At The Starfish Pet Project, we strongly believe in being open and honest with our donors and adopters regarding how our money is received and exactly how that money is spent. Below are the links to our financial information, and our tax exempt certifications can be found here: 2004 and 2014. If, at any time, you have any questions concerning how our funds are expended or received, or you would like copies of our income tax filings, please feel free to contact us.
As an all-volunteer organization, we have very few administrative expenses and no salaries which need to be funded. Only a very small percentage of all expenses do not relate directly to the animals' needs. These expenses include such things as accountant's fees for tax filings, paper, postage, advertising, etc. These fees are always paid from the income generated from our adoptions or our volunteers pockets - never from publically donated funds. ALL donated funds are used only to pay direct animal need costs - primarily veterinary care, medications and food (although the food is often paid from our foster parents' pockets).
Since we work mostly with injured and ill animals which other local groups have passed by, our veterinary expenses are higher than most and, as you can see, comprise most of all our expenses (approximately 75%) - even with the wonderful discounts which our participating veterinarians and veterinary clinics give us.