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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Center for the Study of Social Policy

Ideas into action

three stars

89.42

1575 Eye Street NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 371-1565   Web Site
EIN: 52-1254948

Board Leadership
Carol Wilson Spigner
Chair

CEO
Frank Farrow
Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.42 three stars
  Financial 89.87 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1979 as part of the University of Chicago, CSSP's primary goal was to influence public policy affecting poor children and families, the elderly and the disabled. Founder Tom Joe, blind from early childhood, was a staunch advocate for federal and state policies that leveled the playing field for the disenfranchised and addressed the injustices that affected people's lives. He envisioned CSSP as a place where policy analysis would reflect real-world knowledge of the intricacies of public sector governance and finance. That concept was further realized by the academic rigor and commitment to nurturing the skills of young people that co-founder Harold Richman brought to CSSP. The former dean of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and founder of Chapin Hall Center for Children joined Joe to launch CSSP as an organization committed to developing and recommending innovative policy solutions. Their vision was rooted in impatience with the status quo but realism about implementation. Above all, their idea of what CSSP was, and is, was based on a solid understanding of what families and communities actually experience and need.

Established in 1979 as part of the University of Chicago, CSSP's primary goal was to influence public policy affecting poor children and families, the elderly and the disabled. Founder Tom Joe, blind from early childhood, was a staunch advocate for federal and state policies that leveled the playing field for the disenfranchised and addressed the injustices that affected people's lives. He envisioned CSSP as a place where policy analysis would reflect real-world knowledge of the intricacies of public sector governance and finance. That concept was further realized by the academic rigor and commitment to nurturing the skills of young people that co-founder Harold Richman brought to CSSP. The former dean of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and founder of Chapin Hall Center for Children joined Joe to launch CSSP as an organization committed to developing and recommending innovative policy solutions. Their vision was rooted in impatience with the status quo but realism about implementation. Above all, their idea of what CSSP was, and is, was based on a solid understanding of what families and communities actually experience and need.

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Financial

three stars

89.87

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 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)
88.4%
  Administrative Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.52
  Program Expenses Growth 9.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 52.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for the Study of Social Policy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for the Study of Social Policy on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for the Study of Social Policy (DC) 89.42 three stars
Alliance For Children (TX) 94.10 four stars
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region (CO) 88.82 three stars
Family First (FL) 89.66 three stars
Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County (TX) 91.85 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,901,850
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,376,937
Total Contributions $13,278,787
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $13,278,787
   Other Revenue $270,102
TOTAL REVENUE $13,548,889
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,701,779
   Administrative Expenses $1,275,351
   Fundraising Expenses $71,780
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,048,910
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $499,979
   
Net Assets $6,744,517

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
Child and Family Well-Being and Public System Reform $4,313,883 36.9%
Young Children and Their Families Program $3,966,660 33.9%
Building Strong Communities $3,185,137 27.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 89.42 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 87.26 three stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 82.29 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 52-1254948
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SOCIAL POLICY
NTEE Code W99
NTEE Classification Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (429) Other inner city or community benefit 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 July, 1982
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
$225,687 1.72% Frank Farrow President
Other Salaries of Note
$225,605 1.72% Judith Meltzer Executive Vice President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for the Study of Social Policy (DC) 89.42 three stars
Greater Richmond SCAN (VA) 87.55 three stars
KC Healthy Kids (KS) 87.15 three stars
Memphis Child Advocacy Center (TN) 90.10 four stars
Florida's Children First (FL) 90.65 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Center for the Study of Social Policy
1575 Eye Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 371-1565
fax: (202) 371-1472
EIN: 52-1254948

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Board Leadership

Carol Wilson Spigner
Chair

CEO

Frank Farrow
Director

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