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Goldwater Institute

In defense of liberty

three stars

81.01

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

Board Leadership
Eric Crown
Chairman

CEO
Victor Riches
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.01 three stars
  Financial 73.32 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Number of briefings or presentations held
73
Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs
11
Number of policies formally established
17
Number of list subscribers
14,705
Total revenue earned to support advocacy efforts
6,999,000
Number of press releases developed and distributed
40
Number of media articles reflecting preferred issue framing
5,000
Average number of active cases handled
25
Number of cases resulting in final judicial victories
1
Number of cases resulting in final favorable out-of-court settlements
1
Number of letters demanding government cease unlawful behavior
1
Number of favorable responses to letters demanding government cease unlawful behavior
1
Number of interns and law clerks employed
24
Number of community events or trainings held and attendance
16
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

73.32

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
70.4%
  Administrative Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.95
  Program Expenses Growth -3.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.3%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Goldwater Institute (AZ) 81.01 three stars
Better Government Association (IL) 92.07 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 97.17 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 89.71 three stars
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 91.80 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,892,228
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $238,947
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,131,175
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,131,175
   Other Revenue $88,286
TOTAL REVENUE $5,219,461
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,387,178
   Administrative Expenses $339,348
   Fundraising Expenses $648,978
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,375,504
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $843,957
   
Net Assets $5,970,484

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
Public Interest Litigation $1,403,809 41.4%
Policy Analysis, Research & Education $1,284,037 37.9%
Communications $699,332 20.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 81.01 three stars
2017-12 08/01/2019 81.94 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 87.22 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 89.12 three stars
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]
Ruling Date February, 1989
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$229,185 5.23% Victor Riches President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$200,496 4.58% Darcy Olsen Former CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Goldwater Institute (AZ) 81.01 three stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 92.15 four stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 91.09 four stars
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 91.80 four stars
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (DC) 91.89 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Eric Crown
Chairman

CEO

Victor Riches
President & CEO

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