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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Children's Defense Fund

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

86.79

840 1st 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 86.79
  Financial 81.32
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

81.32

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
79.5%
  Administrative Expenses 12.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.89
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.8%
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) 86.79
CASA of Los Angeles (CA) 86.63
Greater Richmond SCAN (VA) 93.32
Fair Chance (MD) 88.45
ChildSafe (TX) 90.98

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,763,277
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,439,338
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,022,578
Total Contributions $14,225,193
   Program Service Revenue $3,611,481
Total Primary Revenue $17,836,674
   Other Revenue $131,529
TOTAL REVENUE $17,968,203
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,266,883
   Administrative Expenses $2,436,599
   Fundraising Expenses $1,689,967
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $20,393,449
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,425,246
   
Net Assets $24,901,437

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 $9,906,340 60.9%
Policy and Advocacy Efforts for Children $4,293,620 26.4%
Freedom Schools Program for Youth in Underserved Communities $2,066,923 12.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 04/01/2021 86.79
2017-12 06/01/2019 82.07
2016-12 05/01/2018 84.09
2015-12 06/01/2017 84.95
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.47
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 90.83
2013-12 07/01/2015 92.62
2012-12 04/01/2014 84.63
2011-12 07/01/2013 80.63
2010-12 12/23/2011 81.21
2009-12 09/20/2011 87.41
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 87.54
2008-12 02/01/2010 92.70
2007-12 07/01/2009 96.84
2006-12 05/01/2008 93.06
2005-12 02/01/2007 92.30
2004-12 02/01/2006 87.85
2003-12 12/01/2004 91.57
2002-12 05/01/2004 76.99
2001-12 02/05/2003 86.06

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 September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$149,897 0.73% Max Lesko National Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$183,846 0.90% Mark Publow Chief Development Officer
$180,510 0.88% Naomi Street Executive Director
$157,695 0.77% Kimberley Chin Deputy Director
$99,953 0.49% Marian Wright Edelman Former President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Defense Fund (DC) 86.79
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PA) 93.25
Promises2Kids (CA) 93.53
Alliance for Children's Rights (CA) 92.03
Alliance For Children (TX) 94.66

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Charity Contact Info

Children's Defense Fund
840 1st 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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