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NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures

Strengthening States for 40 Years.

three stars

83.94

7700 East First Place Denver, CO 80230
tel: (303) 364-7700   Web Site
EIN: 74-2232576

Board Leadership
Mitzi Johnson
President

CEO
William Pound
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.94 three stars
  Financial 82.13 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 86.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures is committed to the important work of strengthening state legislatures, counteracting cynicism and distrust of the legislative process and helping lawmakers confront and solve the critical issues of our time through a public-private dialogue. The Foundation for State Legislatures was created in 1982 by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the nation's preeminent bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staff members of the nation's 50 states, territories, and commonwealths.

The NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures is committed to the important work of strengthening state legislatures, counteracting cynicism and distrust of the legislative process and helping lawmakers confront and solve the critical issues of our time through a public-private dialogue. The Foundation for State Legislatures was created in 1982 by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the nation's preeminent bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staff members of the nation's 50 states, territories, and commonwealths.

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Financial

three stars

82.13

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

86.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
79.6%
  Administrative Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.13
  Program Expenses Growth 5.2%
  Liabilities to Assets < 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures (CO) 83.94 three stars
Reason Foundation (CA) 95.47 four stars
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (DC) 86.70 three stars
New America (DC) 94.49 four stars
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (NY) 94.08 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,038,000
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,038,000
   Program Service Revenue $857,485
Total Primary Revenue $3,895,485
   Other Revenue $500
TOTAL REVENUE $3,895,985
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,029,991
   Administrative Expenses $302,368
   Fundraising Expenses $516,532
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,848,891
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $47,094
   
Net Assets $467,796

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
Legislative Training Projects $1,381,969 45.6%
Communications Projects $466,259 15.4%
Ethical Standards $335,497 11.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 83.94 three stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 83.18 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 80.44 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 82.41 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 85.41 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 85.28 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 81.78 three stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 78.09 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 74-2232576
Name in IRS Master File NCSL FOUNDATION FOR STATE LEGISLATURES
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 (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
(998) Unspecified
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 October, 1982
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- William Pound Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures (CO) 83.94 three stars
Partnership for Public Service (DC) 90.15 four stars
Center for Economic and Policy Research (DC) 91.85 four stars
Institute for Local Self-Reliance (DC) 90.79 four stars
Oil Change International (DC) 90.58 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures
7700 East First Place
Denver, CO 80230
tel: (303) 364-7700
fax: (303) 364-7800
EIN: 74-2232576

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Board Leadership

Mitzi Johnson
President

CEO

William Pound
Executive Director

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