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International : International Peace, Security, and Affairs

Federation of American Scientists

Educating the public and policymakers on global security challenges at the intersection of science and technology.

three stars

86.11

1725 DeSales Street, NW 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 546-3300   Web Site
EIN: 23-7185827

Board Leadership
Gilman Louie
Chair

CEO
Charles D. Ferguson
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.11 three stars
  Financial 81.65 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Federation of American Scientists promotes a safer and more secure world by developing and advancing solutions to important science and technology security policy problems by educating the public and policy makers, and promoting transparency, through research and analysis to maximize impact on policy.

FAS was founded in 1945 by scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project. These scientists recognized that science had become central to many key public policy questions. FAS works to provide science-based analysis of and solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security such as: reducing the spread and number of nuclear weapons, preventing nuclear and radiological terrorism, promoting high standards for nuclear energy's safety and security, and tracking the global illicit trade of conventional, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. FAS also pushes to make our government more transparent and promotes new mechanisms for curbing secrecy.

The Federation of American Scientists promotes a safer and more secure world by developing and advancing solutions to important science and technology security policy problems by educating the public and policy makers, and promoting transparency, through research and analysis to maximize impact on policy.

FAS was founded in 1945 by scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project. These scientists recognized that science had become central to many key public policy questions. FAS works to provide science-based analysis of and solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security such as: reducing the spread and number of nuclear weapons, preventing nuclear and radiological terrorism, promoting high standards for nuclear energy's safety and security, and tracking the global illicit trade of conventional, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. FAS also pushes to make our government more transparent and promotes new mechanisms for curbing secrecy.

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Financial

three stars

81.65

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
73.3%
  Administrative Expenses 23.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.95
  Program Expenses Growth -10.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Federation of American Scientists on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Federation of American Scientists on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Federation of American Scientists (DC) 86.11 three stars
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (NY) 93.92 four stars
World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy (NY) 87.68 three stars
Nonviolent Peaceforce (MN) 85.45 three stars
The Israel Project (DC) 85.66 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,411,485
   Federated Campaigns $965
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $192,758
Total Contributions $1,605,208
   Program Service Revenue $109,534
Total Primary Revenue $1,714,742
   Other Revenue $25,320
TOTAL REVENUE $1,740,062
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,023,051
   Administrative Expenses $272,979
   Fundraising Expenses $59,717
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,355,747
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $384,315
   
Net Assets $4,786,697

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
Nuclear Security $487,498 47.7%
Biological, Chemical, and Other Non-Nuclear Threats $305,661 29.9%
Secrecy $166,744 16.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 10/01/2017 86.11 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 86.69 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 84.57 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 78.20 two stars
2013-06 12/22/2014 82.01 three stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 81.34 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 80.96 three stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 84.24 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 82.65 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 06/01/2011 76.48 two stars
2009-06 09/01/2010 79.86 two stars
2008-06 05/01/2009 82.28 three stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 90.89 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 96.57 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 93.55 four stars
2004-06 08/01/2005 98.44 four stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 98.77 four stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 99.12 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 77.01 two 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 23-7185827
Name in IRS Master File FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS
NTEE Code Q41
NTEE Classification Arms Control, Peace Organizations
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(59) Other school related activities
(520) Pacifism and peace
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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, 1972
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 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
$149,650 11.03% Charles D. Ferguson II President

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Federation of American Scientists (DC) 86.11 three stars
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The Israel Project (DC) 85.66 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

Federation of American Scientists
1725 DeSales Street, NW
6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 546-3300
fax: (202) 675-1010
EIN: 23-7185827

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Board Leadership

Gilman Louie
Chair

CEO

Charles D. Ferguson
President

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