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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

People For the American Way Foundation

Preserving the fundamental values that define the American way

three stars

86.07

1101 15th Street NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 467-4999   Web Site
EIN: 13-3065716

Board Leadership
Rev. Timothy McDonald
Chair

CEO
Michael Keegan
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.07 three stars
  Financial 84.39 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 88.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.

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Financial

three stars

84.39

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

88.00

This rating was published 04/01/2019 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)
76.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.20
  Program Expenses Growth 3.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by People For the American Way Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by People For the American Way Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
People For the American Way Foundation (DC) 86.07 three stars
The National Italian American Foundation (DC) 95.03 four stars
Highlander Research and Education Center (TN) 91.35 four stars
Southeastern Legal Foundation (GA) 88.92 three stars
Mujeres Unidas Y Activas (CA) 86.54 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,966,326
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,045,838
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,012,164
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $7,012,164
   Other Revenue $427,264
TOTAL REVENUE $7,439,428
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $4,196,785
   Administrative Expenses $437,200
   Fundraising Expenses $558,648
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,192,633
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,246,795
   
Net Assets $11,160,725

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
Leadership Development $2,582,446 61.5%
Public Information and Member/Civic Engagement $634,280 15.1%
Legal and Public Policy $577,393 13.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 04/01/2019 86.07 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 82.81 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 78.96 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.04 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 80.31 three stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 81.02 three stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 89.30 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 88.32 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 78.27 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 73.47 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 63.83 one star
2008-12 05/01/2010 67.18 one star
2007-12 12/17/2008 90.31 four stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 90.75 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 91.04 four stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 91.56 four stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 79.93 two stars
2002-12 01/01/2004 93.43 four stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 94.85 four stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 95.48 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 13-3065716
Name in IRS Master File PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY FOUNDATION
NTEE Code R60
NTEE Classification Civil Liberties Advocacy
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (908) Patriotic 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 July, 1981
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$162,417 3.12% Michael B. Keegan President $162,417

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
People For the American Way Foundation (DC) 86.07 three stars
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Kentucky Coalition (KY) 95.05 four stars
American Humanist Association (DC) 91.49 four stars
Juvenile Law Center (PA) 93.51 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

People For the American Way Foundation
1101 15th Street NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 467-4999
fax: (202) 293-2672
EIN: 13-3065716

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Board Leadership

Rev. Timothy McDonald
Chair

CEO

Michael Keegan
President

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