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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Dedicated to assisting journalists since 1970

four stars

91.90

1156 15th Street NW Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (800) 336-4243   Web Site
EIN: 52-0972043

Board Leadership
David Boardman
Chair

CEO
Bruce D. Brown
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.90 four stars
  Financial 91.82 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is to protect the right to gather and distribute news; to keep government accountable by ensuring access to public records, meetings and courtrooms; and to preserve the principles of free speech and unfettered press, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. For more than 45 years, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and its staff attorneys have provided free legal resources, support, and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights of journalists working in areas where U.S. law applies, regardless of the medium in which their work appears.

The mission of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is to protect the right to gather and distribute news; to keep government accountable by ensuring access to public records, meetings and courtrooms; and to preserve the principles of free speech and unfettered press, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. For more than 45 years, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and its staff attorneys have provided free legal resources, support, and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights of journalists working in areas where U.S. law applies, regardless of the medium in which their work appears.

Financial

four stars

91.82

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

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)
73.9%
  Administrative Expenses 15.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.74
  Program Expenses Growth 21.3%
  Liabilities to Assets < 0.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (DC) 91.90 four stars
New York Immigration Coalition (NY) 88.81 three stars
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (NY) 91.92 four stars
Compassion & Choices (CO) 96.56 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,397,633
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $744,313
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,141,946
   Program Service Revenue $87,317
Total Primary Revenue $4,229,263
   Other Revenue $-5,078
TOTAL REVENUE $4,224,185
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,441,053
   Administrative Expenses $316,615
   Fundraising Expenses $225,172
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,982,840
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,241,345
   
Net Assets $8,937,694

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
2017-12 12/21/2018 91.90 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.28 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 89.38 three stars
2014-12 04/01/2017 86.77 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 52-0972043
Name in IRS Master File REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (460) Public interest litigation activities
(449) Other civil rights 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 August, 1973
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$185,397 9.35% Bruce Brown Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (DC) 91.90 four stars
National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (VA) 87.61 three stars
Headwaters Foundation for Social Justice (MN) 87.17 three stars
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (DC) 86.67 three stars
American Family Association (MS) 90.91 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1156 15th Street NW
Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (800) 336-4243
EIN: 52-0972043

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Board Leadership

David Boardman
Chair

CEO

Bruce D. Brown
Executive Director

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