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Foundation for National Progress

Publisher of Mother Jones Magazine

three stars

81.92

222 Sutter Street Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94108
tel: (415) 321-1700   Web Site
EIN: 94-2282759

Board Leadership
Phil Straus
Chair

CEO
Monika Bauerlain
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.92 three stars
  Financial 75.42 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Established in 1976, the Foundation for National Progress (FNP) exists to publish and support Mother Jones magazine. Mother Jones is a news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting. We currently have two main channels: an award-winning bimonthly national magazine (circulation 240,000), and a website featuring new, original reporting. The foundation also supports the leading independent hands-on training program for emerging journalists, the Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program. In 1993 Mother Jones became the first general interest magazine to go online.

Established in 1976, the Foundation for National Progress (FNP) exists to publish and support Mother Jones magazine. Mother Jones is a news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting. We currently have two main channels: an award-winning bimonthly national magazine (circulation 240,000), and a website featuring new, original reporting. The foundation also supports the leading independent hands-on training program for emerging journalists, the Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program. In 1993 Mother Jones became the first general interest magazine to go online.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of overall donors
50,463
Total dollars received in contributions
10,964,500
Total number of periodical subscribers
200,000
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

75.42

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
73.6%
  Administrative Expenses 15.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.05
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 78.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Foundation for National Progress on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Foundation for National Progress on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Foundation for National Progress (CA) 81.92 three stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,121,971
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,349,966
   Fundraising Events $38,400
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $12,510,337
   Program Service Revenue $4,023,640
Total Primary Revenue $16,533,977
   Other Revenue $329,877
TOTAL REVENUE $16,863,854
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,683,576
   Administrative Expenses $2,112,977
   Fundraising Expenses $1,953,630
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,750,183
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $113,671
   
Net Assets $894,034

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
Investigative Reporting $12,015,623 94.7%
Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program $667,953 5.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 81.92 three stars
2018-06 10/01/2019 82.37 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 80.72 three stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 80.07 three stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 83.59 three stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 83.85 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 04/01/2016 88.55 three stars
2014-06 05/01/2015 88.60 three stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 87.13 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 83.92 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 81.33 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 78.30 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 77.17 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 75.20 two stars
2008-12 12/15/2009 76.48 two stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 62.73 one star
2006-12 09/01/2007 67.96 one star
2005-12 11/01/2006 80.17 three stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 82.60 three stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 83.13 three 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 94-2282759
Name in IRS Master File FOUNDATION FOR NATIONAL PROGRESS
NTEE Code W00
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (124) Study and research (non-scientific)
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 June, 1975
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$215,513 1.28% Monika Bauerlein President

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Foundation for National Progress (CA) 81.92 three stars
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Charity Contact Info

Foundation for National Progress
222 Sutter Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94108
tel: (415) 321-1700
EIN: 94-2282759

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 584
San Francisco, CA 94104

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Board Leadership

Phil Straus
Chair

CEO

Monika Bauerlain
CEO

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