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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Institute for Free Speech

Protecting speech, press, assembly, and petition rights

four stars

97.05

124 S. West Street Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: (703) 894-6832   Web Site
EIN: 20-3676886

Board Leadership
Bradley A. Smith
Chair

CEO
David Keating
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.05 four stars
  Financial 97.12 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Through strategic litigation, communication, activism, training, research, and education, the Institute for Free Speech (IFS) works to promote and defend the political rights to free speech, press, assembly, and petition guaranteed by the First Amendment.

We are the nation's leading organization dedicated solely to protecting First Amendment political rights. The Institute for Free Speech represents clients on a pro bono basis in order to secure their First Amendment rights. IFS actively pursues strategic litigation and files amicus briefs to those ends.

Through strategic litigation, communication, activism, training, research, and education, the Institute for Free Speech (IFS) works to promote and defend the political rights to free speech, press, assembly, and petition guaranteed by the First Amendment.

We are the nation's leading organization dedicated solely to protecting First Amendment political rights. The Institute for Free Speech represents clients on a pro bono basis in order to secure their First Amendment rights. IFS actively pursues strategic litigation and files amicus briefs to those ends.

Financial

four stars

97.12

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 04/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
83.7%
  Administrative Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.67
  Program Expenses Growth 7.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute for Free Speech on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Institute for Free Speech on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Institute for Free Speech (VA) 97.05 four stars
Bet Tzedek (CA) 88.25 three stars
Legal Services for Children (CA) 88.87 three stars
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (PA) 86.50 three stars
The Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center (CA) 90.54 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,021,188
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,021,188
   Program Service Revenue $125,000
Total Primary Revenue $2,146,188
   Other Revenue $8,598
TOTAL REVENUE $2,154,786
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,563,227
   Administrative Expenses $58,891
   Fundraising Expenses $193,629
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,815,747
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $339,039
   
Net Assets $2,744,825

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
Litigation Program $793,195 50.7%
Research $452,453 28.9%
Education $317,579 20.3%

Ratings History
Institute for Free Speech has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 04/01/2018 97.05 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 95.32 four stars
2014-12 09/01/2016 91.16 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.96 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 88.17 three stars
2013-12 03/01/2015 93.50 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 20-3676886
Name in IRS Master File INSTITUTE FOR FREE SPEECH
NTEE Code W20
NTEE Classification Government and Public Administration
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational 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 March, 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, 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
$155,280 8.55% David Keating President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Institute for Free Speech (VA) 97.05 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Institute for Free Speech
124 S. West Street
Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: (703) 894-6832
fax: (703) 894-6811
EIN: 20-3676886

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Board Leadership

Bradley A. Smith
Chair

CEO

David Keating
President

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