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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

91.64

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

Board Leadership
Stephen J. Adler
Chair

CEO
Bruce D. Brown
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.64 four stars
  Financial 91.31 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of reporters helped through our Hotline
350
Number of participants attending RCFP-led panels, trainings, and presentations
2,000
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

91.31

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
72.1%
  Administrative Expenses 17.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.94
  Program Expenses Growth 26.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.0%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (DC) 91.64 four stars
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger (CA) 88.80 three stars
Community Catalyst (MA) 87.25 three stars
National Coalition Against Censorship (NY) 97.85 four stars
Colorado Children's Campaign (CO) 90.46 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,096,756
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $564,833
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,661,589
   Program Service Revenue $62,156
Total Primary Revenue $3,723,745
   Other Revenue $417,440
TOTAL REVENUE $4,141,185
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,951,363
   Administrative Expenses $587,107
   Fundraising Expenses $272,588
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,811,058
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,330,127
   
Net Assets $13,619,357

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
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 91.64 four stars
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
$185,176 6.58% Bruce Brown Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (DC) 91.64 four stars
Advancement Project (CA) 86.74 three stars
Muslim Advocates (DC) 88.15 three stars
Young America's Foundation (VA) 90.51 four stars
re:power fund (MN) 89.68 three 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

Stephen J. Adler
Chair

CEO

Bruce D. Brown
Executive Director

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