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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Second Amendment Foundation

Promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms

two stars

74.26

James Madison Building 12500 Northeast Tenth Place
Bellevue, WA 98005
tel: (800) 426-4302   Web Site
EIN: 91-6184167

Board Leadership
Joe Tartaro
President

CEO
Alan Gottlieb
Founder, Vice President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 74.26 two stars
  Financial 74.53 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 74.00 two stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Second Amendment Foundation, founded in 1974 by Alan Gottlieb, is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate. The Second Amendment Foundation is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Since its founding, the Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

The Second Amendment Foundation, founded in 1974 by Alan Gottlieb, is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate. The Second Amendment Foundation is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Since its founding, the Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

Financial

two stars

74.53

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

74.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
69.5%
  Administrative Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 24.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.26
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.17
  Program Expenses Growth -1.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Second Amendment Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Second Amendment Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Second Amendment Foundation (WA) 74.26 two stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,885,906
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,885,906
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,885,906
   Other Revenue $194,517
TOTAL REVENUE $4,080,423
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,563,485
   Administrative Expenses $240,664
   Fundraising Expenses $858,347
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,662,496
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $417,927
   
Net Assets $4,907,819

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
Public Education in Support of Gun Rights $1,984,249 77.4%
Legal Action in Defense of Gun Owners $579,236 22.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 10/01/2017 74.26 two stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 71.84 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 77.59 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 78.86 two stars
2013-12 04/01/2015 71.87 two stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 71.42 two stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 62.25 one star
2010-12 12/23/2011 62.32 one star
2009-12 09/20/2011 62.29 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 77.92 two stars
2008-12 03/01/2010 68.13 one star
2007-12 12/17/2008 61.77 one star
2006-12 12/01/2007 58.87 one star
2005-12 12/01/2006 56.21 one star
2004-12 12/01/2005 59.99 one star
2003-12 12/01/2004 56.41 one star
2002-12 04/01/2004 61.11 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 91-6184167
Name in IRS Master File SECOND AMENDMENT FOUNDATION
NTEE Code R60
NTEE Classification Civil Liberties Advocacy
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(125) Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy)
(460) Public interest litigation 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 April, 1975
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$22,500 0.61% Joe Tartaro President
Other Salaries of Note
$36,000 0.98% Alan Gottlieb Founder, Vice President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
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Charity Contact Info

Second Amendment Foundation
James Madison Building
12500 Northeast Tenth Place
Bellevue, WA 98005
tel: (800) 426-4302
fax: (425) 451-3959
EIN: 91-6184167

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Board Leadership

Joe Tartaro
President

CEO

Alan Gottlieb
Founder, Vice President

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