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AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Saving lives through research and education

four stars

92.02

607 14th Street, NW Suite 201
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 638-5944   Web Site
EIN: 52-0794368

Board Leadership
Mark A. Shaw
Chair

CEO
C.Y. David Yang, Ph.D
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.02 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on the roads. Since 1947, the Foundation has funded over 200 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur. We have used this research to develop dozens of focused, high-impact educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Government agencies and legislators--as well as automobile clubs, driving schools, and school districts--turn to the Foundation's research to guide them in creating policies that can save lives on our roads and highways, teach adults how to drive more responsibly, and teach children about vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian safety.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on the roads. Since 1947, the Foundation has funded over 200 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur. We have used this research to develop dozens of focused, high-impact educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Government agencies and legislators--as well as automobile clubs, driving schools, and school districts--turn to the Foundation's research to guide them in creating policies that can save lives on our roads and highways, teach adults how to drive more responsibly, and teach children about vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian safety.

Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
95.0%
  Administrative Expenses 3.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.10
  Program Expenses Growth 31.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (DC) 92.02 four stars
National Institute on Money in State Politics (MT) 97.17 four stars
The Aspen Institute (DC) 94.19 four stars
Center for the National Interest (DC) 91.91 four stars
Safe Kids Worldwide (DC) 90.75 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,269,594
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,269,594
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,269,594
   Other Revenue $474,036
TOTAL REVENUE $6,743,630
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,243,261
   Administrative Expenses $214,458
   Fundraising Expenses $56,009
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,513,728
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $229,902
   
Net Assets $17,218,086

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 $5,857,733 93.8%
Education $337,639 5.4%
Educational Product Sales $47,889 0.8%

Ratings History
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 12/01/2016 92.02 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.34 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 94.32 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 94.33 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 93.07 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 86.49 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 92.87 four stars
2009-12 10/01/2011 94.12 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.61 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 92.71 four stars
2008-12 11/01/2009 89.90 three stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 88.66 three stars
2006-12 09/01/2007 97.98 four stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 97.37 four stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 96.80 four stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 86.50 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 52-0794368
Name in IRS Master File AAA FOUNDATION FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
(59) Other school related activities
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 October, 1970
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$268,577 4.12% John P. Kissinger President, CEO

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Charity Contact Info

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
607 14th Street, NW
Suite 201
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 638-5944
fax: (202) 638-5943
EIN: 52-0794368

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Board Leadership

Mark A. Shaw
Chair

CEO

C.Y. David Yang, Ph.D
Executive Director

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