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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

78.57

12500 Northeast Tenth Place Bellevue, WA 98005
tel: (425) 454-7012   Web Site
EIN: 91-6184167

Board Leadership
Massad Ayoob
President

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.57
  Financial 79.16
  Accountability & Transparency 78.00
This rating was published 03/01/2022 and includes data from FY2019, 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

79.16

Accountability & Transparency

78.00

This rating was published 03/01/2022 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)
74.2%
  Administrative Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 20.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.20
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.41
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.5%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Second Amendment Foundation (WA) 78.57
Indian Law Resource Center (MT) 91.17
Central Coast Alliance United for A Sustainable Economy (CA) 92.22
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (DC) 87.94
NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation (VA) 91.16

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,381,885
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,381,885
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,381,885
   Other Revenue $105,603
TOTAL REVENUE $4,487,488
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,946,804
   Administrative Expenses $228,952
   Fundraising Expenses $876,372
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,052,128
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $435,360
   
Net Assets $5,836,080

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 $2,004,805 68.0%
Legal Action in Defense of Gun Owners $941,999 32.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 03/01/2022 78.57
2018-12 12/20/2019 74.75
2017-12 12/21/2018 74.92
2016-12 10/01/2017 74.26
2015-12 12/01/2016 71.84
2014-12 06/01/2016 77.59
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 78.86
2013-12 04/01/2015 71.87
2012-12 11/01/2013 71.42
2011-12 11/06/2012 62.25
2010-12 12/23/2011 62.32
2009-12 09/20/2011 62.29
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 77.92
2008-12 03/01/2010 68.13
2007-12 12/17/2008 61.77
2006-12 12/01/2007 58.87
2005-12 12/01/2006 56.21
2004-12 12/01/2005 59.99
2003-12 12/01/2004 56.41
2002-12 04/01/2004 61.11

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)
(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
$17,500 0.43% Joe Tartaro President
Other Salaries of Note
$36,000 0.88% Alan Gottlieb Director, Vice President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Second Amendment Foundation (WA) 78.57
Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU (IL) 87.68
American Family Association (MS) 90.71
Advancement Project (CA) 88.26
RESIST, INC. (MA) 92.76

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Charity Contact Info

Second Amendment Foundation
12500 Northeast Tenth Place
Bellevue, WA 98005
tel: (425) 454-7012
fax: (425) 451-3959
EIN: 91-6184167

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Board Leadership

Massad Ayoob
President

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