Confused by charity ratings?

IFAW receives top ratings from the Better Business Bureau and Independent Charities of America. We are a member of the GuideStar “Partners in Trust” program. We’re also rated by Great Nonprofits, where we have a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, and Charity Navigator, where we have a rating of 2 stars.

IFAW's 2-star rating on Charity Navigator derives from two measures: 4 stars on accountability and transparency, which is the highest rating, and 1 star for financial. 

For the financial rating, Charity Navigator only uses data collected from IRS Form 990 and assigns its ratings based upon financial ratios. This system works well for evaluating U.S. groups, but it’s not ideally suited to the complexities of an international non-profit like IFAW that protects animals around the globe by coordinating funds and activities from multiple country offices. On Charity Navigator, contributions from caring donors in other countries and IFAW expenditures to address the needs of animals on all continents are not considered.

Charity Navigator provides an important service to donors interested in U.S. charities, but it is unable to capture the entire picture of our international work and structure. Charity Navigator advises: “We do not recommend using our ratings as the only factor in deciding whether to support a particular organization.”

Therefore, to better understand IFAW’s international budget and effectiveness, please read our annual report, which provides a complete international budget and insight into how effective IFAW is in addressing the needs of animals in crisis.

And of course, if you still have questions, send us an email or call us on 1 (800) 932-4329. Call anytime. We’d love to hear from you and share more about IFAW.

And if you haven’t already, join us today and help save animals in crisis around the world.