Mission: Since 1990, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) has worked to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the ... (More)

International Women's Media Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1990, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://iwmf.org/

  1625 K Street NW
Suite 1275
Washington DC 20006 

  202-496-1992


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for International Women's Media Foundation is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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Exceptional

This charity's score is 92.18, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

75.3%


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This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

14.6%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

10.0%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

3.6%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.17


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.85 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

9.97%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
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Policies


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Policies:
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


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Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Elisa Lees Munoz, Executive Director

$213,186 (4.29% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

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:

Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc. (BMF activity code: 123)


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.


International Women's Media Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Revenue

  • Grants Sent


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

The IWMF applied and received a PPP loan and were able to employ a full staff. We are fortunate enough to maintain strong relationships with our funders and maintained our fundraising goals. Based on the need of our community, we created a COVID-19 Relief Fund and many of our donors supported it in 2020.


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

IWMF’s work during the COVID-19 Pandemic shifted with the needs of our community. We created both an international and US-based pandemic relief fund for journalists in dire need from the pandemic; we pivoted safety trainings to virtual offerings; and we deferred reporting trips in compliance with the local health and safety recommendations.


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

As an organization that works on the ground in multiple countries and throughout the U.S., we had to shift to a virtual space. We quickly realized that the challenges journalists were facing during COVID-19 were also unique, requiring special attention from the IWMF. As a result, we created three new Emergency Funds, to provide PPE, emergency living, physical health, and mental health support. As the political situation in the United States continued to deteriorate, we needed to offer special trainings on covering protests and prioritizing mental health for journalists of color. Despite the need to quickly pivot our programming and fundraising strategy, our partners and funders stood behind us and women journalists by providing additional funding for emergency costs. While 2020 proved challenging in many ways, it also provided opportunity to reach more journalists and highlighted the strong foundation of support that lifts up the IWMF to support women journalists from year to year.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

While we are excited to return to in-person trainings, we continue to offer on-demand virtual trainings for newsroom partners, given the convenience of the virtual offering as well as the need within the community.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
7/1/20212019 92.18
6/1/20202018 93.54
9/1/20182017 91.14
2/1/20182016 93.21
6/1/20172015 86.13
4/1/20172015 78.32

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

10/1/20162015 75.88
6/1/20162014 71.41
Rating Version: 2.0
4/1/20162014 74.21
11/1/20152014 72.19
4/1/20152013 69.88
12/1/20132012 70.85
11/6/20122011 87.23

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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

International Women's Media Foundation 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.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



International Women's Media Foundation reported its two largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$3,335,622

Spent in most recent FY

85%

Percent of program expenses


Training and Research


$578,935

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


Courage Awards


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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 International Women's Media Foundation is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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


The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) breaks barriers for women journalists to promote a diverse and representative news media.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our vision is a world where consumers demand a diversity of voices, stories, and perspectives in news media and regard this as a cornerstone of democracy and free expression.


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: Deliver a high-quality portfolio of global programs & resources that are responsive to the needs of women journalists & the evolving news industry which will advance our mission in measurable ways.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Build a diverse, sustainable revenue base to support current and future operations

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Three: Define our unique value proposition and leverage it through a comprehensive communications strategy to increase awareness and support of IWMF among key constituencies.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

The IWMF offers a leadership development stipend for its employees each year so that staff can take advantage of professional development opportunities. Additionally, we implemented new systems in 2021 (Lattice) to better track and support employees' professional growth goals.

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

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The IWMF has a long history of strategically partnering with other organizations. Most recently, we built the Coalition Against Online Violence, a broad group of stakeholders addressing online abuse, to enable better coordination and cross-promotion of resources offered by organizations addressing online attacks; as well as the Online Violence Response Hub, which is a resource center where women journalists can come to find the latest information on online abuse and harassment.

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.


The last two years have been important years of racial reckoning for nonprofit organizations in the United States. The IWMF was among the organizations asking itself how we can do more to foster diversity and an equitable environment in every facet of what we do. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is at the core of our organization’s values because we hold the conviction that the press is not truly free if women’s voices, and the voices of other marginalized communities, are not equally represented in the media. Our beneficiaries are a diverse cohort of women and non-binary journalists around the world, from a wide range of countries and cultures. We are committed to continually improving the racial diversity of our program participants. The IWMF staff and leadership come from a variety of backgrounds, not only in terms of race and age, but also in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and immigration status. In 2021, we committed to seeking out diverse funding streams, both in sector and type of funding, as well as in racial leadership and company makeup. By marking this as a strategic priority, we are attempting to address any unrealized blind spots to ensure a funding model that is both sustainable and diverse. The Afghanistan crisis was an unexpected shift for our 2021 programming and fundraising year. As an organization that recognizes the critical role of women journalists, we had to support all measures to ensure the safety of women journalists and media workers attempting to evacuate the country. As a result, we created a new Afghanistan Emergency Fund to support women journalists in-need in the country and attempting to flee. Additionally, as the political situation in the United States continued to deteriorate, we maintained the US Emergency Fund and prioritized mental health for journalists of color through the Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund. https://www.iwmf.org/2020-impact-report/

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Elisa Lees Munoz

Executive Director

Suzanne Malveaux & Stephanie Kauffman

Co-Chairs

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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

International Women's Media Foundation 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

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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.


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Constituent Feedback


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Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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