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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Civic Federation

Research, information, action

three stars

82.20

10 North Dearborn Street Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 201-9066   Web Site
EIN: 36-2170124

Board Leadership
Kent Swanson
Chairman

CEO
Laurence Msall
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.20 three stars
  Financial 77.37 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Civic Federation is to provide objective research, analysis and recommendations that champion efficient delivery of high-quality government services, promote sustainable tax policies and responsible long-term financial planning, improve government transparency and accountability, educate and serve as a resource for policymakers, opinion leaders and the broader public. Founded in 1894, the Civic Federation is an independent, non-partisan government research organization that provides analysis and recommendations on government finance issues for the Chicago region and State of Illinois. The Federation's membership includes business and professional leaders from a wide range of Chicago area corporations, professional service firms and institutions.

The mission of the Civic Federation is to provide objective research, analysis and recommendations that champion efficient delivery of high-quality government services, promote sustainable tax policies and responsible long-term financial planning, improve government transparency and accountability, educate and serve as a resource for policymakers, opinion leaders and the broader public. Founded in 1894, the Civic Federation is an independent, non-partisan government research organization that provides analysis and recommendations on government finance issues for the Chicago region and State of Illinois. The Federation's membership includes business and professional leaders from a wide range of Chicago area corporations, professional service firms and institutions.

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Financial

two stars

77.37

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
58.3%
  Administrative Expenses 28.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.30
  Program Expenses Growth 11.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Civic Federation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Civic Federation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Civic Federation (IL) 82.20 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $598,489
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $366,645
   Fundraising Events $686,355
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,651,489
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,651,489
   Other Revenue $734
TOTAL REVENUE $1,652,223
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,164,550
   Administrative Expenses $389,011
   Fundraising Expenses $275,530
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,829,091
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-176,868
   
Net Assets $3,954,765

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
Advocacy $1,164,550 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 08/01/2019 82.20 three stars
2017-09 07/01/2018 76.05 two stars
2016-09 12/22/2017 79.44 two stars
2015-09 12/21/2016 73.97 two 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 36-2170124
Name in IRS Master File CIVIC FEDERATION
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
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 August, 1941
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$353,743 19.33% Laurence J. Msall President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Civic Federation (IL) 82.20 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

Civic Federation
10 North Dearborn Street
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60602
tel: (312) 201-9066
fax: (312) 201-9041
EIN: 36-2170124

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Board Leadership

Kent Swanson
Chairman

CEO

Laurence Msall
President

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