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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Goldwater Institute

In defense of liberty

four stars

91.15

500 East Coronado Road Phoenix, AZ 85004
tel: (602) 462-5000   Web Site
EIN: 86-0597661

Board Leadership
Eric Crown
Chairman

CEO
Darcy Olsen
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.15 four stars
  Financial 89.64 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

three stars

89.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 10/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
75.0%
  Administrative Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.00
  Program Expenses Growth 8.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Goldwater Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Goldwater Institute on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Goldwater Institute (AZ) 91.15 four stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 99.96 four stars
Every Voice Center (DC) 92.06 four stars
Better Government Association (IL) 95.36 four stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 91.73 four stars

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The Goldwater Institute is an independent government watchdog supported by people who are committed to expanding free enterprise and liberty. The Institute develops innovative, principled solutions to pressing issues facing the states and enforces constitutionally limited government through litigation. The Institute focuses its work on expanding economic freedom and educational opportunity, bringing transparency to government, and protecting the rights guaranteed to Americans by the U.S. and state constitutions. The Goldwater Institute was founded in 1988 with Barry Goldwater's blessing.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,469,332
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $270,258
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,739,590
   Program Service Revenue $130,274
Total Primary Revenue $4,869,864
   Other Revenue $179,396
TOTAL REVENUE $5,049,260
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,897,242
   Administrative Expenses $408,239
   Fundraising Expenses $1,032,824
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,338,305
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-289,045
   
Net Assets $5,250,450

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
Policy Analysis, Research & Education $2,314,614 59.4%
Public Interest Litigation $1,390,778 35.7%
Publications $191,850 4.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 10/01/2016 91.15 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.81 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 85.99 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 90.09 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 87.93 three stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 92.36 four stars
2011-12 08/01/2013 94.34 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 92.52 four stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 91.07 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 89.60 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.67 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 92.96 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 93.19 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 86-0597661
Name in IRS Master File BARRY GOLDWATER INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH
NTEE Code W05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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]
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, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$324,633 6.08% Darcy Olsen President/CEO

The Goldwater Institute is an independent government watchdog supported by people who are committed to expanding free enterprise and liberty. The Institute develops innovative, principled solutions to pressing issues facing the states and enforces constitutionally limited government through litigation. The Institute focuses its work on expanding economic freedom and educational opportunity, bringing transparency to government, and protecting the rights guaranteed to Americans by the U.S. and state constitutions. The Goldwater Institute was founded in 1988 with Barry Goldwater's blessing.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Goldwater Institute (AZ) 91.15 four stars
Project Vote Smart (MT) 92.99 four stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 91.73 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 86.81 three stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 86.29 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Goldwater Institute
500 East Coronado Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004
tel: (602) 462-5000
fax: (602) 256-7045
EIN: 86-0597661

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Board Leadership

Eric Crown
Chairman

CEO

Darcy Olsen
President, CEO

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