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Better World Fund

Implementing public-private partnerships to address the world's most pressing problems

two stars

78.51

1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 887-9040   Web Site
EIN: 58-2366765

Board Leadership
R.E. Turner
Chairman

CEO
Kathy Calvin
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.51 two stars
  Financial 79.05 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 78.00 two stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Better World Fund (BWF) was created in 1998 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner. The Better World Fund builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world's most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. The BWF coordinates several domestic advocacy and partnership efforts. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we seek to make it easy for corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals to engage in the work of the United Nations.

The Better World Fund (BWF) was created in 1998 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner. The Better World Fund builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world's most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. The BWF coordinates several domestic advocacy and partnership efforts. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we seek to make it easy for corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals to engage in the work of the United Nations.

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Financial

two stars

79.05

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

78.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
81.7%
  Administrative Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.28
  Program Expenses Growth -20.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Better World Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Better World Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Better World Fund (DC) 78.51 two stars
World Food Program USA (DC) 85.41 three stars
NetHope (VA) 87.69 three stars
Friends of UNFPA (NY) 90.57 four stars
United Nations Foundation (DC) 89.68 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,678,233
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $266,755
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $2,996,400
   Government Grants $26,417
Total Contributions $4,967,805
   Program Service Revenue $194,125
Total Primary Revenue $5,161,930
   Other Revenue $144,254
TOTAL REVENUE $5,306,184
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,666,017
   Administrative Expenses $331,632
   Fundraising Expenses $348,628
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,346,277
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-40,093
   
Net Assets $4,488,214

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
Advocacy $2,768,881 59.3%
United Nations Strengthening $1,724,299 37.0%
Climate Change $172,837 3.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 78.51 two stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 77.20 two stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 84.74 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 85.01 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 75.35 two stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 83.59 three stars
2012-12 03/01/2015 82.39 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 78.84 two stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 86.00 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 81.96 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.38 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 80.55 three stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 93.17 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 84.29 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 81.68 three stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 79.72 two stars
2004-12 04/01/2006 94.37 four stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 91.63 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 58-2366765
Name in IRS Master File BETTER WORLD FUND
NTEE Code Q12
NTEE Classification Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
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
(125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
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 Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is not a church or 501(c)(1) organization.
Group Name BETTER WORLD FUND
Ruling Date January, 2011
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
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
$57,523 1.07% Kathryn Calvin Walters President, CEO $353,354
Other Salaries of Note
$299,124 5.59% Peter Yeo Vice President --
$145,965 2.73% Michael Beard Executive Director --
$135,419 2.53% George Hannum Senior Director --

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Better World Fund (DC) 78.51 two stars
World Food Program USA (DC) 85.41 three stars
United Nations Foundation (DC) 89.68 three stars
International Peace Institute (NY) 95.34 four stars
Friends of UNFPA (NY) 90.57 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Better World Fund
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 887-9040
fax: (202) 887-9021
EIN: 58-2366765

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Board Leadership

R.E. Turner
Chairman

CEO

Kathy Calvin
President, CEO

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