EIN 94-6187633

Born Free USA united with API

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Born Free USA United with API envisions a future where wild animals are no longer exploited by humans. The organization works towards this goal by promoting compassionate treatment and respect for wildlife living in captivity or in the wild. Born Free USA raises awareness on issues such as the dangers of keeping wild animals as pets, animal use in entertainment venues like zoos and theme parks, and the trade in wildlife and their parts.
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Born Free USA United with Animal Protection Institute
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Program areas at Born Free USA united with API

Born Free USA engaged with members of Congress and the Administration regarding legislation to protect wildlife and their habitats. Bills included, among others, the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act, The Captive Primate Safety Act, and the Mink Virus Act. The organization educated the public about federal legislation and proposed regulatory changes and encouraged them to advocate.
Born Free USA raised public awareness of the dangers and cruelty of keeping wild animals as pets; use in entertainment venues such as zoos and theme parks; the wildlife trade; and the trapping and fur industry. The organization used social media, mainstream media, and educational outreach materials to advance its charitable purposes. It maintains an interactive database of deadly and dangerous captive wild animal incidents to shed light on the magnitude of the issue of captive exotic animals, along with a database of trap-related injuries and deaths to make the public aware of the dangers of traps of wildlife, pets, and humans on public and private lands. It also addressed the supply and demand of fur for fashion by urging retailers and fashion houses to pledge to be fur free. Born Free USA worked to end cruelty to furbearing animals by advocating for policy changes related to the barbaric body-gripping traps and snares in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The organization worked to educate citizens about trophy hunting and the illegal wildlife trade. Born Free USA conducted a series of wildlife law enforcement trainings for judges, prosecutors and customs officers in ECOWAS member countries. These trainings enhanced the ability of the countries law enforcement officers to enforce CITES regulations and to combat wildlife crime. It led fact-finding missions in collaboration with ECOWAS governments to evaluate the impact of wildlife crime evaluate the impact of wildlife crime on biodiversity and develop a regional strategy to combat it.

Grants made by Born Free USA united with API

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Oklahoma Primate SanctuaryOperational Support$100,000

Who funds Born Free USA united with API

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Head and Heart Foundation TR 12319General Support$152,565
Givinga FoundationProgram Support$19,928
American Anti-Vivisection SocietyGeneral Care of Baboons and Other Monkeys + Veterinary Care Supplemental Grant$17,500
...and 17 more grants received

Personnel at Born Free USA united with API

Angela GrimesChief Executive Officer$132,692
Karen LauriaCommunications Director
Alice StroudAfrica Policy and Capacity Building Director
Melissa TomlinsonDirector of Development
Liz Tyson-Griffin, PhDPrograms Director
...and 11 more key personnel

Financials for Born Free USA united with API

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$3,146,794
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$12,911
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$42,715
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$48,254
Total revenues$3,250,674

Form 990s for Born Free USA united with API

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-09-07990View PDF
2021-122022-06-24990View PDF
2020-122021-05-20990View PDF
2019-122021-01-21990View PDF
2018-122019-07-23990View PDF
...and 11 more Form 990s

Organizations like Born Free USA united with API

Tennessee Wildlife FederationNashville, TN$5,500,893
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF)Silver Spring, MD$15,953,554
South Carolina Wildlife FederationColumbia, SC$1,292,153
Sea Turtle ConservancyGainesville, FL$4,862,088
Wildlands NetworkSalt Lake City, UT$3,109,537
Big Cat Rescue (BCR)Tampa, FL$2,353,641
Wildearth GuardiansSanta Fe, NM$4,661,072
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)New York, NY$13,001,566
Montana Wildlife FederationHelena, MT$919,570
Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF)Covington, GA$1,017,062
Data update history
April 10, 2024
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
January 1, 2024
Received grants
Identified 8 new grant, including a grant for $19,928 from Givinga Foundation
October 27, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
October 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 9 new grant, including a grant for $152,565 from Head and Heart Foundation TR 12319
October 23, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
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General information
8737 Colesville Rd Ste 715
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Montgomery County, MD
Website URL
(916) 447-3085
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D30: Wildlife Preservation, Protection
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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