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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Better Government Association

Shining a light on government

four stars

92.07

223 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (312) 427-8330   Web Site
EIN: 36-0802950

Board Leadership
Jack Modzelewski
Chair

CEO
David Greising
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.07 four stars
  Financial 92.16 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

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Financial

four stars

92.16

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 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)
80.9%
  Administrative Expenses 7.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.13
  Program Expenses Growth 8.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.5%
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) 92.07 four stars
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (DC) 91.89 four stars
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 91.31 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 97.17 four stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.83 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,189,141
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,877,940
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,067,081
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,067,081
   Other Revenue $-93,003
TOTAL REVENUE $2,974,078
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,734,025
   Administrative Expenses $241,865
   Fundraising Expenses $554,633
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,530,523
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-556,445
   
Net Assets $3,689,807

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 $1,632,484 59.7%
Policy Advocacy $573,262 21.0%
Citizen Education and Communication Programs $399,057 14.6%

Ratings History
Better Government Association has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 92.07 four stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 94.29 four stars
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$177,404 5.02% David Greising President and CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$100,000 2.83% Andrew Shaw Former President and CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Better Government Association (IL) 92.07 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 89.71 three stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 97.17 four stars
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 91.80 four stars
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 91.31 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Better Government Association
223 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (312) 427-8330
EIN: 36-0802950

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Board Leadership

Jack Modzelewski
Chair

CEO

David Greising
President, CEO

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