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Constitutional Accountability Center

Through scholarship, litigation, and advocacy, we seek lasting victories rooted in the text and history of our Constitution.

four stars

90.20

1200 18th Street NW Suite 501
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 296-6889   Web Site
EIN: 52-2063854

Board Leadership
Andrew J. Pincus
Chair

CEO
Elizabeth B. Wydra
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.20 four stars
  Financial 91.57 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) is a think tank, law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of our Constitution's text and history. We work in our courts, through our government, and with legal scholars to preserve the rights and freedoms of all Americans and to protect our judiciary from politics and special interests. CAC launched on June 3, 2008. As a think tank, CAC produces original scholarship and distills and advances the work of other scholars. As an action center, CAC promotes our conviction that the Constitution is, in its most vital respects, a progressive document, written by revolutionaries and amended by those who prevailed in the most tumultuous social upheavals in our nation's history. As a law firm, CAC chooses the best cases to bring our ideas about the Constitution into court and secure victories in the U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme courts, and lower federal courts that move the law in a direction that comports with text and history.

Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) is a think tank, law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of our Constitution's text and history. We work in our courts, through our government, and with legal scholars to preserve the rights and freedoms of all Americans and to protect our judiciary from politics and special interests. CAC launched on June 3, 2008. As a think tank, CAC produces original scholarship and distills and advances the work of other scholars. As an action center, CAC promotes our conviction that the Constitution is, in its most vital respects, a progressive document, written by revolutionaries and amended by those who prevailed in the most tumultuous social upheavals in our nation's history. As a law firm, CAC chooses the best cases to bring our ideas about the Constitution into court and secure victories in the U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme courts, and lower federal courts that move the law in a direction that comports with text and history.

Financial

four stars

91.57

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
78.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.23
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Constitutional Accountability Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Constitutional Accountability Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Constitutional Accountability Center (DC) 90.20 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,716,478
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,716,478
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,716,478
   Other Revenue $85,034
TOTAL REVENUE $3,801,512
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,055,937
   Administrative Expenses $300,280
   Fundraising Expenses $294,835
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,651,052
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,150,460
   
Net Assets $6,467,531

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 90.20 four stars
2018-12 12/01/2019 87.27 three stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 91.86 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.63 three stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 81.50 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 52-2063854
Name in IRS Master File CONSTITUTIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY CENTER
NTEE Code I83
NTEE Classification Public Interest Law, Litigation
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(460) Public interest litigation activities
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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 February, 1998
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$232,231 8.75% Elizabeth B. Wydra President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Constitutional Accountability Center (DC) 90.20 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Constitutional Accountability Center
1200 18th Street NW
Suite 501
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 296-6889
fax: (202) 296-6895
EIN: 52-2063854

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Board Leadership

Andrew J. Pincus
Chair

CEO

Elizabeth B. Wydra
President

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