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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

The Sunlight Foundation

Making government transparent and accountable

73.14

1440 G Street NW Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 742-1520   Web Site
EIN: 20-3903427

Board Leadership
Michael Klein
Chair

CEO
John Wonderlich
Executive Director

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 73.14
  Financial 91.44
  Accountability & Transparency 63.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Financial

91.44

Accountability & Transparency

63.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 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)
75.3%
  Administrative Expenses 18.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.64
  Program Expenses Growth 9.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.4%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Sunlight Foundation (DC) 73.14
Better Government Association (IL) 87.92
Government Accountability Project (DC) 95.98
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 89.87
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (DC) 85.44

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $838,144
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $838,144
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $838,144
   Other Revenue $2,560
TOTAL REVENUE $840,704
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,217,728
   Administrative Expenses $206,400
   Fundraising Expenses $71,363
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,495,491
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-654,787
   
Net Assets $934,694

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 08/03/2021 73.14
2018-12 04/01/2020 82.45
2017-12 02/01/2019 81.08
2016-12 12/21/2018 79.50
2016-12 06/01/2018 68.08
2015-12 09/01/2017 85.96
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.92
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 91.83
2012-12 05/01/2014 94.59
2011-12 07/01/2013 93.74
2010-12 09/01/2012 93.87

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 The Sunlight Foundation
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification
Subsection  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status
Deductibility
Affiliation
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Filing Requirement
Fiscal Year End
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
$183,891 12.29% John Wonderlich Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Sunlight Foundation (DC) 73.14
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (DC) 91.19
Campaign Legal Center (DC) 93.00
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.57
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 97.12

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Charity Contact Info

The Sunlight Foundation
1440 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 742-1520
EIN: 20-3903427

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Board Leadership

Michael Klein
Chair

CEO

John Wonderlich
Executive Director

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