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National Legal and Policy Center

Promoting ethics in public life

two stars

79.01

107 Park Washington Court Falls Church, VA 22046
tel: (703) 237-1970   Web Site
EIN: 52-1750188

Board Leadership
Peter Flaherty
Chairman

CEO
Peter Flaherty
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.01 two stars
  Financial 74.39 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) promotes a single standard of ethics in public life through research, education and legal action. We do not believe that ethics are advanced through more laws or better guidelines, even as existing ones are ignored. We don't believe the problem is with too few laws, or with too much freedom, but with men and women. NLPC believes the missing ingredients are character, morality and common sense. We recognize that the bigger the government, the more opportunities for corruption; and the more intervention in the economy, the more reason for special interests to seek influence. At NLPC, we believe that the best way to promote ethics is to reduce the size of government.

Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) promotes a single standard of ethics in public life through research, education and legal action. We do not believe that ethics are advanced through more laws or better guidelines, even as existing ones are ignored. We don't believe the problem is with too few laws, or with too much freedom, but with men and women. NLPC believes the missing ingredients are character, morality and common sense. We recognize that the bigger the government, the more opportunities for corruption; and the more intervention in the economy, the more reason for special interests to seek influence. At NLPC, we believe that the best way to promote ethics is to reduce the size of government.

Financial

two stars

74.39

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
64.0%
  Administrative Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 23.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.22
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.25
  Program Expenses Growth 5.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Legal and Policy Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Legal and Policy Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Legal and Policy Center (VA) 79.01 two stars
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 91.31 four stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.57 four stars
National Health Law Program (DC) 96.03 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 92.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,559,779
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,559,779
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,559,779
   Other Revenue $38,454
TOTAL REVENUE $1,598,233
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,058,294
   Administrative Expenses $280,897
   Fundraising Expenses $474,596
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,813,787
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-215,554
   
Net Assets $1,960,312

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.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Government Integrity Project $604,951 57.2%
Corporate Integrity Project $245,616 23.2%
Organized Labor Accountability Project $207,727 19.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 79.01 two stars
2018-12 05/01/2020 75.36 two stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 81.12 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2019 82.94 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 79.49 two stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 82.74 three stars
2014-12 07/01/2016 80.63 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 78.94 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 75.92 two stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 77.41 two stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 80.35 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2012 69.19 one star
2010-12 04/01/2012 65.77 one star
2009-12 09/20/2011 68.16 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 64.43 one star
2008-12 06/01/2010 81.56 three stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 84.43 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 73.69 two stars
2005-12 03/01/2007 67.80 one star
2004-12 07/01/2006 69.77 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1750188
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL LEGAL & POLICY CENTER
NTEE Code I60
NTEE Classification Law Enforcement Agencies (Police Departments)
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (528) Stricter law enforcement
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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 March, 1992
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$275,000 15.16% Peter Flaherty President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Legal and Policy Center (VA) 79.01 two stars
Better Government Association (IL) 92.07 four stars
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 89.87 three stars
National Health Law Program (DC) 96.03 four stars
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 91.31 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Legal and Policy Center
107 Park Washington Court
Falls Church, VA 22046
tel: (703) 237-1970
fax: (703) 237-2090
EIN: 52-1750188

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Board Leadership

Peter Flaherty
Chairman

CEO

Peter Flaherty
Chief Executive Officer

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