Mission: To formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of transparency, the free market, individual freedom, and limited constitutional government.

Foundation for Government Accountability Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2011, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://www.thefga.org/

  15275 COLLIER BLVD STE 201 # 279
Naples FL 34119-6750


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Foundation for Government Accountability Inc. is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


Learn about the Encompass Rating System: Overview | FAQ | Release Notes

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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Foundation for Government Accountability Inc. is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2018, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

92.76%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

5/6 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

17.11%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



TARREN BRAGDON, CEO

$328,145


KRISTINA RASMUSSEN, VP OF FEDERAL AFFAIRS

$268,252


JONATHAN BECHTLE, COO & GENERAL COUNSEL

$250,780


CHAD GOOTE, VP OF ADVANCEMENT

$242,679


ROBIN WALKER, DIRECTOR OF FEDERAL AFFAIRS

$196,622


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2018

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


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). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Foundation for Government Accountability Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Travel, in-person meetings, and planned events were cancelled.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We are grateful to our financial partners for their generous and steadfast support during COVID-19. Because of this, FGA did not experience a financial decline. We were also able to pivot and focus our efforts on recovery-based solutions at the height of the pandemic.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Similar to many organizations, our in-person efforts switched to video methods. We also created a menu of more than three dozen policy solutions to address the needs of those most affected by the COVID-19 situation. This resulted in a total of 72 policy wins in several states, where at least one of our solutions was enacted through executive order or legislative action.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Many of our staff work remotely, so we were well-positioned to continue our operations. We continue to analyze the current public policy needs to develop solutions that are timely and relevant.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Flexibility is key. We increased our ability to be nimble, make quick decisions, and offer public policy solutions that are relevant both to lawmakers and the American people. We continue to look for ways to be responsive and relevant.


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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Foundation for Government Accountability Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Additional Information

Unscored

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Foundation for Government Accountability Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$1,682,389

Spent in most recent FY

23%

Percent of program expenses


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$3,515,079

Spent in most recent FY

48%

Percent of program expenses


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$2,075,109

Spent in most recent FY

28%

Percent of program expenses


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Foundation for Government Accountability Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


To formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of transparency, the free market, individual freedom, and limited constitutional government.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Create opportunities to pursue the American Dream for every American.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Educate policymakers on workforce reforms to break down barriers to opportunity and expand ways for individuals to find meaningful work across a variety of industries.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Two: Develop policy solutions which foster prosperity through work, decrease dependency, and preserve limited resources for the truly needy.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Three: Create policy solutions to help Americans receive access to lower cost, higher quality health coverage and treatment.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Professional growth and leadership development is a key aspect of FGA's success. Employees are able to participate in professional development workshops, both internal and external. In the past 12-18 months, we have focused on equipping those in management positions as well.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

FGA leadership participates in coalition calls, presents at conferences, and collaborates with other nonprofit policy groups. Our team also publishes original research and raises awareness of our findings through our communications department. While we do not lobby for or against active legislation, FGA does educate our primary audience of state and federal policymakers on our public policy solutions. This includes providing our research and/or testifying about a policy issue when requested to do so.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


At the beginning of 2020, we had a plan in place based on a strong economy and low unemployment. At the early stages of the pandemic, we pivoted to change our menu of policy solutions. In the past year, we continue to adapt to the changing political and economic environment to remain relevant. This includes adding new policy solutions, hiring additional policy experts, and training our current policy experts in new areas.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Foundation for Government Accountability Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

Unscored

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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