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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

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
  Financial 100.00
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
87.5%
  Administrative Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 5.69
  Program Expenses Growth 19.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.1%
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.

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Freedom From Religion Foundation (WI) 97.17
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People For the American Way Foundation (DC) 86.04

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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 $3,032,933
   Federated Campaigns $95,049
   Membership Dues $959,939
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,087,921
   Program Service Revenue $66,950
Total Primary Revenue $4,154,871
   Other Revenue $108,631
TOTAL REVENUE $4,263,502
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,138,297
   Administrative Expenses $306,587
   Fundraising Expenses $20,772
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,465,656
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,797,846
   
Net Assets $13,350,040

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 $1,212,891 56.7%
Publishing, Broadcasting, & Educational Outreach $533,082 24.9%
Lawsuits $216,213 10.1%
Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-12 06/01/2016 97.17
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 97.01
2013-12 03/01/2015 94.26
2012-12 11/01/2013 97.06
2011-12 11/06/2012 91.68
2010-12 04/01/2012 91.67
2009-12 12/23/2011 92.15
2008-12 09/20/2011 86.54
 
CN 1.0
2008-12 12/01/2009 98.84
2007-12 11/01/2008 98.77
2006-12 10/01/2007 98.86
2005-12 10/01/2006 98.52
2004-12 01/01/2006 98.43
2003-12 07/01/2005 94.01
2002-12 02/01/2004 89.01

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, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011
  • December, 2010

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
$87,168 3.53% Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-President
Other Salaries of Note
$87,167 3.53% 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.

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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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