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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Better Government Association

Shining a light on government

four stars

96.89

223 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (312) 427-8330   Web Site
EIN: 36-0802950

Board Leadership
Mark Rust
Chair

CEO
Andy Shaw
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.89 four stars
  Financial 98.20 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Better Government Association (BGA) works for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform. Our Investigative Unit looks into allegations of waste, fraud and corruption in city, county, suburban and state government, and the results are made public through partnerships with local media. The Policy Advocacy Unit builds on the results of the BGA investigations to propose policy solutions to corruption, inefficiency, lack of accountability and waste in government.

The Better Government Association (BGA) works for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform. Our Investigative Unit looks into allegations of waste, fraud and corruption in city, county, suburban and state government, and the results are made public through partnerships with local media. The Policy Advocacy Unit builds on the results of the BGA investigations to propose policy solutions to corruption, inefficiency, lack of accountability and waste in government.

Financial

four stars

98.20

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 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)
78.7%
  Administrative Expenses 13.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.61
  Program Expenses Growth 17.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Better Government Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Better Government Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Better Government Association (IL) 96.89 four stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 85.95 three stars
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (DC) 89.86 three stars
Project Vote Smart (IA) 86.04 three stars
Freedom Alliance (VA) 92.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,068,593
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,572,916
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,641,509
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,641,509
   Other Revenue $-154,483
TOTAL REVENUE $3,487,026
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,519,803
   Administrative Expenses $268,551
   Fundraising Expenses $290,886
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,079,240
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $407,786
   
Net Assets $4,354,350

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
Investigative Unit $1,476,366 58.6%
Policy Advocacy $467,190 18.5%
Citizen Education and Communication Programs $458,813 18.2%

Ratings History
Better Government Association has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 06/01/2018 96.89 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 95.53 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.36 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 91.14 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 91.50 four stars
2012-12 10/01/2014 90.59 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 36-0802950
Name in IRS Master File BETTER GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION INC
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 (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(59) Other school related 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 May, 1950
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
$250,000 8.11% Andrew Shaw President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Better Government Association (IL) 96.89 four stars
National Health Law Program (DC) 90.74 four stars
Medicare Rights Center (NY) 91.45 four stars
MapLight (CA) 89.96 three stars
Citizens Against Government Waste (DC) 86.79 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Better Government Association
223 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (312) 427-8330
fax: (312) 821-9038
EIN: 36-0802950

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Board Leadership

Mark Rust
Chair

CEO

Andy Shaw
President, CEO

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