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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

The Sunlight Foundation

Making government transparent and accountable

four stars

91.92

1818 N Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 742-1520   Web Site
EIN: 20-3903427

Board Leadership
Michael Klein
Chair

CEO
John Wonderlich
Interim Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.92 four stars
  Financial 89.30 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

89.30

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
85.2%
  Administrative Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.67
  Program Expenses Growth -0.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Sunlight Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Sunlight Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Sunlight Foundation (DC) 91.92 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 91.45 four stars
Better Government Association (IL) 95.36 four stars
Project Vote Smart (IA) 92.99 four stars
Freedom Alliance (VA) 92.55 four stars

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The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike. We are committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining "public" information as meaning "online," and by creating new tools and websites to enable individuals and communities to better access that information and put it to use.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,130,213
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,130,213
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,130,213
   Other Revenue $26,548
TOTAL REVENUE $4,156,761
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,400,316
   Administrative Expenses $652,973
   Fundraising Expenses $526,903
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,580,192
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,423,431
   
Net Assets $4,718,960

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
The Sunlight Foundation has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.92 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 91.83 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 94.59 four stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 93.74 four stars
2010-12 09/01/2012 93.87 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 20-3903427
Name in IRS Master File SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION
NTEE Code W20
NTEE Classification Government and Public Administration
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable 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 June, 2006
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, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$251,172 3.81% Ellen Miller Executive Director

The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike. We are committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining "public" information as meaning "online," and by creating new tools and websites to enable individuals and communities to better access that information and put it to use.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Sunlight Foundation (DC) 91.92 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

The Sunlight Foundation
1818 N Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 742-1520
EIN: 20-3903427

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Board Leadership

Michael Klein
Chair

CEO

John Wonderlich
Interim Executive Director

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