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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 and educating about freethought

100.00

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 100.00
  Financial 100.00
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Financial

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
90.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.50
  Program Expenses Growth 29.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.4%
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) 100.00
Young America's Foundation (VA) 93.82
Committee to Protect Journalists (NY) 90.48
Alliance for Justice (DC) 94.20
American Association of People with Disabilities (DC) 95.53

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,958,160
   Federated Campaigns $38,235
   Membership Dues $1,366,475
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,362,870
   Program Service Revenue $70,414
Total Primary Revenue $5,433,284
   Other Revenue $673,440
TOTAL REVENUE $6,106,724
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,020,475
   Administrative Expenses $521,598
   Fundraising Expenses $61,816
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $7,603,889
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,497,165
   
Net Assets $15,189,868

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 $5,165,769 73.6%
Lawsuits $1,175,594 16.7%
Publishing, Broadcasting, & Educational Outreach $551,632 7.9%

Ratings History
Freedom From Religion Foundation has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/23/2020 100.00
2018-12 11/01/2019 100.00
2017-12 08/01/2019 100.00
2017-12 12/21/2018 95.05
2016-12 02/01/2018 97.17
2015-12 02/01/2017 97.17
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

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 R20
NTEE Classification Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$98,783 1.29% Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-President
Other Salaries of Note
$100,883 1.32% Dan Barker Co-President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Freedom From Religion Foundation (WI) 100.00
Institute for Justice (VA) 96.93
Simon Wiesenthal Center (CA) 85.32
First Liberty Institute (TX) 91.67
Highlander Research and Education Center (TN) 89.39

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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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