Transparency & Accountability

Transparency and accountability are crucial components for us to demonstrate our commitment to honest and responsible philanthropy. We believe our donors have a right to know how their money is spent. Rest assured, your donations go directly toward saving and caring for animals in need. Come visit our Halfway Home Kennel in West Los Angeles and St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary in Canyon Country to see in person what we accomplish with your support. If you have questions on charitable giving, you are always welcome to contact us directly.

Organizational Information

Effectiveness

Together, we make a difference. Since 1993, the Lange Foundation has rescued over 20,000 animals from city and county shelters that would have been otherwise euthanized. We began with our Halfway Home Kennel in West Los Angeles and in 2007, expanded our rescue work to include the overcrowded, underfunded desert shelters. We did this by purchasing a 4.5 acre property in Canyon Country in the Santa Clarita Valley which you know as St. Bonnie’s Sanctuary. At full capacity, we are able to house and care for 150 cats, 75 dogs, and 12 horses. We are committed to finding quality homes for our pets and continuing our mission of rescuing those animals who need us most.

Policies

Conflict of Interest Policy

Any transaction or vote involving a potential conflict of interest shall be approved only when a majority of disinterested directors determine that it is in the best interest of the corporation to do so. The minutes of meetings at which said votes are taken shall record such disclosure, abstention and rationales for approval. Whenever a director or officer has a financial or personal interest in any matter coming before the board of directors, the affected person shall:

  • Fully disclose the nature of the interest.
  • Withdraw from discussion, lobbying, and voting the matter
Whistleblower Policy

Lange Foundation requires Officer, Directors, Employees and Volunteers to observe high standards of business and personal ethics on the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. We must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

If an officer, Director, Employee or Volunteer reasonably believes that some policy, practice or activity of Lange Foundation is in violation of laws or regulation; a written complaint may be filed with the President. The person who files the written complaint alleging an unlawful activity, policy or practice will be protected from retaliation if the complaint provides sufficient opportunity to investigate and correct the alleged unlawful activity. Anyone filing a written complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation must be acting in good faith.

Lange Foundation will not retaliate against an Officer, Director, Employee or Volunteer who has made a protest or raised a complaint regarding some practice of Lange Foundation, or of another individual, or entity with whom Lange Foundation has a business relationship on the basis of a reasonable belief that the practice is in violation of law or a clear mandate of public policy.

The written report of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.

Record Retention & Destruction Policy

This policy covers document retention and destruction and provides standards for document integrity including guidelines for handling electronic files, backup procedures, document archiving and internal controls to determine the system reliability.

Document Management Policy

Document Retention Storage
Animal Adoption Agreement 10 Years 3
Animal Adoption Application 10 Years 3
Accounts receivable 10 Years 1
Audit Reports (Accountant) permanently 1
Bank Statements 10 years 1
Capital stock/bond records permanently 1
Cash Books 10 years 2
Checks (cancelled, except below) permanently 1
(cancelled, including but not limited to: taxes, property purchases, contracts)
Correspondence General 3 years 1
Correspondence (legal, important) permanently 1
Depreciation Schedules 10 years 1
Donations(endowment/restricted) permanently 1
Donations receipts (money) 10 years 1
Note: Donation records include: written agreements, or email communications or notes of oral discussions between Lange Foundation and the donor where representations were made with regard to the contribution on which the donor may have relied in making the gift.
Donation Receipts,goods 10 years 1
Duplicate deposit slips 10 years 1
Employee personal records 7 years 2
Employment Applications 3 years 2
Expense analyses/distribution schedules 10 years 1
Financial statement (end of the year) permanently 1
Insurance Policies (expired) permanently 1
Insurance records permanently 1
Internal Reports 3 years 1
Inventories 10 years 2
Invoices from vendors 10 years 1
Minute Books, By Laws Art of Inc. permanently 1
Payroll records 10 years 2
Tax Returns permanently 1
(Including worksheets, reports, other documents)
Time Sheets 10 years 1
Volunteer Records 3 years volunteer coordinator

Independent Charity Evaluators

Lange Foundation has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.