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American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Shaping Debate, Building Networks, Making A Difference

three stars

88.13

899 L Street, NW 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 393-6181   Web Site
EIN: 52-2313694

Board Leadership
Pamela S. Karlan
Chair

CEO
Caroline Fredrickson
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.13 three stars
  Financial 92.49 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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

92.49

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 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)
78.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.08
  Program Expenses Growth 8.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.2%
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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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (DC) 88.13 three stars
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (NY) 94.25 four stars
National Employment Law Project (NY) 92.22 four stars
Texas Public Policy Foundation (TX) 87.02 three stars
The Aspen Institute (DC) 94.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,578,738
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,578,738
   Program Service Revenue $793,417
Total Primary Revenue $6,372,155
   Other Revenue $32,895
TOTAL REVENUE $6,405,050
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,745,838
   Administrative Expenses $556,099
   Fundraising Expenses $589,183
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,891,120
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $513,930
   
Net Assets $5,922,592

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 $1,446,725 30.5%
Strategic Engagement $1,289,579 27.2%
Policy Development $814,949 17.2%
Communications $614,816 13.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$287,038 4.87% Caroline Frederickson President

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Charity Contact Info

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
899 L Street, NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 393-6181
fax: (202) 393-6189
EIN: 52-2313694

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Board Leadership

Pamela S. Karlan
Chair

CEO

Caroline Fredrickson
President

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