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Research and Public Policy : Social and Public Policy Research

Capital Research Center

America's Investigative Think Tank

three stars

80.75

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

Board Leadership
Robert E. Challey
Chairman

CEO
Scott Walter
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.75 three stars
  Financial 75.10 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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

75.10

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
59.1%
  Administrative Expenses 17.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 23.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.39
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.33
  Program Expenses Growth 42.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.0%
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) 80.75 three stars
Commonwealth Foundation (PA) 91.67 four stars
National Institute on Money in State Politics (MT) 90.71 four stars
Public Agenda (NY) 89.54 three stars
NALEO Educational Fund (CA) 91.11 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,920,163
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,920,163
   Program Service Revenue $2,327
Total Primary Revenue $2,922,490
   Other Revenue $20,066
TOTAL REVENUE $2,942,556
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,130,939
   Administrative Expenses $623,329
   Fundraising Expenses $1,036,690
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,790,958
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,848,402
   
Net Assets $9,355,163

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 $2,333,366 74.5%
Influence Watch $476,936 15.2%
Media Production $314,340 10.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 80.75 three stars
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)
(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
$285,012 5.94% Scott Walter President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Capital Research Center (DC) 80.75 three stars
The Philanthropy Roundtable (DC) 89.31 three stars
Institute for Policy Studies (DC) 88.57 three stars
Partnership for Public Service (DC) 90.15 four stars
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (DC) 86.70 three 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

Robert E. Challey
Chairman

CEO

Scott Walter
President

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