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Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Fighting terrorism and promoting freedom

three stars

89.39

P.O. Box 33249 Washington, DC 20033
tel: (202) 207-0190   Web Site
EIN: 13-4174402

Board Leadership
Mark Pruzanski
Chairman

CEO
Clifford May
Founder, President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.39 three stars
  Financial 99.74 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

99.74

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
84.1%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.51
  Program Expenses Growth 12.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Foundation for Defense of Democracies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Foundation for Defense of Democracies on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Foundation for Defense of Democracies (DC) 89.39 three stars
The Claremont Institute (CA) 87.14 three stars
Supportive Housing Network of New York (NY) 87.57 three stars
Sightline Institute (WA) 93.43 four stars
Center for Talent Innovation (NY) 89.24 three stars

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The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Founded in 2001, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism. FDD transforms ideas into action and policy by focusing its efforts where opinions are formed and decisions are made. FDD holds events throughout the year, including the Leading Thinkers series, briefings on Capitol Hill, expert roundtables for public officials, diplomats and military officers, book releases, and panel discussions and debates within the policy community.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,752,495
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $8,752,495
   Program Service Revenue $5,887
Total Primary Revenue $8,758,382
   Other Revenue $-8,092
TOTAL REVENUE $8,750,290
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,891,616
   Administrative Expenses $839,695
   Fundraising Expenses $680,631
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,411,942
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,661,652
   
Net Assets $21,639,647

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
Research, Communications, and Education $4,895,379 55.1%
Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance $1,792,276 20.2%
Iran Project $1,684,435 18.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 08/01/2017 89.39 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 13-4174402
Name in IRS Master File FOUNDATION FOR THE DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES INC
NTEE Code Q01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
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 July, 2002
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$459,822 4.41% Clifford May President
Other Salaries of Note
$455,822 4.37% Mark Dubowitz Executive Director

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Founded in 2001, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism. FDD transforms ideas into action and policy by focusing its efforts where opinions are formed and decisions are made. FDD holds events throughout the year, including the Leading Thinkers series, briefings on Capitol Hill, expert roundtables for public officials, diplomats and military officers, book releases, and panel discussions and debates within the policy community.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Foundation for Defense of Democracies (DC) 89.39 three stars
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National Humanities Center (NC) 87.41 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Foundation for Defense of Democracies
P.O. Box 33249
Washington, DC 20033
tel: (202) 207-0190
EIN: 13-4174402

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Board Leadership

Mark Pruzanski
Chairman

CEO

Clifford May
Founder, President

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