Mission: Mother Jones is an independent, reader-supported investigative news organization. Honored as Magazine of the Year in 2017, our nonprofit newsroom is dedicated to fact-based, trustworthy reporting, rooted in fairness and justice. We go deep on the most critical issues facing our country: the protection of democracy, the climate crisis, and racial and economic justice.

Founded in 1976, Mother Jones is America's longest-established investigative news organization. With 50+ journalists organized around three newsrooms, in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and New York, our staff is geographically dispersed throughout the country. We reach more than 8 million people each month via our website, social media, email newsletters, and print magazine. Our fellowship program is one of the premier training grounds for emerging investigative storytellers. Our growing audience is hungry for the honest, fierce, deep-digging journalism that is our hallmark.

Foundation for National Progress is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1975, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://www.motherjones.com/

  222 Sutter Street
Suite 600
San Francisco CA 94108 

   Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 584
San Francisco CA 94104

  415-321-1700


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 As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Foundation for National Progress is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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

This charity's score is 87.05, earning it a 3-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 2020, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

75.9%


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. 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

12.4%


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

11.5%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising 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

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

99.9%


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

$0.16


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

0.00 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

12.07%


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)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


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Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

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.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • 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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Partial

Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


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Transparency:
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Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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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 this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. 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



Monika Bauerlein, President

$224,702 (1.29% 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 2020

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:

Study and research (non-scientific) (BMF activity code: 124)

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


Foundation Status:

Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


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 National Progress reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


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

Fundraising and conducting business activities throughout Covid has remained challenging. We also converted our in-person events program to virtual and incurred some revenue loss as a result. Nonetheless, thanks to our dedicated and innovative staff, our revenues have recovered after an initially challenging period.


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

Though investigative reporting proved to be quite challenging during Covid because of municipal and statewide moratoriums, and the inability to travel for most of the last 2 years, our Program delivery has remained consistent throughout.


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

Working remotely for the last two years, while juggling personal health and family issues has been difficult for staff, and it took time to convert all systems and operations to digital remote work. Creating collaborative workflows and engaging environments for staff continues to be a major focus for our organization especially while most of us continue to work remotely.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We believe we will continue a hybrid work model, enabling staff to work remotely as well as spend time periodically in the physical office for projects and collaboration when in-person interaction seems most optimal.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20222020 87.05
8/3/20212020 86.10

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.

6/1/20202019 81.92
10/1/20192018 82.37
8/1/20182017 80.72
7/1/20182017 80.07
8/1/20172016 83.59
6/1/20162015 83.85
Rating Version: 2.0
4/1/20162015 88.55
5/1/20152014 88.60
5/1/20142012 87.13
2/1/20132011 83.92
4/1/20122010 81.33
3/1/20122010 78.30
9/20/20112009 77.17
Rating Version: 1.0
3/1/20112009 75.20
12/15/20092008 76.48
6/1/20092007 62.73
9/1/20072006 67.96
11/1/20062005 80.17
10/1/20052004 82.60
11/1/20042003 83.13

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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 National Progress 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



Foundation for National Progress reported its two largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$12,797,185

Spent in most recent FY

95%

Percent of program expenses


Investigative Reporting


$669,754

Spent in most recent FY

4%

Percent of program expenses


Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program


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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 National Progress 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


Mother Jones is an independent, reader-supported investigative news organization. Honored as Magazine of the Year in 2017, our nonprofit newsroom is dedicated to fact-based, trustworthy reporting, rooted in fairness and justice. We go deep on the most critical issues facing our country: the protection of democracy, the climate crisis, and racial and economic justice. Founded in 1976, Mother Jones is America’s longest-established investigative news organization. With 50+ journalists organized around three newsrooms, in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and New York, our staff is geographically dispersed throughout the country. We reach more than 8 million people each month via our website, social media, email newsletters, and print magazine. Our fellowship program is one of the premier training grounds for emerging investigative storytellers. Our growing audience is hungry for the honest, fierce, deep-digging journalism that is our hallmark.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Since our founding, Mother Jones’ goal has been to produce “revelatory journalism that in its power and reach informs and inspires a more just and democratic world.” These words signal an important focus: Our reporting does not exist in a vacuum but seeks to have an impact for democracy and justice through rigorously researched investigations and compelling storytelling in a widely accessible form. In this time of misinformation and fear for our democracy, Mother Jones will continue to dive deep to get at important truths. Our team covers everything from the future of our democracy and corruption in the White House to the existential threat of the climate crisis, and the ways corrupt politics endangers the environment. Mother Jones will continue to prove again and again that a 46-year-old news organization can change the conversation.


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: Protecting Democracy: Mother Jones is prioritizing voting rights, disinformation, and extremism to expose the forces trying to prevent fair elections and mislead the public.

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


Goal Two: Climate and Science: Our climate reporting is focused on three core assignments: accountability, solutions, and justice, while prioritizing key underreported but high-impact beats.

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


Goal Three: Criminal, Gender, and Racial Justice: Reporters will continue to reveal how entrenched systems block reform, and showcase new approaches to policing, restorative justice, and harm reduction.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

All managers underwent management training via The Management Center and the opportunity to participate in this training was offered to any staff member interested in growing their leadership skills and expanding their management toolbox. In addition, these trainings included a focus on DEI in order to expand the capacity of the organization to implement DEI initiatives.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Mother Jones delivers news in a variety of platforms and outlets, always endeavoring to meet our readers where they are: Our print magazine is published bimonthly, shared on newsstands and to 185,000 subscribers, and showcases a mix of longform and investigative pieces, and shorter form reporting and commentary. An average of 8 million people visit motherjones.com every month where everything from our weekly digital feature, video storytelling, data visualizations, and daily news is published, seven days a week. We have a combined 2.8 million followers on our social media channels where audiences engage with our reporting and reporters and receive bite-sized news. Mother Jones publishes a daily newsletter five days a week to 550,000 subscribers, featuring highlights of the day’s coverage and additional context for the news of the day. We host a series of live, public events featuring Mother Jones reporters in conversation with experts, politicians, and cultural luminaries.

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.


Though functioning as a nonprofit newsroom has proven to be challenging through Covid, Mother Jones’ has worked to maintain key programs, recover from an initial revenue loss, and find ways to engage and work collaboratively as a staff through a hybrid work model. Despite not being able to travel and constantly changing municipal and statewide moratoriums, Mother Jones has continued to dive deep and deliver hard-hitting investigative journalism. Unavoidably, Mother Jones transitioned from delivering in-person events to a live virtual event program and fundraising and conducting other in-person business remains difficult through the pandemic. Even so, revenues have recovered and staff have made the most of a hybrid work model. Additionally, we are working in an increasingly complicated environment for journalism. With outdated business models, platforms siphoning ad dollars, and evolving audiences, a news organization needs to be nimble to survive. Luckily, our hybrid business model and flexible newsroom has meant we can ride the changing tides of news business.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Monika Bauerlain

CEO

Judy Wise

Chair

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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

100

out of 100

Foundation for National Progress has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 11 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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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

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.


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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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