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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Ballotpedia

The Encyclopedia of American Politics

three stars

87.50

8383 Greenway Blvd Suite 600
Middleton, WI 53562
tel: (608) 255-0688   Web Site
EIN: 20-8036372

Board Leadership
Mike Barnhart
Chair

CEO
Leslie Graves
CEO and President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.50 three stars
  Financial 83.77 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Lucy Burns Institute is to empower our audience to engage in democracy by delivering exceptionally high quality information. We strive to equip our readers with the truth so it can be used in positive, powerful, and unforeseen ways. Informed voters are the foundation of democracy and positive change starts with them. We believe that the online environment is an extraordinary opportunity to reach voters with comprehensive facts, information, and context. With your help, we have created and continue to build Ballotpedia, the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. With over 285,000 original articles, Ballotpedia's goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. Ballotpedia's articles are 100 percent written by our professional staff. We thoroughly vet and carefully curate all information we publish.

The mission of the Lucy Burns Institute is to empower our audience to engage in democracy by delivering exceptionally high quality information. We strive to equip our readers with the truth so it can be used in positive, powerful, and unforeseen ways. Informed voters are the foundation of democracy and positive change starts with them. We believe that the online environment is an extraordinary opportunity to reach voters with comprehensive facts, information, and context. With your help, we have created and continue to build Ballotpedia, the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. With over 285,000 original articles, Ballotpedia's goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. Ballotpedia's articles are 100 percent written by our professional staff. We thoroughly vet and carefully curate all information we publish.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Number of website pageviews
233,829,000
Total number of articles on the website
299,982
Number of mentions of the organization by the media
10,764
Number of return website visitors
6,118,550
New articles created
15,134
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

83.77

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 08/01/2020 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)
80.7%
  Administrative Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.22
  Program Expenses Growth 11.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ballotpedia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ballotpedia on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ballotpedia (WI) 87.50 three stars
ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts (MA) 91.65 four stars
Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU (IL) 92.02 four stars
Colorado Children's Campaign (CO) 90.46 four stars
Committee to Protect Journalists (NY) 92.51 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,201,501
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,201,501
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,201,501
   Other Revenue $405,630
TOTAL REVENUE $4,607,131
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,030,149
   Administrative Expenses $415,824
   Fundraising Expenses $506,922
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,952,895
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-345,764
   
Net Assets $1,091,196

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
Ballopedia.org, Encyclopedia of American Politics $4,030,149 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 08/01/2020 87.50 three stars
2018-12 06/01/2020 87.20 three stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 89.93 three stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 86.51 three stars
2016-12 08/01/2018 88.95 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 84.94 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 74.76 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 72.11 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 70.14 two stars
2013-12 03/01/2015 78.57 two 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 20-8036372
Name in IRS Master File LUCY BURNS INSTITUTE INC
NTEE Code W99
NTEE Classification Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
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, 2008
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$119,652 2.41% Leslie Graves President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ballotpedia (WI) 87.50 three stars
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NY) 89.16 three stars
World Youth Alliance (NY) 85.28 three stars
National Urban League (NY) 89.76 three stars
American Jewish Committee (NY) 87.27 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Ballotpedia
8383 Greenway Blvd
Suite 600
Middleton, WI 53562
tel: (608) 255-0688
EIN: 20-8036372

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Board Leadership

Mike Barnhart
Chair

CEO

Leslie Graves
CEO and President

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