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CN Advisory: Low Concern

amfAR

Making AIDS History.

four stars

91.05

120 Wall Street 13th Floor
New York, NY 10005
tel: (212) 806-1600   Web Site
EIN: 13-3163817

Board Leadership
Kenneth Cole
Chairman

CEO
Kevin Robert Frost
Chief Executive Officer

CN CN CN MODERATE CN CN CN HIGH

See Details About This CN Advisory

On November 2, 2017, The New York Times investigated the operations of amfAR, in an article titled, "Transactions Tied to Weinstein and AIDS Charity Are Under Investigation." For this reason, we have issued a Low Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the investigation, please see The New York Times article.


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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.05 four stars
  Financial 88.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.

With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $388 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.

Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.

With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $388 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.

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Financial

three stars

88.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
78.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.61
  Program Expenses Growth 15.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by amfAR on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by amfAR on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
amfAR (NY) 91.05 four stars
Black AIDS Institute (CA) 85.66 three stars
Desert AIDS Project (CA) 96.11 four stars
Treatment Action Group (NY) 92.22 four stars
San Francisco AIDS Foundation (CA) 91.36 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,546,419
   Federated Campaigns $267,404
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $33,932,932
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $13,063,451
Total Contributions $58,810,206
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $58,810,206
   Other Revenue $-9,948,008
TOTAL REVENUE $48,862,198
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $32,976,145
   Administrative Expenses $2,509,981
   Fundraising Expenses $6,191,182
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $41,677,308
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,184,890
   
Net Assets $61,639,180

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Research $20,212,802 60.8%
Treat Asia $5,274,103 15.9%
Education and Information $3,867,810 11.6%

Ratings History
amfAR has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-09 12/22/2017 91.05 four stars
-- 11/20/2017 --Low Concern Advisory

On November 2, 2017, The New York Times investigated the operations of amfAR, in an article titled, "Transactions Tied to Weinstein and AIDS Charity Are Under Investigation." For this reason, we have issued a Low Concern CN Advisory. For more information regarding the investigation, please see The New York Times article.

2015-09 11/01/2016 90.72 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 90.92 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 94.81 four stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 92.83 four stars
2012-09 11/01/2013 92.91 four stars
2011-09 09/01/2012 92.86 four stars
2010-09 11/01/2011 90.59 four stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 92.94 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 10/01/2010 89.67 three stars
2008-09 12/15/2009 92.74 four stars
2007-09 09/01/2008 88.56 three stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 71.16 two stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 73.52 two stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 67.56 one star
2003-09 08/01/2004 66.18 one star
2002-09 08/01/2003 75.77 two stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 86.64 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 13-3163817
Name in IRS Master File THE FOUNDATION FOR AIDS RESEARCH
NTEE Code H81
NTEE Classification AIDS Research
NTEE Type Medical Research
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012
  • September, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$550,683 1.32% Kevin Frost Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
amfAR (NY) 91.05 four stars
Elton John AIDS Foundation (NY) 96.46 four stars
Bryan's House (TX) 88.12 three stars
Desert AIDS Project (CA) 96.11 four stars
San Francisco AIDS Foundation (CA) 91.36 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

amfAR
120 Wall Street
13th Floor
New York, NY 10005
tel: (212) 806-1600
fax: (212) 806-1601
EIN: 13-3163817

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Board Leadership

Kenneth Cole
Chairman

CEO

Kevin Robert Frost
Chief Executive Officer

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