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The Humane League

CharityWatch report issued
March 2024

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

The Humane League
PO Box 10476
Rockville, MD 20849

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To end the abuse of animals raised for food through institutional and individual change.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2022

Program Percentage: 75%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $13

How many dollars The Humane League 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
The Humane League IRS Form 990 04-3817491
The Humane League Audited Financial Statements 04-3817491
Entity: The Humane League
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 04-3817491
Entity: The Humane League
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 04-3817491

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?
The Humane League
meets governance benchmarks.
The Humane League
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
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Jennifer Barckley Sr. VP/Marketing & Comms $199,692
2 Michelle Strickland-Kucerak Sr. VP/Programs & Policy $190,656
3 Kalista Barter VP/Development $164,417
Name: Jennifer Barckley
Title: Sr. VP/Marketing & Comms
Compensation: $199,692
Name: Michelle Strickland-Kucerak
Title: Sr. VP/Programs & Policy
Compensation: $190,656
Name: Kalista Barter
Title: VP/Development
Compensation: $164,417

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 Humane League tax filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, the Foundation reports receiving donated services and use of facilities  in fiscal 2022 on which it placed a value of $35,553 (IRS Form 990, Schedule D).

[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 Humane League tax filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, the Foundation reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding Part I, Line 4a:

The Humane League reports that Rachel Huff-Wagenborg, Senior VP of Operations until June 2022, received a severance payment in the amount of $38,077.

According to The Humane League audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 7, Related Parties):

"The Humane League UK (THL-UK) and the Humane League Mexico (THL-MX), are international charity organizations incorporated under local regulations. These organizations are related to the Organization through common board members. There is no controlling financial interest between the organizations. During the year ended December 31, 2022, the Organization provided THL-UK and THL-MX grants in the amounts of $1,973,587 and $1,500,000, respectively."

According to The Humane League audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 6, Concentrations and Contingencies, Major Grantors):

"The Organization was owed approximately 53% from one donor, of the unconditional promise to give balance as of December 31, 2022, respectively. Management does not believe that its relationship with this donor will be discontinued in the foreseeable future." 

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