In today’s right now society, we seldom take the time to research something ourselves, because it is too easy to just read what someone else has researched. This is true for religion and politics, for sure, but my argument is that it also rears its head in the financial and non-profit realm. Take for example, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Many of you will recall this company from its heart-wrenching commercials of beaten and sickly animals behind cage bars with the tune of Sara McLachlan’s “In the arms of an angel” in the background.
After one of my professors mentioned that this organization is not very well-respected in the non-profit realm, I decided to look into it myself. I found a couple of interesting websites on the topic
The link above one pretty much beats the HSUS up and down for its immoral financial practices. However, the one below somewhat redeems it by pointing out that Wayne Pacell, the CEO doesn’t make very much compared to CEOs of other big non-profits.
But after reading these, I still wasn’t really sure what to think, so I tried to find what the ratings would say about the HSUS. Charity Navigator, an organization devoted to being “your guide to intelligent giving” gave the HSUS 3 out of 4 stars. They actually only spend 3.7% on administrative expenses. (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3848) So I guess they really aren’t as bad as they seem and they are helping animals.