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The Committee of Seventy

three stars

87.63

123 South Broad Street Suite 1800
Philadelphia, PA 19109
tel: (215) 557-3600   Web Site
EIN: 23-0487205

Board Leadership
Bret S. Perkins
Chair

CEO
David Thornburgh
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.63 three stars
  Financial 87.28 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

In this century, we have led the fight to defend campaign financing limits, established a city Board of Ethics and made lobbying (and the spending associated with it) a matter of public record. Our wars against pay-to-play politics and officeholder pension grabs helped to turn the ideas of better government and fair elections into a movement. And we continue to be the go-to organization for trustworthy background and analysis on issues related to Philadelphia's political culture and its government. We have broadened our scope and expanded our mission in recent years, but we have never lost sight of why we were created in 1904: “To keep watch and ward over the public interests.”

In this century, we have led the fight to defend campaign financing limits, established a city Board of Ethics and made lobbying (and the spending associated with it) a matter of public record. Our wars against pay-to-play politics and officeholder pension grabs helped to turn the ideas of better government and fair elections into a movement. And we continue to be the go-to organization for trustworthy background and analysis on issues related to Philadelphia's political culture and its government. We have broadened our scope and expanded our mission in recent years, but we have never lost sight of why we were created in 1904: “To keep watch and ward over the public interests.”

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Financial

three stars

87.28

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
75.5%
  Administrative Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.66
  Program Expenses Growth 16.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Committee of Seventy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Committee of Seventy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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The Committee of Seventy (PA) 87.63 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,886,461
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,886,461
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,886,461
   Other Revenue $15
TOTAL REVENUE $1,886,476
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,088,945
   Administrative Expenses $214,901
   Fundraising Expenses $186,958
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,490,804
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $395,672
   
Net Assets $787,645

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
Draw the Lines $541,493 49.7%
Election Program and Civic Education $322,596 29.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 11/01/2019 87.63 three 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 23-0487205
Name in IRS Master File THE COMMITTEE OF SEVENTY
NTEE Code R40
NTEE Classification Voter Education, Registration
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related 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 November, 2002
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$260,997 17.50% David Thornburgh President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Committee of Seventy (PA) 87.63 three stars
Washington Policy Center (WA) 85.98 three stars
The Center for Democracy and Technology (DC) 87.83 three stars
Mercatus Center (VA) 88.81 three stars
Texas Public Policy Foundation (TX) 87.02 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Committee of Seventy
123 South Broad Street
Suite 1800
Philadelphia, PA 19109
tel: (215) 557-3600
fax: (215) 557-3608
EIN: 23-0487205

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Board Leadership

Bret S. Perkins
Chair

CEO

David Thornburgh
President, CEO

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