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Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Fighting terrorism and promoting freedom

three stars

88.70

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

Board Leadership
Mark Pruzanski
Chair

CEO
Clifford May
Founder, President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.70 three stars
  Financial 94.51 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

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Financial

four stars

94.51

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
83.3%
  Administrative Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.21
  Program Expenses Growth 10.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.3%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,153,780
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $67,532
Total Contributions $12,221,312
   Program Service Revenue $188,476
Total Primary Revenue $12,409,788
   Other Revenue $65,337
TOTAL REVENUE $12,475,125
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,094,626
   Administrative Expenses $1,280,480
   Fundraising Expenses $1,603,539
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $14,978,645
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,503,520
   
Net Assets $16,272,186

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$569,786 3.80% Mark Dubowitz CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$560,096 3.73% Clifford May President

Mission

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.

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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
Chair

CEO

Clifford May
Founder, President