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Food First

Eliminating the injustices that cause hunger

three stars

88.52

398 60th Street Oakland, CA 94618
tel: (510) 654-4400   Web Site
EIN: 13-2838167

Board Leadership
Joyce E. King
Board President

CEO
Eric Holt-Giménez
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 88.52 three stars
  Financial 93.82 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, is to end the injustices that cause hunger. Founded in 1975 by Joseph Collins and Frances Moore Lappé-author of the revolutionary bestseller Diet for a Small Planet-Food First envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced and culturally appropriate food. After nearly 40 years of analysis of the global food system, we know that making this vision a reality involves more than technical solutions-it requires political transformation. That's why Food First supports activists, social movements, alliances and coalitions working for systemic change. Our action-oriented research, publications, projects and Food Sovereignty Tours give you the tools to understand the global challenges, build your local movement, and engage with the global movement for food sovereignty.

The mission of the Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, is to end the injustices that cause hunger. Founded in 1975 by Joseph Collins and Frances Moore Lappé-author of the revolutionary bestseller Diet for a Small Planet-Food First envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced and culturally appropriate food. After nearly 40 years of analysis of the global food system, we know that making this vision a reality involves more than technical solutions-it requires political transformation. That's why Food First supports activists, social movements, alliances and coalitions working for systemic change. Our action-oriented research, publications, projects and Food Sovereignty Tours give you the tools to understand the global challenges, build your local movement, and engage with the global movement for food sovereignty.

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Financial

four stars

93.82

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
80.9%
  Administrative Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.03
  Program Expenses Growth 13.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food First on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food First on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food First (CA) 88.52 three stars
Foreign Policy Research Institute (PA) 94.52 four stars
Institute for Middle East Understanding (CA) 85.77 three stars
Hudson Institute (DC) 97.46 four stars
Ibis Reproductive Health (MA) 91.51 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $605,620
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $605,620
   Program Service Revenue $151,892
Total Primary Revenue $757,512
   Other Revenue $23,526
TOTAL REVENUE $781,038
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $645,435
   Administrative Expenses $54,077
   Fundraising Expenses $113,886
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $813,398
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-32,360
   
Net Assets $724,574

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 for Action $317,589 49.2%
Education for Change $247,517 38.3%
Projects for Transformation $80,329 12.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 88.52 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 82.67 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 80.45 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 77.52 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 83.86 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/01/2015 75.58 two stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 73.98 two stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 87.24 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2014 80.84 three stars
2012-06 05/01/2013 79.92 two stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 86.86 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 89.68 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 88.97 three stars
2009-06 05/01/2010 80.27 three stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 76.50 two stars
2007-06 06/01/2008 58.92 one star
2006-06 04/01/2007 58.49 one star
2005-06 05/01/2006 64.82 one star
2004-06 05/01/2005 69.22 one star
2003-06 01/05/2005 88.04 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 13-2838167
Name in IRS Master File INSTITUTE FOR FOOD AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY INC
NTEE Code Q05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
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 March, 1976
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
$70,647 8.68% Eric Holt-Gimenez Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food First (CA) 88.52 three stars
Center for Global Development (DC) 92.81 four stars
The Middle East Media Research Institute (DC) 90.38 four stars
Foreign Policy Research Institute (PA) 94.52 four stars
Ibis Reproductive Health (MA) 91.51 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food First
398 60th Street
Oakland, CA 94618
tel: (510) 654-4400
fax: (510) 654-4551
EIN: 13-2838167

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Board Leadership

Joyce E. King
Board President

CEO

Eric Holt-Giménez
Executive Director

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