Like all nonprofit organizations, we need donations to survive. However, it is important that we separate our donation sources from our policy decisions. To this end, we enforce a donation conflict of interest policy that restricts which donations we may accept from potential donors.
We are currently in the process of conducting our first round of organization evaluations as Animal Charity Evaluators. While the details of our evaluations of particular organizations will remain confidential until we are ready to publish our recommendations, we’re going to share reports of our process as we progress through the different evaluation stages. Right now, we’re putting the final touches on the shallow review process. Here’s what we’ve done so far.
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ACE is proud to release our newest project: Survey Guidelines. We developed this in collaboration with the Humane Research Council, and our hope is that this resource will be a useful tool for all individuals and organizations seeking to measure their impact.
This spring, ACE will make its first round of recommendations under our new name. While we believe that our current recommended organizations are far more effective than the vast majority of organizations working on behalf of animals, we’re looking forward to using systematic research to investigate the fine differences between these groups and many others that share their focus on protecting farm animals. Additionally, the previous recommended organizations were chosen over a year ago, so the time is right for an update based on new evidence.
We started a study last fall to investigate whether the reported effects of leafleting to spread concern for animals and encourage vegetarianism or veganism would hold up when compared to a relevant control group. We’ll be publishing our findings on that question very soon. In the meantime, we’ve learned a lot of other things from this process.
I’m proud to write our first blog post as Animal Charity Evaluators. Please explore our site to find exciting fresh content on being an effective advocate for animals.
As many of you know, we’ll be rebranding as Animal Charity Evaluators before the end of the year. Our new site featuring additional content will launch on December 27. We are writing to ask for your support to continue finding and promoting the best ways to help animals. To maintain operations through 2014 with our current budget, we need to raise about $60,000.
An article on Salon reported that scientists have recently shown that everyone hates environmentalists and feminists, that they do so because stereotypical activists are abrasive extremists, and that this stereotyping has prevented environmentalists and feminists from achieving their goals. These conclusions are simultaneously obvious and shocking. The reader is presumably aware of negative stereotypes of environmentalists, feminists, and activists in general, but do activists really hamper their own causes as the article claims? If so, the implications would be disturbing.
As we continue to grow and develop as an organization, it becomes more important to be transparent about our stance, mission, and goals. To that end we’ve published a new page that discusses these issues in more depth; please take a look and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.