Disable all preview features

Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Public Knowledge

Promoting fairness amongst laws governing digital communications.

three stars

89.62

1818 North Street, NW Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 861-0020   Web Site
EIN: 52-2336690

Board Leadership
Maura Colleton Corbett
Chair

CEO
Chris Lewis
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.62 three stars
  Financial 90.29 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2001, Public Knowledge (PK) preserves the openness of the Internet and the public's access to knowledge; promotes creativity through balanced copyright; and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully. Public Knowledge works at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications, and Internet law, at a time when these fields are converging. PK's experience in all three areas puts it in an ideal position to advocate for policies that serve the public interest.

Founded in 2001, Public Knowledge (PK) preserves the openness of the Internet and the public's access to knowledge; promotes creativity through balanced copyright; and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully. Public Knowledge works at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications, and Internet law, at a time when these fields are converging. PK's experience in all three areas puts it in an ideal position to advocate for policies that serve the public interest.

Impact Information

data icon Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information on our rated profile pages. Each partner collects this data directly from nonprofits and provides updates to Charity Navigator when available.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. This will indicate your interest and encourage the nonprofit to share data with partners that are currently collecting information.

Financial

four stars

90.29

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
77.4%
  Administrative Expenses 17.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.47
  Program Expenses Growth 4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Knowledge on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Knowledge on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Knowledge (DC) 89.62 three stars
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (VT) 92.22 four stars
National Humanities Center (NC) 89.79 three stars
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 88.57 three stars
The Independent Institute (CA) 96.90 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,826,094
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $253,422
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,079,516
   Program Service Revenue $44,088
Total Primary Revenue $2,123,604
   Other Revenue $29,948
TOTAL REVENUE $2,153,552
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,206,385
   Administrative Expenses $511,375
   Fundraising Expenses $153,766
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,871,526
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-717,974
   
Net Assets $4,154,313

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
Digital Rights Management & Copyright $882,174 40.0%
Broadband $704,928 31.9%
Policy Strategy Center $301,385 13.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 89.62 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 88.10 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 90.62 four stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 88.55 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.44 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 85.44 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 83.74 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 88.14 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 87.12 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 52-2336690
Name in IRS Master File PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE
NTEE Code W05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational 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 March, 2002
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
$269,925 9.40% Eugene Kimmelman President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Knowledge (DC) 89.62 three stars
Supportive Housing Network of New York (NY) 85.20 three stars
The Aspen Institute (DC) 93.00 four stars
Foundation for Economic Education (GA) 89.00 three stars
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (VA) 87.31 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Public Knowledge
1818 North Street, NW
Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 861-0020
fax: (202) 861-0040
EIN: 52-2336690

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Maura Colleton Corbett
Chair

CEO

Chris Lewis
President, CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.