X

Charity Navigator relies on donations from users like you.
Dear Readers: Did you know that Charity Navigator is a nonprofit too? We never charge users or nonprofits to use our site. We rely on donations from users like you. If everyone gave $5, we could keep it online and free for another year. Please help today.
Charity Navigator is a nonprofit too. We rely on donations. If everyone reading this donated $5, we could keep it online for another year.
Maybe later  |   I already donated
Disable all preview features

Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

National Legal and Policy Center

Promoting ethics in public life

three stars

81.12

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
Chairman

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.12 three stars
  Financial 81.26 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

Impact Information

Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information for rated nonprofits. However, not all rated nonprofits have provided impact information yet. Each of these partners has supplied Charity Navigator with the impact information they receive directly from nonprofits. Submissions must be made on our partner's websites and we plan to update the display of this information regularly.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. Note, this is simply an indication of your interest.

Financial

three stars

81.26

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
72.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.81
  Program Expenses Growth 4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.1%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Legal and Policy Center (VA) 81.12 three stars
MapLight (CA) 89.96 three stars
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 95.07 four stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.22 four stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 97.10 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,845,153
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,845,153
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,845,153
   Other Revenue $12,142
TOTAL REVENUE $1,857,295
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $952,683
   Administrative Expenses $127,062
   Fundraising Expenses $250,077
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,329,822
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $527,473
   
Net Assets $1,115,399

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 $540,157 56.7%
Organized Labor Accountability Project $207,733 21.8%
Corporate Integrity Project $204,793 21.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$225,000 16.91% Peter T. Flaherty President/Director
Other Salaries of Note
$225,000 16.91% Kenneth F. Boehm Chairman

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Legal and Policy Center (VA) 81.12 three stars
Goldwater Institute (AZ) 87.22 three stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 92.78 four stars
Better Government Association (IL) 96.89 four stars
Medicare Rights Center (NY) 91.45 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

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

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Peter Flaherty
Chairman

CEO

Peter Flaherty
Chairman

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.