American Anti-Vivisection Society
801 Old York Road Suite 204
Jenkintown PA 19046-1611
Contact Information
Address 801 Old York Road Suite 204
Jenkintown, PA 19046-1611
Telephone (215) 887-0816 x
Fax 215-887-2088
Web and Social Media
The mission of the American Anti-Vivisection Society is to unequivocally oppose and work to end experimentation on animals and to oppose all other forms of cruelty to animals.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1883
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sue A. Leary
Board Chair Ms. Sue A. Leary
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Mission The mission of the American Anti-Vivisection Society is to unequivocally oppose and work to end experimentation on animals and to oppose all other forms of cruelty to animals.
Background Founded in 1883, the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) is the first nonprofit animal advocacy and educational organization in the United States dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education. AAVS also opposes and works to end other forms of cruelty to animals. We work with students, grassroots groups, individuals, teachers, the media, other national organizations, government officials, members of the scientific community, and advocates in other countries to legally and effectively end the use of animals in science through education, advocacy, and the development of alternative methods to animal use.
All of AAVS’s programs make a difference in ending the use of animals in research, testing, and education:
  • Promoting scientific, non-animal alternative methods
  • Presenting humane science education techniques to educators
  • Pressuring companies and governments to end toxicity testing
  • Connecting compassionate consumers and cruelty-free companies
AAVS's education department, Animalearn, provides a host of resources for educators and students at no cost. Our programs are suitable for a variety of educational levels, including K-12, college/university, and veterinary/medical. We offer humane education curricula and educational kits that cover issues ranging from dissection to product testing. Educators and students can also choose from a large variety of books, brochures, videos, and more, many of which are available for free. Additionally, our Science Bank is home to the latest in high-tech, animal-friendly educational technology for the classroom.
AAVS also manages the Leaping Bunny Program (, which administers a cruelty-free standard for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products, providing the best assurance that no animal testing is used in any phase of product development by a company, its laboratories, or suppliers. Since 2007, AAVS has significantly increased the number of certified companies to 687.
AAVS's most significant need is funding for general operating costs.
We also are searching for new board members. To be considered, prospects must be a Life Member of the organization, and preferably reside within a reasonable proximity to AAVS (PA, DE, NJ, NY).
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas Served
Throughout the United States
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
State wide
West Haven
AAVS provides services throughout the United States.
Description AAVS' Outreach division educates the public about animal issues through our award winning quarterly publication AV Magazine and bimonthly newsletter Activate For Animals, both of which are sent to all members and provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on animal experiments and alternatives. Outreach staff also speak at conferences and place advertisements to reach a large audience, exposing what occurs behind laboratory doors. AAVS also provides grant support to sanctuaries that care for animals formerly used in laboratory research.
Population Served General Public/Unspecified / /
Description Animalearn is AAVS' education division and focuses on ending vivisection and dissection in the classroom from elementary through college levels. Animalearn operates The Science Bank, a dissection alternatives lending library, which provides alternatives to using animals, from basic dissection to psychology experiments. By participating in national teacher conferences, hosting workshops and in-service days and providing information to individuals who request assistance, Animalearn helps countless students, teachers, parents and other community members make their classrooms more humane.
Population Served General Public/Unspecified / /
Description AAVS is the chair of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) and consequently manages the CCIC's Leaping Bunny Program, which promotes the purchase and use of products not tested on animals.
Population Served General Public/Unspecified / /

Animals who have been used and abused in laboratories need and deserve loving care. As a leader in the movement to release animals from labs, and provide them with the life they deserve, AAVS has been making generous grants to sanctuaries since 1983, totaling well over $1 million. Those vital funds support animals who have never before had access to fresh air and the grass beneath their feet. They enjoy healthy, natural foods, stimulating environments, and, most importantly, the social companionship of their own kind. All this occurs under the watchful eyes of experienced caregivers who are also advocates for animal well-being.

Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Sue A. Leary
Term Start June 2009
Experience Sue A. Leary has served as President of the American Anti-Vivisection Society and its affiliate the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation since 1995, leading them through a modernization phase and re-dedicating the organizations to legal, effective advocacy, in order to achieve meaningful, lasting change for animals used in science. Sue’s areas of expertise are management of nonprofit organizations, animal experimentation and alternatives. Through a variety of volunteer and paid leadership positions, including establishment of the first animal rights organization in the Philadelphia area, her career has focused on coordination of programs and services; education and advocacy; administration and planning; and membership development. Dedicated to animal protection from a young age, Sue studied Biology, with a concentration in Animal Behavior, at Pennsylvania State University, receiving her B.S. in 1976.  She received her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from The New School in 2011. Sue’s other board appointments have included:  National Council for Animal Protection (past President), Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, Gray Panthers, and International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals. Ms. Leary also serves as Advisor to the Avian Welfare Coalition, and has served on the Planning Committees for the Spotlight on Ingredients alternatives forum,  and other alternatives conferences.  She continues to serve on the ALTWEB Project Team, based at the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Johns Hopkins University.
Number of Full Time Staff 10
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Outreach Director
Title Director of Education
Title Director of Development
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Board Chair
Ms. Sue A. Leary
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Apr 2016 to Apr 2019
Board of Directors
Mr. Douglas R. Barr Community Volunteer
Ms. Denise T. Cowie Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert Finn Community Volunteer
Mr. Frank Krafchik Community Volunteer
Mr. Joseph R. Ludwig Community Volunteer
Mr. Aaron J. McIntyre Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $2,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,000,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$14,777--$22,379
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,251,597--$1,141,333
Membership Dues----$217,183
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,425,844--$1,409,785
Administration Expense$287,974--$264,923
Fundraising Expense$226,879--$254,078
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.33--1.51
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%--73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue22%--17%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$24,266,733--$23,435,873
Current Assets$3,962,187--$2,509,446
Long-Term Liabilities$104,149--$110,518
Current Liabilities$1,417,678--$1,433,371
Total Net Assets$22,744,906--$21,891,984
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ----The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $8,318
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ----Janis & Alen Menken Foundation $1,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ----Fatta Foundation $500
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.79--1.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 801 Old York Road Suite 204
Jenkintown, PA 190461611
Primary Phone 215 887-0816
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sue A. Leary
Board Chair Ms. Sue A. Leary
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer


Related Information

Promote Civic Vitality

Greater New Haven’s vibrancy is linked to its communities’ support of its neighborhoods, public gardens and sports, as well as its commitment to the protection of its people and pets.