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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

91.86

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

Board Leadership
Eleanor D. Acheson
Chair

CEO
Elizabeth B. Wydra
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.86 four stars
  Financial 96.61 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

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Financial

four stars

96.61

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 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)
81.9%
  Administrative Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.32
  Program Expenses Growth 15.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.2%
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) 91.86 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,485,609
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,485,609
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,485,609
   Other Revenue $20,280
TOTAL REVENUE $4,505,889
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,959,414
   Administrative Expenses $211,722
   Fundraising Expenses $298,549
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,469,685
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,036,204
   
Net Assets $3,571,498

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
Progressive Constitution Project $1,816,839 61.4%
General Program $1,142,575 38.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
$207,500 5.98% Elizabeth B Wydra President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Constitutional Accountability Center (DC) 91.86 four stars
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 88.36 three stars
World Institute on Disability (CA) 89.50 three stars
Center for a New American Security (DC) 96.54 four stars
Council for a Strong America (DC) 95.16 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

Eleanor D. Acheson
Chair

CEO

Elizabeth B. Wydra
President

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