The Hope Society was established to recognize individuals who have made a gift of $1,000 or more to support Mercy For Animals' crucial work on behalf of farmed animals.

Meet Hope

The society is named after Hope, a rescued egg-laying hen. MFA’s founder, Nathan Runkle, discovered Hope atop the bodies of dozens of dead hens in a rusted trash bin at an egg factory farm in Ohio. Barely breathing and in dire need of veterinary care, Hope was given a second chance at life when she was removed from the facility by Nathan, treated by a veterinarian, and placed in the nurturing care of a local farmed animal sanctuary.

Before her rescue, Hope's life was limited to the harsh, barren wire of her tiny cage, which she shared with five other hens. In such confinement, Hope was unable to even spread her wings or walk. MFA is dedicated to ending the abuse that billions of farmed animals like Hope endure every year. And we are able to do this work in part because of the generosity of Hope Society members.

  • Animal Charity Evaluations
    In 2015, Animal Charity Evaluators named MFA a “top charity for maximum effectiveness” for the third year in a row.

    “We find MFA to be an exceptional organization, and are happy to recommend them as one of our top charities. ... They show a willingness to change based on new evidence, and are continually refining their strategic approach in accordance with what seems most successful and cost-effective.”

  • Philanthropedia acknowledges MFA as one of the 5 most high-impact animal protection organizations in the U.S
    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.”

  • Independent Charities of America
    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.”

  • Mercy For Animals is the first organization ever to be named Nonprofit of the Year twice by VegNews magazine
    Mercy For Animals is the first organization ever to be named “Nonprofit of the Year” twice by VegNews magazine.

    “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
    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.


Artist Moby on the cover of MFA's Compassionate Living magazine


When you join The Hope Society, you can feel pride in knowing that you are making an investment in a kinder tomorrow for all beings. As a member of The Hope Society, you will receive:

  • A special member certificate and card
  • A subscription to our quarterly Compassionate Living magazine
  • Exclusive monthly donor updates
  • Personal invitations to upcoming private MFA events in your area


If you would like guidance in joining the Hope Society, we are here to help. Robin Moler, one of our philanthropy officersKrista Hiddema, our Managing Director in Canada, will gladly walk you through the process.