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Center for Science in the Public Interest

Leading advocates for diet, health, and food safety, since 1971.

three stars

83.06

1220 L Street NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 332-9110   Web Site
EIN: 23-7122879

Board Leadership
David Kessler
Chair

CEO
Peter G. Lurie
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.06 three stars
  Financial 76.24 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being. Since 1971, CSPI has served as an independent and effective food industry watchdog and public health advocate. In addition to leading efforts to win passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which vastly improved school foods, CSPI also helped pass the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, which was the first overhaul of the FDA in nearly 70 years. CSPI is also credited with passing laws that require the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, nutrition information on chain restaurant menus, and define the term "organic." CSPI's Nutrition Action Healthletter, with nearly 1 million subscribers, is the top-rated health newsletter in North America.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being. Since 1971, CSPI has served as an independent and effective food industry watchdog and public health advocate. In addition to leading efforts to win passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which vastly improved school foods, CSPI also helped pass the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, which was the first overhaul of the FDA in nearly 70 years. CSPI is also credited with passing laws that require the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, nutrition information on chain restaurant menus, and define the term "organic." CSPI's Nutrition Action Healthletter, with nearly 1 million subscribers, is the top-rated health newsletter in North America.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of deceptive marketing practices challenged
202
Policies passed or practices changed that reduce consumption of harmful foods or ingredients
18
People reached through nutrition and food-safety education
702,693
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

76.24

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
80.6%
  Administrative Expenses 2.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.85
  Program Expenses Growth -2.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Science in the Public Interest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Science in the Public Interest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Center for Science in the Public Interest (DC) 83.06 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,756,220
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $5,086,851
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $13,843,071
   Program Service Revenue $300,376
Total Primary Revenue $14,143,447
   Other Revenue $1,079,751
TOTAL REVENUE $15,223,198
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,966,980
   Administrative Expenses $335,103
   Fundraising Expenses $2,497,045
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,799,128
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,424,070
   
Net Assets $11,521,065

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
Public Education $3,949,144 36.0%
Special Projects $3,753,513 34.2%
Nutrition Action Health Letter $3,264,323 29.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 83.06 three stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 83.32 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 85.45 three stars
2016-06 04/01/2017 83.84 three stars
2016-06 03/09/2017 82.49 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 85.75 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 85.63 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.40 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 03/01/2015 85.86 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 90.82 four stars
2013-06 03/01/2014 90.42 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 85.12 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 87.69 three stars
2010-06 02/01/2012 86.74 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 86.25 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 78.23 two stars
2009-06 06/01/2010 75.62 two stars
2008-06 04/01/2009 89.57 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 84.37 three stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 86.99 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 23-7122879
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
NTEE Code K05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Scientific Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related 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 August, 1971
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$239,801 1.73% Peter Lurie Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for Science in the Public Interest (DC) 83.06 three stars
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National Humanities Center (NC) 89.79 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

Center for Science in the Public Interest
1220 L Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 332-9110
fax: (202) 265-4954
EIN: 23-7122879

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Board Leadership

David Kessler
Chair

CEO

Peter G. Lurie
President

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