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Noah's Lost Ark

CharityWatch report issued
January 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

Noah's Lost Ark
8424 Bedell Rd.
Berlin Center, OH 44401

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To care for endangered & abused animals; to educate people of the escalating epidemic of neglected, abused & unwanted exotic animals; to provide safe havens for mistreated exotic animals and educational programs for the preservation & conservation of all animals.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 56%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $39

How many dollars Noah's Lost Ark 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
Noah's Lost Ark IRS Form 990 34-1934016
Noah's Lost Ark Audited Financial Statements 34-1934016
Entity: Noah's Lost Ark
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 34-1934016
Entity: Noah's Lost Ark
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 34-1934016

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.
Noah's Lost Ark
does not meet governance benchmarks.
Noah's Lost Ark
does not meet 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

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.

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 Noah's Lost Ark audit of December 31, 2021 (Note E, Related Party Transactions):

"The Organization rents property from one of the Organization's board members. The land and buildings on the property are used to house animals, to store equipment and supplies used in operations, and include a permanent residence for one of the board's directors. All maintenance, requires, taxes, etc. associated with the ownership of the land and buildings is paid by Noah's Lost Ark, Inc. Prior to 2021, this rent was on a year-to year basis without a formal lease.

"In January of 2015, a formal property lease agreement was signed between Noah's Lost Ark, Inc. and the director of the Organization. The initial term is five years with three renewal options. Basic rental is $18,000 per year, payable in monthly installments of $1,500. Rent expense, which includes some outside storage, for the years ending December 31, 2021 and 2020 was $18,000 and $18,946 respectively."

[Note: According to the Noah's Lost Ark 2021 tax filing, Ellen Karnofel, President, is the board member from which the organization rents the property noted above (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part IV).]

According to the Noah's Lost Ark 2021 tax filing, Noah's Lost Ark reports re: the existence of a family or business relationship among officers, directors, trustees, or key employees (IRS Form 990, Schedule O re: Part VI, line 2): "Two board members are aunt and niece."

Noah's Lost Ark reports having three board members in 2021, including Ellen Karnofel, President, and Kara Karnofel, Trustee. Ellen Karnofel is also reported as the only officer of the organization (IRS Form 990, Part VII, Section A).

According to the Noah's Lost Ark audit of December 31, 2021 (Note I, COVID 19 Pandemic):

"As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Organization was forced to discontinue some operations during 2021. The Organization was unable to open its doors to the public for viewing the animals, and therefore did not have any program service revenue during the year. The Organization was able to reopen to the general public beginning in May of 2021.

"The refundable advance in 2021 and 2020 consists of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds provided under the CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act to assist small businesses during [the] global pandemic. These funds are expected to be forgiven during the upcoming year, and are therefore recorded as a liability until such time as the forgiveness occurs, at which time they will be recognized as income."

[Note: The "Refundable Advance" reported under Current Liabilities on the Noah's Lost Ark audited Statement of Financial Position at December 31, 2021 is in the amount of $125,000.]

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