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Center for Public Integrity

Investigative journalism in the public interest

three stars

89.11

910 Seventeenth Street, NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006
tel: (202) 466-1300   Web Site
EIN: 54-1512177

Board Leadership
James Kiernan
Chairperson

CEO
Susan Smith Richardson
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.11 three stars
  Financial 84.60 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1989, the Center for Public Integrity is dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to protect democracy and inspire change using investigative reporting that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests. To pursue its mission, the Center generates high-quality, accessible investigative reports, databases, and contextual analysis on issues of public importance; disseminates work to journalists, policymakers, scholars, and citizens using a combination of digital, electronic, and print media; and educates, engages, and empowers citizens with the tools and skills they need to hold government and other private institutions accountable.

Founded in 1989, the Center for Public Integrity is dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to protect democracy and inspire change using investigative reporting that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests. To pursue its mission, the Center generates high-quality, accessible investigative reports, databases, and contextual analysis on issues of public importance; disseminates work to journalists, policymakers, scholars, and citizens using a combination of digital, electronic, and print media; and educates, engages, and empowers citizens with the tools and skills they need to hold government and other private institutions accountable.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of stories successfully placed in the media
158
Number of overall donors
1,584
Number of issue mentions in policymaker speeches
3,826
This impact information is current as of September 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

84.60

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
83.6%
  Administrative Expenses 6.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.10
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.02
  Program Expenses Growth -17.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Public Integrity on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Center for Public Integrity on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Center for Public Integrity (DC) 89.11 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,860,234
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $9,860,234
   Program Service Revenue $14,279
Total Primary Revenue $9,874,513
   Other Revenue $120,465
TOTAL REVENUE $9,994,978
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,870,881
   Administrative Expenses $546,397
   Fundraising Expenses $790,840
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,208,118
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,786,860
   
Net Assets $9,085,580

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
Investigative Journalism $3,870,881 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 12/21/2018 89.11 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 89.89 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 89.50 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 91.31 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 90.12 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 02/01/2016 91.31 four stars
2013-12 12/22/2015 89.44 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 87.21 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 90.81 four stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 90.65 four stars
2010-12 06/01/2012 93.69 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 95.04 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 94.23 four stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 85.45 three stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 69.21 one star
2006-12 11/01/2007 64.01 one star
2005-12 12/01/2006 71.90 two stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 88.50 three stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 91.36 four 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 54-1512177
Name in IRS Master File CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY
NTEE Code W20
NTEE Classification Government and Public Administration
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (124) Study and research (non-scientific)
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, 1993
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$197,500 3.79% John Dunbar Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Center for Public Integrity (DC) 89.11 three stars
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (DC) 92.22 four stars
New America (DC) 94.30 four stars
Washington Policy Center (WA) 85.98 three stars
American Youth Policy Forum (DC) 91.99 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Center for Public Integrity
910 Seventeenth Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20006
tel: (202) 466-1300
EIN: 54-1512177

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Board Leadership

James Kiernan
Chairperson

CEO

Susan Smith Richardson
CEO

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