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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Freedom From Religion Foundation

Protecting the constitutional principle of the separation of state and church

four stars

97.17

P.O. Box 750 Madison, WI 53701
tel: (608) 256-8900   Web Site
EIN: 39-1302520

Board Leadership
Stephen Hirtle
Chair

CEO
Dan Barker & Annie Laurie Gaylor
Co-Presidents

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.17 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2017 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)
87.9%
  Administrative Expenses 11.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.06
  Program Expenses Growth 19.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Freedom From Religion Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Freedom From Religion Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Freedom From Religion Foundation (WI) 97.17 four stars
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (DC) 88.94 three stars
First Liberty Institute (TX) 89.00 three stars
NumbersUSA (VA) 98.52 four stars
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (NY) 94.39 four stars

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is an educational group promoting the constitutional principle of separation of state and church and educating the public on matters relating to nontheism. Incorporated in 1978, the Foundation is a national membership association of freethinkers: atheists, agnostics and skeptics of any pedigree. The Foundation acts on countless violations of separation of state and church on behalf of members and the public, including: prayers in public schools, payment of public funds for religious purposes, government funding of pervasively sectarian institutions, and the ongoing campaign against civil rights for women, gays and lesbians led by churches.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,713,456
   Federated Campaigns $89,536
   Membership Dues $1,024,111
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,827,103
   Program Service Revenue $56,140
Total Primary Revenue $4,883,243
   Other Revenue $48,439
TOTAL REVENUE $4,931,682
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,362,731
   Administrative Expenses $384,874
   Fundraising Expenses $17,427
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,765,032
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,166,650
   
Net Assets $14,486,287

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
Educational Events $1,701,176 50.6%
Lawsuits $578,166 17.2%
Publishing, Broadcasting, & Educational Outreach $424,201 12.6%

Ratings History
Freedom From Religion Foundation has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 02/01/2017 97.17 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 97.17 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 97.01 four stars
2013-12 03/01/2015 94.26 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 97.06 four stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 91.68 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 91.67 four stars
2009-12 12/23/2011 92.15 four stars
2008-12 09/20/2011 86.54 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 12/01/2009 98.84 four stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 98.77 four stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 98.86 four stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 98.52 four stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 98.43 four stars
2003-12 07/01/2005 94.01 four stars
2002-12 02/01/2004 89.01 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 39-1302520
Name in IRS Master File FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION INC
NTEE Code X20
NTEE Classification Christian
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (92) Literary activities
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
(120) Publishing 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 August, 1978
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 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
$81,583 2.16% Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-President
Other Salaries of Note
$81,583 2.16% Dan Barker Co-President

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is an educational group promoting the constitutional principle of separation of state and church and educating the public on matters relating to nontheism. Incorporated in 1978, the Foundation is a national membership association of freethinkers: atheists, agnostics and skeptics of any pedigree. The Foundation acts on countless violations of separation of state and church on behalf of members and the public, including: prayers in public schools, payment of public funds for religious purposes, government funding of pervasively sectarian institutions, and the ongoing campaign against civil rights for women, gays and lesbians led by churches.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Freedom From Religion Foundation (WI) 97.17 four stars
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (DC) 88.70 three stars
Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU (IL) 91.69 four stars
NumbersUSA (VA) 98.52 four stars
National Black Child Development Institute (MD) 86.73 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Freedom From Religion Foundation
P.O. Box 750
Madison, WI 53701
tel: (608) 256-8900
fax: (608) 204-0422
EIN: 39-1302520

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Board Leadership

Stephen Hirtle
Chair

CEO

Dan Barker & Annie Laurie Gaylor
Co-Presidents

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