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Morris Animal Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
October 2020

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

Morris Animal Foundation
720 S. Colorado Blvd
Suite 174-A
Denver, CO 80246

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2019

Program Percentage: 72%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $16

How many dollars Morris Animal Foundation 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
Morris Animal Foundation IRS Form 990 84-6032307
Morris Animal Foundation Audited Financial Statements 84-6032307
Entity: Morris Animal Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 84-6032307
Entity: Morris Animal Foundation
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 84-6032307

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Morris Animal Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Morris Animal Foundation
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 John Reddington Past President/CEO $222,086
  Note: Includes $115,594 severance payment during calendar year ended 12/31/2018.
2 Tiffany Grunert President/CEO $220,444
3 Laurie Peterson VP of Development $156,364
Name: John Reddington
Title: Past President/CEO
Compensation: $222,086
Note: Includes $115,594 severance payment during calendar year ended 12/31/2018.
Name: Tiffany Grunert
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $220,444
Name: Laurie Peterson
Title: VP of Development
Compensation: $156,364

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 Morris Animal Foundation audit of June 30, 2019 (Note 1(l), Donated Services), the Foundation received donated professional services from "volunteer scientists who evaluate, select and monitor the animal health studies chosen to receive Foundation funding." The Foundation placed an "estimated value" of $1,264,592 on these donated services in fiscal 2019.

[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 Morris Animal Foundation audit of June 30, 2019 (Note 10, Commitments, Canine Lifetime Health Project):

"The Foundation launched the Canine Lifetime Health Project (CLHP) in 2011 to identify genetic, environmental and nutritional risk factors leading to the development of cancer and other health conditions in dogs. The project enrolls golden retrievers and follows them for up to 13 years. The Foundation expects to spend roughly $32 million on CLHP-related costs over the life of the project."

According to the Morris Animal Foundation tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019 re: the existence of a family or business relationship among officers, directors, trustees, or key employees (IRS Form 990, Part VI, Section A, line 2), the Foundation reports:

"Trustee Bette Morris is the mother of trustees David Morris and Cynthia Morris" (IRS Form 990, Schedule O).

David Morris is also reported as an officer, the "Vice Chair," of the Foundation's governing body. There are 17 individuals total, including the three Morris family members, reported on the governing body at fiscal year-end June 30, 2019 (IRS Form 990, Parts VI & VII).

According to the Morris Animal Foundation tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019, the Foundation reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4a):

"John Reddington received a severance payment from the organization in the amount of $115,594 during the calendar year ended December 31, 2018."

John Reddington is reported as former President & CEO, with total compensation of $222,086 in calendar year 2018 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).