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The Founder's Circle

The Founder’s Circle honors individuals who have made a transformative leadership gift of $50,000 or more to support Mercy For Animals’ critical work.


As a member of The Founder’s Circle, you generously fund crucial MFA programs that impact the lives of countless farmed animals. You will also receive these benefits:

  • Exclusive invitations to MFA events in your area
  • A yearly call with our president, Leah Garcés
  • An annual gift package showing our sincere appreciation for your support
  • Our year-in-review publication highlighting your impact for animals worldwide
  • A dedicated MFA staff member who is there for anything you need
  • Exclusive monthly updates from our president, Leah Garcés
  • Free subscription to our quarterly Compassionate Living magazine

About The Founder’s Circle

The Founder’s Circle recognizes individuals who have made transformative donations to help our founder, Nathan Runkle (Milo), fund the most critical areas of MFA’s work.

Milo founded MFA in 1999 after a shocking event in his hometown in rural Ohio. A biology teacher at his high school, who was also a pig farmer, brought dead piglets to class for a dissection assignment. To the horror of many students, one piglet was still alive. A student who worked on the teacher’s farm grabbed the squealing piglet and slammed her headfirst against the floor in a failed attempt to kill her. The incident sent shockwaves through the community. A judge ruled that the student’s action was legal because it was “standard agricultural practice.”

This injustice weighed heavily on Milo. Many in his community defended the student’s action—abuse that would be illegal and spark widespread outrage if the victim were a dog or cat. Yet this violence was inflicted on millions of pigs. Milo knew he had to do everything possible to end this system.

Since its inception, MFA has conducted more than 60 investigations into factory farming worldwide. MFA is a global force for changing hearts and diets and winning corporate and legal victories on behalf of billions of cows, pigs, chickens, and other farmed animals.

  • 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 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.


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