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Health : Diseases, Disorders, and Disciplines

Muscular Dystrophy Association

For Strength, Independence & Life

two stars

74.06

222 South Riverside Plaza Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (800) 572-1717   Web Site
EIN: 13-1665552

Board Leadership
R. Rodney Howell
Chairman

CEO
Kristine Welker
Interim President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 74.06 two stars
  Financial 64.21 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

one star

64.21

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 03/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
73.5%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 16.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.05
  Program Expenses Growth -11.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 91.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Muscular Dystrophy Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Muscular Dystrophy Association on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Muscular Dystrophy Association (IL) 74.06 two stars
FSH Society (MA) 98.23 four stars
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (NJ) 91.66 four stars
Hunter's Hope Foundation (NY) 93.80 four stars
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis (CO) 89.92 three stars

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Created in 1950, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $22,448,411
   Federated Campaigns $440,662
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $98,801,633
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $243,757
Total Contributions $121,934,463
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $121,934,463
   Other Revenue $4,103,353
TOTAL REVENUE $126,037,816
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $87,695,051
   Administrative Expenses $12,489,268
   Fundraising Expenses $20,626,747
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $120,811,066
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $5,226,750
   
Net Assets $8,419,763

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
Health Care and Community Services $56,468,364 63.7%
Research $17,150,109 19.4%
Professional and Public Health Education $14,962,730 16.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 03/01/2017 74.06 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 74.28 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 72.74 two stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 72.45 two stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 74.07 two stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 71.78 two stars
2010-12 09/01/2012 79.28 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 81.19 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.36 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 72.60 two stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 77.65 two stars
2007-03 03/01/2008 76.00 two stars
2005-03 03/01/2006 79.98 two stars
2004-03 02/01/2005 85.59 three stars
2003-03 02/01/2004 87.09 three stars
2002-03 04/15/2003 85.76 three stars
2001-03 10/15/2002 84.20 three 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 13-1665552
Name in IRS Master File MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code G50
NTEE Classification Nerve, Muscle and Bone Diseases
NTEE Type Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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]
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$508,871 0.42% Steven M. Derks President & CEO

Created in 1950, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Muscular Dystrophy Association (IL) 74.06 two stars
The Boomer Esiason Foundation (NY) 96.46 four stars
FSH Society (MA) 98.23 four stars
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (PA) 87.18 three stars
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (MD) 91.36 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Muscular Dystrophy Association
222 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60606
tel: (800) 572-1717
EIN: 13-1665552

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Board Leadership

R. Rodney Howell
Chairman

CEO

Kristine Welker
Interim President, CEO

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