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American Humane

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

American Humane
1400 16th Street NW
Suite 360
Washington, DC 20036

Other Names

American Humane - First to Serve
American Humane Association
American Humane Society

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To ensure the safety, welfare and well-being of animals; to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and humans.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 83%

The percentage of American Humane's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $14

How many dollars American Humane spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
American Humane Association IRS Form 990 84-0432950
American Humane Association Audited Financial Statements 84-0432950
Entity: American Humane Association
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 84-0432950
Entity: American Humane Association
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 84-0432950

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
American Humane
meets governance benchmarks.
American Humane
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Robin Ganzert President/CEO $537,912
2 John Hubbard Senior VP/Chief Marketing Officer $251,328
3 Shannon Stewart Chief Veterinary Officer $214,637
Name: Robin Ganzert
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $537,912
Name: John Hubbard
Title: Senior VP/Chief Marketing Officer
Compensation: $251,328
Name: Shannon Stewart
Title: Chief Veterinary Officer
Compensation: $214,637

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the American Humane Association audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 2, Donated Property and Equipment, Goods and Services), the Association received donated goods and services in fiscal 2018 on which it placed a total value of $16,060,636.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the American Humane Association tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2018 re: Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part IV), the Association reports a transaction in the amount of $661,500 involving William Abbott. The transaction is described as:

"William Abbott is a board member of the Organization, and he is also the President & CEO of Crown Media Holdings, Inc. The company pays the Organization [a] Hero Dog Awards broadcast rights fee" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part V).

According to the American Humane Association tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, the Association reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"American Humane's compensation policies include a performance-based component. The Organization's compensation committee reviews and makes recommendations to the board of directors who must approve the compensation of the President/CEO. The President/CEO reviews and approves the compensation for all other employees subject to the policy."

The Association reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments in the following amounts to four individuals in calendar year 2017 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II):

(1) Robin Ganzert, President & CEO: $150,000, with reported total compensation of $537,912;
(2) Amy McCullough, National Director, Rescue & Military: $10,000, with reported total compensation of $164,758;
(3) John Hubbard, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer: $30,000, with reported total compensation of $251,328; and
(4) Mark Stubis, Chief Communications Officer: $5,000, with reported total compensation of $186,170.

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