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Public Agenda

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

four stars

91.07

195 Montague Street 14th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel: (212) 686-6610   Web Site
EIN: 13-2847587

Board Leadership
Mitchel Wallerstein
Chair of the Board

CEO
Will Friedman
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.07 four stars
  Financial 93.82 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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

93.82

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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 11.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.54
  Program Expenses Growth 11.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.3%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Agenda (NY) 91.07 four stars
Mackinac Center (MI) 92.92 four stars
Encore.org (CA) 91.15 four stars
American Youth Policy Forum (DC) 91.99 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,240,779
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,240,779
   Program Service Revenue $1,079,581
Total Primary Revenue $3,320,360
   Other Revenue $17,038
TOTAL REVENUE $3,337,398
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,972,403
   Administrative Expenses $765,547
   Fundraising Expenses $445,594
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,183,544
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,846,146
   
Net Assets $2,612,004

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
Higher Education and Workforce $2,685,350 67.6%
Research $862,006 21.7%
Public Engagement $402,228 10.1%

Ratings History
Public Agenda has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$248,557 4.79% William K. Friedman President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Agenda (NY) 91.07 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Public Agenda
195 Montague Street
14th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel: (212) 686-6610
fax: (212) 889-3461
EIN: 13-2847587

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Board Leadership

Mitchel Wallerstein
Chair of the Board

CEO

Will Friedman
President

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