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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Citizens Against Government Waste

America's #1 taxpayer watchdog

three stars

86.79

1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW DC
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 467-5300   Web Site
EIN: 52-1363952

Board Leadership
Steven Hofman
Chair

CEO
Thomas Schatz
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.79 three stars
  Financial 84.91 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is a private, non-partisan organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. Founded in 1984, CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. CAGW produces numerous publications highlighting wasteful government spending, including the quarterly newspaper, Government WasteWatch, and the annual Congressional Pig Book Summary, an exposé of the most glaring and irresponsible pork-barrel projects in the 13 annual appropriations bills and their sponsors.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is a private, non-partisan organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. Founded in 1984, CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government. CAGW produces numerous publications highlighting wasteful government spending, including the quarterly newspaper, Government WasteWatch, and the annual Congressional Pig Book Summary, an exposé of the most glaring and irresponsible pork-barrel projects in the 13 annual appropriations bills and their sponsors.

Financial

three stars

84.91

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 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)
67.2%
  Administrative Expenses 13.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.11
  Program Expenses Growth 7.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Citizens Against Government Waste on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Citizens Against Government Waste on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Citizens Against Government Waste (DC) 86.79 three stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 86.44 three stars
Project Vote Smart (IA) 86.14 three stars
The Sunlight Foundation (DC) 85.96 three stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 90.55 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,573,729
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,573,729
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,573,729
   Other Revenue $82,771
TOTAL REVENUE $2,656,500
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,585,286
   Administrative Expenses $462,977
   Fundraising Expenses $693,346
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,741,609
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,085,109
   
Net Assets $3,806,011

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 Education $1,998,826 77.3%
Research $586,460 22.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2018 86.79 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 74.35 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 67.74 one star
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 63.95 one star
2013-12 05/01/2015 71.59 two stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 73.33 two stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 73.89 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 79.70 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 74.72 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 70.20 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 64.53 one star
2007-12 12/17/2008 59.41 one star
2006-12 12/15/2007 76.59 two stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 73.66 two stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 69.68 one star
2003-12 12/01/2004 67.20 one star
2002-12 12/01/2003 65.93 one star
2001-12 10/15/2002 68.79 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 52-1363952
Name in IRS Master File CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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 August, 1984
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

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 Compensation from Affiliates
$297,642 7.95% Thomas A. Schatz President, Director $7,632

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Citizens Against Government Waste (DC) 86.79 three stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 86.44 three stars
The Sunlight Foundation (DC) 85.96 three stars
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 85.76 three stars
MapLight (CA) 94.48 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Citizens Against Government Waste
1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW
DC
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 467-5300
fax: (202) 467-4253
EIN: 52-1363952

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Board Leadership

Steven Hofman
Chair

CEO

Thomas Schatz
President

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