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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Citizens United Foundation

Informing the American people about public policy issues which relate to traditional American values

one star

60.64

1006 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
tel: (202) 547-5420   Web Site
EIN: 54-1626748

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 60.64 one star
  Financial 58.42 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 63.00 one star
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1992, Citizens United Foundation (CUF) is dedicated to informing the American people about public policy issues which relate to traditional American values, including: the Constitution as the supreme limit on federal power, a strong national defense as the primary role of the federal government; free enterprise as the economic system that has enabled the American people to attain and maintain an historically high standard of living; belief in God and Judeo/Christian values as the fundamental attribute of our way of life; and the recognition of the family as the basic social unit of our society.

Established in 1992, Citizens United Foundation (CUF) is dedicated to informing the American people about public policy issues which relate to traditional American values, including: the Constitution as the supreme limit on federal power, a strong national defense as the primary role of the federal government; free enterprise as the economic system that has enabled the American people to attain and maintain an historically high standard of living; belief in God and Judeo/Christian values as the fundamental attribute of our way of life; and the recognition of the family as the basic social unit of our society.

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Financial

one star

58.42

Accountability & Transparency

one star

63.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
45.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 44.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.42
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.67
  Program Expenses Growth 2.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 30.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Citizens United Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Citizens United Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Citizens United Foundation (DC) 60.64 one star
Futures Without Violence (CA) 94.60 four stars
Indian Law Resource Center (MT) 92.29 four stars
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (CA) 86.84 three stars
Texas Civil Rights Project (TX) 95.12 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,543,313
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,543,313
   Program Service Revenue $9,480
Total Primary Revenue $5,552,793
   Other Revenue $176,656
TOTAL REVENUE $5,729,449
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,779,681
   Administrative Expenses $360,926
   Fundraising Expenses $2,043,996
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,184,603
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,544,846
   
Net Assets $2,599,364

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
Traditional Values Program $1,027,564 57.7%
Foundation Productions $352,974 19.8%
Legal and Judicial Action Programs $399,143 22.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 60.64 one star
2016-12 06/01/2018 56.74 one star
2015-12 06/01/2017 56.06 one star
2014-12 06/01/2016 61.94 one star
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 62.16 one star
2012-12 06/01/2014 73.63 two stars
2011-12 12/01/2013 71.56 two stars
2009-12 12/20/2012 --Donor Advisory

Prior to 9/1/2016, Charity Navigator issued Advisories under the name CN Watchlist and Donor Advisory. For more information on the CN Advisory system click here. This charity was issued a DA.

This donor advisory was published on Thursday, December 20, 2012

In accordance with our policy for removing Donor Advisories, Charity Navigator removed the Donor Advisory for the Citizens United Foundation on December 1, 2013 because the Donor Advisory had been in place for more than a year (since December 20, 2012) and because the issues that prompted the Donor Advisory have been resolved. Specifically:

  • The organization filed a complete FY 2011 Form 990 with the IRS.

Charity Navigator had published a Donor Advisory for this charity because we became aware of the following information in connection with this charity:

  • During our analysis of Citizens United Foundation’s FY 2010 Form 990, the document revealed several pages missing (page 10 Breakout of Functional Expenses and page 11 Balance Sheet). We reached out to Citizens United Foundation multiple times, but we did not received a response or the missing pages. We were therefore unable to evaluate Citizens United Foundation and thus issued a Donor Advisory.
2009-12 09/20/2011 71.93 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 70.00 two stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 69.30 one star
2007-12 05/01/2009 73.53 two stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 64.45 one star
2005-12 05/01/2007 54.42 zero star
2004-12 05/01/2006 54.09 zero star
2003-12 04/01/2005 53.79 zero star
2002-12 02/01/2004 50.30 zero 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 54-1626748
Name in IRS Master File CITIZENS UNITED FOUNDATION
NTEE Code Z99
NTEE Classification Unknown
NTEE Type Unknown
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
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 November, 1992
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 Compensation from Affiliates
$211,282 5.04% David Bossie President $307,270

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Citizens United Foundation (DC) 60.64 one star
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Community Catalyst (MA) 89.38 three stars
Electronic Frontier Foundation (CA) 95.96 four stars
Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation (DC) 97.13 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Citizens United Foundation
1006 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
tel: (202) 547-5420
fax: (202) 547-5421
EIN: 54-1626748

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