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Project On Government Oversight

Exposing corruption, exploring solutions

four stars

96.22

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 96.22 four stars
  Financial 96.47 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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

four stars

96.47

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 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)
81.4%
  Administrative Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.00
  Program Expenses Growth 13.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.8%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.22 four stars
Better Government Association (IL) 96.89 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 87.63 three stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 85.56 three stars
National Health Law Program (DC) 91.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,926,669
   Federated Campaigns $6,030
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $15,790
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,948,489
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,948,489
   Other Revenue $41,962
TOTAL REVENUE $6,990,451
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $3,014,308
   Administrative Expenses $247,073
   Fundraising Expenses $578,254
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,839,635
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,150,816
   
Net Assets $6,390,985

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 Accountability $1,781,487 56.6%
Congressional Oversight Initiative $437,640 13.9%
Strauss Military Reform Project $421,668 13.4%

Ratings History
Project On Government Oversight has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 96.22 four stars
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013

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
$158,143 4.11% Danielle Brian President, Executive Director

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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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