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Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Because the truth will not reveal itself.

three stars

88.12

1400 65th Street Suite 200
Emeryville, CA 94608
tel: (510) 809-3160   Web Site
EIN: 94-2434026

Board Leadership
Rob King
Chair of the Board

CEO
Christa Scharfenberg
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.12 three stars
  Financial 85.23 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Center for Investigative Reporting d/b/a Reveal holds the powerful accountable and empowers the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives, and protect our democracy.

Founded in 1977, Reveal is among the most innovative, credible, and relevant media organizations in the country. We publish our multiplatform work on our website, public radio program, podcast, and social media. Our weekly public radio show and podcast, "Reveal," showcases investigative reporting in the public interest. The show airs on over 560 stations nationwide, reaching more than a million people per week, and the podcast is downloaded 1.3 million times a month. We also produce documentaries and television news stories, publish in-depth investigative reports, and partner with local and regional outlets to support and empower local news coverage. As a nonprofit, our bottom line is the public interest.

The Center for Investigative Reporting d/b/a Reveal holds the powerful accountable and empowers the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives, and protect our democracy.

Founded in 1977, Reveal is among the most innovative, credible, and relevant media organizations in the country. We publish our multiplatform work on our website, public radio program, podcast, and social media. Our weekly public radio show and podcast, "Reveal," showcases investigative reporting in the public interest. The show airs on over 560 stations nationwide, reaching more than a million people per week, and the podcast is downloaded 1.3 million times a month. We also produce documentaries and television news stories, publish in-depth investigative reports, and partner with local and regional outlets to support and empower local news coverage. As a nonprofit, our bottom line is the public interest.

Financial

three stars

85.23

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 10/01/2020 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)
82.5%
  Administrative Expenses 12.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.51
  Program Expenses Growth 0.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 33.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 88.12 three stars
Type Media Center (NY) 94.34 four stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 98.29 four stars
Commentary (NY) 86.54 three stars
Common Sense Media (CA) 89.84 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,396,811
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,396,811
   Program Service Revenue $215,913
Total Primary Revenue $8,612,724
   Other Revenue $60,270
TOTAL REVENUE $8,672,994
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,453,364
   Administrative Expenses $1,383,982
   Fundraising Expenses $637,434
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,474,780
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,801,786
   
Net Assets $5,909,806

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
Production and Distribution of Reporting Projects $8,453,364 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2020 88.12 three stars
2018-12 09/03/2019 86.54 three stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 90.80 four stars
2016-12 09/01/2017 92.31 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 89.11 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.00 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 90.65 four stars
2014-12 11/01/2015 89.45 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 90.91 four stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 96.27 four stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 94.25 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 89.34 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 87.28 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.09 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 87.29 three stars
2008-12 08/01/2010 97.36 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 94-2434026
Name in IRS Master File THE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING INC
NTEE Code R63
NTEE Classification Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 May, 1978
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
$255,000 2.43% Christa Scharfenberg Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 88.12 three stars
Common Sense Media (CA) 89.84 three stars
Resource Media (CA) 86.43 three stars
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) (WA) 94.68 four stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 98.29 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
1400 65th Street
Suite 200
Emeryville, CA 94608
tel: (510) 809-3160
fax: (510) 849-6141
EIN: 94-2434026

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Board Leadership

Rob King
Chair of the Board

CEO

Christa Scharfenberg
Chief Executive Officer

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