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SPUR

Ideas and action for a better city

three stars

89.80

654 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 781-8726   Web Site
EIN: 94-1498232

Board Leadership
Tomiquia Moss
Chair

CEO
Alicia John-Baptiste
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.80 three stars
  Financial 90.67 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR (the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area. SPUR's history dates back to 1910, when a group of young city leaders came together to improve the quality of housing after the 1906 earthquake and fire. SPUR was reorganized in 1959 to fight for the revitalization of San Francisco as the Bay Area's central city. It was given the charge of channeling growth away from suburban sprawl and back into the urban core. Throughout the 1960s, SPUR worked to build support for the land use, transportation and investment strategies that could support center-oriented growth and urban economic vitality. Since then, SPUR has been involved with virtually every major planning decision in the city.

Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR (the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area. SPUR's history dates back to 1910, when a group of young city leaders came together to improve the quality of housing after the 1906 earthquake and fire. SPUR was reorganized in 1959 to fight for the revitalization of San Francisco as the Bay Area's central city. It was given the charge of channeling growth away from suburban sprawl and back into the urban core. Throughout the 1960s, SPUR worked to build support for the land use, transportation and investment strategies that could support center-oriented growth and urban economic vitality. Since then, SPUR has been involved with virtually every major planning decision in the city.

Financial

four stars

90.67

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
78.6%
  Administrative Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.03
  Program Expenses Growth 16.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SPUR on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by SPUR on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees
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To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SPUR (CA) 89.80 three stars
Food Research & Action Center (DC) 92.02 four stars
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (VT) 92.22 four stars
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (DC) 90.80 four stars
Sightline Institute (WA) 95.85 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,688,634
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,410,704
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,099,338
   Program Service Revenue $309,198
Total Primary Revenue $6,408,536
   Other Revenue $435,498
TOTAL REVENUE $6,844,034
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,483,851
   Administrative Expenses $665,004
   Fundraising Expenses $1,068,220
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,217,075
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,373,041
   
Net Assets $15,474,212

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-03 06/01/2020 89.80 three stars
2018-03 06/01/2019 88.30 three stars
2017-03 07/01/2018 88.07 three stars
2016-03 10/01/2017 89.21 three stars
2015-03 07/01/2016 92.05 four stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 89.24 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 02/01/2016 91.44 four stars
2014-03 08/01/2015 90.62 four stars
2013-03 02/01/2014 91.06 four stars
2012-03 04/01/2013 89.72 three stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 77.24 two stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 76.89 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 12/01/2010 69.23 one star
2009-03 09/01/2010 83.89 three stars
2008-03 09/01/2009 80.95 three stars
2007-03 10/01/2008 80.32 three stars
2006-03 05/01/2007 78.12 two stars
2005-03 07/01/2006 72.40 two stars
2004-03 11/01/2005 75.94 two 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 94-1498232
Name in IRS Master File SPUR-SAN FRANCISCO BAY ARE PLANNING AND URBAN RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(400) Area development, redevelopment of renewal
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)
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 June, 1961
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2018
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$231,958 2.82% Alicia John Baptiste President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$387,301 4.71% Gabriel Metcalf Former President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
SPUR (CA) 89.80 three stars
New York Public Interest Research Group Fund (NY) 90.37 four stars
NEO Philanthropy (NY) 94.07 four stars
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (DC) 90.80 four stars
The Land Institute (KS) 95.63 four stars

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SPUR
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 781-8726
fax: (415) 781-7291
EIN: 94-1498232

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Board Leadership

Tomiquia Moss
Chair

CEO

Alicia John-Baptiste
President, CEO

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