Be Careful When Donating Money

You worked hard for your money, so it pays to know which organizations are spending your donations wisely.

Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, has stripped their rating of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups and replaced them with a "Donor Advisory" warning. Charity Navigator rates organizations from one to four stars, with four being the highest rating possible.

According to Charity Navigator, a Donor Advisory means that "serious concerns have been raised about this charity which prevents the issuance of a star rating." The move comes after Feld Entertainment, Inc., operator of the Ringling Brothers Circus, recovered $15.75 million in attorney fees from HSUS and their codefendants, who include Born Free USA/Animal Protection Institute, Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as reported by USSA in early June. Except for ASPCA, each of the codefendants also had their rating revoked.

"I think the donor advisory issued for HSUS and the other groups by Charity Navigator speaks for itself," said Nick Pinizzotto, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA) president and CEO. "Our focus is maintaining USSA Foundation as a first-class organization and our four star rating, which we know gives our supporters tremendous confidence in our work. We will continue to make decisions based upon sound science and will not allow ourselves to fall into the pit of extremism and propaganda that others can't seem to avoid."

We editors salute the USSA, which provides direct lobbying and grassroots coalition support to protect and advance the rights of hunters, trappers, anglers and scientific wildlife management professionals. The USSA stands strong on the front lines of battle when combating the attacks made on America's sportsmen by the HSUS and other anti-hunting and animal-rights extremists.