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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

The American Spectator Foundation

Educating the public

two stars

73.91

122 S Royal Street Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: (703) 807-2011   Web Site
EIN: 23-7002632

Board Leadership
Robert Luddy
Chairman

CEO
Melissa Mackenzie
Publisher

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 73.91 two stars
  Financial 80.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 69.00 one star
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The American Spectator Foundation, founded in 1999, educates the public on new ideas, concepts and policies that favor the principles of economic freedom, individual liberty, limited government, and traditional American values. To this end, the Foundation also trains and cultivates young writers for careers in journalism and serves as a resource and an outlet for a host of both young and established conservative writers and thinkers. The Foundation is responsible for publishing "The American Spectator" which provides Americans with news and commentary on politics, economics, and culture.

The American Spectator Foundation, founded in 1999, educates the public on new ideas, concepts and policies that favor the principles of economic freedom, individual liberty, limited government, and traditional American values. To this end, the Foundation also trains and cultivates young writers for careers in journalism and serves as a resource and an outlet for a host of both young and established conservative writers and thinkers. The Foundation is responsible for publishing "The American Spectator" which provides Americans with news and commentary on politics, economics, and culture.

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Financial

three stars

80.00

Accountability & Transparency

one star

69.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
45.8%
  Administrative Expenses 36.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.00
  Program Expenses Growth 50.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The American Spectator Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The American Spectator Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The American Spectator Foundation (VA) 73.91 two stars
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) (WA) 92.04 four stars
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 86.54 three stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 90.53 four stars
Common Sense Media (CA) 89.84 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,148,747
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $276,845
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,425,592
   Program Service Revenue $138,332
Total Primary Revenue $1,563,924
   Other Revenue $-23,570
TOTAL REVENUE $1,540,354
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $702,717
   Administrative Expenses $98,356
   Fundraising Expenses $209,441
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,010,514
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $529,840
   
Net Assets $877,020

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
Publication and Distribution $702,717 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/01/2019 73.91 two stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 25.96 zero star
2016-12 04/01/2018 59.76 one star
2015-12 06/01/2017 60.50 one star
2014-12 06/01/2016 59.90 one star
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 64.37 one star
2012-12 05/01/2014 61.49 one star
2011-12 07/01/2013 68.50 one star

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

EIN 23-7002632
Name in IRS Master File THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR FOUNDATION DON RIECK
NTEE Code B82
NTEE Classification Scholarships, Student Financial Aid Services, Awards
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related 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, 1969
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
$117,500 11.62% Melissa Clouthier Publisher

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The American Spectator Foundation (VA) 73.91 two stars
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Common Sense Media (CA) 89.84 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The American Spectator Foundation
122 S Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: (703) 807-2011
EIN: 23-7002632

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Board Leadership

Robert Luddy
Chairman

CEO

Melissa Mackenzie
Publisher

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