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Mercy For Animals

CharityWatch report issued
March 2023

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

Mercy For Animals
8033 Sunset Blvd
Suite 864
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To end industrial animal agriculture by constructing a just and sustainable food system.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 71%

The percentage of Mercy For Animals'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 Mercy For Animals 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
Mercy For Animals IRS Form 990 54-2076145
Mercy For Animals Audited Financial Statements 54-2076145
Entity: Mercy For Animals
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 54-2076145
Entity: Mercy For Animals
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 54-2076145

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Mercy For Animals
meets governance benchmarks.
Mercy For 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 Leah Garces President $144,195
2 Kelcey Meadows-Lucas Senior Philanthropy Officer $138,765
3 Susan Lane Senior VP of Philanthropy $134,108
Name: Leah Garces
Title: President
Compensation: $144,195
Name: Kelcey Meadows-Lucas
Title: Senior Philanthropy Officer
Compensation: $138,765
Name: Susan Lane
Title: Senior VP of Philanthropy
Compensation: $134,108

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 Mercy For Animals audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 1, Organization and Nature of Activities):

"In order to spread the Organization's mission domestically and globally, the Organization assisted in the establishment of the affiliated nonprofit organizations in Canada, Brazil, Asia, Latin America and India. All affiliated organizations maintain separate Boards of Directors; however, some Board membership and senior management are common to some of the affiliates. All affiliates operate as separate and independent entities to undertake activities that may or may not be consistent with all requirements of the Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code governing certain tax-exempt entities. While the Organization made grants to the affiliates totaling $2,336,424 in 2021, the Organization does not enjoy the rights of ownership of the assets and revenues of the affiliates, nor is it subject to their liabilities. The Organization does not hold a majority interest ownership interest in its affiliates nor does the Organization have control of a majority of the Board appointments of the affiliated group. Accordingly, the [audited] financial statements of the affiliates have not been consolidated with those of the Organization."

[Note: The $2,336,424 in grants made to the affiliates, noted above, represents approximately 25% of Mercy For Animals' total cash spending on program services in 2021.]

According to the Mercy For Animals (MFA) audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 2 re: In-Kind Contributions), MFA reports receiving in-kind contributions in 2021 on which it placed a total value of $137,670, of which $113,379 consisted of donated legal services.

[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 Mercy For Animals audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 12, Paycheck Protection Program):

"On April 6, 2020, the Organization secured a loan from a bank of approximately $875,000 through the U.S. Small Business Administration's paycheck protection program. The loan had an interest rate of 1% and was originally scheduled to mature on April 6, 2022. A portion or all of the loan may be forgiven in accordance with the provisions of the paycheck protection program."


"On July 12, 2021, the Organization was notified that the U.S. Small Business Administration had approved their forgiveness application. The loan forgiveness is recognized under forgiveness of PPP loan in the accompanying [audited] statement of activities."

According to the Mercy For Animals audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 8, Concentrations): "During the year ended December 31, 2021, 1 donor accounted for approximately 18% of contributions and grant revenues..."

According to the Mercy For Animals audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 13, COVID-19):

"The COVID-19 pandemic developed rapidly in 2020 and its effects were far reaching. Measures taken by the United States government to contain the virus and assist impacted businesses have affected economic activity and the Organization's operations. Equity markets have experienced significant volatility and while markets typically recover, there is significant uncertainty regarding the duration and breadth of business disruptions related to COVID-19, as well as its impact on the US and international economies. While it is reasonably possible that this matter will negatively impact the Organization, the financial impact cannot be reasonably determined at this time."