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International : International Peace, Security, and Affairs

Human Rights First

American ideals. Universal values.

three stars

80.00

75 Broad Street 31st Floor
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 845-5200   Web Site
EIN: 13-3116646

Board Leadership
William D. Zabel and Tom A. Bernstein
Co-Chairs

CEO
Michael Breen
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.00 three stars
  Financial 71.72 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they don't, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.

We know that it is not enough to expose and protest injustice, so we create the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, we focus not on making a point, but on making a difference. For over 30 years, we've built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle issues that demand American leadership.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the struggle for human rights so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they don't, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.

We know that it is not enough to expose and protest injustice, so we create the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, we focus not on making a point, but on making a difference. For over 30 years, we've built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle issues that demand American leadership.

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Financial

two stars

71.72

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 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)
82.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.05
  Program Expenses Growth -4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 45.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Human Rights First on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Human Rights First on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Human Rights First (NY) 80.00 three stars
Polaris (DC) 98.04 four stars
Just Detention International (CA) 96.46 four stars
Physicians for Human Rights (NY) 92.10 four stars
A Jewish Voice for Peace (CA) 88.26 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,995,004
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,976,608
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,971,612
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,971,612
   Other Revenue $686,268
TOTAL REVENUE $7,657,880
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,401,978
   Administrative Expenses $1,163,751
   Fundraising Expenses $944,573
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,510,302
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-3,852,422
   
Net Assets $2,165,437

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
Refugee Protection/Asylum $5,101,739 54.3%
Advancing a Values-Based Foreign Policy $1,998,115 21.3%
National Security $801,963 8.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 05/01/2019 80.00 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 87.20 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 93.80 four stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 89.06 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.83 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 92.89 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 94.27 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 90.55 four stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 90.38 four stars
2010-05 09/20/2011 85.66 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-05 07/01/2011 80.07 three stars
2009-05 05/01/2010 85.18 three stars
2008-05 06/01/2009 88.10 three stars
2007-05 05/01/2008 92.31 four stars
2006-05 02/01/2007 90.93 four stars
2005-05 03/01/2006 74.60 two stars
2004-05 05/01/2005 78.37 two stars
2003-05 11/01/2004 87.06 three stars
2002-05 06/09/2003 95.56 four stars
2001-05 10/15/2002 95.93 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 13-3116646
Name in IRS Master File HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST
NTEE Code Q70
NTEE Classification International Human Rights
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (430) Defense of human and civil rights
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 July, 1982
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$250,355 2.17% Elisa C. Massimino President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Human Rights First (NY) 80.00 three stars
MADRE (NY) 95.83 four stars
The Advocates for Human Rights (MN) 86.71 three stars
Beyond Borders (DC) 92.92 four stars
The Carter Center (GA) 97.87 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Human Rights First
75 Broad Street
31st Floor
New York, NY 10004
tel: (212) 845-5200
fax: (212) 845-5299
EIN: 13-3116646

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Board Leadership

William D. Zabel and Tom A. Bernstein
Co-Chairs

CEO

Michael Breen
President, CEO

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