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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Alliance Defending Freedom

Defending our first liberty

four stars

91.38

15100 North 90th Street Scottsdale, AZ 85260
tel: (800) 835-5233   Web Site
EIN: 54-1660459

Board Leadership
Terry Schlossberg
Chair

CEO
Michael P. Farris
President, CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.38 four stars
  Financial 87.82 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1994 by 35 evangelical Christian ministry leaders, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was conceived as an organization that would uniquely preserve and protect our first liberty - to defend the right of people of faith to hear and speak the Truth of the Gospel. Through strategy and coordination, world-class training for lawyers and law students, case and project funding, and direct litigation, our nation-shaping successes have begun to help secure and reclaim the most fundamental rights that our Constitution was designed to guarantee. Through the grace of God, legal precedents have been set and much liberty has been reclaimed. We are humbled to have been involved with our allies in 31 victories before the U.S. Supreme Court, and hundreds more in the lower courts.

Founded in 1994 by 35 evangelical Christian ministry leaders, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was conceived as an organization that would uniquely preserve and protect our first liberty - to defend the right of people of faith to hear and speak the Truth of the Gospel. Through strategy and coordination, world-class training for lawyers and law students, case and project funding, and direct litigation, our nation-shaping successes have begun to help secure and reclaim the most fundamental rights that our Constitution was designed to guarantee. Through the grace of God, legal precedents have been set and much liberty has been reclaimed. We are humbled to have been involved with our allies in 31 victories before the U.S. Supreme Court, and hundreds more in the lower courts.

Financial

three stars

87.82

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2017 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)
77.4%
  Administrative Expenses 7.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.56
  Program Expenses Growth 14.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alliance Defending Freedom on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alliance Defending Freedom on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Alliance Defending Freedom (AZ) 91.38 four stars
Make the Road New York (NY) 87.25 three stars
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Louisville Urban League (KY) 90.18 four stars
American Jewish Committee (NY) 89.28 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $49,888,409
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $119,501
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $50,007,910
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $50,007,910
   Other Revenue $1,529,781
TOTAL REVENUE $51,537,691
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $45,130,220
   Administrative Expenses $4,399,287
   Fundraising Expenses $8,116,898
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $57,646,405
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-6,108,714
   
Net Assets $28,156,823

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
Legal Advocacy $15,747,966 34.9%
Public Education $13,859,844 30.7%
Allied support and training alliance $11,976,844 26.5%

Ratings History
Alliance Defending Freedom has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-06 12/01/2017 91.38 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 90.04 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 79.89 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 84.93 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 84.41 three stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 86.20 three stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 86.92 three stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 81.69 three stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 92.29 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 89.05 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 86.71 three stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 88.06 three stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 90.62 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 93.07 four stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 90.51 four stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 92.78 four stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 92.22 four stars
2002-06 10/01/2003 92.17 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 89.65 three 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 54-1660459
Name in IRS Master File ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM
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 (460) Public interest litigation 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, 1993
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 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
$389,598 0.67% Alan E. Sears President, CEO

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Alliance Defending Freedom (AZ) 91.38 four stars
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Charity Contact Info

Alliance Defending Freedom
15100 North 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
tel: (800) 835-5233
fax: (480) 444-0025
EIN: 54-1660459

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Board Leadership

Terry Schlossberg
Chair

CEO

Michael P. Farris
President, CEO

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