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.
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

Charts

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

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Children's Defense Fund (DC) 86.79
Memphis Child Advocacy Center (TN) 91.40
Florida's Children First (FL) 92.04
Fair Chance (MD) 88.45
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