November 27, 2022

Leading Charity Evaluator Slaps Animal Rights Groups with Donor Advisory Warnings

Press Release from U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance:

(Columbus, OH) – Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, has stripped their rating of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups and replaced them with a “Donor Advisory” warning.

Charity Navigator rates organizations from one to four stars, with four being the highest rating possible. According to Charity Navigator, a “Donor Advisory” means that “serious concerns have been raised about this charity which prevents the issuance of a star rating.”

The move comes after Feld Entertainment, Inc., operator of the Ringling Brothers Circus, recovered $15.75 million in attorney fees from HSUS and their codefendants who include Born Free USA/Animal Protection Institute, Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as reported by USSA in early June.

Except for ASPCA, each of the codefendants also had their rating revoked.

Charity Navigator explains on their site that they take no position on the allegations made or issued by third parties. They follow that with “However, Charity Navigator has determined that the nature of this/these issue(s) warrants making this information available so that donors may determine for themselves whether such information is relevant to their decision whether to contribute to this organization.”

“I think the donor advisory issued for HSUS and the other groups by Charity Navigator speaks for itself,” said Nick Pinizzotto, USSA president and CEO. “Our focus is maintaining USSA Foundation as a first-class organization and our four star rating, which we know gives our supporters tremendous confidence in our work.”

While HSUS and others have fallen on the Charity Navigator scale, USSA Foundation recently earned the coveted four star rating from the organization.“Our supporters can be fully confident that we manage our organization with the utmost integrity, which includes how we utilize the precious funding they provide,” said Pinizzotto. “We will continue to make decisions based upon sound science and will not allow ourselves to fall into the pit of extremism and propaganda that others can’t seem to avoid.”


Charity Evaluator: RMEF Among Best in Fiscal Management

MISSOULA, Mont.–For the fifth straight year, America’s leading charity evaluator has given its highest marks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Only four percent of the organizations rated by Charity Navigator have achieved five consecutive years with a top 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Charity Navigator President and CEO Ken Berger wrote, “Only 4 percent of the charities we rate have received at least five consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator displays to the public that the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is worthy of their trust.”

Donors use such ratings to help them select fiscally efficient, open, ethical conservation organizations for philanthropic support. Charity Navigator estimates that its 2012 ratings influenced approximately $10 billion in charitable gifts. Data show RMEF spends only 7.7 percent on administrative costs and 2.3 percent on fundraising costs. Therefore, 90 cents of every dollar that RMEF spends go directly into its mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Details on the RMEF 4-star rating are at the URL below:

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