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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Commonwealth Foundation

For Public Policy Alternatives

four stars

91.67

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 91.67 four stars
  Financial 95.81 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/20/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

95.81

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/20/2019 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)
79.1%
  Administrative Expenses 12.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.65
  Program Expenses Growth 14.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.5%
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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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,911,227
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,911,227
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,911,227
   Other Revenue $32
TOTAL REVENUE $4,911,259
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,005,687
   Administrative Expenses $493,303
   Fundraising Expenses $150,237
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,649,227
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,262,032
   
Net Assets $2,222,195

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 $1,893,583 63.0%
Community Relations $601,137 20.0%
Media Relations $510,967 17.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 12/20/2019 91.67 four stars
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)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$220,289 6.03% Charles F. Mitchell President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 91.67 four stars
Center on Policy Initiatives (CA) 92.18 four stars
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (DC) 86.98 three stars
Alliance for Aging Research (DC) 90.66 four stars
Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CO) 94.81 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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