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Franklin News Foundation

Producing public interest journalism that makes an impact

one star

64.76

200 W. Madison Street Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (847) 497-5230   Web Site
EIN: 26-4066298

Board Leadership
John Tillman
Chairman

CEO
Chris Krug
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 64.76 one star
  Financial 71.68 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 59.00 one star
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Franklin News Foundation produces public interest journalism that makes an impact. We are dedicated to the principles of transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility, and highlight their absence in state and local governments. Our reporting changes the world for the better. The Franklin News Foundation's work has led to investigations; regulatory reforms and legislative overhauls; firings and resignations; and the prevention of bad policies. We change the prevailing narrative, and lay the foundation for long-term change.

The Franklin News Foundation produces public interest journalism that makes an impact. We are dedicated to the principles of transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility, and highlight their absence in state and local governments. Our reporting changes the world for the better. The Franklin News Foundation's work has led to investigations; regulatory reforms and legislative overhauls; firings and resignations; and the prevention of bad policies. We change the prevailing narrative, and lay the foundation for long-term change.

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Financial

two stars

71.68

Accountability & Transparency

one star

59.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
73.4%
  Administrative Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.11
  Program Expenses Growth -48.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Franklin News Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Franklin News Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Franklin News Foundation (IL) 64.76 one star
CLASP (DC) 95.42 four stars
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 94.21 four stars
American Youth Policy Forum (DC) 91.69 four stars
Michigan League for Public Policy (MI) 92.85 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $699,565
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $720,667
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,420,232
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $1,420,232
   Other Revenue $-43,141
TOTAL REVENUE $1,377,091
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,023,427
   Administrative Expenses $334,796
   Fundraising Expenses $309,929
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,668,152
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-291,061
   
Net Assets $484,806

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 06/01/2019 64.76 one star
2016-12 06/01/2018 66.66 one star
2015-12 08/01/2017 66.97 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 26-4066298
Name in IRS Master File FRANKLIN CENTER FOR GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC INTEGRITY
NTEE Code B99
NTEE Classification Education N.E.C.
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Charitable 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 June, 2009
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$45,872 2.74% Christopher Krug President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Franklin News Foundation (IL) 64.76 one star
Michigan League for Public Policy (MI) 92.85 four stars
National Employment Law Project (NY) 92.22 four stars
The Center for Democracy and Technology (DC) 87.83 three stars
RESULTS Educational Fund (DC) 92.82 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Franklin News Foundation
200 W. Madison Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (847) 497-5230
EIN: 26-4066298

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Board Leadership

John Tillman
Chairman

CEO

Chris Krug
President

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