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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

U.S. PIRG Education Fund

An independent voice working on behalf of the public interest

two stars

72.61

294 Washington St Suite 500
Boston, MA 02108
tel: (800) 838-6554   Web Site
EIN: 52-1384240

Board Leadership
Janet Domenitz
Chair

CEO
Faye Park
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 72.61 two stars
  Financial 75.50 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 70.00 two stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund is an independent, non-partisan group that works for consumers and the public interest. Through research, public education and outreach, we serve as counterweights to the influence of powerful special interests that threaten our health, safety or well-being. With public debate around important issues often dominated by special interests pursuing their own narrow agendas, U.S. PIRG Education Fund offers an independent voice that works on behalf of the public interest. The Education Fund works to protect consumers and promote good government. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public, and offer Americans meaningful opportunities for civic participation. Our focus areas include consumer financial protection, protecting public health, building a stronger democracy and more transparent government, and improving our transportation system.

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund is an independent, non-partisan group that works for consumers and the public interest. Through research, public education and outreach, we serve as counterweights to the influence of powerful special interests that threaten our health, safety or well-being. With public debate around important issues often dominated by special interests pursuing their own narrow agendas, U.S. PIRG Education Fund offers an independent voice that works on behalf of the public interest. The Education Fund works to protect consumers and promote good government. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public, and offer Americans meaningful opportunities for civic participation. Our focus areas include consumer financial protection, protecting public health, building a stronger democracy and more transparent government, and improving our transportation system.

Financial

two stars

75.50

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

70.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
78.0%
  Administrative Expenses 16.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.21
  Program Expenses Growth -30.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 41.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by U.S. PIRG Education Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by U.S. PIRG Education Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
U.S. PIRG Education Fund (MA) 72.61 two stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.83 four stars
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (DC) 88.55 three stars
Better Government Association (IL) 92.07 four stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.19 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,385,030
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,385,030
   Program Service Revenue $300
Total Primary Revenue $1,385,330
   Other Revenue $145
TOTAL REVENUE $1,385,475
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $567,462
   Administrative Expenses $227,089
   Fundraising Expenses $55,826
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $850,377
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $535,098
   
Net Assets $3,550,214

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
Financial Reform $215,636 38.0%
Consumer Protection and Financial Reform $158,889 28.0%
Public Health and Care $102,143 18.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 72.61 two stars
2019-06 11/01/2020 68.62 one star
2018-06 09/03/2019 73.54 two stars
2017-06 02/01/2019 72.89 two stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 78.79 two stars
2015-06 10/01/2017 81.17 three stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 76.76 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 74.94 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 02/01/2016 71.98 two stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 70.14 two stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 69.72 one star
2012-06 10/01/2013 68.02 one star
2011-06 09/01/2012 73.38 two stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 70.15 two stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 62.47 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 79.61 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 79.58 two stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 87.39 three stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 79.56 two stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 90.81 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 52-1384240
Name in IRS Master File UNITED STATES PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP EDUCATION FUND
NTEE Code W01
NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing 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 April, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Faye Park President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
U.S. PIRG Education Fund (MA) 72.61 two stars
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (DC) 91.89 four stars
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation (DC) 92.15 four stars
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 91.09 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 89.71 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

U.S. PIRG Education Fund
294 Washington St
Suite 500
Boston, MA 02108
tel: (800) 838-6554
fax: (617) 292-8057
EIN: 52-1384240

Mail donations to:
600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
4th Fl
Washington, DC 20003

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Board Leadership

Janet Domenitz
Chair

CEO

Faye Park
Executive Director

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