ASPCA builds power board and budget

By Laurie Bennett

May 29, 2014 at 9:31am

Leaders of national nonprofits often are much more involved in fundraising than in the services their group provides.

So it’s hardly surprising that the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals board is dominated not by veterinarians or shelter managers, but by rich people with connections.

The interactive Muckety map above shows current and former directors of influence. The current board includes Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Jeff Pfeifle, former president of J. Crew; and Arriana Hohenlohe-Boardman, wife of hedge funder D. Dixon Boardman.

Among the former members: Mary Jo White, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees; and theater owner and producer James L. Nederlander.

As the New York Times reported last year, the board has experienced more than a little tumult.

Its budget, however, has risen steadily. Tax returns show that revenues and expenses have quadrupled over the past decade. In 2012, the most recent year for which returns are publicly available, the organization raised nearly $164 million and spent nearly $169 million.

It paid $1.8 million for fundraising and more than $60 million for salaries.

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  • #1.   Randy Janssen 05.30.2014

    The ASPCA is not your local volunteer animal shelter. The ASPCA has been hijacked by radical animal rights activist. It is an over one hundred fifty million dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute dogs and cats, but it spends less then 10% to feed and shelter cats and dogs. Real animal shelters complain that the ASPCA gets the money they need to feed and shelter cats and dogs. The ASPCA spends money on the vegan activist group Mercy and for advertisements to make more money. The ASPCA has been found guilty of racketeering in Florida. The ASPCA says it wants to protect horses, but it support show jumping, one of the most dangerous things you can do to those animals. THE ASPCA IS AGAINST RODEO AND WESTERN TRADITIONS. The ASPCA IS FOR A VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE AND AGAINST EATTING MEAT. The ASPCA wants to change our eating habits and standard of living by outlawing farming methods that are used on family farms. The ASPCA is bad for America so don’t applaud its lackeys. If you want to support something, think about giving to the child fund, St. Jude, the Wounded Warriors, or you local food bank. If you want to help animals, give money to you local animal shelter. Giving money to the ASPCA is giving money to a bloated bureaucracy that waste it on salaries and litigation. It claims to do good but if you really look at what it does, it only piggybacks on the work of local organizations.

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