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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Media Research Center

America's media watchdog

two stars

72.88

1900 Campus Commons Drive Suite 600
Reston, VA 20191
tel: (800) 672-1423   Web Site
EIN: 54-1429009

Board Leadership
Karl Ottosen
Chairman

CEO
L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 72.88 two stars
  Financial 64.71 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Media Research Center is America's premier media watchdog. Since 1987, the MRC has worked diligently to provide reliable, fact-driven information about the media, because the American people deserve to be told the truth.

The MRC is able to effectively educate the public about media bias, which occurs both by omission and commission, by integrating cutting-edge news monitoring capabilities with a sophisticated marketing operation. MRC generated an average of 385.4 million impressions each week last year. This includes radio, television, social media, email, and websites.

The Media Research Center is a research and education organization operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the maximum extent of the law. The MRC receives no government grants or contracts. We raise our funds each year from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

The Media Research Center is America's premier media watchdog. Since 1987, the MRC has worked diligently to provide reliable, fact-driven information about the media, because the American people deserve to be told the truth.

The MRC is able to effectively educate the public about media bias, which occurs both by omission and commission, by integrating cutting-edge news monitoring capabilities with a sophisticated marketing operation. MRC generated an average of 385.4 million impressions each week last year. This includes radio, television, social media, email, and websites.

The Media Research Center is a research and education organization operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the maximum extent of the law. The MRC receives no government grants or contracts. We raise our funds each year from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of Facebook followers
12,272,900
Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership
67
Number of people on the organization's email list
588,500
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

one star

64.71

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
66.5%
  Administrative Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 27.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.33
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.77
  Program Expenses Growth -4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Media Research Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Media Research Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Media Research Center (VA) 72.88 two stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 91.09 four stars
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (DC) 88.55 three stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 92.15 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 97.17 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,474,649
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $11,474,649
   Program Service Revenue $751,967
Total Primary Revenue $12,226,616
   Other Revenue $1,272,378
TOTAL REVENUE $13,498,994
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $8,542,027
   Administrative Expenses $886,461
   Fundraising Expenses $3,339,961
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,768,449
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $730,545
   
Net Assets $12,945,145

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
News Analysis Division $2,741,822 31.4%
Cybercast News Service $1,968,515 22.6%
Media Research Center Action $1,223,262 14.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 72.88 two stars
2017-12 08/01/2019 72.90 two stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 75.01 two stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 78.57 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 78.11 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 80.02 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 82.94 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 82.38 three stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 76.41 two stars
2010-12 11/01/2011 83.37 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.40 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 79.16 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 77.81 two stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 81.82 three stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 80.61 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 74.47 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 68.13 one star
2003-12 09/01/2004 77.02 two stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 58.50 one star
2001-12 02/05/2003 69.78 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 54-1429009
Name in IRS Master File MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER INC
NTEE Code A05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
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 October, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$346,283 2.71% L. Brent Bozell President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Media Research Center (VA) 72.88 two stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 91.09 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 97.17 four stars
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (DC) 91.89 four stars
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (DC) 88.55 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Media Research Center
1900 Campus Commons Drive
Suite 600
Reston, VA 20191
tel: (800) 672-1423
fax: (571) 375-0099
EIN: 54-1429009

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Board Leadership

Karl Ottosen
Chairman

CEO

L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President

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