MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Of twelve charities in Milwaukee with this distinction, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) achieved the highest numerical score – 96.34 points out of a possible 100. Of 124 charities in Wisconsin evaluated by Charity Navigator, only 34 have a four-star rating.
“It’s an honor to be in the company of so many wonderful four-star charities in Milwaukee,” said Anne Reed. “Our rating demonstrates to our supporters that our fiduciary and governance responsibilities are of the utmost importance to our board and staff members. We work tirelessly to create a more humane community for animals, of which our donors can be deeply proud to support.”
“Our staff work hard to honor each and every dollar we earn, and our incredible volunteers are major contributors in keeping our expenses down,” said Reed. “The dedication of our 1,400 volunteers is nothing short of astonishing; they work in every single department at all three campuses, doing everything from rescuing injured ducklings to administering medical treatments.”
About the Wisconsin Humane Society
The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest animal shelter in Wisconsin. It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Counties. The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the state’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The organization recently announced plans to open Milwaukee’s first high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in June 2015.
About Charity Navigator
Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its website for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.