Animal related

National Anti-Vivisection Society

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.navs.org

Mission Statement

The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is dedicated to ending the exploitation of animals used in science.

NAVS promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational and advocacy programs based on respected ethical, scientific, and legal theory. Supported by extensive documentation of the cruelty and waste of vivisection, NAVS works to increase public awareness about animal experimentation, to promote positive solutions that advance humane science, to support the development of alternatives to the use of animals, and in cooperation with like-minded individuals and groups, to effect changes which help to end the unnecessary suffering of animals.

Main Programs

  1. PUBLIC EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
  2. STUDENT AND EDUCATOR OUTREACH
  3. SCIENCE INITIATIVES
  4. LEGAL AND LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES
  5. SANCTUARY FUND
  6. SPECIAL INITIATIVES AND COOPERATIVE EFFORTS
Service Areas

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National

NAVS programs are available and implemented across the United States.

ruling year

1934

Executive Director

Self-reported

Peggy Cunniff

Keywords

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vivisection, animal, research, testing,advocacy, science, education, alternatives, product testing, dissection

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EIN

36-2229588

 Number

1932530380

Also Known As

NAVS

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Other Services (D60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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NAVS promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational and advocacy programs based on respected ethical, scientific and legal theory. Supported by extensive documentation of the cruelty and waste of vivisection, our programs work to increase public awareness about animals used in science, to promote positive solutions that advance humane science, to support the development of alternatives to the use of animals, and use the legal and legislative arenas to advocate for animals.

Our program activities have led to a decrease in animals used in experimentation, an increase in public awareness of animal experimentation, increased funding toward scientifically-sound alternatives to animal research, and increased legal protections for animals in research facilities as well as in our homes.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

PUBLIC EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

NAVS’ Public Education and Awareness program aims to further the public knowledge about animal experimentation and about positive solutions that advance humane science, while enhancing NAVS’ role as a national leader in supporting the development of alternatives to the use of animals.

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$1,210,474.00

Program 2

STUDENT AND EDUCATOR OUTREACH

NAVS’ Student and Educator Outreach ensures that educators are made aware of dissection student choice laws, that teachers and students have access to dissection alternatives, and that students are not punished for requesting dissection alternatives. Our outreach also works to change student attitudes toward dissection while encouraging science fairs to reward projects that do not rely upon animal experimentation.

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

70104.00

Program 3

SCIENCE INITIATIVES

NAVS’ Science Initiatives shed light on the inadequacies of animal models; support scientific endeavors that develop, validate and implement alternatives to animals in research and education; and work to ensure that validated alternatives are accepted by U.S. regulatory agencies.

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

231300.00

Program 4

LEGAL AND LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

NAVS’ Legal and Legislative Initiatives advance positive advocacy for animals while reinforcing NAVS’ position as the premier resource for information on current animal law and legislation.

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

256868.00

Program 5

SANCTUARY FUND

The NAVS Sanctuary Fund provides emergency funding for sanctuaries across the U.S. that provide safe, permanent homes for animals “retired” from research laboratories, as well as for animals impacted by natural and man-made disasters. To date, NAVS has awarded more than 300 Sanctuary Fund grants totaling nearly $1.3 million.

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

110000.00

Program 6

SPECIAL INITIATIVES AND COOPERATIVE EFFORTS

NAVS is committed to supporting a variety of special initiatives, both within our organization and in cooperation with other animal advocacy groups whose purpose reflects the mission of NAVS. These efforts help save animal lives today while paving the way for long-term and positive change for animals.

Category

Animal-Related, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

201066.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    NAVS’ ultimate goal is the elimination of animal use in product testing, education and research by advancing science without harming animals.

    By identifying the cruelty and waste of vivisection, and by serving as a credible resource and provider of effective programs that advance humane science, we will educate and motivate the general public to work actively to change the way science is conducted. We will be the premier source for accurate and timely science-based information about animal experimentation and its viable alternatives, a resource for compelling and respected ethical arguments against the exploitation of sentient animals, and a respected guide to using the legal system to promote justice for animals.

    As a non-profit dedicated to public awareness and community education, the results of our efforts will manifest themselves both immediately and over time, given the nature of societal change. For this reason, program impact is measured and evaluated on both a short-term (month-to-month) and long-term (year-to-year) basis, as outlined in our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.
    More information can be found in the NAVS Annual Report: http://www.navs.org/about/financial-information
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    NAVS has developed a wide range of educational programs that present compelling evidence that using animals as models to benefit humans in the laboratory and classroom is both scientifically flawed and morally unacceptable.

    Our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan focuses on four key program areas:

    Our PUBLIC EDUCATION AND AWARENESS PROGRAM aims to further public knowledge about animal experimentation and about positive solutions that advance humane science, while enhancing NAVS’ role as a national leader in supporting the development of alternatives to the use of animals. More than 16,000 people visit the NAVS website each month, more than 60,000 receive our print newsletter, and more than 12,000 receive our general interest email alerts.

    Our STUDENT AND EDUCATOR OUTREACH ensures that educators are made aware of dissection student choice laws, that teachers and students have access to dissection alternatives, and that students are not punished for requesting dissection alternatives. Our outreach also works to change student attitudes toward dissection while encouraging science fairs to reward projects that do not rely upon animal experimentation. Nearly 1,000 people per month visit the Animals in Education section of our website, which includes NAVS Biology Education Advancement Program (BioLEAP), a comprehensive resource for students and teachers interested in biology education that does not harm animals.

