EIN 94-2681680

Animal Legal Defense Fund

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Nationwide to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes; supporting tough animal protection legislation; and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law. [cont. Sch...
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Program areas at Animal Legal Defense Fund

Litigation programthe litigation program files cutting-edge lawsuits to end the abuse of animals, including companion animals, wildlife, and those abused in industries like factory farming, laboratories, and the entertainment industry. Our litigation efforts expand the protections of existing laws and focus on obtaining basic rights for animals with a strategy of securing strong and lasting protections under the law. From filing as plaintiffs or representing other organizations and individuals, to filing formal complaints against government agencies, the litigation program makes a substantial impact on the lives of individual animals and expanding the entire field of Animal law.
Legislative affairs programthe Animal Legal Defense Fund's other Legal programs include legislative affairs. Efforts focus on working at state levels to advance legislation that would promote or protect the lives and interests of animals or to oppose legislation that would be detrimental to animals' well-being. The program works closely with the Animal Legal Defense Fund's other programs to identify opportunities to create model legislation that addresses strategic Legal issues in the areas of civil and criminal law, and monitor legislation that impacts animals at the federal, state, and local levels.
Criminal justice programthe Animal Legal Defense Fund's criminal justice program is staffed by attorneys, including former prosecutors, with expertise in Animal protection. Criminal justice program attorneys provide free Legal assistance and trainings to prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and judges to ensure that state criminal anti-cruelty statutes are vigorously enforced and that those convicted of Animal cruelty and neglect receive appropriate sentences. They work with state legislators to enact felony anti-cruelty statutes in states that do not yet have them and to upgrade existing laws in states that do. The criminal justice program also maintains a nationwide database of Animal cruelty cases and current and model Animal protection laws available to prosecutors, legislators, and researchers.

Grants made by Animal Legal Defense Fund

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Lewis and Clark CollegeAnimal Protection$330,000
Born Free USA united with APIAnimal Protection$115,000
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges FundAnimal Protection$75,000
...and 4 more grants made

Who funds Animal Legal Defense Fund

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Carroll Petrie FoundationCriminal Justice and Litigation Programs$500,000
Greater Kansas City Community FoundationAnimal-Related$495,100
Santa Barbara FoundationEnvironment and Animals$425,050
...and 84 more grants received totalling $3,078,540

Personnel at Animal Legal Defense Fund

Janiec GutierrezChief Operations Officer$154,377
Mark WaldenChief Programs Officer$143,846
Stephen WellsExecutive Director$209,788
Elizabeth PutscheCommunications Director$113,365
Kristin Lauhn-JensenDevelopment Director$111,337
...and 7 more key personnel

Financials for Animal Legal Defense Fund

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$13,374,139
Program services$159,654
Investment income and dividends$167,446
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$124,244
Net income from fundraising events$-9,279
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$383
Miscellaneous revenues$96,921
Total revenues$13,913,508

Form 990s for Animal Legal Defense Fund

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-02-22990View PDF
2018-122019-10-28990View PDF
2017-122018-10-16990View PDF
2016-122018-10-16990View PDF
2016-122017-10-13990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
September 11, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 13 new grant, including a grant for $125,000 from The Shared Earth Foundation
September 30, 2021
Received grants
Identified 28 new grant, including a grant for $500,000 from Carroll Petrie Foundation
August 22, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
April 4, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsCrime and legal aid organizationsLegal service nonprofitsCharities
AnimalsHuman servicesCrime and lawLegal services
Political advocacyLobbyingFundraising eventsOperates internationallyNational levelCommunity engagement / volunteeringProvides scholarshipsTax deductible donations
General information
525 East Cotati Ave
Cotati, CA 94931
Metro area
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
Sonoma County, CA
Website URL
(707) 795-2533
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
I80: Legal Services
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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