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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Capital Research Center

America's Investigative Think Tank

two stars

78.29

1513 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 483-6900   Web Site
EIN: 52-1289734

Board Leadership
Michael Franc
Chairman

CEO
Scott Walter
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.29 two stars
  Financial 71.34 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Capital Research Center was established in 1984 to examine how foundations, charities, and other nonprofits spend money and get involved in politics and advocacy, often in ways that donors never intended and would find abhorrent. From the start, CRC has exposed how those organizations are “captured” by interest groups and used to undermine Americans' freedoms. Today, we study unions, environmentalist groups, and a wide variety of nonprofit and activist organizations. We also keep an eye on crony capitalists who seek to profit by taking advantage of government regulations and by getting their hands on taxpayers' money.

The Capital Research Center was established in 1984 to examine how foundations, charities, and other nonprofits spend money and get involved in politics and advocacy, often in ways that donors never intended and would find abhorrent. From the start, CRC has exposed how those organizations are “captured” by interest groups and used to undermine Americans' freedoms. Today, we study unions, environmentalist groups, and a wide variety of nonprofit and activist organizations. We also keep an eye on crony capitalists who seek to profit by taking advantage of government regulations and by getting their hands on taxpayers' money.

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Financial

two stars

71.34

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

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)
54.7%
  Administrative Expenses 19.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 25.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.40
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.88
  Program Expenses Growth 33.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Capital Research Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Capital Research Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Capital Research Center (DC) 78.29 two stars
The Independent Institute (CA) 96.90 four stars
Public Agenda (NY) 91.07 four stars
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 91.67 four stars
Business Executives for National Security (DC) 94.76 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,508,522
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,508,522
   Program Service Revenue $4,618
Total Primary Revenue $2,513,140
   Other Revenue $31,712
TOTAL REVENUE $2,544,852
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,671,225
   Administrative Expenses $718,410
   Fundraising Expenses $968,248
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,357,883
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,813,031
   
Net Assets $11,945,962

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
Research $1,881,188 70.4%
Influence Watch $411,971 15.4%
Media Production $363,443 13.6%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 78.29 two stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 76.58 two stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 74.91 two 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 52-1289734
Name in IRS Master File CAPITAL RESEARCH CENTER
NTEE Code T50
NTEE Classification Philanthropy, Charity, Voluntarism Promotion, General
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing 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 May, 1983
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
$244,985 5.62% Scott Walter President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Capital Research Center (DC) 78.29 two stars
Supportive Housing Network of New York (NY) 85.20 three stars
New America (DC) 94.30 four stars
National Institute on Money in State Politics (MT) 90.71 four stars
The Independent Institute (CA) 96.90 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Capital Research Center
1513 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 483-6900
fax: (202) 483-6990
EIN: 52-1289734

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Board Leadership

Michael Franc
Chairman

CEO

Scott Walter
President

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