    Our SCIENCE INITIATIVES shed light on the inadequacies of animal models; support scientific endeavors that develop, validate and implement alternatives to animals in research and education; and work to ensure that validated alternatives are accepted by U.S. regulatory agencies. Through the International Foundation for Ethical Research, which is funded by NAVS, grants are awarded to researchers who are developing alternatives to the use of animals in science. More than 10,000 people visit our Animals in Science section of our website each month, and nearly 2,000 receive our weekly “Science First” emails.

    Our LEGAL AND LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES advance positive advocacy for animals while reinforcing NAVS’ position as the premier resource for information on current animal law and legislation. Nearly 1,000 people visit the Legal/Legislative section of our website each month, and nearly 2,500 receive our weekly “Take Action Thursday” emails. The Animal Law Resource Center (www.animallaw.com), a program of NAVS, provides law students, practicing attorneys and animal advocates with a comprehensive, up-to-date clearinghouse for legislation and legal matters pertaining to animals and the law.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Since our founding in 1929, NAVS, inspired by a vision of a world filled with greater compassion, respect and justice for animals, has worked for—and has been able to achieve—steady progress in the struggle to end the cruelty and waste of animal use in research, product testing and education. As one of the few national organizations focused solely on ending the exploitation of animals used in science, NAVS has, over the past 85 years, built relationships with educators, scientists, attorneys and animal advocates across the country.

    Our Science Advisory Team, comprised of nationally-recognized leaders in the scientific community, bring with them decades of experience drawn from academia, government and the private sector. Their volunteer service to NAVS allows us to have a presence at national and international conferences, providing us with valuable insights into the latest developments in alternatives to animal use in science.

    In addition to advancements in science, NAVS realizes that a key element in the fight to end animal experimentation will be won in the legal arena. To this end, we employ an expert team of dedicated professionals with legal experience, and provide opportunities for law students to serve as legal interns.

    NAVS is fortunate to have active supporters—comprised of individuals, corporations and foundations—in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their passion for, and commitment to, our mission provides us with a strong, broad base of continued financial support which allows us to advance our shared goal of advancing better, more humane science.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    NAVS’ processes for measuring performance begin with its strategic plan, which is divided into critical success indicators and strategic objectives. Our key performance indicators are: increased participation numbers in all program areas, increased public awareness, and increased financial support from our constituents.

    NAVS uses several tools to benchmark these indicators, including quarterly reviews of program activities, feedback from our constituents, and using special metrics to evaluate the success and reach of our educational initiatives. NAVS also monitors changes in public opinion and public awareness. This is accomplished by identifying and analyzing new trends in the educational, legal and scientific communities that can further NAVS’ mission.

    Additionally, all NAVS constituents and grant beneficiaries are asked to complete annual evaluations to help ensure that our program offerings continue to meet their needs and expectations.

    Finally, the NAVS Board of Directors meets quarterly to review current initiatives, and annually to review organization achievements against the strategic plan's stated goals.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    NAVS has continued its proud tradition of animal advocacy for 85 years. Because of NAVS:

    • scientists around the world are receiving support in their efforts to replace the use of animals in product testing with better, more humane methods of research;
    • more consumers are now aware of the cruelty of using animals in product testing and are choosing to shop cruelty free;
    • student choice laws and policies, which guarantee the right of students to pursue a science education without harming an animal and without compromising their grade, are being passed in a growing number of states;
    • thousands of innovative educational materials have been loaned free of charge to students and educators who are seeking non-animal alternatives to dissection through the NAVS’ BioLEAP program;
    • more students are standing up for their right to object to dissection, with support and counseling from the experts at the NAVS Dissection Hotline;
    • talented high school students participating in international, national and regional science fairs are rewarded for outstanding projects that advance science without harming animals;
    • more than a million dollars has been invested in the NAVS-founded International Foundation for Ethical Research to support scientists in their efforts to develop, validate and implement alternative methods that replace the use of animals in research, education and product testing;
    • there is greater awareness and understanding of the inadequacies of animal models to predict what is safe and effective for humans as well as the potential of more human-relevant methods to address the health and safety needs of people while replacing the use of animals;
    • a growing list of published resources are available to law schools offering courses in animal law;
    • attorneys and law students are becoming better advocates for animals with help from the Animal Law Resource Center (www.AnimalLaw.com), which provides authoritative and timely information on laws and legislation pertaining to animals in the United States;
    • a coalition of animal advocates worked together to pass the CHIMP Act, which secured the retirement of chimpanzees to a federally funded sanctuary;
    • work continues to guarantee retirement for all chimpanzees who have been used in research, to implement the National Institutes of Health decision to end most invasive research on chimpanzees, and to support Chimp Haven, the national sanctuary for retired federal research chimpanzees as well as support for other primate sanctuaries; and
    • financial support is available quickly to sanctuaries and animal rescue organizations when emergency funding is needed as a result of natural and man-made disasters.

    Despite our successes, there is still much to be done. NAVS looks toward the day when no animals are harmed or killed in a misguided attempt to benefit humans.
Service Areas

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National

NAVS programs are available and implemented across the United States.

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Financials

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NATIONAL ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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National Anti-Vivisection Society

Leadership

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Executive Director

Peggy Cunniff

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kenneth Kandaras

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?