in this together.
I've been a member of IFAW for years . They do wonderful work to help save and protect animals around the world. They are always there when a crisis comes up and step up to the plate to make a difference and have saved thousands of lives from torture, inhumane conditions, cruelty.
I have been a donor to IFAW on an annual basis for many years and also contribute as needed when there is a crisis anywhere that will affect animals (for example, the typhoon in the Philippines, the Ebola epidemic in Africa that affected chimpanzees as well as humans, and the ongoing strife in Ukraine that puts pet dogs and cats at great risk). IFAW is there to help animals that are often overlooked in times of human peril.
I have been an avid supporter of IFAW for years. I am not by any standards, a wealthy person.... So I make sure what I support is an upstanding group dedicated to animal welfare..... Nationally and internationally. I love this group and would totally recommend them as a more than worthy nonprofit.... Please join me in supporting this wonderful group!
I support this group because they actually do work
I have been following the work of this fantastic organization for years, and am so impressed I became a member in order to support their international projects to protect the magnificent species we share this amazing planet with !! They put their money and their efforts right on the front line to protect animals and their environments, and in the process they educate people to our ALL being one family here on planet Earth. Please support !!!
A much needed group that really cares and does work around the globe! We and they need to continue to be the voice of the voiceless!
I am thankful IFAW for bringing my attention to problems that I would otherwise not know about. I also appreciate the ease of signing petitions. They do amazing work and are relentless, for which I am appreciative.
Great communication about the work they IFAW is completing all the time. I look forward to their emails and opportunities to help animals by donating or signing petitions.