A Charity You Can Trust
OHS relies 100% on private donations and value every dollar donated:
• We’re proud to report that for four years in a row, we’ve received the highest possible rating for financial management from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading charity watchdog group (see complete details below).
• OHS meets the Better Business Bureau's Twenty Standards of Charitable Accountability, which assures donors of the highest level of financial stewardship for their gifts.
• We keep administrative and fundraising costs to a minimum, devoting 86 cents of every dollar to programs helping animals: one of the highest percentages of any animal shelter.
• OHS operates independently of any national animal organization (such as the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA). We receive no tax dollars or percentage of donations given to national animal organizations. When you give to OHS, your dollars stay here to help pets in our region.
To learn more about the work made possible by your donation, see our Annual Report (PDF).
OHS Ranked as Top National Charity
Dec. 2, 2011: A new study designed to help charitable givers choose the best nonprofits ranks the Oregon Humane Society among the nation’s best. The annual review by Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity watchdog, awarded OHS a 4-star ranking, the highest possible.
The watchdog group recently enacted its most in-depth standards to date: standards that resulted in 40% of last year’s 4-star charities being downgraded to a lower level. But for OHS, the new standards resulted in OHS being award a 4-star ranking for the fourth consecutive year.
Charity Navigator’s new standards evaluate, for the first time, whether a charity uses “best practices” to minimize unethical behavior and to freely share information with donors and stakeholders. The standards also evaluate a nonprofit’s financial health and are intended to help donors identify which charities are making effective use of donor dollars.
“In these difficult economic times, we’re thrilled to give donors more information to help them determine which charities they support are efficient and accountable,” said Ken Berger, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. The group reviews about 5,500 charities annually, with about 22 percent getting a 4-star ranking.