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Public Knowledge

Promoting fairness amongst laws governing digital communications.

three stars

85.18

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

Board Leadership
Virginia Lam Abrams
Chair

CEO
Chris Lewis
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.18 three stars
  Financial 82.17 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

three stars

82.17

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 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)
75.1%
  Administrative Expenses 19.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.13
  Program Expenses Growth -3.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.3%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Knowledge (DC) 85.18 three stars
Center for the New Economy (PR) 91.99 four stars
The Naval Institute Foundation (MD) 95.11 four stars
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (DC) 89.79 three stars
Population Reference Bureau (DC) 93.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,330,982
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $389,532
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,720,514
   Program Service Revenue $16,076
Total Primary Revenue $1,736,590
   Other Revenue $17,434
TOTAL REVENUE $1,754,024
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,939,948
   Administrative Expenses $659,056
   Fundraising Expenses $122,680
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,721,684
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-967,660
   
Net Assets $3,186,653

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 $761,065 39.2%
Broadband $748,276 38.6%
Policy Strategy Center $289,888 14.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 06/01/2021 85.18 three stars
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
$185,933 6.83% Christopher Lewis President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$250,796 9.21% Eugene Kimmelman Former President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Knowledge (DC) 85.18 three stars
Peterson Institute for International Economics (DC) 85.99 three stars
Charity Navigator (NJ) 92.39 four stars
Children's Alliance (WA) 86.68 three stars
Michigan League for Public Policy (MI) 91.59 four stars

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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

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Board Leadership

Virginia Lam Abrams
Chair

CEO

Chris Lewis
President, CEO

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