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Children's Defense Fund

Leading our nation since 1973 to ensure a level playing field for all children

three stars

89.47

25 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
tel: (800) 233-1200   Web Site
EIN: 52-0895622

Board Leadership
Lan Bentsen & Angela Glover Blackwell
Co-Chairs

CEO
Marian Wright Edelman
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.47 three stars
  Financial * 85.67 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
*Please note that this organization recently received a 4-star rating for the same fiscal period under Charity Navigator's previous 2.0 methodology. You can view that rating via the Historical Ratings tab.
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial *

three stars

85.67

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

*Please note that this organization recently received a 4-star rating for the same fiscal period under Charity Navigator's previous 2.0 methodology. You can view that rating via the Historical Ratings tab.
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
86.2%
  Administrative Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.50
  Program Expenses Growth 3.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 43.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Defense Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Defense Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Defense Fund (DC) 89.47 three stars
Greater Richmond SCAN (VA) 87.09 three stars
Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County (TX) 95.20 four stars
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, Inc. (CO) 97.51 four stars
Connecticut Voices for Children (CT) 88.29 three stars

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The Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) is a child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority. CDF Leave NO Child Behind mission is to leave no child behind and to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,866,600
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,844,898
Total Contributions $13,711,498
   Program Service Revenue $3,034,741
Total Primary Revenue $16,746,239
   Other Revenue $2,278,052
TOTAL REVENUE $19,024,291
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,704,425
   Administrative Expenses $1,908,581
   Fundraising Expenses $1,026,745
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $21,639,751
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,615,460
   
Net Assets $18,077,222

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
Leadership Development $15,086,593 80.7%
Policy and Program Development and Implementation $2,211,601 11.8%
Public Education $1,406,231 7.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.47 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 90.83 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 92.62 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 84.63 three stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 80.63 three stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 81.21 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 87.41 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 87.54 three stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 92.70 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 96.84 four stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 93.06 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 92.30 four stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 87.85 three stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 91.57 four stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 76.99 two stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 86.06 three stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 88.08 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 52-0895622
Name in IRS Master File CHILDRENS DEFENSE FUND
NTEE Code R20
NTEE Classification Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (349) Other youth organization or activities
(327) Prevention of cruelty to children
(328) Combat juvenile delinquency
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]
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, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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
$113,112 0.52% Marian Wright Edelman President, Founder
Other Salaries of Note
$190,269 0.87% Patti Hassler Vice President of Communications
$184,542 0.85% Melanie Hartzog Executive Director, New York
$178,309 0.82% Thomas Maridada Director of Education Policy/Practice
$149,816 0.69% Oleta G. Fitzgerald Director of Southern Region

The Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) is a child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority. CDF Leave NO Child Behind mission is to leave no child behind and to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Defense Fund (DC) 89.47 three stars
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York (NY) 90.67 four stars
Child Advocates San Antonio (TX) 91.54 four stars
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OK) 86.19 three stars
Family First (FL) 92.18 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
tel: (800) 233-1200
EIN: 52-0895622

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Board Leadership

Lan Bentsen & Angela Glover Blackwell
Co-Chairs

CEO

Marian Wright Edelman
President

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