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Media Matters for America

Comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media

two stars

78.89

P.O. Box 52155 Washington, DC 20091
tel: (202) 756-4100   Web Site
EIN: 47-0928008

Board Leadership
David Brock
Chairman

CEO
Angelo Carusone
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.89 two stars
  Financial 76.19 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 82.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Media Matters for America is a web-based progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation - news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda - every day, in real time. Media Matters posts rapid-response items as well as longer research and analytic reports documenting conservative misinformation throughout the media. Additionally, Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.

Media Matters for America is a web-based progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation - news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda - every day, in real time. Media Matters posts rapid-response items as well as longer research and analytic reports documenting conservative misinformation throughout the media. Additionally, Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.

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Financial

two stars

76.19

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

82.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
74.9%
  Administrative Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.24
  Program Expenses Growth 8.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 45.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Media Matters for America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Media Matters for America on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Media Matters for America (DC) 78.89 two stars
Food Research & Action Center (DC) 88.85 three stars
NALEO Educational Fund (CA) 91.11 four stars
Encore.org (CA) 91.15 four stars
The Atlantic Council of the United States (DC) 92.53 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,864,159
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $14,864,159
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $14,864,159
   Other Revenue $59,244
TOTAL REVENUE $14,923,403
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,980,166
   Administrative Expenses $1,325,617
   Fundraising Expenses $1,845,524
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,151,307
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,772,096
   
Net Assets $2,930,779

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
2018-12 05/01/2020 78.89 two stars
2017-12 10/01/2019 76.43 two stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 75.10 two stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 73.90 two 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 47-0928008
Name in IRS Master File MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA
NTEE Code B99
NTEE Classification Education N.E.C.
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, 2004
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$244,710 1.86% Angelo Carusone President
Other Salaries of Note
$278,417 2.11% David Brock Chairman

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Media Matters for America (DC) 78.89 two stars
Peterson Institute for International Economics (DC) 88.23 three stars
The Georgia Center for Opportunity (GA) 91.89 four stars
Constitutional Accountability Center (DC) 87.27 three stars
Mackinac Center for Public Policy (MI) 92.92 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Media Matters for America
P.O. Box 52155
Washington, DC 20091
tel: (202) 756-4100
EIN: 47-0928008

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Board Leadership

David Brock
Chairman

CEO

Angelo Carusone
President

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