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In Defense of Animals

CharityWatch report issued
February 2023

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

In Defense of Animals
1020 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Other Names

Hope Animal Sanctuary

Tax Status




Stated Mission

Dedicated to ending the exploitation and abuse of animals by raising the status of animals beyond that of mere property, and by defending their rights, welfare, and habitat.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 52%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $24

How many dollars In Defense of Animals spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

In Defense of Animals' rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
56% $20
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
In Defense of Animals Audited Financial Statements 68-0008936
In Defense of Animals IRS Form 990 68-0008936
Entity: In Defense of Animals
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 68-0008936
Entity: In Defense of Animals
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 68-0008936

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.
In Defense of Animals
meets governance benchmarks.
In Defense of Animals
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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Marilyn Kroplick, M.D. President/CEO $100,446
Name: Marilyn Kroplick, M.D.
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $100,446

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 In Defense of Animals (IDA) audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 11, Lease Commitments and Long-Term Agreements):

"IDA is contractually obligated under a long-term subscription agreement for database management software which requires a payment of $4,083 per month. IDA is also committed to long-term equipment leases which require payments totaling $639 per month..."

According to the In Defense of Animals (IDA) audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 15, Commitments and Contingencies, Pending or Threatened Litigation):

"In early 2021, IDA and its President were named as defendants in a complaint involving workplace discrimination. The matter was initially filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then migrated to the Marin County Superior Court. During June 2022...the parties settled the matter and entered into a confidential separation agreement and complete release of all claims."

According to the In Defense of Animals (IDA) audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 2 re: Investments):

"IDA...has estimated the fair value of its investments using available market information and other valuation methodologies. Accordingly, the estimates presented are not necessarily indicative of the amounts that IDA could realize in a current market exchange. The use of different assumptions and/or estimation methods may have a material effect on the estimated fair value amounts. The estimates are based on pertinent information available to management as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Economic conditions can vary significantly throughout the year impacting the carrying value of investments. Although management is not aware of any factors that would significantly affect the estimated fair value amounts, current estimates of fair value may differ significantly from the statements presented, especially in light of the impact on financial markets as a result of COVID-19."

According to the In Defense of Animals (IDA) audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 16, COVID-19):

"Although the COVID-19 threat has abated, the worldwide threat continues to (a) impact financial markets, (b) threaten revenue streams, and (c) impact private enterprises with which IDA conducts business. Business continuity, including supply chains and consumer demand across a broad range of industries and countries, continues to present challenges. Management monitors and evaluates its options. These [audited] financial statements reflect certain economic ramifications which impacted the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020."

According to the In Defense of Animals (IDA) audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 17, Subsequent Events):

"...IDA has evaluated subsequent events through October 31, 2022, the date the [audited] financial statements were available to be issued. ...IDA sold the two buildings it owned to the Marin Transit Authority in August 2022 for a total sales price of $3,500,000. This transaction will be reflected in IDA's financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2022. As disclosed in Note 15 [cited in part, separately above], IDA entered into a confidential separation agreement and complete release of all claims during June 2022 related to the previously filed workplace complaint..."

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