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Glossary

Administrative Expenses:

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.

Scoring Rubric for Social and Public Policy Research Charities

Score: 10 7.5 5 2.5 0
Administrative Expenses: < 15.0% 15.0% - 20.0% 20.0% - 25.0% 25.0% - 30.0% > 30.0%
Administrative Expenses: Score:
< 15.0% 10
15.0% - 20.0% 7.5
20.0% - 25.0% 5
25.0% - 30.0% 2.5
> 30.0% 0

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