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The American Prospect

Progressive Media & Nonprofit Publishing

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three stars

80.01

1225 Eye Street NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 776-0730   Web Site
EIN: 52-1617061

Board Leadership
Michael Stern
Chairperson

CEO
Robert Kuttner & Paul Starr
Co-Editors

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.01 three stars
  Financial 73.96 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The American Prospect is a respected and influential nonprofit media organization dedicated to improving the national conversation about the day's most important issues, informing and engaging the public, and inspiring smart, just policy. Since its 1990 launch, the Prospect has consistently published some of the most insightful progressive policy analysis in the country. Each magazine we print, and every day on Prospect.org, shows off what the Prospect does uniquely well: bridge the worlds of policy and politics with the lives of everyday Americans; connect and engage an audience of public intellectuals, activists, policy wonks, politicos, and informed citizens; and offer a vision of possibilities and aspiration to a new generation of progressives. Our print magazine with a reputation for incisive reporting and accessible long-form analysis, our continuously updated website, and three topical newsletters enable the Prospect to wield outsized influence in today's 24/7 news environment.

The American Prospect is a respected and influential nonprofit media organization dedicated to improving the national conversation about the day's most important issues, informing and engaging the public, and inspiring smart, just policy. Since its 1990 launch, the Prospect has consistently published some of the most insightful progressive policy analysis in the country. Each magazine we print, and every day on Prospect.org, shows off what the Prospect does uniquely well: bridge the worlds of policy and politics with the lives of everyday Americans; connect and engage an audience of public intellectuals, activists, policy wonks, politicos, and informed citizens; and offer a vision of possibilities and aspiration to a new generation of progressives. Our print magazine with a reputation for incisive reporting and accessible long-form analysis, our continuously updated website, and three topical newsletters enable the Prospect to wield outsized influence in today's 24/7 news environment.

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Financial

two stars

73.96

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 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)
70.7%
  Administrative Expenses 13.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.26
  Program Expenses Growth -5.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 43.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The American Prospect on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The American Prospect on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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The American Prospect (DC) 80.01 three stars
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 96.15 four stars
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Commentary (NY) 90.59 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,299,560
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,299,560
   Program Service Revenue $127,522
Total Primary Revenue $2,427,082
   Other Revenue $36,802
TOTAL REVENUE $2,463,884
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,199,211
   Administrative Expenses $235,156
   Fundraising Expenses $374,148
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,808,515
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $655,369
   
Net Assets $475,422

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
Publication of Scholarly and Literary Articles $1,199,211 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 80.01 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 75.01 two stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 77.31 two stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 77.40 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 87.47 three stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 76.58 two stars
2012-06 12/20/2013 87.16 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2013 77.23 two stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 76.45 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 66.04 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/01/2010 65.81 one star
2008-12 10/01/2009 70.27 two stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 69.69 one star
2006-12 02/01/2008 63.19 one star

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1617061
Name in IRS Master File AMERICAN PROSPECT INC
NTEE Code A33
NTEE Classification Printing, Publishing
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (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 May, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$110,016 6.08% Robert Kuttner Director, Co-Founder
Other Salaries of Note
$145,863 8.06% Amy Marshall Lambrecht Publisher

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The American Prospect (DC) 80.01 three stars
Type Media Center (NY) 91.74 four stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 90.53 four stars
Common Sense Media (CA) 93.91 four stars
ProPublica (NY) 97.17 four stars

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The American Prospect
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 776-0730
EIN: 52-1617061

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Board Leadership

Michael Stern
Chairperson

CEO

Robert Kuttner & Paul Starr
Co-Editors

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