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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Free Press

Fight for your rights to connect and communicate

four stars

95.47

40 Main Street Suite 301
Florence, MA 01062
tel: (202) 265-1490   Web Site
EIN: 41-2106721

Board Leadership
Ben Scott
Board Chair

CEO
Craig Aaron and Jessica J. González
Co-CEOs

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.47 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Free Press believes that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what's actually happening in their communities. We believe that the struggle for racial justice must be at the center of transforming our media and our democracy.

Free Press closely watches as the decisions shaping the media landscape are made and sounds the alarm when people's rights to connect and communicate are in danger. We focus on saving Net Neutrality, achieving affordable internet access for all, uplifting the voices of people of color in the media, challenging old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, ending unwarranted surveillance, defending press freedom and reimagining local journalism.

Free Press believes that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what's actually happening in their communities. We believe that the struggle for racial justice must be at the center of transforming our media and our democracy.

Free Press closely watches as the decisions shaping the media landscape are made and sounds the alarm when people's rights to connect and communicate are in danger. We focus on saving Net Neutrality, achieving affordable internet access for all, uplifting the voices of people of color in the media, challenging old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, ending unwarranted surveillance, defending press freedom and reimagining local journalism.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

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)
86.0%
  Administrative Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.01
  Program Expenses Growth 21.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Press on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Press on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Press (MA) 95.47 four stars
Electronic Frontier Foundation (CA) 94.09 four stars
Southern Poverty Law Center (AL) 91.30 four stars
People's Action Institute (IL) 89.97 three stars
National Immigration Forum (DC) 91.68 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,610,385
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,610,385
   Program Service Revenue $18,829
Total Primary Revenue $4,629,214
   Other Revenue $45,389
TOTAL REVENUE $4,674,603
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,923,977
   Administrative Expenses $161,834
   Fundraising Expenses $469,910
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,555,721
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $118,882
   
Net Assets $4,057,335

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
Internet Freedom $1,815,637 46.3%
Platform Accountability $1,210,455 30.8%
Press Freedom $897,885 22.9%

Ratings History
Free Press has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 02/01/2021 95.47 four stars
2018-12 09/01/2020 95.37 four stars
2017-12 11/01/2018 96.04 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 85.43 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 82.62 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 82.62 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 75.27 two stars
2013-12 12/22/2014 85.12 three stars
2012-12 10/01/2013 74.82 two stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 91.47 four stars
2011-12 10/01/2012 89.57 three stars
2010-12 09/20/2011 90.27 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 95.69 four stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 91.09 four stars
2007-12 10/01/2008 90.67 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 41-2106721
Name in IRS Master File FREE PRESS
NTEE Code A01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 January, 2004
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$118,348 2.59% Craig Aaron President, CEO $15,072
Other Salaries of Note
$119,694 2.62% Kimberly Longey COO $25,254
$119,434 2.62% Jessica Gonzalez Deputy Director, Senior Counsel $11,323

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Press (MA) 95.47 four stars
Electronic Frontier Foundation (CA) 94.09 four stars
Indian Law Resource Center (MT) 91.17 four stars
Rail Passengers Association (DC) 87.76 three stars
Free Software Foundation (MA) 100.00 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Free Press
40 Main Street
Suite 301
Florence, MA 01062
tel: (202) 265-1490
EIN: 41-2106721

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 60238
Florence, MA 01062

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Board Leadership

Ben Scott
Board Chair

CEO

Craig Aaron and Jessica J. González
Co-CEOs

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