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Drug Policy Alliance

No More Drug War

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two stars

75.04

131 West 33rd St 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 613-8025   Web Site
EIN: 52-1516692

Board Leadership
Ira Glasser
President

CEO
Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.04 two stars
  Financial 64.84 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization promoting drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. DPA's mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies. The DPA network is comprised of individuals who believe the war on drugs must end. Together with their support, DPA work's to ensure that our nation's drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions - particularly young people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization promoting drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. DPA's mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies. The DPA network is comprised of individuals who believe the war on drugs must end. Together with their support, DPA work's to ensure that our nation's drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions - particularly young people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of list subscribers
232,554
Number of Facebook followers
226,866
Total number of grants awarded
56
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

one star

64.84

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
70.6%
  Administrative Expenses 18.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) < 0.01
  Program Expenses Growth 5.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 148.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Drug Policy Alliance on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Drug Policy Alliance on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Drug Policy Alliance (NY) 75.04 two stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,250,043
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,257,085
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,507,128
   Program Service Revenue $204,912
Total Primary Revenue $9,712,040
   Other Revenue $26,901
TOTAL REVENUE $9,738,941
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,913,354
   Administrative Expenses $2,895,616
   Fundraising Expenses $1,797,582
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $15,606,552
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-5,867,611
   
Net Assets $-5,164,691

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 Policy & Legal Affairs $4,862,802 44.6%
Grants $1,781,785 16.3%
Communications $1,207,144 11.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-05 08/01/2019 75.04 two stars
2017-05 09/01/2018 76.86 two stars
2016-05 12/22/2017 82.11 three stars
2015-05 02/01/2017 85.28 three stars
2015-05 09/01/2016 85.16 three stars
2015-05 08/01/2016 84.38 three stars
2014-05 06/01/2016 86.69 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-05 11/01/2015 85.67 three stars
2013-05 09/01/2014 88.14 three stars
2012-05 09/01/2013 92.71 four stars
2011-05 02/01/2013 82.06 three stars
2011-05 05/01/2012 81.51 three stars
2010-05 09/20/2011 79.76 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-05 06/01/2011 69.97 one star
2009-05 08/01/2010 80.99 three stars
2008-05 02/01/2009 87.16 three stars
2007-05 10/01/2008 76.18 two stars
2006-05 07/01/2007 76.77 two stars
2005-05 07/01/2006 63.27 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 52-1516692
Name in IRS Master File DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE
NTEE Code F20
NTEE Classification Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and
NTEE Type Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (537) Use of drugs or narcotics
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 May, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End May
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • May, 2017
  • May, 2016
  • May, 2015
  • May, 2014
  • May, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$82,174 0.52% Maria Mcfarland Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$181,710 1.16% Derek Oscar Hodel Interim Executive Director
$140,682 0.90% Ethan Nadelmann Former Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Drug Policy Alliance (NY) 75.04 two stars
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Charity Contact Info

Drug Policy Alliance
131 West 33rd St
15th Floor
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 613-8025
fax: (212) 613-8021
EIN: 52-1516692

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Board Leadership

Ira Glasser
President

CEO

Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
Executive Director

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