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The Center for Democracy & Technology

Putting democracy and individual rights at the center of the digital revolution.

three stars

88.48

1401 K Street NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 637-9800   Web Site
EIN: 52-1905358

Board Leadership
William S. Bernstein
Chair

CEO
Alexandra Reeve Givens
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.48 three stars
  Financial 83.71 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) works to strengthen individual rights and freedoms by defining, promoting, and influencing technology policy and the architecture of the internet that impacts our daily lives. We preserve the unique nature of the internet; enhance freedom of expression globally; protect our fundamental right to privacy; limit government surveillance; and define the boundaries of technology in our daily lives.

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) works to strengthen individual rights and freedoms by defining, promoting, and influencing technology policy and the architecture of the internet that impacts our daily lives. We preserve the unique nature of the internet; enhance freedom of expression globally; protect our fundamental right to privacy; limit government surveillance; and define the boundaries of technology in our daily lives.

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Financial

three stars

83.71

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.39
  Program Expenses Growth 4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 32.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Center for Democracy & Technology on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Center for Democracy & Technology on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Center for Democracy & Technology (DC) 88.48 three stars
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (IA) 88.57 three stars
Tobin Project (MA) 87.60 three stars
Center for Economic and Policy Research (DC) 91.85 four stars
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (DC) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,012,106
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $669,500
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,681,606
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,681,606
   Other Revenue $42,908
TOTAL REVENUE $4,724,514
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,512,443
   Administrative Expenses $447,269
   Fundraising Expenses $595,560
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,555,272
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-830,758
   
Net Assets $2,072,145

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
Privacy and Data $1,678,187 37.2%
National Security and Surveillance $706,285 15.7%
Free Expression and Global Human Rights $641,275 14.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 88.48 three stars
2017-12 07/01/2019 87.83 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2019 86.38 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 86.09 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 88.83 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.23 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 91.96 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 90.64 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 92.95 four stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 94.13 four 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 52-1905358
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND TECHNOLOGY
NTEE Code R20
NTEE Classification Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (430) Defense of human and civil rights
(559) Other matters
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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 September, 1995
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
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$379,917 6.83% Nuala O'Connor President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Center for Democracy & Technology (DC) 88.48 three stars
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (DC) 86.70 three stars
Reason Foundation (CA) 95.47 four stars
Middle East Forum (PA) 92.46 four stars
The Land Institute (KS) 95.63 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Center for Democracy & Technology
1401 K Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 637-9800
fax: (202) 637-0968
EIN: 52-1905358

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Board Leadership

William S. Bernstein
Chair

CEO

Alexandra Reeve Givens
President & CEO

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