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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Dedicated to assisting journalists since 1970

94.98

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 94.98
  Financial 94.15
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

94.15

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
73.3%
  Administrative Expenses 17.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.30
  Program Expenses Growth 43.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.9%
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) 94.98
People's Action Institute (IL) 89.97
Corporate Accountability (MA) 87.98
Public Advocates (CA) 88.38
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice (NY) 87.22

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,404,111
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $786,887
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,190,998
   Program Service Revenue $278,026
Total Primary Revenue $4,469,024
   Other Revenue $576,385
TOTAL REVENUE $5,045,409
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,100,644
   Administrative Expenses $658,484
   Fundraising Expenses $297,136
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,056,264
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $989,145
   
Net Assets $15,660,624

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 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 94.98
2018-12 06/01/2020 91.64
2017-12 12/21/2018 91.90
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.28
2015-12 06/01/2017 89.38
2014-12 04/01/2017 86.77

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
$212,379 5.23% Bruce Brown Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (DC) 94.98
People's Action Institute (IL) 89.97
Equal Justice Works (DC) 91.85
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger (CA) 88.80
American Association of People with Disabilities (DC) 95.53

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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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