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Animal Welfare Institute

CharityWatch report issued
August 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

Animal Welfare Institute
900 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20003

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To alleviate the suffering of animals caused by people.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 91%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $1

How many dollars Animal Welfare Institute 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
Animal Welfare Institute IRS Form 990 13-5655952
Animal Welfare Institute Audited Financial Statements 13-5655952
Entity: Animal Welfare Institute
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-5655952
Entity: Animal Welfare Institute
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-5655952

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?
Animal Welfare Institute
meets governance benchmarks.
Animal Welfare Institute
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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Cathy Liss President $125,992
Name: Cathy Liss
Title: President
Compensation: $125,992

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 Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 5, Concentrations):

"AWI received approximately 23% of its total contributions from three contributors in 2018 and 45% of its total contributions from four contributors in 2017."

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