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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation

three stars

81.97

1310 L Street NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 466-3234   Web Site
EIN: 53-0184647

Board Leadership
The Rev. Neal Jones
Chair

CEO
Rachel Laser
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.97 three stars
  Financial 74.69 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded in 1947 by a broad coalition of religious, educational and civic leaders. Americans United believes that all Americans have the constitutional right to practice the religion of their choice (or refrain from taking part in religion) as individual conscience dictates. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. Americans United advocates for church-state separation in the US Congress and state legislature, runs several projects to help and educate, challenges church-state violations in court, and engages with local activists.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded in 1947 by a broad coalition of religious, educational and civic leaders. Americans United believes that all Americans have the constitutional right to practice the religion of their choice (or refrain from taking part in religion) as individual conscience dictates. We are dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. Americans United advocates for church-state separation in the US Congress and state legislature, runs several projects to help and educate, challenges church-state violations in court, and engages with local activists.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of press releases developed and distributed
42
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

74.69

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
66.4%
  Administrative Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.30
  Program Expenses Growth 7.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 46.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Americans United for Separation of Church and State on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Americans United for Separation of Church and State on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State (DC) 81.97 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,178,214
   Federated Campaigns $13,525
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,191,739
   Program Service Revenue $1,750
Total Primary Revenue $7,193,489
   Other Revenue $652,380
TOTAL REVENUE $7,845,869
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,895,872
   Administrative Expenses $954,061
   Fundraising Expenses $1,306,469
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,156,402
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $689,467
   
Net Assets $9,064,075

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
Educational and Publication Division $1,973,375 40.3%
Legal Division $1,568,463 32.0%
Field Services Division $1,269,315 25.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 12/01/2019 81.97 three stars
2017-09 12/21/2018 81.63 three stars
2016-09 04/01/2018 80.25 three stars
2015-09 02/01/2017 80.61 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 79.32 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 80.56 three stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 78.84 two stars
2012-09 11/01/2013 84.36 three stars
2011-09 11/06/2012 73.82 two stars
2010-09 11/01/2011 75.89 two stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 80.90 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 02/01/2011 68.64 one star
2008-09 10/01/2009 81.77 three stars
2007-09 11/01/2008 83.37 three stars
2006-09 12/01/2007 83.29 three stars
2005-09 12/01/2006 80.69 three stars
2004-09 08/01/2005 83.64 three stars
2003-09 10/01/2004 81.79 three stars
2002-09 09/01/2003 81.29 three stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 78.11 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 53-0184647
Name in IRS Master File AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE INC
NTEE Code R40
NTEE Classification Voter Education, Registration
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (516) Separation of church and state
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 Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
Ruling Date July, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Rachel Laser President and CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$177,435 2.47% Richard Katskee Vice President for Legal Affairs
$160,846 2.24% Barry W. Lynn Former Executive Director

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State (DC) 81.97 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

Americans United for Separation of Church and State
1310 L Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 466-3234
fax: (202) 466-3353
EIN: 53-0184647

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Board Leadership

The Rev. Neal Jones
Chair

CEO

Rachel Laser
President and CEO

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