Charity Navigator Issues “Donor Advisory” Against HSUS

In response to criticism of his organization, Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne “I don’t love animals” Pacelle has often pointed to his organization’s rating from Charity Navigator, a charity evaluator. HSUS had a four (out of four) star rating until earlier this year, when it dropped to three stars. Now, it’s a former rating.

As of last week Charity Navigator removed its rating of HSUS and replaced it with a “donor advisory.” The advisory notifies website visitors of the $15.75 million settlement of a racketeering and bribery lawsuit that HSUS was a part of last month. You can read more about that settlement here, but the lawsuit involved HSUS money allegedly paying a witness who lied to a federal court.

CharityNavigator donationThis is another major blow to HSUS. CharityWatch, a another charity evaluator, has given HSUS D and C-minus grades over the past several years for HSUS’s high spending on overhead. Charity Navigator is a weaker evaluator but has more reach than CharityWatch—and now Charity Navigator has come out against HSUS. It’d be nice if the BBB Wise Giving Alliance also joined the party, but given the Alliance’s fundamentally flawed accreditation system, we won’t hold our breath.

A common email signature among HSUS staff included a reference to the now-former Charity Navigator rating. It must have been an awkward moment sending the memo around.

Posted on 06/17/2014 at 11:20 am by Humane Watch Team.

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  • mewillie

    This is good news. Hope PETA takes a few well deserved “hits” as well. The tide is slowly starting to turn. Hope some of these “retail rescues” also get exposed.

  • Marcella Covault

    YES—repercussions well deserved by the societal parasite H$U$!

  • laurelladesborough

    I hope everyone spreads this information far and wide.

  • kmtominey44

    Great – wheels of justice grind slow but exceedingly fine.

  • Diane Lodico Vulcan

    what manipulators! preying on the good intentions of animal loving people. disgusting and shameful.

  • meghan august august

    Well my day went from bad to great. Oh happy day. You gotta read the comments on the H$U$ page on charity navigators by supporters of Hsus

  • Kit Carson

    The animal pimps are nothing but greedy selfish uncaring self appointed douche bags. Their whole plan is to get rich off the stupid, weak, gullible suckers that send in money.

  • Susan

    It is overdue for this animal rights group to be downgraded. They “partner” with everyone, meaning they take the credit while someone else does the work. It happened here in NJ after Superstorm Sandy. First, they criticized a CART set up, then, swooped in, took photos and left, taking all the credit for the good, done at the shelter. They did not send even one penny nor one volunteer to help the tired, understaffed group of volunteers who worked for weeks under the emergency conditions. Down with HSUS and their animal hating staff.

  • CaribbeanDrift

    Still can’t be as corrupt as the “other” charity — The Clinton Foundation.