Non-profit

Nancis Animal Rights Foundation

Location:

FT LAUDERDALE, FL

Tax ID:

65-1174489

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)-PF

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $696,897
Expenses: $3,095,925
Assets: $26,380,354

Nanci’s Animal Rights Foundation is a private foundation established in 2003 by Nanci Alexander, an animal liberation funder and the ex-wife of former Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. [1] The foundation funds the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida and other more controversial animal liberation and vegan advocacy organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Alexander is one of PETA’s top financial supporters; as such, when PETA opened a Washington, D.C. office in 2010, it was named “The Nanci Alexander Center for Animal Rights.” PETA’s founder and president, Ingrid Newkirk, has described Alexander as  “an animal rights activist’s activist.” [2]

In line with her animal-liberation activism, Nanci Alexander was the founder the all-vegan Sublime restaurant in Fort Lauderdale which closed suddenly in 2018. [3]

People

Nanci Alexander was married to Leslie Alexander, a billionaire and former owner of the Houston Rockets, for more than 30 years. Leslie Alexander is a vegetarian and animal rights advocate who formerly served on the board of Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). [4]

The Alexanders divorced in 2003, and Nanci Alexander received a $150 million settlement. [5] That same year, Nanci’s Animal Rights Foundation was established,[6] and Nanci Alexander opened Sublime, an all-vegan restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, that would close suddenly in 2018. [7]

Alexander founded the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (AARF) in 1989, an activist group based in Fort Lauderdale, which claims to promote “respect and compassion for animals in Florida.” AARF focuses its efforts on campaigns to eliminate many common farming and hunting practices, as well as other commercial uses of animals in entertainment and scientific research. AARF also strongly promotes veganism and distributes pro-vegan literature. [8]

Grantmaking

Nanci’s Animal Rights Foundation has been a major donor to two controversial animal rights organizations, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). [9]

In the Foundation’s first year, it donated $10 million to PCRM and $5 million to PETA;[10] it has continued to donate vigorously to each, with a total of nearly $55 million to PCRM and nearly $47 million to PETA, according to the Foundation’s tax returns. [11] Nanci’s Animal Rights Foundation has donated so much money to PETA that PETA named its Washington, D.C. office “The Nanci Alexander Center for Animal Rights.” [12]

The Foundation also funds Alexander’s organization, the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, totaling nearly $300,000 since 2014. [13]

References

  1. “Meet the Animal Rights Movement’s Rich Aunt.” Center for Consumer Freedom, October 22, 2009. https://www.consumerfreedom.com/2009/10/4018-meet-the-animal-rights-movements-rich-aunt/. ^
  2. Scherer, Logan. “The Nanci Alexander Center for Animal Rights.” PETA, March 3, 2015. Accessed April 20, 2020. https://www.peta.org/blog/nanci-alexander-center-animal-rights/. ^
  3. Mayo, Michael. “Restaurant closings: Sublime in Fort Lauderdale shutters suddenly, 32 East in Delray Beach goes out like a champ.” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, May 17, 2018. Accessed April 20, 2020. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/sf-restaurant-closings-sublime-fort-lauderdale-32-east-delray-20180517-story.html. ^
  4. “Leslie Alexander.” Activist Facts, 2020. Accessed April 20, 2020. https://www.activistfacts.com/person/3580-leslie-alexander/. ^
  5. “Rockets owner’s 2003 divorce ordered unsealed.” The Houston Chronicle, September 29, 2006. Accessed April 20, 2020. https://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Rockets-owner-s-2003-divorce-ordered-unsealed-1854822.php. ^
  6. “Nancis Animal Rights Foundation Inc.” Guidestar. Accessed April 20, 2020. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/65-1174489. ^
  7. Mayo, Michael. “Restaurant closings: Sublime in Fort Lauderdale shutters suddenly, 32 East in Delray Beach goes out like a champ.” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, May 17, 2018. Accessed April 20, 2020. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/sf-restaurant-closings-sublime-fort-lauderdale-32-east-delray-20180517-story.html. ^
  8. “About.” Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. Accessed April 20, 2020. http://arff.org/about. ^
  9. Nancis Animal Rights Foundation Inc, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2004, Part XV, Line 3a. ^
  10. Nancis Animal Rights Foundation Inc, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2004, Part XV, Line 3a. ^
  11. Nancis Animal Rights Foundation Inc, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2004-2018, Part XV, Line 3a. ^
  12. Scherer, Logan. “The Nanci Alexander Center for Animal Rights.” PETA, March 3, 2015. Accessed April 20, 2020. https://www.peta.org/blog/nanci-alexander-center-animal-rights/. ^
  13. Nancis Animal Rights Foundation Inc, Return of Private Foundation (Form 990-PF), 2014-2018, Part XV, Line 3a. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 2003

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 Jun Form PF $696,897 $3,095,925 $26,380,354 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2015 Jun Form PF $1,198,185 $3,201,366 $28,636,441 $5,123 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Jun Form PF $940,994 $2,717,500 $31,618,427 $3,162 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Jun Form PF $770,345 $3,103,113 $31,927,396 $1,845 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Jun Form PF $824,813 $5,003,907 $32,464,154 $2,202 $0 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Nancis Animal Rights Foundation

    2831 N OCEAN BLVD APT 1101N
    FT LAUDERDALE, FL 33308-7581