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American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Shaping Debate, Building Networks, Making A Difference

three stars

87.64

1899 L Street, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 393-6181   Web Site
EIN: 52-2313694

Board Leadership
Peter Karanjia
Chair

CEO
Russ Feingold
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.64 three stars
  Financial 91.04 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The American Constitution Society (ACS) believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values. By bringing together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people, ACS makes a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy.

The American Constitution Society (ACS) believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values. By bringing together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people, ACS makes a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy.

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Financial

four stars

91.04

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
79.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.12
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.75
  Program Expenses Growth 9.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Constitution Society for Law and Policy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by American Constitution Society for Law and Policy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (DC) 87.64 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,152,063
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,152,063
   Program Service Revenue $736,286
Total Primary Revenue $4,888,349
   Other Revenue $60,434
TOTAL REVENUE $4,948,783
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,264,759
   Administrative Expenses $474,350
   Fundraising Expenses $658,303
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,397,412
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,448,629
   
Net Assets $4,473,963

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
Network Advancement $1,509,771 28.7%
Strategic Engagement $1,274,746 24.2%
Policy Development $1,085,640 20.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 87.64 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 88.13 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 85.10 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 85.99 three stars
2014-12 12/21/2016 86.80 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 52-2313694
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY FOR LAW AND POLICY
NTEE Code B90
NTEE Classification Educational Services and Schools - Other
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 May, 2001
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
$287,147 4.48% Caroline Frederickson President

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American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (DC) 87.64 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
1899 L Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 393-6181
fax: (202) 393-6189
EIN: 52-2313694

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Board Leadership

Peter Karanjia
Chair

CEO

Russ Feingold
President

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