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Commentary

America's premier monthly magazine of opinion and a pivotal voice in American intellectual life

three stars

86.54

561 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 891-1400   Web Site
EIN: 13-3610041

Board Leadership
Daniel R. Benson
Chairman

CEO
John Podhoretz
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.54 three stars
  Financial 87.12 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

COMMENTARY is America's premier monthly magazine of opinion and a pivotal voice in American intellectual life. Since its inception in 1945, and increasingly after it emerged as the flagship of neo-conservatism in the 1970s, the magazine has been consistently engaged with several large, interrelated questions: the fate of democracy and of democratic ideas in a world threatened by totalitarian ideologies; the state of American and Western security; the future of the Jews, Judaism, and Jewish culture in Israel, the United States, and around the world; and the preservation of high culture in an age of political correctness and the collapse of critical standards. COMMENTARY was founded in 1945 by the American Jewish Committee.

COMMENTARY is America's premier monthly magazine of opinion and a pivotal voice in American intellectual life. Since its inception in 1945, and increasingly after it emerged as the flagship of neo-conservatism in the 1970s, the magazine has been consistently engaged with several large, interrelated questions: the fate of democracy and of democratic ideas in a world threatened by totalitarian ideologies; the state of American and Western security; the future of the Jews, Judaism, and Jewish culture in Israel, the United States, and around the world; and the preservation of high culture in an age of political correctness and the collapse of critical standards. COMMENTARY was founded in 1945 by the American Jewish Committee.

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Financial

three stars

87.12

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

86.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
78.8%
  Administrative Expenses 16.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.13
  Program Expenses Growth -1.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Commentary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Commentary on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Commentary (NY) 86.54 three stars
Moving Picture Institute (NY) 93.98 four stars
Common Sense Media (CA) 89.84 three stars
GRIST (WA) 88.73 three stars
Type Media Center (NY) 94.34 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $840,026
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $224,674
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,064,700
   Program Service Revenue $657,334
Total Primary Revenue $1,722,034
   Other Revenue $173,078
TOTAL REVENUE $1,895,112
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,299,797
   Administrative Expenses $415,177
   Fundraising Expenses $147,239
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,862,213
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-967,101
   
Net Assets $6,449,838

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.

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Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 86.54 three stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 90.59 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 86.00 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 88.79 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.69 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 03/01/2015 80.64 three stars

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EIN 13-3610041
Name in IRS Master File COMMENTARY INC
NTEE Code X83
NTEE Classification Religious Printing, Publishing
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(120) Publishing activities
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 July, 1991
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
$365,809 12.78% John Podhoretz President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Commentary (NY) 86.54 three stars
Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 86.54 three stars
Graywolf Press (MN) 96.66 four stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 98.14 four stars
ProPublica (NY) 100.00 four stars

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Commentary
561 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 891-1400
EIN: 13-3610041

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Board Leadership

Daniel R. Benson
Chairman

CEO

John Podhoretz
President

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