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Project Vote Smart

The voter's self-defense system

three stars

83.34

1153 24th Street Des Moines, IA 50311
tel: (515) 989-6363   Web Site
EIN: 85-0364261

Board Leadership
Jessica Arrigoni
Board Chair

CEO
Richard Kimball
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.34 three stars
  Financial 86.07 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 81.00 three stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

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Financial

three stars

86.07

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

81.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
80.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.60
  Program Expenses Growth -11.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.8%
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 (IA) 83.34 three stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 89.76 three stars
Taxpayers for Common Sense (DC) 92.02 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 89.71 three stars
Better Government Association (IL) 94.29 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,182,726
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,182,726
   Program Service Revenue $25,533
Total Primary Revenue $1,208,259
   Other Revenue $47,039
TOTAL REVENUE $1,255,298
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $789,374
   Administrative Expenses $162,760
   Fundraising Expenses $139,000
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,091,134
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $164,164
   
Net Assets $2,644,778

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 $568,145 72.0%
Outreach $221,229 28.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-03 11/01/2019 83.34 three stars
2017-03 08/01/2018 86.04 three stars
2016-03 07/01/2017 86.14 three stars
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

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]
Ruling Date July, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • March, 2017
  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$77,255 7.08% Richard Kimball President, Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$44,141 4.04% Adelaide Elm Kimball Senior Advisor

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Project Vote Smart (IA) 83.34 three stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 89.71 three stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 92.78 four stars
Medicare Rights Center (NY) 90.86 four stars
Better Government Association (IL) 94.29 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Project Vote Smart
1153 24th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
tel: (515) 989-6363
EIN: 85-0364261

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Board Leadership

Jessica Arrigoni
Board Chair

CEO

Richard Kimball
President

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