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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Project On Government Oversight

Exposing corruption, exploring solutions

four stars

92.76

1100 G Street, NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 347-1122   Web Site
EIN: 52-1739443

Board Leadership
David Hunter
Chair

CEO
Danielle Brian
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.76 four stars
  Financial 89.77 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is an independent organization that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more accountable federal government. POGO's work is unique in that our goal is not only to expose corruption and other types of misconduct within the federal government, but also to propose solutions and work toward their implementation. We evaluate our impact by looking at whether or not policy reforms or spending cuts have been implemented as a result of our investigations.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is an independent organization that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more accountable federal government. POGO's work is unique in that our goal is not only to expose corruption and other types of misconduct within the federal government, but also to propose solutions and work toward their implementation. We evaluate our impact by looking at whether or not policy reforms or spending cuts have been implemented as a result of our investigations.

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Financial

three stars

89.77

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
83.0%
  Administrative Expenses 5.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.06
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project On Government Oversight on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project On Government Oversight on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 92.76 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 86.44 three stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 86.11 three stars
Freedom Alliance (VA) 92.32 four stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 90.55 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,449,553
   Federated Campaigns $3,931
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $47,796
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,501,280
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,501,280
   Other Revenue $2,904
TOTAL REVENUE $2,504,184
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $2,428,507
   Administrative Expenses $147,155
   Fundraising Expenses $353,097
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,928,759
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-424,575
   
Net Assets $2,902,811

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
Congressional Oversight Initiative $591,844 23.7%
Government Accountability $532,057 21.3%
Strauss Military Reform Project $463,942 18.6%

Ratings History
Project On Government Oversight has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 02/01/2018 92.76 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 92.86 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.76 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 90.63 four stars
2013-12 09/01/2014 90.39 four stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 86.46 three stars
2011-12 09/01/2012 97.04 four stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 91.25 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 93.57 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 95.70 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 90.26 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 98.67 four stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 95.55 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 83.47 three stars
2004-12 07/01/2006 83.27 three 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 52-1739443
Name in IRS Master File THE PROJECT ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT INC
NTEE Code W20
NTEE Classification Government and Public Administration
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (398) Instruction and guidance on housing
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 December, 1991
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • 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
$169,250 5.77% Danielle Brian President, Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 92.76 four stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 85.95 three stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 86.11 three stars
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 95.07 four stars
Freedom Alliance (VA) 92.32 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Project On Government Oversight
1100 G Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 347-1122
fax: (202) 347-1116
EIN: 52-1739443

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Board Leadership

David Hunter
Chair

CEO

Danielle Brian
Executive Director

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