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Marijuana Policy Project Foundation

Working to minimize the harm associated with cannabis and educate the public on the positive impact of legalization.

one star

66.20

2370 Champlain St NW #12
Washington, DC 20009
tel: (202) 462-5747   Web Site
EIN: 52-1975211

Board Leadership
Troy Dayton
Chair

CEO
Steve Hawkins
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 66.20 one star
  Financial 58.10 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 77.00 two stars
This rating was published 10/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1996, the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation helps to support the efforts of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) by focusing on public education. MPP and MPP Foundation envision a nation where cannabis is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, cannabis education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem cannabis users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm. Because MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with cannabis is imprisonment, we focus on removing criminal penalties for cannabis use, with a particular emphasis on making cannabis medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.

Founded in 1996, the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation helps to support the efforts of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) by focusing on public education. MPP and MPP Foundation envision a nation where cannabis is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, cannabis education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem cannabis users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm. Because MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with cannabis is imprisonment, we focus on removing criminal penalties for cannabis use, with a particular emphasis on making cannabis medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.

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Financial

one star

58.10

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

77.00

This rating was published 10/01/2020 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)
69.6%
  Administrative Expenses 15.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth -27.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 122.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Marijuana Policy Project Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Marijuana Policy Project Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Marijuana Policy Project Foundation (DC) 66.20 one star
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 91.67 four stars
Alliance for Aging Research (DC) 90.66 four stars
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (DC) 90.80 four stars
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (DC) 88.17 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,715,789
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,715,789
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,715,789
   Other Revenue $0
TOTAL REVENUE $1,715,789
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $657,300
   Administrative Expenses $680,456
   Fundraising Expenses $234,058
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,571,814
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $143,975
   
Net Assets $-176,348

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2020 66.20 one star
2018-12 05/01/2020 64.75 one star
2017-12 07/01/2019 73.40 two stars
2016-12 09/01/2018 77.62 two stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 77.03 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 73.30 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 77.53 two stars
2013-12 10/01/2015 80.37 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 74.99 two stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 78.52 two stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 66.41 one star
2010-12 10/01/2012 63.79 one star
2010-12 03/01/2012 56.59 one star
2009-12 09/20/2011 67.66 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 73.12 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 73.69 two stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 56.21 one star
2006-12 08/01/2008 67.30 one star
2005-12 05/01/2007 85.01 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 52-1975211
Name in IRS Master File MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT FOUNDATION
NTEE Code T05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(537) Use of drugs or narcotics
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 February, 1997
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 Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Steven W. Hawkins Executive Director $74,867
Other Salaries of Note
$34,155 2.17% Karen O'Keefe Director of State Policies --
$9,963 0.63% Natasha Olinger Chief of Staff --
$6,025 0.38% Matthew H. Schweich Deputy Director $115,054

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Marijuana Policy Project Foundation (DC) 66.20 one star
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 88.57 three stars
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 91.67 four stars
The Center for Democracy & Technology (DC) 88.48 three stars
Pioneer Institute (MA) 93.19 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Marijuana Policy Project Foundation
2370 Champlain St NW
#12
Washington, DC 20009
tel: (202) 462-5747
EIN: 52-1975211

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 21824
Washington, DC 20009

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Board Leadership

Troy Dayton
Chair

CEO

Steve Hawkins
Executive Director

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