Your donations at work for animals

Helping the Most Animals

Mercy For Animals has been called one of the "best bang for your buck" organizations by VegNews magazine. Our programs spare millions of animals a year from a lifetime of misery. With our commitment to helping the largest number of suffering animals with the most effective and cost-efficient programs, you can rest assured that your donation to MFA will create major impact.

How Donations Are Spent

All donations directly support MFA’s mission. Below is a spending breakdown by program area.

  • Corporate Outreach
  • Education
  • Investigations
  • Legal
  • Administration
  • Development
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  • 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
    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
    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.

Meet the Board

Nathan Runkle


Nathan Runkle is the founder of Mercy For Animals. Raised on a farm in rural Ohio, Nathan has long had a deep connection with farmed animals. After a local farmed animal abuse case involving a piglet slammed headfirst into a concrete floor during an agricultural project at a nearby high school, Nathan founded MFA to give "food" animals a much-needed advocate in his local community.

Since founding MFA over a decade ago, Nathan has overseen the organization's growth into a leading national force in the prevention of cruelty to farmed animals and promotion of compassionate food choices and policies.

A nationally recognized speaker on animal advocacy, factory farming, and veganism, Nathan has presented at colleges, conferences, and many other forums from coast to coast.

Through his work with MFA, Nathan has been an outspoken advocate for animal rights, featured in hundreds of television, radio, and newspaper interviews, including on ABC's World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20, CNN, and National Public Radio, and in USA Today, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

Nathan has worked alongside elected officials, corporate executives, heads of international organizations, academics, farmers, celebrities, and film producers to pass landmark farmed animal protection legislation, raise public awareness about vegetarianism, and implement animal welfare policy changes.

VegNews magazine has recognized both MFA and Nathan for making substantial contributions to the vegetarian movement, naming Nathan one of the "25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians" and one of the country's "Top 20 Activists Under 30 Years Old," and twice naming MFA "Non-Profit of the Year." In 2009, at the age of 25, Nathan became the youngest person ever inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame.

Derek Coons


Derek Coons is a founding board member of MFA - working to oversee the organization's growth and success for over a decade. Derek serves as MFA's treasurer and works diligently at maximizing the organization’s efficiency through his expert guidance. A graduate of Miami University with a degree in computer science and systems analysis, Derek actively combines his passions for animals and technology. In 2007, Derek was the first person honored with MFA’s Hope Award for his dedication to defending farmed animals.

Jaime Surenkamp

Jaime Surenkamp graduated with honors from Longwood University in Virginia. She then moved to California and began a career in corporate sales. Her professional focus has been on the food and hospitality industries, and she has worked with leading businesses such as OpenTable, Daiya Foods, and HotSchedules. A longtime supporter of MFA, Jaime served as director of corporate outreach from 2013 to 2014. She is committed to creating a humane world by reducing animal suffering and ensuring fellow advocates are able to work in an inclusive, safe, and open environment.