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Children's Defense Fund

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

three stars

84.09

25 E Street, NW Attn: Development Department
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 84.09 three stars
  Financial 77.50 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) is a child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly since 1973 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 to ensure children are always a priority. The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is 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.

The Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) is a child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly since 1973 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 to ensure children are always a priority. The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is 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.

Financial

two stars

77.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
86.1%
  Administrative Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.32
  Program Expenses Growth -5.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 50.5%
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) 84.09 three stars
Voices for Utah Children (UT) 88.95 three stars
Family First (FL) 91.16 four stars
Greater Richmond SCAN (VA) 86.91 three stars
Prevent Child Abuse America (IL) 96.30 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,003,911
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,833,533
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,640,292
Total Contributions $15,477,736
   Program Service Revenue $3,511,807
Total Primary Revenue $18,989,543
   Other Revenue $106,315
TOTAL REVENUE $19,095,858
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,086,898
   Administrative Expenses $2,004,980
   Fundraising Expenses $1,025,618
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,117,496
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-21,638
   
Net Assets $13,888,278

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 $9,882,394 61.4%
Policy and Program Development and Implementation $5,101,155 31.7%
Public Education $1,103,349 6.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 05/01/2018 84.09 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 84.95 three stars
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]
Ruling Date November, 1969
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$114,371 0.59% Marian Wright Edelman President, Founder
Other Salaries of Note
$196,828 1.02% Patti Hassler Vice President of Communications
$185,347 0.96% Mark Publow Chief Development Officer
$151,938 0.79% Oleta G. Fitzgerald Director of Southern Region
$140,586 0.73% Gijs De Leede CFO
$134,594 0.70% Alex Johnson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Defense Fund (DC) 84.09 three stars
Voices for Utah Children (UT) 88.95 three stars
INCLUDEnyc (NY) 94.57 four stars
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PA) 94.03 four stars
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (NC) 86.65 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street, NW
Attn: Development Department
Washington, DC 20001
tel: (800) 233-1200
fax: (202) 662-3580
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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