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Project Vote Smart

The voter's self-defense system

four stars

92.99

One Common Ground Philipsburg, MT 59858
tel: (406) 859-8683   Web Site
EIN: 85-0364261

Board Leadership
Jessica Arrigoni
Board Chair

CEO
Richard Kimball
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.99 four stars
  Financial 92.99 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

92.99

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 08/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
83.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.05
  Program Expenses Growth 1.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Vote Smart on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Project Vote Smart on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Vote Smart (MT) 92.99 four stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 91.45 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 86.81 three stars
Common Cause Education Fund (DC) 90.58 four stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 86.29 three stars

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Since Project Vote Smart was inaugurated in 1992, we have offered special services and programs for political journalists to enhance their coverage of politics and elections. The Project partners with more than 300 national, state, and local news organizations, all endorsing Project programs. In addition to comprehensive databases on more than 40,000 candidates and incumbents, the Project provides journalists with special research services and publications. We devote considerable effort to researching information about all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative office and elected officials. Voters thus have access to unbiased information on candidates as well as those serving in elected positions.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,690,765
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,690,765
   Program Service Revenue $33,013
Total Primary Revenue $1,723,778
   Other Revenue $58,046
TOTAL REVENUE $1,781,824
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,120,247
   Administrative Expenses $165,256
   Fundraising Expenses $95,122
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,380,625
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $401,199
   
Net Assets $3,239,245

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
Research $614,762 54.9%
Outreach $505,485 45.1%

Ratings History
Project Vote Smart has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-03 08/01/2016 92.99 four stars
2014-03 06/01/2016 92.25 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-03 03/01/2016 91.26 four stars
2014-03 10/01/2015 82.21 three stars
2013-03 06/01/2014 93.77 four stars
2012-03 05/05/2014 79.19 two stars
2012-03 05/01/2013 77.61 two stars
2011-03 07/01/2012 79.08 two stars
2010-03 12/23/2011 82.62 three stars
2010-03 10/01/2011 80.62 three stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 78.60 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 07/01/2011 89.35 three stars
2009-03 07/01/2010 88.58 three stars
2008-03 08/01/2009 88.77 three stars
2007-03 12/15/2007 84.44 three stars
2006-03 05/01/2007 71.51 two stars
2005-03 04/01/2006 74.89 two stars
2004-03 07/01/2005 78.77 two stars
2003-03 07/01/2004 78.19 two stars
2002-03 11/01/2003 88.35 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 85-0364261
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE IN POLITICS
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (481) Voter information on issues or candidates
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]
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
  • March, 2012
  • March, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$84,613 6.12% Richard Kimball President, Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$54,750 3.96% Adelaide Elm Kimball Senior Advisor

Since Project Vote Smart was inaugurated in 1992, we have offered special services and programs for political journalists to enhance their coverage of politics and elections. The Project partners with more than 300 national, state, and local news organizations, all endorsing Project programs. In addition to comprehensive databases on more than 40,000 candidates and incumbents, the Project provides journalists with special research services and publications. We devote considerable effort to researching information about all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative office and elected officials. Voters thus have access to unbiased information on candidates as well as those serving in elected positions.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Vote Smart (MT) 92.99 four stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 86.29 three stars
Every Voice Center (DC) 92.06 four stars
The Sunlight Foundation (DC) 91.92 four stars
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 89.60 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Project Vote Smart
One Common Ground
Philipsburg, MT 59858
tel: (406) 859-8683
fax: (406) 859-8680
EIN: 85-0364261

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Board Leadership

Jessica Arrigoni
Board Chair

CEO

Richard Kimball
President

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