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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Public Citizen Foundation

Protecting health, safety and democracy

three stars

89.76

1600 20th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009
tel: (202) 588-1000   Web Site
EIN: 52-1263996

Board Leadership
Mark A. Chavez
Chair

CEO
Robert Weissman
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.76 three stars
  Financial 86.09 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Public Citizen Foundation supports Public Citizen's education, litigation, research, and public information activities. Public Citizen is a national consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. Public Citizen fights for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.

The Public Citizen Foundation supports Public Citizen's education, litigation, research, and public information activities. Public Citizen is a national consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. Public Citizen fights for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.

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Financial

three stars

86.09

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
76.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.31
  Program Expenses Growth 5.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Citizen 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 Public Citizen Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 89.76 three stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 85.27 three stars
National Health Law Program (DC) 91.66 four stars
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (DC) 88.98 three stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.14 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $21,186,370
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $297,552
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $21,483,922
   Program Service Revenue $1,842,996
Total Primary Revenue $23,326,918
   Other Revenue $988,251
TOTAL REVENUE $24,315,169
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $9,496,095
   Administrative Expenses $1,065,497
   Fundraising Expenses $1,479,236
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,040,828
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $12,274,341
   
Net Assets $25,323,398

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
Public Information and Education $2,161,496 21.3%
Publications on Current Issues $1,693,072 16.7%
Litigation Group $1,680,413 16.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 09/03/2019 89.76 three stars
2017-09 08/01/2018 85.95 three stars
2016-09 11/01/2017 87.55 three stars
2015-09 08/01/2016 86.29 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 89.99 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 10/01/2015 91.26 four stars
2013-09 10/01/2014 94.52 four stars
2012-09 08/01/2013 88.49 three stars
2011-09 05/01/2012 85.47 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 93.63 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 08/01/2010 89.03 three stars
2008-09 09/01/2009 82.88 three stars
2007-09 09/01/2008 80.05 three stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 82.36 three stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 91.37 four stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 94.14 four stars
2003-09 06/01/2004 87.74 three stars
2002-09 08/01/2003 86.19 three stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 91.31 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 52-1263996
Name in IRS Master File PUBLIC CITIZEN FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code W70
NTEE Classification Leadership Development
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
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 June, 1992
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$155,665 1.29% Robert Weissman President $47,768

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 89.76 three stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 90.45 four stars
Medicare Rights Center (NY) 90.86 four stars
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (DC) 87.53 three stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 85.27 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Public Citizen Foundation
1600 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
tel: (202) 588-1000
EIN: 52-1263996

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Board Leadership

Mark A. Chavez
Chair

CEO

Robert Weissman
President

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