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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Commonwealth Foundation

For Public Policy Alternatives

three stars

88.36

225 State Street Suite 302
Harrisburg, PA 17101
tel: (717) 671-1901   Web Site
EIN: 23-2473845

Board Leadership
George G.H. Coates Jr.
Chair

CEO
Charles Mitchell
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.36 three stars
  Financial 87.77 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Commonwealth Foundation crafts free-market policies, convinces Pennsylvanians of their benefits, and counters attacks on liberty. The Commonwealth Foundation envisions a state of freedom in which all Pennsylvanians enjoy an abundance of opportunities to provide for themselves, their families and their neighbors.

The Commonwealth Foundation crafts free-market policies, convinces Pennsylvanians of their benefits, and counters attacks on liberty. The Commonwealth Foundation envisions a state of freedom in which all Pennsylvanians enjoy an abundance of opportunities to provide for themselves, their families and their neighbors.

Financial

three stars

87.77

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
77.2%
  Administrative Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.27
  Program Expenses Growth 9.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Commonwealth Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Commonwealth Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 88.36 three stars
Center for Food Safety (DC) 90.29 four stars
Atlas Network (VA) 92.57 four stars
Advocates for Children of New Jersey (NJ) 90.88 four stars
LiveWell Colorado (CO) 86.84 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,486,121
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,486,121
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,486,121
   Other Revenue $229
TOTAL REVENUE $3,486,350
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,240,465
   Administrative Expenses $356,493
   Fundraising Expenses $396,064
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,993,022
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $493,328
   
Net Assets $878,079

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 $1,402,557 62.6%
Community Relations $457,438 20.4%
Media Relations $380,470 17.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 02/01/2019 88.36 three stars
2016-09 02/01/2018 85.62 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.87 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 82.91 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 86.76 three stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 88.27 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 23-2473845
Name in IRS Master File COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC POLICY ALTERNATIVES
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 (521) Economic-political system of U.S.
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 June, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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
$199,278 6.65% Charles F Mitchell President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 88.36 three stars
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (DC) 90.53 four stars
Center for Public Integrity (DC) 89.11 three stars
NALEO Educational Fund (CA) 86.84 three stars
Pioneer Institute (MA) 91.51 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Commonwealth Foundation
225 State Street
Suite 302
Harrisburg, PA 17101
tel: (717) 671-1901
fax: (717) 671-1905
EIN: 23-2473845

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Board Leadership

George G.H. Coates Jr.
Chair

CEO

Charles Mitchell
President & CEO

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