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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Center for Investigative Reporting

Producing multimedia reporting

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four stars

90.80

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

Board Leadership
Phil Bronstein
Executive Chair

CEO
Christa Scharfenberg
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.80 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1977, the Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization, producing multimedia reporting that has impact and is relevant to people's lives. Building on our long track record of award-winning print, broadcast and web reporting, CIR is now seeking to help lead the way in transforming journalism for the 21st century. CIR is working to ensure that high-quality, credible, unique journalism does not die, but flourishes. CIR's newest venture is California Watch, a major new reporting initiative to produce in-depth, high impact multimedia journalism specific to California and to engage the public on issues of critical importance to the state.

Founded in 1977, the Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative news organization, producing multimedia reporting that has impact and is relevant to people's lives. Building on our long track record of award-winning print, broadcast and web reporting, CIR is now seeking to help lead the way in transforming journalism for the 21st century. CIR is working to ensure that high-quality, credible, unique journalism does not die, but flourishes. CIR's newest venture is California Watch, a major new reporting initiative to produce in-depth, high impact multimedia journalism specific to California and to engage the public on issues of critical importance to the state.

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This impact information is current as of January 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
82.2%
  Administrative Expenses 13.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.65
  Program Expenses Growth 13.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Investigative Reporting on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Investigative Reporting on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 90.80 four stars
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GRIST (WA) 92.82 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,354,109
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $13,354,109
   Program Service Revenue $185,337
Total Primary Revenue $13,539,446
   Other Revenue $22,004
TOTAL REVENUE $13,561,450
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,095,760
   Administrative Expenses $1,506,798
   Fundraising Expenses $580,119
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,182,677
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $378,773
   
Net Assets $7,562,342

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 $11,095,760 100.0%

Ratings History
Center for Investigative Reporting has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$214,359 1.62% Joaquin Alvarado Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$182,500 1.38% Christa Scharfenberg Acting Chief Executive Officer
$172,125 1.30% Robert J. Rosenthal Executive Director

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Charity Contact Info

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

Phil Bronstein
Executive Chair

CEO

Christa Scharfenberg
Chief Executive Officer

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