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Children's Defense Fund

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

three stars

82.07

840 First Street NE, Suite 300 Attn: Development Department
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 662-3654   Web Site
EIN: 52-0895622

Board Leadership
Angela Glover Blackwell
Chair

CEO
Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.07 three stars
  Financial 74.65 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For nearly 50 years, the Children's Defense Fund has been fiercely independent and unwavering in our defense against any attack on children. We continue to work every day, at every level and on behalf of every child, to improve their lives today and for generations to come. CDF champions policies and programs that lift children and youth out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to a quality education, health care and a successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

CDF's work is made possible through the generous support of individuals, organizations, the faith community, foundations, small businesses and corporations.

For nearly 50 years, the Children's Defense Fund has been fiercely independent and unwavering in our defense against any attack on children. We continue to work every day, at every level and on behalf of every child, to improve their lives today and for generations to come. CDF champions policies and programs that lift children and youth out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to a quality education, health care and a successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

CDF's work is made possible through the generous support of individuals, organizations, the faith community, foundations, small businesses and corporations.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance
125
Number of youth who demonstrate civic participation skills (e.g., compromise, perspective-taking)
13,700
This impact information is current as of August 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

74.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
83.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.24
  Program Expenses Growth -6.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 54.0%
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) 82.07 three stars
Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County (TX) 90.01 four stars
CASA of St. Louis (MO) 87.83 three stars
Children's Action Alliance (AZ) 93.60 four stars
San Francisco CASA (CA) 90.72 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,441,721
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,318,221
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,174,441
Total Contributions $13,934,383
   Program Service Revenue $3,660,322
Total Primary Revenue $17,594,705
   Other Revenue $-308,681
TOTAL REVENUE $17,286,024
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,141,239
   Administrative Expenses $2,644,550
   Fundraising Expenses $1,294,433
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,080,222
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,794,198
   
Net Assets $12,088,963

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
Youth Leadership Development $10,264,156 67.8%
Policy and Advocacy Efforts for Children $3,784,031 25.0%
Freedom Schools Program for Youth in Underserved Communities $1,093,052 7.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 82.07 three stars
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)
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  • September, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$85,102 0.44% Marian Wright Edelman President
Other Salaries of Note
$175,976 0.92% Naomi Street Executive Director
$174,011 0.91% Mark Publow Chief Development Officer
$169,317 0.88% Richard Hooks Wayman Executive Director
$153,602 0.80% Kimberley Chin Deputy Director
$149,703 0.78% Oleta G. Fitzgerald Director of Southern Region

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Defense Fund (DC) 82.07 three stars
CHIP of Roanoke Valley (VA) 89.39 three stars
Prevent Child Abuse America (IL) 92.92 four stars
INCLUDEnyc (NY) 86.94 three stars
Memphis Child Advocacy Center (TN) 90.10 four stars

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Official Charity Response

The Children's Defense Fund changed is fiscal year calendar. This resulted in our FY2018 IRS 990 representing nine months of fiscal activity rather than twelve months (1/1/2018 through 9/30/2018) as the "stub" year in between our prior fiscal year calendar (January through December) and our new fiscal year calendar (October through September). While the FY2018 990 reflected signifcant grants in CDF's net assets, it is the policy of Charity Navigator not to adjust its ratings when the nonprofit's 990 does not cover a full twelve month fiscal year period. As a result, our next rating update with Charity Navigator will reflect our FY2019 IRS 990 results. This was filed in August 2020 and will be made publically available by the IRS for Charity Navigator to consider for its ratings typically within 3-6 months after the 990 filing date.

Charity Contact Info

Children's Defense Fund
840 First Street NE, Suite 300
Attn: Development Department
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 662-3654
fax: (202) 662-3580
EIN: 52-0895622

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Board Leadership

Angela Glover Blackwell
Chair

CEO

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson
President & CEO

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