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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Commonwealth Foundation

For Public Policy Alternatives

three stars

86.67

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 86.67 three stars
  Financial 94.44 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

four stars

94.44

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
77.6%
  Administrative Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.01
  Program Expenses Growth 5.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
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) 86.67 three stars
Partnership for Public Service (DC) 92.02 four stars
NEO Philanthropy (NY) 94.07 four stars
Mercatus Center (VA) 90.11 four stars
North Carolina Justice Center (NC) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,690,558
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,690,558
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,690,558
   Other Revenue $14,407
TOTAL REVENUE $5,704,965
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,248,532
   Administrative Expenses $738,117
   Fundraising Expenses $314,425
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,301,074
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,403,891
   
Net Assets $3,708,385

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 $2,046,575 63.0%
Community Relations $649,706 20.0%
Media Relations $552,251 17.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 02/01/2021 86.67 three stars
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
$290,414 6.75% Charles F. Mitchell President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 86.67 three stars
Institute for Women's Policy Research (DC) 97.87 four stars
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (DC) 87.64 three stars
Supportive Housing Network of New York (NY) 86.10 three stars
Charity Navigator (NJ) 92.39 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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