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Community Development : Community Foundations

Greater Washington Community Foundation

Community of Givers

four stars

92.38

1325 G Street NW Suite 480
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 955-5890   Web Site
EIN: 23-7343119

Board Leadership
Neal Simon
Chair

CEO
Bruce McNamer
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.38 four stars
  Financial 90.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1973, the mission of the Greater Washington Community Foundation is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. We are committed to ensuring equity, access and opportunity for all residents of the Washington metropolitan area by leveraging philanthropic investment in our region's most effective nonprofit organizations. We are part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide.

Founded in 1973, the mission of the Greater Washington Community Foundation is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. We are committed to ensuring equity, access and opportunity for all residents of the Washington metropolitan area by leveraging philanthropic investment in our region's most effective nonprofit organizations. We are part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide.

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Financial

four stars

90.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 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)
93.4%
  Administrative Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.78
  Program Expenses Growth -0.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greater Washington Community Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greater Washington Community Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greater Washington Community Foundation (DC) 92.38 four stars
The Greater New Orleans Foundation (LA) 95.73 four stars
Oshkosh Area Community Foundation (WI) 89.03 three stars
The Pittsburgh Foundation (PA) 91.02 four stars
Santa Barbara Foundation (CA) 90.12 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $68,685,226
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $2,407,859
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $15,000
Total Contributions $71,108,085
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $71,108,085
   Other Revenue $14,210,796
TOTAL REVENUE $85,318,881
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $79,962,159
   Administrative Expenses $6,836,229
   Fundraising Expenses $1,122,036
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $87,920,424
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,601,543
   
Net Assets $321,017,618

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
Administration of Charitable Giving $77,172,805 96.5%
Internal Program Initiatives $1,598,450 2.0%
Fiscal Sponsorships $1,190,904 1.5%

Ratings History
Greater Washington Community Foundation has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-03 08/01/2018 92.38 four stars
2016-03 10/01/2017 91.53 four stars
2015-03 10/01/2016 94.31 four stars
2014-03 06/01/2016 94.07 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 10/01/2015 94.33 four stars
2013-03 11/01/2014 90.72 four stars
2012-03 10/01/2013 86.86 three stars
2012-03 09/01/2013 85.98 three stars
2011-03 08/01/2012 87.79 three stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 80.19 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-03 11/24/2010 80.69 three stars
2008-03 11/01/2009 87.62 three stars
2007-03 04/01/2009 94.15 four stars
2006-03 05/01/2008 89.63 three stars
2005-03 07/01/2006 89.70 three stars
2004-03 07/01/2005 99.76 four stars
2003-03 08/01/2004 97.25 four stars
2002-03 09/01/2003 97.24 four stars
2001-03 10/15/2002 97.12 four 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 23-7343119
Name in IRS Master File GREATER WASHINGTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
NTEE Code T31
NTEE Classification Community Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (600) Community Chest, United Way, etc.
(602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(927) Fundraising
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 January, 1974
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013

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
$482,660 0.54% Bruce McNamer President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greater Washington Community Foundation (DC) 92.38 four stars
Community Foundation of Henderson County (NC) 89.83 three stars
Community Foundation of Grant County Indiana (IN) 88.09 three stars
Communities Foundation of Texas (TX) 91.42 four stars
Central New York Community Foundation (NY) 94.01 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Greater Washington Community Foundation
1325 G Street NW
Suite 480
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 955-5890
EIN: 23-7343119

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Board Leadership

Neal Simon
Chair

CEO

Bruce McNamer
President and CEO

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