The Founder’s Circle honors individuals who have made a transformative leadership gift of $50,000 or more to support Mercy For Animals’ critical work.
As a member of The Founder’s Circle, you generously fund crucial MFA programs that impact the lives of countless farmed animals. You will also receive these benefits:
- Exclusive invitations to MFA events in your area
- A yearly call with our founder, Nathan Runkle
- An annual gift package showing our sincere appreciation for your support
- Our year-in-review publication highlighting your impact for animals worldwide
- A dedicated MFA staff member who is there for anything you need
- Exclusive monthly updates from our founder, Nathan Runkle
- Free subscription to our quarterly Compassionate Living magazine
About The Founder’s Circle
The Founder’s Circle recognizes individuals who have made transformative donations to help our founder, Nathan Runkle, fund the most critical areas of MFA’s work.
Nathan Runkle founded MFA in 1999 after a shocking event in his hometown in rural Ohio. A biology teacher at his high school, who was also a pig farmer, brought dead piglets to class for a dissection assignment. To the horror of many students, one piglet was still alive. A student who worked on the teacher’s farm grabbed the squealing piglet and slammed her headfirst against the floor in a failed attempt to kill her. The incident sent shockwaves through the community. A judge ruled that the student’s action was legal because it was “standard agricultural practice.”
This injustice weighed heavily on Nathan. Many in his community defended the student’s action—abuse that would be illegal and spark widespread outrage if the victim were a dog or cat. Yet this violence was inflicted on millions of pigs. Nathan knew he had to do everything possible to end this system.
Since its inception, MFA has conducted more than 60 investigations into factory farming worldwide. MFA is a global force for changing hearts and diets and winning corporate and legal victories on behalf of billions of cows, pigs, chickens, and other farmed animals. Our progress will impact more than 1.2 billion farmed animals each year.
In 2016, Animal Charity Evaluators named Mercy For Animals a “top charity for maximum effectiveness” for the fourth year in a row.
“Overall, we find MFA to be an exceptionally strong organization because of their demonstrated willingness to adjust their programming to seek maximum effectiveness and because of the range of programs they have undertaken with good results.”
MFA is named one of the "15 Top High-Impact Nonprofits" in the category of "animal welfare, rights, and protection" by Philanthropedia.
“Mercy For Animals has an immensely talented and dedicated crew of employees and attracts legions of volunteers. They are also fiscally responsible and make a great impact choosing campaigns that are not only effective, but cost-efficient.”
Mercy For Animals has been consistently named Best In America by the Independent Charities of America, a seal awarded to less than 1 percent of charities nationwide each year.
“The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to [charities] … that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.”
MFA was voted Favorite Non-Profit Organization in VegNews magazine’s 2016 Veggie Awards. More than 1.7 million people voted. This marks the third year in a row MFA has been honored.
“Mercy For Animals has done nothing but explode, fast-tracking a vision of animal protection’s promising future to the present.”
Mercy For Animals is recognized as a Gold Level Participant of the GuideStar Exchange for its deep commitment to transparency and accountability.
The Gold Level is GuideStar’s highest level and has been attained by less than 1 percent of U.S. nonprofits.
If you would like guidance in joining The Founder’s Circle, we are here to help. Eve-Marie Kuntzman, our major gifts associateKrista Hiddema, our managing director in Canada, will gladly walk you through the process.