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Public Agenda

Partnering with citizens and leaders to help them navigate complex and divisive issues.

three stars

89.54

1 Dock 72 Way Brooklyn, NY 11205
tel: (212) 686-6610   Web Site
EIN: 13-2847587

Board Leadership
Betty Sue Flowers
Chair of the Board

CEO
Will Friedman
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.54 three stars
  Financial 90.11 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

By elevating a diversity of voices, forging common ground and improving dialogue and collaboration among leaders and communities, Public Agenda fuels progress on critical issues, including education, health care and community engagement. Founded in 1975, Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City.

By elevating a diversity of voices, forging common ground and improving dialogue and collaboration among leaders and communities, Public Agenda fuels progress on critical issues, including education, health care and community engagement. Founded in 1975, Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City.

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Financial

four stars

90.11

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
79.5%
  Administrative Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.12
  Program Expenses Growth 3.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Agenda on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Agenda on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings or town halls
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Agenda (NY) 89.54 three stars
Independence Institute (CO) 91.27 four stars
The Land Institute (KS) 95.63 four stars
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (DC) 87.64 three stars
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (IA) 88.57 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,809,565
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,809,565
   Program Service Revenue $731,260
Total Primary Revenue $5,540,825
   Other Revenue $56,900
TOTAL REVENUE $5,597,725
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,434,355
   Administrative Expenses $485,210
   Fundraising Expenses $209,600
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,129,165
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,468,560
   
Net Assets $5,052,148

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
Research $815,354 33.5%
Public Engagement $591,498 24.3%
Higher Education and Workforce $587,300 24.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 89.54 three stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 91.07 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 91.81 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 89.63 three stars
2014-12 12/21/2016 87.51 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 13-2847587
Name in IRS Master File PUBLIC AGENDA INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
(124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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, 1987
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
$236,163 7.54% William K. Friedman President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Agenda (NY) 89.54 three stars
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (DC) 95.04 four stars
North Carolina Justice Center (NC) 92.22 four stars
Center on Policy Initiatives (CA) 92.18 four stars
Population Reference Bureau (DC) 92.19 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Public Agenda
1 Dock 72 Way
Brooklyn, NY 11205
tel: (212) 686-6610
fax: (212) 889-3461
EIN: 13-2847587

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Board Leadership

Betty Sue Flowers
Chair of the Board

CEO

Will Friedman
President

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