WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Humane Association, which for 137 years has been dedicated to the protection of the nation's children and animals, has been named a "Top-Rated Charity" by the American Institute of Philanthropy's CharityWatch, joining only a select few of the more than 600 charities monitored by the service. Groups included on the Top-Rated list generally spend 75 percent or more of their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support, do not hold excessive assets in reserve, and receive "open-book" status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents.
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one working to safeguard the welfare, wellness and well-being of both children and animals.
"We are honored to be named a Top-Rated Charity by this leading philanthropic information service," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association's president and CEO. "Today's knowledgeable donors are increasingly demanding innovation, efficiency, transparency and accountability to ensure that nonprofit organizations are not only delivering vital, lifesaving services but acting as good stewards of precious philanthropic dollars."
For 137 years, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in the protection of the nation's children and animals, from championing the child labor laws to saving the Bald Eagle, ensuring the welfare of some 1 billion farm animals to saving, aiding, and sheltering thousands of animals each year caught in the wake of disasters, researching ways to keep more animals in loving homes, protecting animal actors, and helping military families and children with cancer through innovations in animal-assisted therapy.
For more information about CharityWatch's methodology and to see the full list of "Top-Rated Charities," please visit http://www.charitywatch.org/toprated.html.
About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
SOURCE American Humane Association