Why ACA?

Our vision is a world where every animal is cared for and valued.

Public Accountability

ACA partners with national nonprofits that can meet or exceed a standard of excellence for public accountability. Each charity that partners with ACA submits its program and financial documents for annual review and certification.

A Proven Performer

Since 1994, Animal Charities of America has helped national animal nonprofits expand their reach and engage with individuals like you.

The donations given to ACA have been used to shut down puppy mills, train guide dogs, pass laws restricting animal abuse, fund anti-poaching programs, rehabilitate wounded wildlife, support animal sanctuaries, provides low cost spay-neuter services. rescue and re-home pets after natural disasters, and so much more.

Serving Large and Small Nonprofits

Although all our nonprofit partners must have programs or services in at least 15 states or work internationally, many of our partners are not household names. We are proud to work with nonprofits of  any size and aim to provide a place where individuals can learn about the good work of lesser known organizations. 

Our Financials

Animal Charities of America is committed to meeting the highest standards of public accountability and fiscal responsibility.

our Leadership

ACA is governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors who generously give their time and talent.

Sue Murphy Schley


Sue worked for American Humane Association for 27 years and held responsibilities including policy setting, budget approval and general oversight of the Association.  Sue has proudly served on the Board of Animal Charities America since 1996.



Tim is a part of the legacy gifts team with the PETA Foundation, and works with PETA members who want to support the work of PETA through their wills and other estate plans. Tim joined the board of Animal Charities of America in 2002. At home, he shares his life with three rescued cats, Romeo, Paris and Tofu, who he says, “bring so much character and reason to the world”. 




Joan spent a career working in animal welfare, ending with the position of Director of Programs for the Animal Assistance Foundation. She remains active in her community by serving on several boards, volunteering, and serving at her church. The ACA board has benefited from Joan’s networking and management skills since her election in 2013.

Jenny Pike



Jenny worked at Animal Welfare Institute as the Membership Coordinator for 8 years. She is also an interior decorator. She is passionate about animal protection issues and has a particular affinity for the protection of wild horses, trumpeter swan, and elephants. She has served on the board of Animal Charities of America since 1998.

Donna Laconti and her dog Twigs

Donna Laconti

(and TWIGS)


Donna served 21 years as the Donor Relations & Planned Giving Officer at NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. Since retiring, she has been working part time in marketing, helping to feed and exercise horses in a local riding stable, and embracing her new passion of riding her electric bike over hill and dale. Donna has served on the ACA board for 25 years and still finds it rewarding.